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Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts

Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to partner annually with the Alive Monarch program, benefiting terminally ill children at Alive Hospice  to help make the holiday season a little brighter for a local family. Founded in Middle Tennessee in 1975, Alive Hospice is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization that provides compassionate end-of-life care, palliative care, bereavement support and community education.

Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts

Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts

This year, the firm collected gifts for a family with a 10-year-old daughter who has cancer. In addition to contributions from the firm’s attorneys and staff, the American Girl store at Coolsprings Galleria also generously donated gifts, as well as hosted a party at the store for the family and five of their daughter’s closest friends.

To learn more about Alive Hospice, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney James Crumlin, Jr. Offers Holiday Office Party Tips in Nashville Business Journal

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonJames A Crumlin Jr.Bone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin, Jr. is a featured guest columnist in the Nashville Business Journal. His article “Stay off the 'naughty' list: Holiday office party tips from a Nashville lawyer” highlights several things employers should keep in mind when planning their office holiday party, including best practices for preventing inappropriate conduct and the overconsumption of alcohol as well as the legalities surrounding employee attendance and religious discrimination.

Crumlin concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law, where he counsels management on issues arising from the employment relationship. With experience in both union and non-union arbitration and all forms of employment discrimination litigation, his legal counsel is regularly sought out by management to help navigate the corporate legal landscape and avoid costly mistakes. In addition to serving as outside general counsel for several small and midsize businesses, Crumlin also conducts in-house training sessions on compliance with the numerous federal and state laws affecting employers — from the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Fair Labor Standards Act to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

To read Crumlin’s article, visit the Nashville Business Journal’s website

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Speaks at the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonStephen J ZralekBone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek will speak on a panel at the Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) Leadership Forum for Professional Development on Dec. 5, 2018. Moderated by attorneys LaTonnsya Burney and Malaka Watson, the panel will discuss the interaction between litigation and transactional practices.

Established in 2014, the NBF Leadership Forum is an annual leadership program for 25 lawyers with three to eight years of experience. Each class of emerging leaders participates in nine monthly workshops focused on local legal and community issues.

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys support a wide range of community interests and activities. A Nashville native, Zralek has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial litigator and focuses his practice on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Zralek also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Bar Association.

For more information about the NBF Leadership Forum, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Suzanne Kessler Speaks at Nashville Bar Association 2018 Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute

Suzanne Kessler Of Counsel at Bone McAllester NortonSuzanne Kessler Of CounselBone McAllester Norton attorney Suzanne Kessler will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the legal processes and contracts involved in making documentary films during the annual Nashville Bar Association (NBA) Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2018. The NBA Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute is a one-day, information-packed CLE program with six sessions hosted by local attorneys and thought leaders.

Kessler's hour-long presentation titled “So I Want to Make a Documentary Film. Now What?" will offer legal insights into making a documentary film from start to finish. Using two documentaries as case studies, her presentation will cover a range of topics, such as life story rights acquisitions, personal releases, public domain materials, fundraising, production insurance issues and many more. 

As an entertainment and intellectual property law attorney, Kessler regularly provides counsel and consulting services to traditional and new media clients, including film and television production companies and independent producers. Kessler is also a documentary filmmaker, artist manager, music production company co-owner and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School, where she teaches IP licensing and entertainment law within the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

For more information and to register for the NBA Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo Attends DRI’s Construction Law Boot Camp

IAshea Myles Dihigo Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalI'Ashea Myles DihigoBone McAllester Norton attorney I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo spoke at the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Construction Law Boot Camp in Chicago, Illinois on November 8, 2018.

Hosted by DRI’s Construction Law Committee, the one-day, in-depth workshop focused on the key aspects of construction claims and the litigation process. Alongside Alicia R. Kennon of Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP and Andrew K. Neito of SEA Consulting Limited PA, Myles-Dihigo presented “The End Game: How to Develop and Implement Your Resolution Strategy.” This seminar discussed strategies on how to narrow issues and resolve claims using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and if necessary, prepare for trial.

Myles-Dihigo focuses her practice on construction law, real estate law, employment law and commercial business law, with an emphasis on dispute resolution in both federal and state court.

Bone McAllester Norton Helps with Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Home Build

Bone McAllester Norton Helps with Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Home Build Bone McAllester Norton Helps with Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Home Build

In October 2018, Bone McAllester Norton participated in Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s annual, eight-day home build to help a local hardworking family take steps toward a better life through the purchase of their own home.

Each build day covers a variety of construction tasks, from raising wall panels and installing windows on day one to finishing the landscaping on day eight. The firm donated the funds and manpower for day six, which included final painting and the installation of kitchen cabinets and countertops.

The homeowners, Gamal Ahmed and Elham Mohamed, have been living in Nashville since 2015 after leaving their home in Sudan due to war and violence. They attended Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership class and worked on the build site to earn a zero percent annual mortgage rate. They will live in their new home with their two young daughters.

From the firm’s beginning, the leaders at Bone McAllester Norton have valued creating a culture founded upon making a difference for good. Bone McAllester Norton’s attorneys partner with more than 130 local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. Sam McAllester, a founder and vice chairman of the law firm, has been a member of the Finance Community for Habitat since 2012 and currently serves as a member of Habitat’s Board of Directors in Nashville.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s homeownership program, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is proud to announce 10 of the firm’s attorneys were named 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers, and two of the firm’s attorneys were named Mid-South Rising Stars.

Charles Robert Bone - President & CEOCharles Robert Bone - President & CEOThe firm’s President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone, was recognized for his work in the mergers and acquisitions practice area, and Founder and Vice Chairman Sam McAllester was recognized for his work in banking law. Additionally, attorneys David Anthony, John Branham, James Crumlin, Sharon Jacobs, Edward Yarbrough and Stephen Zralek were recognized for their respective practice areas. Former Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Nashville Mayor David Briley and Chancellor Anne Martin, were also included.

Raquel Bellamy and Emily Mack were named Rising Stars, an award honoring attorneys under 40 years old and in practice for less than 10 years. Bellamy focuses her practice on immigration law and Mack focuses her practice on labor and employment, education law and victim's rights.

Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters business, and for more than 25 years, they have identified the top legal minds around the nation. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state, and the Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. 

Charles Robert Bone is the firm’s president and CEO. He concentrates his practice in the areas of economic development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities. He serves as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. 

Sam McAllester, III is a founder and vice chairman of the firm. For more than 40 years, he has represented banks, financial institutions and other lenders. He also represents his clients in the enforcement and collection of loans and realization against all types of collateral through workouts, restructures, bankruptcies, repossessions and foreclosures. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

David Anthony represents banks, businesses and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and lien litigation. He routinely appears in state, federal and bankruptcy courts throughout Tennessee.

John Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. His trial experience includes insurance defense and legal malpractice defense.

James Crumlin concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, litigation and dispute resolution, and entertainment and media law.

Sharon Jacobs focus her practice in the areas of environmental and administrative law. She is an experienced regulatory lawyer and litigator who represents companies, local governments and not-for-profit organizations in administrative, regulatory, environmental, zoning, land use and municipal law. She has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Edward Yarbrough a former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, has been a successful trial lawyer in Nashville for more than 40 years. Today, he focuses his practice on defending major criminal cases. He also helps clients with government investigations, personal injury, dispute resolution and civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Stephen Zralek is a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. He has spent more than two decades helping clients resolve complex disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas.

Raquel Bellamy is a dedicated advocate with a wide range of experience in civil and criminal litigation. She advises clients concerning business, entertainment and employment disputes. Raquel also advises individuals and corporations concerning immigration and nationality laws. She has defended and advanced immigrant rights for individuals from more than 50 countries.

Emily Mack focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment, education law and victim's rights. She represents public and private employers in federal and state courts, and in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies. She also represents public boards of education and private schools and universities across the state of Tennessee.

About Bone McAllester Norton

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is one of Nashville’s largest law firms with 20 distinct practice areas. The firm traces its roots back to 1978 when Charles W. Bone, Sam McAllester and Mike Norton first joined together to practice law. More than two decades later, in 2002, these lawyers along with Stacey Garret Koju joined together to form Bone McAllester Norton. The firm is known for their enthusiasm for the law, relentless dedication to clients and passionate commitment to the Nashville community. With offices located in Nashville, Hendersonville and Franklin, Tennessee, our attorneys work closely with clients on business and litigation matters across the country. For more information about Bone McAllester Norton, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Named to 2019 “Best Law Firms”

Charles Robert Bone  - President & CEO at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalCharles Robert BoneBone McAllester Norton for the 9th year in a row has been selected by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® to be named one of the “Best Law Firms” of 2019. The firm received multiple accolades at various levels, most notably are our “Tier 1 Rankings,” which include the following eight practice areas: Administrative/Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI Defense, Employment Law for individuals and Personal Injury Litigation for plaintiffs. The firm was also highly regarded in 17 other practice areas.

“Bone McAllester Norton is proud of the continued recognition our firm receives for providing world class legal services,” said firm President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone. “This honor is a direct result ofthe expertise, dedication and passion our attorneys have for their clients as well as the greater Nashville community.

”The U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and the review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 25th edition ofThe Best Lawyers in America for their respective practice area and geographical location. Bone McAllester Norton had 17 attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019 in 25 distinct practice areas.

Since the first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

About Bone McAllester Norton:
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is one of Nashville’s largest law firms with 20 distinct practice areas. The firm traces its roots back to 1978 when Charles W. Bone, Sam McAllester and Mike Norton first joined together to practice law. More than two decades later, in 2002, these layers along with Stacey Garrett Koju joined together to form Bone McAllester Norton. The firm has become known for their enthusiasm for the law, relentless dedication to clients and passionate commitment to the greater Nashville community. With offices located in Nashville, Hendersonville and Franklin, Tennessee, our attorneys work closely with clients on matters across the country. For more information about Bone McAllester Norton, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Attends 2018 TAG Alliances Fall International Conference

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Speaking at the 2018 TAG Alliances Fall International Conference

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek attended the TAG Alliances Fall International Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia from Oct. 24 to 26.

Bone McAllester is the Tennessee law firm for TAGLaw, which is part of an international, multidisciplinary alliance of independent professional service firms. For more than 20 years, members like Zralek have leveraged the alliance’s global reach and local expertise of fellow like-minded firms to facilitate the international needs of their clients. With more than 290 member firms based in nearly 100 countries, TAG Alliances is one of the largest and most respected multidisciplinary alliances in the world.

A Nashville native, Zralek has practiced law since 1997 and clients continue to seek his advice, tenacity and engaging approach for litigation and protecting their creativity by resolving intellectual property, entertainment and business disputes.

To learn more about TAG Alliances, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton’s President and CEO Charles Robert Bone Selected New MDHA Chairman

Charles Robert Bone President & CEO at Bone McAllester NortonCharles Robert BoneBonelaw’s Charles Robert Bone was named Chairman of the Metro Development and Housing Agency (MDHA). 
Senior reporter Adam Sichko of the Nashville Business Journal takes a deeper dive with Bone to discuss his new appointment and MDHA’s new tax-increment financing (TIF) initiative. In the interview, “[Bone] describes the more prominent role he wants MDHA to embrace in addressing the shortage of affordable and workforce housing in Nashville, and his remarks also provide a window into how he will approach the coming debate about those developer incentives.” 

To read the complete interview, click here.