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John T. Winemiller, Ph.D.

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Partner & Chief Diversity Officer

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Obtained jury verdict in patent infringement lawsuit in sport boat industry. Malibu Boats v. Skier’s Choice, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, Case Nos. 3:18-cv-15 and 3:19-cv-225.

Obtained settlement in patent infringement lawsuits in firearms industry. Plate, LLC v. RCTenn, LLC, Case No. 3:18-cv-806, and Plate, LLC v. Elite Tactical Systems, LLC et al., Case No. 3:18-cv-265.

Obtained settlement in trademark infringement lawsuit in i...

  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2000,

    Order of the Coif; Editor in Chief, Tennessee Law Review

  • University of Chicago, Ph.D. Music History and Theory, 1994
  • University of Chicago, M.A. Music History and Theory, 1991
  • Carleton College, B.A. Music History and Theory, 1988
  • Tennessee State Bar
  • Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Middle District of Tennessee
  • Western District of Tennessee
  • Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Law clerk, the Honorable James L. Dennis, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2002-2003

Law clerk, the Honorable Curtis L. Collier, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2000-2002

American Bar Association
American Bar Foundation
American Intellectual Property Law Assoc.
Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Assoc.
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Foundation
The Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program
Fellow, Class of 2018

Member, Chancellor’s Associates (University of Tennessee), 2020

Member, Leadership Knoxville, Class of 2019

Selected for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011-2020

Selected for inclusion in Knoxville’s Top Attorneys in CityView Magazine, 2014-2020

Award of Merit Recipient, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Adjunct professor, University of Tennessee College of Law
    Civil procedure
Pretrial litigation
Trademark Law
IP litigation

Member, Tennessee Bar Association’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Member, Knoxville Bar Association’s Law Office Technology Committee
Commissioner and Past Chair, Board of Commissioners for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
President, Big Ears Festival Board of Directors
President, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors
Member, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Board of Directors
Member, Positively Living Board of Directors (past)
Founder and Member, The Performing Arts & Lecture Series Board of Directors (past)
Member, The Actors Co-op Board of Directors (past)

Contributing author, “What I Learned About Inclusion and Why It Matters,” Knoxville Bar Association Dicta, September 2021

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Law Firm Operations,” DICTA (Knoxville Bar Association), September 2020 – co-author, Brad Brittian

Guest Columnist, To increase inclusion, start by tracking diversity, Knoxville News Sentinel, December 2019

Fictional Brands, Famous Marks: Recurring characters, places, and elements can serve as source identifiers for creative works in LANDSLIDE (ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law), March/April 2019 – co-author, Ian G. McFarland

FTC regulates ‘influencer advertising’ on social media, in Greater Knoxville Business Journal (, August 2018 – co-author, Elizabeth C. Harwood

John Winemiller: Proposed legislation targets patent trolls,, April 7, 2014

Avoiding that ‘Cease and Desist’ Letter, KBA The Consigliere, Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 2012

The Endangered Species Act and the Imprecise Scope of the Substantial Effects Analysis, 18 Tulane Environmental Law Journal 159, 2004

Casenote, United States v. Scheffler, 77 Tennessee Law Review 331, 1998

Recontextualizing Handel’s Borrowings, 15 Journal of Musicology 444, 1997

Borrowing, Copyright, and Proprietary Authorship, 8 American Handel Society Newsletter 1, 1993

Speaker, “IP Settlement Agreements After 1-800 Contacts,” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, November 5, 2021

Speaker, “Settling Trademark and Other IP Disputes: Key Lessons from 1-800 Contacts, Balancing Antitrust and IP Interests,” Strafford CLE, September 9, 2021

Speaker, Three Takedowns: Protecting Your Brand Online, Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel,  April 21, 2021

Moderator, Tuneful or Tone Deaf?: Three lessons in brand enforcement and management gleaned from the headlines.,Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, October 14, 2020

Speaker, Stories of Innovation: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Intellectual Property, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, September 17, 2020

Speaker, A Discussion about Business Law, Knoxville Bar Association, July 28, 2020

Speaker, COVID-19’s Lasting Impact on the Practice of Law and the Courts, Knoxville Bar Association, May 19, 2020

Speaker, Introduction to Copyrights, University of Tennessee School of Music, February 4, 2020

Speaker, Introduction to Copyrights, University of Tennessee School of Music, April 2, 2019

Speaker, Vicarious Liability in IP Litigation: What Officers, Directors, and Employees Need to Know, Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, March 12, 2019 – co-presenter, Brad Brittian

Speaker and Organizer, Counseling Businesses about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Social Media: A Tool Kit for Attorneys, Knoxville Bar Association, September 28, 2018

Speaker, Cybersecurity: Detect and Prevent Cyber Attacks, Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, April 5, 2018

Chair and Speaker, Intellectual Property: CLE Bytes, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, April 5, 2017

Chair, A Look at the Executive Order Travel Bans, The Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court, March 14, 2017

Speaker, Legal and Non-Legal Strategies for Managing Social Media Content, Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, June 8, 2016

Panelist, Ethics Panel, 2016 Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, May 6, 2016

Speaker, Access Your Office from Anywhere, Knoxville Bar Association 2016 Law Expo CLE, April 22, 2016

Speaker, Safeguarding Trade Secrets: Tips and Tools for Identifying, Managing, and Protecting Confidential Business Information, Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, October 28, 2015

Don’t Just Stand There; Do Something! Consequences of Pending Anti-Troll Legislation on Pleading Standards, Rule 11, and the American Rule at Knoxville Bar Association CLE Program Lord of the Bling: Trolls, Treasure and Trends in IP Litigation that May Impact Any Client, February 28, 2014