Faculty Profile: Ira Waddey Jr.

Ira Waddey Jr.Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP511 Union St # 2700 Nashville, TN 37219 Work Phone: (615) 850-8752Email Address:
Previous Courses Taught (2)
  • Interaction Between Mediators and Lawyers
  • Mediator and Advocates as Allies in the Mediation Process

Jack Waddey is a Partner in the Waller office. For more than four decades, Jack Waddey has focused his legal career on intellectual property law and protecting valuable intellectual property assets for clients in a wide range of industries. Jack views intellectual property strategy as a critical component to a company’s long-term success both in terms of 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 its overall business strategy when they expand into new markets or face new competition.

Over the last 16 years, Jack’s practice has increasingly concentrated on Alternate Dispute Resolution. Trained, certified and approved as a Rule 31 Mediator by the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee, Jack has gained a reputation locally, regionally and nationally as the go-to mediator for difficult IP and commercial cases. He is one of three mediators approved by the International Trademark Association for trademark cases in the eleven-state Southeast region. Jack was recently selected to be a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. Additionally, Jack is an adjunct faculty member at the Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution where he teaches “Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Intellectual Property Disputes.” 

He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.S. from Auburn University.