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. She regularly advises clients on data privacy and security matters, including data breaches, development and implementation of data security and incident response plans, data breach litigation, privacy compliance programs, regulatory investigations, and advising on cyber insurance policies, coverage, endorsements and exclusions. She is Vice Chair of the ABA TIPS Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee.
She is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and recognized in Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation, by Mid-South Super Lawyers® in business litigation, and Top-Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Trial Academy. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Butler Snow’s BizLitNews Blog, the firm’s commercial litigation blog. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Tennessee Bar Foundation. Melody is an alumnus of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Program. She has been honored with the Mississippi Bar Association’s Curtis E. Coker Access to Justice Award and the Jackson Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono Award.
Melody obtained her J.D. from Mississippi College, cum laude, where she was editor-in-chief of Law Review. She is admitted to the Tennessee and Mississippi State Bars, the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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