Alexandra MacKay

Alex MacKay counsels clients in litigation and transactional matters involving intellectual property. She assists clients with the selection, adoption and registration of their trademarks as well as registration of copyrights. Alex represents clients in the enforcement of their intellectual property rights and has practiced before federal and state courts as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She assists clients with a variety of transactional issues including those related to licensing of copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks and other intellectual property rights.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys

by staff reporter, The Nashville Ledger, July 23, 2021

Data Privacy Day: Scanning Data Privacy Issues for 2021

Lucky Brand Gets Lucky Before the Supreme Court

Shiver Me Timbers! States Can’t be Sued for Copyright Infringement

Coronavirus and Trademarks

Trademarkology blog, March 17, 2020

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Finally U Can Trademark immoral or scandalous marks

Trademarks in Bankruptcy

The Race to Privacy

Stites & Harbsion Thirsty Thursday Speaker Series, April 25, 2019

Supreme Court Throws Copyright Owners Curveballs

First Amendment Protects Trademark Owners from Government Censorship

I'm with the Banned (no longer)

co-presenter of CLE program on Matal v. Tam and its implications for Nashville Bar Association, August 11, 2017

TTAB Rulings on Trademark infringement Cases: Preclusion Explored

Co-presented on a panel. Provided by The Knowledge Group Dec. 2015.

Recent Copyright Developments

panel co-presenter at the mid-winter meeting of The Copyright Society of the USA in Nashville, Tenn., with Tara Aaron (Aaron Sanders, PLLC) and Autumn Witt Boyd (Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd), February 14, 2015

Considering Intellectual Property Assets for Collateral

The Tennessee Banker magazine, co-authored, October 2012

Security Interests in Intellectual Property

Bankers Breakfast Series, Nashville, Tenn., March 8, 2012

Trademarks and Ethics

Tennessee Bar Association's Intellectual Property CLE, March 4, 2011

Search Engines and Trademark Law

Technology Association of Georgia Finance Society, December 2, 2009

Intellectual Property Law: Trademarks

Walkabout 180, sponsored by Nashville Chamber of Commerce, October 20, 2009

Ethics and Trademarks: By the Seat of Your Pants

Panelist, Ethical Issues in Intellectual Property Law session of Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law, Louisville, Ky., August 22, 2009

Legal Issues for Photographers

Co-presenter, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Nashville, Tenn., May 29, 2008

Copyright Basics

Co-presenter, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Nashville, Tenn., May 29, 2008

Recent Developments in Trademark Law

Panelist, Nashville Bar Association's Intellectual Property CLE program, Nashville, Tenn., February 28, 2008
Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Firm Leadership

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Member (2021)

Diversity Committee, Member

International Trademark Association, Bulletin Committee (2020-present; 2014-17); Emerging Issues Committee (2018-19); Online Reference Committee (2010-13); Non-traditional Marks Committee - North America (2008-09); Trade Dress Image Library Committee of IRC (2004-07); Membership Committee (2002-03)
American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association, Access to Justice Committee, Member (2004-17); vice chair (June 2007-12); chair (June 2012-14); Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2009
Nashville Bar Association
Lawyers Association for Women
Community Involvement

Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Directors (2015-present); Board Chair (2016-17)

Tennessee Justice Center, Board of Directors, (2008-20); Board Chair (2017-19)

Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Inc., Board of Directors, (2008-13)

St. Mary Villa, Board of Directors, (2009-12)

More Than Stites & Harbison

Alex serves on the board of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, a volunteer community orchestra of amateur and professional musicians that brings symphonic music free of charge to audiences around middle Tennessee. She previously served on the board of Tennessee Justice Center, which provides civil legal services for indigent persons, prioritizing cases that affect health care and income security of families. In years past, Alex has served on the board of directors for and volunteered for Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports fair trade and empowers artisans in developing countries by selling their hand-crafted products. Alex was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2009.




Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow (2015)

Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; and, Trademark Law (2012-22)

Best Lawyers in America®, Nashville Area Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Intellectual Property (2021)

Best Lawyers in America®, Nashville Area Lawyer of the Year for Copyright Law (2015, 2017, 2019)

Best Lawyers in America®, Nashville Area Lawyer of the Year for Trademark Law (2018)

Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2012-21)

Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars (2009-10)

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-21)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Intellectual Property (2020-21)


"She does excellent work," comments a client, adding: "She is well skilled and knowledgeable in the IP area. She is quick to respond and is proactive."

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2020
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IP Star rosette 2018
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