“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
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-2017
    • 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

  • 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.
  • Representative matters include:
  • 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.
  • Cole v. Regions Bank: Obtained dismissal in wrongful foreclosure case, affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Morrow v. Kroger: Obtained summary judgment on all claims of employer liability for sexual harassment and retaliation, affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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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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