The Power of Experience

Tennessee roots meet nationwide expertise at Waddey Acheson. Discover the power of our experience as your trusted partner for Intellectual Property, AI Matters, and High-Stakes Litigation. Our seasoned attorneys deliver top-tier legal solutions as your strategic ally from coast to coast.

The Future of Law

Waddey Acheson is a cutting-edge law firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. With decades of experience, we combined forces in 2024 as leaders in Intellectual Property, Artificial Intelligence, and High-Stakes Litigation. Our commitment to leveraging technology sets us apart, streamlining workflow and reducing costs for our clients while delivering exceptional outcomes. We employ technological advances that the economics of larger firms make it difficult for them to embrace. These technological advances enable us to provide efficient and effective representation that exceeds big-law results at a lower cost to the client. Discover a new era in legal excellence with Waddey Acheson.

Jack Waddey

Reg. Pat. Attorney

Jack Waddey is the patriarch of intellectual property law in Tennessee. He was a co-founder of Nashville’s first IP specific boutique firm in the early ‘90’s, but his IP legacy dates back to the late ‘60’s when he entered Georgetown Law School and paid his way through school by working as a patent examiner in the USPTO. He brings 50+ years of experience to the table, having secured hundreds of patents and trademarks for his clients, helping clients with IP strategy to strengthen their businesses, protecting the IP of his clients in litigation, and defending infringement claims against his clients in patent, copyright, and trademark disputes of every nature. Since 1998, he has served as a mediator in helping others to resolve their conflicts.  Jack can be contacted directly at 615.481.2481 or via email at

Legal Career & Accomplishments

Jack’s legal career includes:

  • Associate at Arent Fox
  • Associate/Partner at Willis & Knight
  • Partner at Hooker & Waddey
  • Partner at Waddey Lundin & Newport
  • Founding Partner at Waddey – Patterson
  • Partner at Waller Landsen Dortch Davis
  • Senior Affiliate Counsel at Holland Knight

Some of Jack’s accomplishments include:

  • Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Harry Phillips, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the Nashville Bar Association
  • President/Chairman of several IP Organizations, including:
    • The Tennessee Bar Association Section on IP
    • The Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
    • The Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators
    • Nashville Entertainment and IP Law Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Named the 2023 Best Mediator in the US for IP and Sophisticated Legal Disputes by BUSINESS TODAY, the on-line business magazine with the largest circulation in the US
  • Named by Chambers & Partners as a Tennessee Senior Counsel for IP
  • Named by Chambers & Partners as one of the top 35 Mediators in the United States
  • Named a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators, an organization of the top ~200 mediators in the world
  • Named as the Auburn University Aerospace Engineering MAN OF THE YEAR for 2024
  • A member, by invitation, of the following panels of mediators:
    • American Arbitration Association
    • International Trademark Law Association
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Dispute Resolution Mediation Panel
  • Multiple years of recognition by publications such as:
    • Nashville Business Journal Best Lawyers list for IP
    • Nashville Post IN CHARGE recognition for leadership in law and business
    • BEST LAWYERS magazine recognition for one of Tennessee’s best lawyers in IP and for Mediation
    • SUPER LAWYERS Magazine as a leader in the IP law world

Chanelle Acheson - Partner at Waddey Acheson

Chanelle Acheson

Partner, Attorney

Chanelle Acheson is a founding partner at Waddey Acheson. Recognized for her exceptional legal skills and commitment to her clients, she has a wealth of experience representing clients in a broad range of complex litigation matters. Chanelle has represented corporate and individual clients in cases across the litigation and governmental investigation spectrum, including Intellectual Property, entertainment law, state and federal civil enforcement actions, high-stakes contract and fraud claims, anti-kickback allegations, privacy issues, and healthcare fraud and abuse. Chanelle has also been on the leading edge of technology in case and client management, developing a highly secure web-based project management tool for a multi-billion dollar, multi-party client in an ongoing case which allowed the parties to distribute internal workflow and edit documents, provide feedback to the larger group, and execute required voting procedures, all within the highest security parameters. She believes in using technology to work smarter and engineer around human friction whenever possible.

Chanelle graduated from the University of Colorado in 2001 with a BS in Political Science and furthered her studies in International Law at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. Chanelle earned her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2004.

Prior to going into private practice, Chanelle served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2011.

Legal Career & Accomplishments

Representative Clients have included:

  • BP
  • ExxonMobil
  • General Motors
  • National Grid
  • Texaco
  • Phelps Dodge Corporation
  • Southeast Financial Credit Union
  • Newtown Creek Group
  • Channel 5 News
  • Her & King’s County
Jessica Markanich - Paralegal at Waddey Acheson

Jessica G. Markanich


Jessica is a seasoned paralegal who has been working in the legal field since 2007. She has amassed extensive experience in multiple areas of law, including complex litigation, tax law, healthcare law, and medical malpractice. With a strong background in case and document management, eDiscovery, and overseeing large-scale cases, Jessica is a valuable asset to our legal team.

Jessica has acquired significant trial experience in both state and federal courts, and is familiar with the intricacies of the legal process. She is a graduate of the Sewanee: The University of the South, where she graduated with Honors.

In addition to her legal achievements, Jessica is also an accomplished artist and painter. This unique blend of creativity and analytical acumen makes her a well-rounded professional who brings a unique perspective to her work.

Khira Chavez - Paralegal at Waddey Acheson

Khira Chavez


Khira served 12 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a Legal Service Specialist.

During her military career, Khira was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California, Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan, Camp Pendleton, California, and Parris Island, South Carolina. While aboard MCRD Parris Island, she served with Chanelle (then Captain Johnson) in multiple roles including Military Justice, Family Law, and leadership roles within the Company and Battalion. (Editor’s Note: Chanelle is thrilled to have Khira on board in this new capacity!)

After leaving the Military in 2013, she moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and her federal civil service career began in 2018 where she served as a Legal Assistant in the Civil Division for the United States Attorney, District of Kansas. She was offered a position as a Department of Army Civilian with the United States Army Reserve in Puerto Rico, where she served as the Secretary, Executive Assistant and Command Protocol Officer for the Commanding General, 1st Mission Support Command from September 2020 to May 2024.

Khira possesses a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Justice. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Her Military and Civilian awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a Gold Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, multiple Certificates of Commendation and Appreciation, Meritorious Mast, Civilian Service Commendation Medals, Civilian Service Achievement Medal, Certificate of Achievement and performance awards for exceptional duty performance.

Mrs. Chavez is married to Payton Dugas and has 2 children, Craig Jr. (18) and Ava (15).

Khira Chavez - Paralegal at Waddey Acheson

Max Pinson

Legal Operations Coordinator

Max is an alumnus of Mississippi State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology with a minor in Pre-Law. A native of Nashville, Max has dedicated much of his life to the Davidson County area, driven by his ambition to attend law school.

Within our firm, Max serves as our versatile young professional, adeptly managing a wide range of responsibilities. As Waddey Acheson’s Legal Operations Coordinator, Max is immersed in the intricacies of legal practice, diligently observing and learning what it takes to excel not only as a lawyer but also in building a firm from its foundational stages.

Our Services

Intellectual Property

Our attorneys are ready to protect your IP, including trade secrets, inventions, patent resources, trademarks, and copyrights from any outside threats and artificial intelligence. We understand the advancements of AI and are dedicated to working at the highest level so that your ideas and creations are legally safeguarded.


Strategic advocacy and representation in all types of sophisticated litigation, including IP cases, commercial disputes, and white-collar criminal charges.

Mediation Expertise

Jack Waddey has been named the “go-to” mediator for sophisticated legal disputes in Tennessee as well as the 2023 Best Mediator in the US for IP and Complicated Legal Disputes by Business Today. If you are in a dispute and need a top-level mediator or mediation consultant to help you get the best results, call Jack.

Corporate Internal Investigations

We help companies conduct thorough and impartial investigations to assess potential misconduct or compliance issues within the organization.

Government Investigations

Representation and guidance to clients facing investigations to ensure compliance and protect rights

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