Melody focuses her practice on data privacy and security and commercial litigation. She is Co-Team Leader of Butler Snow’s Data Security and Privacy Team, and she advises clients on data security protection, data breach response, and cyber-risk management.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2003
  • Tennessee, 2007
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western, Middle, Eastern
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated, 2011-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-2018
    • Mid-South Rising Stars, 2009-2012
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel
  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Trial Academy
  • Graduate, Leadership Academy, Class of 2011-2012
  • Curtis E. Coker Access to Justice Award, Mississippi Bar Association, 2008
  • Pro Bono Award, Jackson Young Lawyers, 2003-2004
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Education & Honors

  • Mississippi College, J.D., cum laude, 2003
    • Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi College Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., English, 1997

Experience

  • Experience representing numerous businesses, retailers and financial institutions with data breach response including investigations, containment, notification, remediation, public relations/communications, insurance coverage, contractual obligations/indemnity and enhancement of data security measures.
  • Advise businesses with written information security programs/policies/procedures and data breach response plans.
  • Advise corporate boards of directors of data breach liability and best practices for corporate governance of information security.
  • Advise businesses regarding cyber insurance policies, coverage, endorsements and exclusions.
  • Experience representing businesses in commercial disputes in state and federal trial courts and arbitration, including claims of breach of contract, financial services litigation, FDCPA, FCRA, mortgage fraud, interference with business relationships, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and product liability.
  • Experience in real estate litigation including claims of cloud on title/adverse possession, trespass, nuisance, foreclosure, commercial lease disputes, and mineral rights abandonment.
  • Experience representing owners, lenders, contractors and subcontractor in construction litigation matters.
  • Experience drafting design and construction contracts.
  • Representative matters include:
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “Why you need cyber insurance and what you should know,” Memphis Business Journal, Mississippi Business Journal, October 11, 2019.
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity: Prepare Now or Pay Later”, Presentation to the American Society of Industrial Security, March 2018.
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity Update”, CLE Presentation, December 2017.
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity”, Presentation to the Tennessee Society of CPAs, October 2017.
  • Speaker, “Data Security Update and NAIC Insurance Model Security Law,” Presentation to Real Estate Services Providers Council Annual Conference, September 2017.
  • Author, "What You Need To Know About Tennessee's Data Breach Notification Law," The ALI Advisor, September 29, 2016
  • Speaker, "Data Security Update: Trends and Issues,” CLE Presentation, August 2016
  • Author, "Tennessee Legislature imposes new data breach notification requirements on employers," Tennessee Employment Law Letter, August 2016
  • Speaker, "Data Security: The New World Order,” CLE Presentation, November 2015
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