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Kristen Johns

Adjunct Professor of Law
Partner, Waller

Kristen Johns is a transactional patent attorney in the firm's intellectual property practice group, where she leads the firm’s blockchain practice. Professor Johns’ experience intersects privacy, security, technology and intellectual property. As a registered patent attorney, Johns helps clients protect and maximize their intellectual property assets and advises clients on a broad range of issues, including patent and trademark strategies, data privacy and security matters, cybersecurity and cloud-related issues with a particular focus on issues related to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technologies. Before joining Waller, Johns was general counsel for a start-up life sciences company and served as assistant general counsel at Emdeon (now Change Healthcare), a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle solutions. She won the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence award and the Nashville Medical News’ Women to Watch award in 2019.

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