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Paul Ney Named Shareholder at Waddey Patterson

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Registered patent attorney Paul Ney has been named shareholder at intellectual property law firm Waddey Patterson. Ney was previously Of Counsel at the firm.

“Paul has been a great addition for us,” said Ed Lanquist, managing shareholder. “His experiences as Acting General Counsel for the Navy, ECD at the Mayor’s Office, and as a litigator for the past thirty years or so have translated well to intellectual property. Our shop allows him to use his technical degree from Cornell to serve WP’s clients.”

Ney’s legal practice has focused on civil litigation encompassing various intellectual property law matters in private and public settings. His experience includes service as acting general counsel for the Department of the Navy, overseeing legal issues including intellectual property and litigation matters, and directly supervising and working with the Department’s intellectual property legal counsel including the Counsel to the Office of Naval Research and the Patent Counsel of the Navy.

Ney served as the Director of the Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County from January 2008 to October 2009.

Ney is a 1980 graduate of Cornell University with an A.B. degree in Biology and a 1984 graduate of Vanderbilt University with both a J.D. degree and a M.B.A. degree. He is admitted to practice by the Tennessee Bar, California Bar, U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a member of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Ney serves as General Counsel to the Tennessee Bar Association. He is a past president and member of the Nashville Bar Association and a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation.

Active in civic and community affairs, Ney is president of the Catholic Charities of Tennessee board, served on the boards of Dismas House of Nashville, DreamMakers, Inc., the Metro Nashville Sports Authority and many other agencies and organizations. He is a Class 2000 member of Leadership Nashville and served on its program committee numerous years. Ney is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee and presently chairs the Program Committee.

About Waddey Patterson

Waddey Patterson is a full service intellectual property law firm handling patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and domain name related matters for its clients. Waddey Patterson was formed by a group of Registered Patent Attorneys to be the first and only law firm in Middle Tennessee to practice exclusively in Intellectual Property Law. Since its beginning in March 1992, and in response to the needs of its clients, the Firm has more than tripled in size. The office of Waddey Patterson is located in the Roundabout Plaza, 1600 Division Street, Suite 500, Nashville, Tennessee. For additional information, visit

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