Intellectual Property Leadership

Hemant Gupta
Butler Snow LLP
P.O. Box 171443
Memphis, TN 38187
East TN Delegate
John Winemiller
Merchant & Gould, P.C.
9717 Cogdill Road, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37932

As an attorney who represents a broad range of intellectual property clients from electronic pet products manufacturers and automotive parts suppliers to home builders and internet entrepreneurs, John is continually challenged to learn about new businesses and technologies and to apply legal principles in new and changing environments. His ability to understand and articulate complex concepts...

Immediate Past Chair
A.J. Bahou
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
Twitter: @ajbahou
LinkedIn: ajbahou/
511 Union Street, Suite 2700
Nashville , TN 37219

A.J. Bahou is a mediator and registered patent attorney who practices in the area of Blockchain, data privacy, cybersecurity, healthcare, and intellectual property law, including litigation management of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He has extensive experience in all aspects of patent infringement litigation, from pre-complaint investigation through trial and appeal. Mr...

East TN Delegate
Autumn Boyd
Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd PLLC
Facebook: AutumnWittBoyd
LinkedIn: autumnwittboyd
240 Forest Ave. #403
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Autumn Witt Boyd is an experienced copyright and trademark lawyer who helps ambitious entrepreneurs. The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd PLLC is the go-to law firm for successful creative and online business owners, including e-commerce and SAAS companies.

We help the leaders of dynamic online and creative businesses achieve their next-level goals.

We love helping businesses as...

East TN Delegate
Doug Johnson
Miller & Martin PLLC
LinkedIn: douglastjohnson/
832 Georgia Avenue Suite 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Founder - Miller & Martin Intellectual Property Practice Group;...

Speaker: ...

♦ Design Patents and the Hague Agreement concerning international registration of industrial designs.
♦ Interplay of Copyright, Trademark, and Design Rights
♦ Exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights ....

Past President - Tennessee Intellectual...

Middle TN Delegate
Kevin Christopher
Ridgeline Venture Law
800 Market St. STE 200
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Kevin Christopher is a registered patent attorney and San Francisco Bay Area expat with a penchant for startups, mountaineering, and his little girl’s Cheerio crumble charms. His practice areas include intellectual property prosecution, licensing and litigation, benefit and alternative company structures, and commercialization.

Being a Certified B Corporation necessitates community...

Middle TN Delegate
Ed Lanquist
Patterson PC
Twitter: EdwardLanquist
1600 Division St., Suite 500
Nashville, TN 37203

Ed Lanquist is an AV-rated attorney who practices patent, trademark and copyright litigation, intellectual property counseling and trademark prosecution. He has litigated more than 120 IP cases, and has filed more than 150 patent applications and 1,200 trademark registration applications. He also counsels clients on the economic benefits and implications of IP protection and litigation.

Middle TN Delegate
Ryan Levy
Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C.
1600 Division St.# 500
Nashville, TN 37203

Ryan Levy focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation. He has represented international and domestic companies as both plaintiff and defendant in matters involving chemical formulations and related properties; large-scale industrial equipment; processes for roadway design; automotive equipment; and various software ranging from web-based protocols to...

West TN Delegate
Shawn Sentilles
Adams and Reese LLP
Crescent Center, 6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 700
Memphis, TN 38119-0100
Staff Coordinator
Jarod Word
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Jarod Word is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, works with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to joining TBA, Jarod served as Project Coordinator for Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. While at LAS he...