Kristi Wilcox Arth helps clients navigate complex litigation and protect their intellectual property. She regularly represents small and large businesses, healthcare providers, governmental entities, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.
Kristi is a trial attorney with experience litigating a range of cases in federal and state court and before the American Arbitration Association, including managed care and payor-provider disputes, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, fraud and various consumer torts, governmental tort liability, government contracts, negligence, employment discrimination and shareholder disputes, among other issues. While she has litigated cases from initial demands through jury trials and appeals, she has also successfully settled cases prior to trial by negotiated agreement, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. She has represented amici on brief before the Tennessee Supreme Court.
With a master’s degree in Arts Policy and Administration, Kristi also understands and handles the transactional issues related to her clients’ intellectual property portfolios, including trademark prosecution and maintenance before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; appeals, oppositions and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board; and copyright registrations in the United States Copyright Office.
As a legal counselor, Kristi’s goal is to be a problem solver for her clients and to do so in a way that takes the mystery and fear out of litigation. To this end, she has gained experience working with tools that increase efficiency, such as technology-assisted document review (TAR), electronically stored information (ESI) platforms such as Relativity and Catalyst, external client SharePoint sites, alternative fee arrangements, and interpreters for Limited English Proficiency clients.
As an advocate, clients rely on Kristi to simplify and streamline cases for the ultimate decision maker. She regularly works with trial graphics to illuminate and explain complex issues, stays on top of current trends in legal writing, and works with expert statisticians to estimate and model damages over large claims sets.
Kristi has written for the Corporate Counselor and the Defense Research Institute’s For the Defense, and her creative work has appeared in the Tennessee Bar Journal, where it won the inaugural legal fiction contest.