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Super Lawyers Honors 15 Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys

The 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers recently release its list of outstanding lawyers, and 15 Bone McAllester Norton attorneys were included. Ten were named as Mid-South Super Lawyers, while five were included as Mid-South Rising Stars.

In addition to the overall Mid-South recognition, Anne C. Martin was also named to the Nashville Top 50, Top 50 Women and Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee.

“Our attorneys pride themselves on a thorough understanding of our client’s objectives and then focus on coming to creative, strategic solutions,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. “I believe that’s why our peers have chosen more than a dozen of our attorneys for awards like this. We are grateful to them for observing the expertise and passion behind what we do.”

Mid-South Super Lawyers are selected through a multi-phased process, which includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The list is produced by Super Lawyers, a national rating service that includes more than 70 practice areas.

Super Lawyers also selects attorneys to be included in its Rising Stars list, which is compiled using the same requirements and selection process as the Super Lawyers list. However, to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for no more than 10 years.

The 10 Mid-South Super Lawyers are: 

The five Mid-South Rising Stars are:

For more information about these awards, visit the SuperLawyers website.

Charles Robert Bone Named to Nashville Business Journal “Power 100”

For a third year, Bonelaw President and CEO Charles Robert Bone was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s Power 100. The list recognizes the Nashville-area leaders who have the greatest impact and influence on the region’s business scene.

Charles Robert Bone - Bonelaw President and CEOCharles Robert Bone - Bonelaw President and CEOCharles Robert was noted as representing some of the “splashiest names” in Nashville, including the investment group behind the $1 billion redevelopment of the former LifeWay Christian Resources’ downtown campus. Nashville Yards, the proposed 15-acre multi-use development, would contain residential, retail, an over 590 room hotel and several entertainment venues. A commissioner for the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, Bone also continues to serve as general counsel to the Convention Center Authority.

You can review the full Power 100 list here.

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Bonelaw Client Studio Bank Takes Steps Towards Formation

Congratulations to our client, Studio Bank (In Organization), whose incorporators this week filed notice with the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions of its intent to apply for a banking charter.

Charles W. Bone, Trace Blankenship, and Chris Raybeck, members of Bone McAllester Norton’s Corporate and Banking/Financial Services teams, serve as corporate counsel to the new bank in organization and have been working closely with Aaron J. Dorn and the other founders for over a year on this exciting new chapter in the history of Tennessee’s banking industry. Among other things, the Bone McAllester team has provided guidance to the founders on strategic matters, board composition and governance, securities offerings and capitalization, and real estate negotiations. This is the first regulatory filing in the process of becoming a bank and opening their doors for business. Studio Bank (In Organization) would be the first true de novo headquartered in Nashville since 2008 – one that is not part of a corporate reorganization, merger or acquisition.

Bone McAllester Norton’s banking and financial services group has a diversified and comprehensive financial services practice representing all types of financial institutions and working with management on virtually any business issue that a financial institution may encounter. Our lawyers have been providing advice to banks, bank holding companies, mortgage companies, and all types of financial institutions throughout Tennessee and the southeast for some 40 years.

Learn more about our Banking and Financial Services group.

To read more about the future of Studio Bank (In Organization) click on these links:

Pat Emery and Matt Kisber among organizers of Nashville's Studio Bank", The Tennessean, August 24, 2017

It's official: Nashville's upstart bank files notice with regulators", Nashville Business Journal, August 24, 2017

Studio Bank founder rolls out big-name board", Nashville Post, August 24, 2017

U.S News - Best Lawyers Names Bone McAllester Norton Among the Best in Over 20 Practice Areas

Bone McAllester Norton continues to earn top recognition in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” rankings—a comprehensive survey of America’s top law firms—with 22 overall practice rankings. Bonelaw added new rankings including Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Intellectual Property. The survey also resulted in 16 individual rankings for Bonelaw attorneys, 11 of those ranked in more than one practice area.

Practice rankings include: 

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • DUI/DWI Defense
  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Trademark Law

The U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Bone McAllester Norton is also pleased to announce Anne C. Martin was named Best Lawyers© “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Labor and Employment. Anne Martin has been a member of Best Lawyers since 2007 and a “Lawyer of the Year” since 2013. Only one attorney in the Nashville area is named “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor and Employment. Anne advocates for employees wrongly treated by employers and also advises employers how to comply with complex federal and state employment laws.

“We are pleased to have so many of our attorneys named to Best Lawyers in their areas of practice” said Charles W. Bone, Chairman, Bone McAllester Norton.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The attorneys included in the 2018 The Best Lawyers in America list are:

Anne Sumpter Arney
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) 
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Health Care Law
Trace Blankenship
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law
Charles Robert Bone
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Charles W. Bone
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
John P. Branham
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
William T. Cheek III
  • Food and Beverage Law
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law
Glen A. Civitts
  • Corporate Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
William J. Haynes III
  • Employment Law - Individuals
Sharon O. Jacobs
  • Environmental Law
Paul W. Kruse
  • Copyright Law
  • Trademark Law
Anne C. Martin
Best Lawyers© Lawyer of the Year 2018
  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
Sam J. McAllester III
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Christopher Raybeck
  • Banking and Finance Law
Jack F. Stringham II
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
Edward M. Yarbrough
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • DUI/DWI Defense
Stephen J. Zralek
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property

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Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

"Should I Register My Trademark?"

The U.S. Supreme Court opens the door to the continued federal registration of REDSKINS as well as other marks thought to disparage others.

Paul Kruse Copyright Trademark AttorneyPaul Kruse Copyright Trademark AttorneyUp until recently, marks that disparaged others did not qualify for federal registration under § 2(a) of the Trademark Act. However, the Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam recently concluded that the prohibition against the registration of such marks amounts to viewpoint discrimination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and, under the strict scrutiny review appropriate for government regulation of message or viewpoint, concluded that the disparagement proscription set forth in § 2(a) of the Trademark Act is unconstitutional. This conclusion was premised in part on the fact that the Trademark Act confers important legal rights and benefits on trademark owners who register their marks with the USPTO.

So, Should I Federally Register My Trademark? 

Yes, although federal registration of a trademark is not required. Rights to a trademark in the United States are granted on a first come, first served basis. One obtains trademark rights by being the first in a given market either to use the mark or to file and successfully obtain a registration. Once it obtains such rights, the trademark owner is entitled to stop newcomers from using similar marks in ways that are likely to cause confusion.

You can establish rights in a mark based on use of the mark in commerce, without a registration. However, owning a federal trademark registration on the Principal Register provides several advantages, the most important being that federally registered trademarks are national in scope, regardless of the actual geographic use made of the mark. This national scope contrasts greatly with the limited geographic range of common law trademarks. Additional advantages of federal registration include:

  • The right to use the ® symbol in connection with the mark, which may deter potential infringers;

  • Increased ease of discovery by those doing trademark searches, which helps to prevent the adoption of confusingly similar marks by third parties;

  • A legal presumption of your ownership of the mark and your exclusive right to use the mark nationwide on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration, which makes it easier to prove an allegation of trademark infringement; and

  • The ability to recover profits, damages and costs for infringement, including the possibility of receiving treble damages in certain circumstances. 

  • Filing for federal registration provides numerous benefits to a trademark owner at a reasonable expense. As a result, applications for federal registration are almost always recommended for marks that qualify.

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Bonelaw’s CEO Featured in Nashville Business Journal

Charles Robert Bone, President and CEO of Bonelaw, was the featured leader in the Nashville Business Journal’s “The Boss” series. Click The Boss to read the full interview.

Bonelaw President and CEO Charles Robert Bone Discusses Nashville Growth

Bone McAllester Norton President and CEO Charles Robert Bone spoke with NewsChannel 5 on Nashville being named by Forbes as the city with the highest job growth among the 70 largest labor markets in the United States.

Charles Robert Bone - Bonelaw President and CEOCharles Robert Bone - Bone McAllester Norton President and CEOBone noted the firm has benefited from being in the "it city" with lawyers wanting to work in Nashville, and they’ve had no problem finding people thanks to the great education provided at area universities such as Vanderbilt, and in addition to that, they say the city supports any idea that ushers in economic growth. "You go to the city with an idea or something that needs to be done, generally the answer is yes, let's try to figure out a way to make it happen" Bone explained. Bone went on to say "Nashville's been on an unbelievable run, and we've been honored and thrilled to kind of play a part of that and kind of rise with that same trajectory."

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Bonelaw Congratulates 19 Clients on the New Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Tennessee is the home of numerous world renowned distilleries and many of them turn to Bone McAllester Norton for legal guidance.

Recently opened by The Tennessee Distillers Guild, a membership organization consisting of Tennessee distilleries, the Tennessee Whisky Trail consists of a 25-stop distillery tour across the state of Tennessee. Of those 25 stops, 19 turn to Bone McAllester Norton’s alcohol beverage team for their legal needs and advice.

Bonelaw’s premier team of Will Cheek, Rob Pinson and Tayo Atanda lead the industry in all areas of alcohol beverage law in Tennessee.

To read more about how to map your visits across the Tennessee Whiskey Trail follow this link - http://www.tnwhiskeytrail.com.

Anne C. Martin Named Among Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2017 Chambers USA

Congratulations to BoneLaw’s Anne C. Martin for being ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, published by Chambers & Partners.

Anne Martin Attorney, Bone LawAnne Martin Attorney, Bone LawAnne was recognized for her work in the area of labor and employment law. Noted by Chambers as a “highly respected employment lawyer in Tennessee," Anne has been widely published in the areas of employment law as it relates to matters including discharge, disability leave, discrimination, harassment and non-compete agreements.

Each year, Chambers USA ranks law firms and individual lawyers based on different qualities most valued by clients, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, and commitment. Chambers' research team conducts thousands of interviews with lawyers and clients throughout the year to create a basis for their ranks. More information is available on the Chambers website.

Bone Law Attorneys Selected to Nashville’s Best of the Bar list

We are honored to share that three of our attorneys have been selected to Nashville’s Best of the Bar list, published by the Nashville Business Journal.

The publication took nominations from the public for two months. Eligible nominees then participated in private voting, allowing the nominees to vote on each other. This process is designed to find out which nominees truly are the best of the bar, according to their peers. Our own Best of the Bar lawyers are:

Trace Blankenship Attorney At Law - Bone McAllester NortonTrace Blankenship Attorney, Bone Law

Will Cheek Attorney, Bone LawWill Cheek Attorney, Bone Law

Anne Martin Attorney, Bone LawAnne Martin Attorney, Bone Law
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