Melody focuses her practice on data privacy and security and commercial litigation. She advises clients on data security protection, data breach response and litigation, and privacy compliance.

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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
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated, 2011-2022
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2020-2023
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-2018
    • 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
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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 businesses with data privacy compliance programs and regulatory investigations. 
  • 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.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Data Privacy in 2022: A Legal Patchwork,” Memphis Bar Association, April 14, 2022.
  • Co-Author, "U.S. Privacy Law: Past, Present and Future," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 2021.
  • Co-Presenter, "Lawyers' Ethical Obligations and Data Security," Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, Annual Fall Meeting, November 6, 2020.
  • Author, “LAW ELEVATED – Working remotely during COVID-19: Data security risks,” Mississippi Business Journal, April 21, 2020.
  • Contributor, “Table of Experts: The business of cybersecurity,” Memphis Business Journal, April 17, 2020.
  • Panel Moderator, “Securing the Road to Autonomy: Full Speed Ahead,” Managing Risk at the Intersection of Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Business, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Conference, March 5, 2020.
  • 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.
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