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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. He has also litigated numerous trademark and copyright infringement matters, has represented defendants in class action claims related to sales practices, 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. He 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 The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Trademark, and "Bet-the-Company" Litigation. 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 been a Member since 2000. He presently serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 45%
    23 years
  2. Litigation: 45%
    23 years
  3. Franchising: 10%
    19 years

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Burch Porter & Johnson
130 North Court
Memphis, TN, 381032288


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Mid-South Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2013
Mid-South Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2012
Mid-South Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in America - Intellectual Prop. & Comm. LitigationBest Lawyers in America2010
Elmore Holmes Award for Outstanding ServiceCommunity Legal Center2005
"Top 40 Under 40" Business LeadersMemphis Business Journal2003
Articles EditorUniversity of Pennsylvania Law Review1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBurch Porter & Johnson, PLLC1994 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property LawCecil C. Humphreys School Of Law University Of Memphis2009 - 2014
Judicial ClerkHon. Julia S. Gibbons1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Ornamental Metal MuseumMember, Board of Trustees and Legal Counsel2002 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionMember2001 - Present
Memphis Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Memphis Community Legal CenterPresident2003 - 2005
Tennessee Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1993 - 1994
Publication nameTitleDate
Privacy Law (Media Law Resource Center)Survey of Tennessee Privacy Law2010
Memphis Business Journal"Written Agreements Key Elements in Work Made for Hire Doctrine"2010
Memphis State University Law Review"The Past Present and Future of Trade Secrets Law in Tennessee"2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Rhodes CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trade Secret Management and Monetization SymposiumBet-the-Company Damages Awards in Trade Secret Cases2013
Adjunct Professor -- U. of Memphis Law SchoolIntellectual Property Law2010
Intellectual Property UpdateProtecting Trade Secrets2009
Tennessee Bar Association Intellectual Property ForumIntroduction to Trade Secrets Law2007
Intellectual Property Law UpdateUsing Non-Disclosure Agreements to Protect Business Information2006