Wendee focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and appeals, including corporate and securities, data security, and intellectual property cases.
Securities and Corporate: Wendee has experience representing clients in various types of corporate litigation, including breach of contract, merger and acquisition, and securities cases. She has defended clients in the context of federal class actions and multi-district litigation and has served on several trial teams representing public companies in the context of nationally-publicized litigation.
Intellectual Property and Technology: Wendee has a wide range of experience and knowledge on intellectual property and technology issues, from copyright to electronic data security. She has worked on lawsuits involving allegations of copyright infringement, patent infringement, breach of licensing agreements, and theft of trade secrets. Wendee’s technology practice focuses on software-related disputes and data security issues. She has been involved in investigating and responding to multiple data security breaches and has presented on the data security and breach notification requirements imposed by state statutes, HIPAA, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the PCI Standard.
Representative Matters include:
- Counsel for large healthcare company in software implementation dispute involving active coordination with senior management and multiple industry experts relating to on-site investigation of fraudulent inducement, breaches of contract, violations of consumer protection laws, and other claims.
- Manager of document management/e-discovery team defending national investment firm in the context of multi-state, class action, and multi-district securities and ERISA litigation and arbitrations.
- Member of lead trial teams that represented Genesco Inc., in successful prosecution of its rights in a $1.5 billion merger, and eBay Inc., in successful defense of a $150 million Tennessee Consumer Protection Act claim.
- Primary research and writing attorney in federal suit brought on behalf of the Town of Smyrna against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in which the Town successfully challenged the Corps’ multi-decade interpretation of a federal water supply statute.
- Primary research and writing attorney on multiple briefs to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.
From 2009-2011, Wendee devoted a significant amount of her practice to the pro bono representation of death row inmate, E.J. Harbison, resulting in the executive commutation of Mr. Harbison’s sentence from death to life in prison (January 2011). Her commitment to this case earned Wendee the prestigious Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award in 2011. The award is bestowed annually by the Tennessee Bar Association to a private sector attorney who has demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor.
Outside the firm, Wendee currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of CASA, an organization that provides court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children.