Meredith Wooten is an Owner of Wooten Law Office and is an accomplished and respected corporate counsel, merger and acquisition counsel and Human Resource/ Employment law advisor based out of Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs.Wooten provides legal advice to an ownership group totaling over $1.5 BN in revenue with 45 operating companies in 10 industries across 28 states in addition to Wooten Law Office small business, franchise and corporate clients. Her practice focuses on performing due diligence on companies for multi-million dollar deals including legal review of contracts, employment practices, schedules, disclosures, financials, and overall health of a target acquisition and preparing her client companies for merger and acquisition opportunities, investment and growth options and preparing companies for transitions.
Recently, for SouthWorth Capital Management, Centerline Business Services, she was the Director of all COVID-19 decisions, including layoffs, furloughs, OSHA compliance,safety changes, FFCRA, FMLA, reasonable accommodations, essential business orders and compliance. She has also handled compliance for Wooten Law Office clients with FCRA, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, pay practices, wage and hour issues, union negotiations, anti-discrimination training, Workers Compensation claims, and any other HR issues that may arise. She has negotiated numerous contracts for secured business loans, including syndicated loans,lines of credit, swingline loans, term loans, construction loans, and commercial real estate loans while also drafting and monitoring borrowing base terms,compliance certificates, and covenants.
Mrs. Wooten was formerly the General Counsel for Vero Business Capital and Enoble Business Capital. She has extensive knowledge of the Fintech industry, state lending laws, the strategy of partnering with banks in order to comply with the OCC, FDIC, CFPB, and the Federal Reserve as well as state licensing and regulatory authorities. She also has over 6 years of experience with money transmitters, such as Electronic Funds Source and Comdata, in providing compliance and software solutions to allow customers to move money 24 hours a day without human touch, while maintaining separateness in order to meet regulatory requirements. She has covered compliance and reporting issues and negotiated terms on $50 million secured loans and successfully defended multimillion dollar class action lawsuit, spending less than $30,000 of company funds - First Preference Products Corp. v. Powers & Stinson, No.2-13-CV-02515 SHL-dkv, (W.D. Tenn. Jan. 5, 2016)- and prevailed in defending against FDCPA, UDAAP, and Dodd-Frank allegations by successfully distinguishing between commercial and consumer transactions. Additionally, she has prepared and updated multiple Private Placement Memorandum in compliance with Reg D.
Before becoming in-house counsel for multiple companies, Mrs. Wooten was a Memphis trial defense attorney. She provided trial defense, appellate defense, discovery, depositions, mediation, and general representation for insureds of Safeco, Montgomery Insurance, Liberty Mutual, CNA, and others. A few of her signature cases were Island Properties Assoc. v. The Reaves Firm, No. W2012-00202-COA-R3-CV, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 166, at *1 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 24, 2013) and Main Street Market, LLC v. Weinberg, No. W2012-01774-COA-R3-CV, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 488, at *1 (Tenn. Ct. App. July 31, 2013). She has also previously served as a Law Clerk in Shelby County Circuit Court and the Office of Advocate for Non-Custodial Parent and an extern for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Mrs. Wooten is currently licensed in practice law in the state courts of Tennessee and the Western and Middle Federal Districts in Tennessee. She is a former Board Member of the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Vice President of West Tennessee Association of Corporate Counsel.