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Jack Waddey

Jack Waddey is a mediator of complicated, sophisticated disputes involving intellectual property and business breakups. Chambers USA 2021 recognized him as a “Band II” level mediator and among the top 35 mediators in the U.S. Jack has also been named a “go-to” mediator by the Nashville Post, and he is one of 15 mediators on the International Trademark Association panel of mediators for trademark disputes. 

Over the past two decades, Jack’s practice has increasingly concentrated on Alternate Dispute Resolution, and he has gained a reputation locally, regionally, and nationally as the go-to mediator for difficult IP and commercial cases. He is a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, and joined the panel at Miles Mediation & Arbitration in October, 2022.

Jack’s legal career has focused on intellectual property law and protecting valuable intellectual property assets for clients in several industries. He views intellectual property strategy as a critical component to a company’s long-term success in terms of both profitability and competitive positioning. Over the course of his career, he has assisted clients in obtaining more than 200 patents and developing and managing intellectual property portfolios comprised of thousands of patents and trademarks. His experience includes intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country and United States Courts of Appeal.

Highly sought after for his experience and insight, Jack enjoys working with startup companies that are developing new products and technologies as well as advising established organizations that require enhanced IP protection as part of their overall business strategy when they expand into new markets or face new competition. His experience will be invaluable as he mediates IP and commercial cases at Miles Mediation & Arbitration.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • All State Courts Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Federal Circuit


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1970
    • Associate Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • B.S., Auburn University, Aerospace Engineering, 1965

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Charter Member, Tennessee Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators
  • Founding Member and Past President, Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators
  • Member, Commercial Mediators Association
  • Member, American Bar Association Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution Sections
  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Founding Member and Past President, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
    • Past Chairman, TBA Section on Intellectual Property
    • Member, TBA ADR Section
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 1974-1975
    • Member NBA IP and ADR Sections
  • Distinguished Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Davidson County Industrial Revenue Board, 1981
  • Area Delegate, Tennessee Bar Association, House of Delegates, 1996-2008
  • Member, Nashville Technology Council
  • Member, Nashville Chamber of Commerce
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law; spring semester 2015
  • Founding Board Member, Nashville Entrepreneur Center
  • Distinguished Fellow and Board Member, International Academy of Mediators