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Douglas F. Halijan

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130 North Court Ave
Memphis TN 38103
Tel: 901.524.5123
Fax: 901.524.5024

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Tennessee, 1994

Pennsylvania, 1992

District of Columbia, 1992

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Douglas F. Halijan

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Doug Halijan’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and intellectual property matters, with a particular emphasis on trade secret, trademark, copyright, information technology, and franchise-related issues. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret cases involving the protection of a wide range of confidential business information, technology, software, and manufacturing processes. Mr. Halijan has also litigated numerous trademark and copyright infringement matters, has represented parties in a wide range of business and commercial disputes, and regularly advises clients regarding franchise and dealer/distributor issues, including termination proceedings. He also has extensive experience in the discovery, management, and production of electronic information, and has assisted many clients in managing e-discovery projects efficiently and cost-effectively. Mr. Halijan is the author of a leading article on trade secrets law in Tennessee, and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs on intellectual property and information technology law. He is listed in Best Lawyers® in America in the areas of Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Trademark Law, and Bet-the-Company Litigation, and was named 2017 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Bet-the-Company Litigation in the Memphis region. Following law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, formerly Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Mr. Halijan has practiced at the firm since 1994, and has been a Member since 2000.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1992); Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review (1991 – 1992); Associate Editor (1990 -1991)
  • Rhodes College (B.A., 1989), Honors in English; Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Rated "AV® Preeminent™" by Martindale-Hubbell® 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Trademark Law, and Bet-the-Company Litigation (2010-present); named Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Bet-the-Company Litigation in the Memphis Area (2017) and "Lawyer of the Year" for Intellectual Property in the Memphis Area (2015)
  • Appointed by Tennessee Supreme Court to three-year term on Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, December 2016
  • Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis (2010- 2015); Honored as “Adjunct Professor of the Year” in recognition of teaching and service to the Law School, May 2015
  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation (2011-present)
  • Named to “Top 40 Under 40” list of Memphis business leaders by Memphis Business Journal (2003)
  • Board of Directors, Memphis Bar Association (2015-present)
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation (Class of 2016)
  • Board of Directors, Community Legal Center (2001-2009; President, 2003-2004)
  • Recipient, Elmore Holmes Award for Outstanding Service to the Community Legal Center (2005)
  • Law Clerk to Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (1992-1993)
  • Board of Directors, Intellectual Property/Entertainment Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association (2010-2012)
  • Member, Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections, American Bar Association
  • Member, Trade Secrets Subcommittee to the Committee on Business Torts Litigation, American Bar Association

Publications and Presentations of Note

  • Speaker, Trade Secret Damages as a Bet-the-Company Proposition, Southeastern Forensic and Valuation Services Conference, Brentwood, Tennessee (October 2016)
  • Moderator/Speaker, Workshop on Adjudication of Intellectual Property Infringement Disputes, Commercial Law Development Program, U.S. Department of Commerce, Tblisi, Republic of Georgia (September 2015)
  • Presenter, "Bet the Company Damages in Trade Secret Litigation," Trade Secret Monetization and Management Symposium, Chicago, IL (October 2013)
  • Presenter, "Protecting Trade Secrets," Memphis Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section (April 2013)
  • Presenter /Moderator, Workshop on Adjudication of Intellectual Property Infringement Cases, Commercial Law Development Program, U.S. Department of Commerce, Yalta, Ukraine (June 2012)
  • Presenter, "Adjudicating Trade Secret Disputes," and "Understanding Substantial Similarity in Copyright Cases," for Commercial Law Development Program, U.S. Department of Commerce, Memphis, TN (March 2011)
  • Presenter, "IP Challenges Presented by Social Media," Memphis Bar Association (April 2010)
  • Co-author, Tennessee Survey of Privacy and Related Torts Against the Media, Libel Defense Resource Center (1994, updated annually)
  • Author, The Past, Present and Future of Trade Secrets Law in Tennessee: A Practitioner’s Guide to Trade Secrets law in Tennessee Following the Enactment of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, 32 University of Memphis Law Review, Number 1 (2002)
  • Author, Written Agreements Key Elements in 'Work Made for Hire' Definition for the Memphis Business Journal Special Section on Litigation (June 2010)
  • Presenter, “Intellectual Property Law Update,” National Business Institute (December 2007) (seminar sections addressing trade secrets law, the use of confidentiality agreements to protect intellectual property, and ethics issues arising in an intellectual property practice)
  • Presenter, Tennessee Bar Association, Intellectual Property Forum, Nashville, TN (June 2006)

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Trustees, National Ornamental Metal Museum (2000-2015)
  • Legal Counsel, Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood
  • Board of Directors, Beale Street Caravan, Inc. (nationally-syndicated blues radio show)