“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

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated, 2011-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
    • Mid-South Rising Stars, 2009-2012
  • 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
  • Charles Clark American Inn of Court, 2005-2007
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2015

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

  • Wheat v. Bank of America, N.A., et al. (Pearl River Co. (MS) Circuit Court 2015):  Obtained summary judgment in wrongful foreclosure case.
  • Saino v. LifeBlood, obtained dismissal of $50 billion identity theft class action claim after removal pursuant to Class Action Fairness Act and defeat of remand efforts.
  • Burke v. Regions Bank, et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5826 (W.D. Tenn. Jan. 15, 2013):  Obtained summary judgment in wrongful foreclosure case.  
  • Akers v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138441 (M.D. Tenn. Sept. 26, 2013):  Obtained dismissal in wrongful foreclosure case.
  • Notredan, LLC v. Regions Bank, 875 F. Supp. 2d 780 (W.D. Tenn. 2012): Obtained judgment on the pleadings dismissing claims of common law negligence and conversion.  The court held that the U.C.C. barred the plaintiff’s common law negligence claim, and the plaintiff failed to state a claim for conversion under the U.C.C.’s "delivery rule."
  • Byrd v. Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings, LLC (W.D. 2012):  Obtained dismissal for lack of standing in wrongful foreclosure case.
  • Emmons v. Capital One, N.A., 2012 WL 773288 (S.D. Miss. 2012): Obtained judgment on the pleadings for lenders and mortgage servicers in wrongful foreclosure case.
  • Patrick v. Wal-Mart, Inc. et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 28950 (N.D. Miss. Mar. 21, 2011), aff'd, 2012 U.S. App. Lexis 9970 (5th Cir. May 17, 2012): Obtained dismissal for defendants in bad faith case. 
  • Ashford v. Regions Bank, et al. (2011): Obtained defense verdict in conversion case also involving claims of fraud and conspiracy.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, "What You Need To Know About Tennessee's Data Breach Notification Law," The ALI Advisor, September 29, 2016
  • Author, "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
  • Author, "Data Security: The New World Order,” CLE Presentation, November 2015
  • Author,"Navigating Corporate Internal Investigations," CLE Presentation, November 2014
  • Author, "Data Security Breach," CLE Presentation, November 2013
  • Author, "Put Your Red-Soled Shoes On: An Update in Trademark Law," CLE Presentation, November 2012
  • Author, "Recent Updates in the Right of Publicity," CLE presentation, July 2010
  • Author, "Keeping Your Company Out of the Courthouse: Tips to Help Avoid Employment Litigation," Capital Area Human Resource Association, Jackson, MS, 2007
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