​Kate Van Namen is a member of the Firm's Litigation Department and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi, and concentrates her practice in the areas of general and commercial civil litigation. Ms. Van Namen has experience counseling and representing clients in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, product liability cases, intellectual property matters, breach of contract suits, construction litigation, breach of fiduciary duty actions, business tort claims including lender liability, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets and fraud, and other complex litigation.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2012
  • Mississippi, 2012
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Arkansas: Eastern, Western
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Make-A-Wish Mid-South Associate, Board Member
  • Junior League of Memphis Volunteer

Distinctions

  • Legal Intern, United States Senator Thad Cochran, 2009-2012
  • Legal Intern, United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi, 2011

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
    • Notes & Comments Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Moot Court Board National Appellate Advocacy Team
    • Order of the Barrister
    • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Delta State University, B.A., English & Political Science, summa cum laude, 2009
    • First Diploma
    • Honors College

Experience

  • ​Obtained successful result in representation of music publishing company in copyright infringement dispute.
  • ​Obtained favorable judgment in copyright and trademark infringement dispute.
  • ​Assisted in coordination of defense of over 400 consolidated product liability cases against medical device manufacturer.
  • ​Defended national medical device manufacturer in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas state and federal products liability actions. Prepared briefing on issues including preemption, personal jurisdiction, removal, the admissibility of expert testimony, discovery disputes, and the substantive merits of the claims.
  • ​Representation of Federal banking regulatory agency in multi-million dollar director and officer liability suits.
  • ​Represented steel manufacturer in enforcement of non-compete agreements and trade secret misappropriation litigation.
  • ​Obtained temporary injunction prohibiting sales representatives from working on behalf of a primary competitor in violation of non-compete agreement.
  • Represented contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes involving both private and public projects.
  • ​Successfully moved for summary judgment on all claims in federal breach of contract construction dispute.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co Author, “Surge in Apartment Construction Fuels Condo Conversions, Liability Concerns in Denver,” Law Week Colorado, Vol. 15, No. 43, October 22, 2018.
  • ​Author, "The Impact of President Trump's IP-Related Appointments," Finding IP Value, January 2017.
  • Author, “Privacy and Piracy: Legal Problems with Live Streaming on Periscope and Meerkat,” DRI’s The Voice, Volume 14, Issue 42, October 2015.
  • Author, "Facebook Facts & Twitter Tips - Prosecutors and Social Media: An Analysis of the Implications Associated with the Use of Social Media in the Prosecution Function" 81 Miss. L.J. 549 (2011).
  • Author, "'Like' It or Not: Sports and Social Media - An Argument for the College Coach's Right to Regulate", Miss. Sports L. Rev. 206 (2011).