Tom is a partner in the firm’s Nashville office, where he focuses on a wide range of finance, compliance, regulatory, and intellectual property matters. Tom is a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy team where he focuses on cybersecurity and data privacy rules and regulations related to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Institution Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Treasury Department’s FinCEN unit. Tom also is a member of the firm’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Electronic Transactions Group.

Tom represents broker-dealers and investment bankers in disputes from multi-district mutual-fund class actions to state court jury trials on derivatives contracts, government enforcement actions, and constitutional challenges to municipal securities rules for customer arbitrations. He represents labels and artists in music copyright litigation over several multi-platinum rock and hip-hop albums, and manufacturers in product-configuration trademark and software interface infringement litigation.

In addition to disputed matters, Tom advises clients on regulatory and compliance matters, including fintech, distributed ledger and other emerging technologies. He assists companies with internal investigations, regulatory and compliance matters. Tom has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), having tried scores of arbitrations, and sits as an arbitrator and panel chair for the FINRA.

Tom is a prolific author and speaker on a number of legal matters.


  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
  • Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Electronic Transactions Broker-Dealer Disputes
  • Commercial / Corporate Litigation
  • Consumer Finance Litigation & Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities, Securities Litigation
  • Government Affairs & Investigations
  • Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
  • White Collar Crime
  • PPP and CARES Act Audit
  • Investigations and Defense

Honors & Recognitions

  • Named, Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial (2014-2023)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation since 2006, Litigation-Banking & Finance since 2011, Litigation-Intellectual Property (2012-2023), Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) since 2011, Litigation-Securities since 2011
  • Benchmark Litigation, Distinguished Litigation Practitioners (2021), Litigation Star (2023)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Securities Litigation since 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating




Professional & Community

Professional Activities

  • Tennessee State Bar
  • Louisiana State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Bar Association, Business and Litigation
  • RICO Law Reporter, Advisory Board
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Compliance & Legal Division
  • National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP)
  • Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Arbitrator and Panel Chair
  • Nashville Bar Foundation


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