Tonya Deem is a litigator with trial, appellate and arbitration experience, representing both established companies and emerging companies in a broad range of disputes, including patent litigation, complex business disputes, securities litigation and multi-district litigation.
Ms. Deem has represented companies in patent infringement actions in Texas, Delaware, North Carolina, California, Georgia, and South Carolina and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She regularly represents companies in defending actions filed by entities which invest in patents but do not own them.
Ms. Deem has successfully litigated and arbitrated several complex construction disputes, including material defect and product liability matters in premature component failure disputes and delay and workmanship claims. She has also represented brokers and advisors in litigation arising out of a failed tax shelter strategy, including claims of fraudulent misrepresentation.
With more than a decade of experience managing large, complex document-intensive cases—particularly those involving electronic discovery, Ms. Deem understands the importance of a clearly defined and defensible discovery strategy—one that enables the parties to identify and exchange relevant discovery efficiently and cost-effectively and in a manner that will enable the litigation team to persuasively present the case at trial. As a result of her experience, Ms. Deem leads Kilpatrick Townsend’s eDiscovery and Information Management team. The team consists of litigators, paralegals, project managers, data analysts, and trial technologists with experience across industries, technologies, and litigation profiles. As such, Ms. Deem is regularly called upon to work with Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys and clients in developing, implementing and defending eDiscovery strategies in pending litigation matters, including negotiating with opposing counsel, working with clients to efficiently identify and collect relevant information, and explaining the eDiscovery issues to the Court when necessary. In addition, she advises clients on information management, litigation holds and litigation preparedness issues.
Ms. Deem was honored as a 2009 “Woman Extraordinaire” by Business Leader magazine. She was named as one of Triad Business Journal's “40 Leaders Under Forty” in 2010 and also one of its "Women In Business" in 2012. Ms. Deem was recognized as a “Woman of Vision” by the YWCA in 2011.
Professional & Community Activities
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Chair of the Board of Trustees
The Arts Council Endowment, Member of Board of Directors
The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, Member of Board of Directors
The Sedona Conference WG1, Electronic Document Retention and Production, Member