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Bone McAllester Norton Attorney James Crumlin, Jr. Offers Workplace Romance Advice in Nashville Business Journal

James A Crumlin Jr.James A Crumlin Jr.Bone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin, Jr. is a featured guest columnist on the Nashville Business Journal’s website. His article “Before asking 'Be Mine,' beware: Office romance advice from a Nashville lawyer” highlights several key items employers and employees should keep in mind as Valentine’s Day approaches, including reviewing company policies about employee relationships, creating consensual romance contracts and other tips for avoiding inappropriate conduct.

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 companies who need assistance in navigating the corporate legal landscape. 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 the column, visit the Nashville Business Journal’s website.

Bonelaw Attorneys David Anthony and I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo Spoke at the Nashville Bar Association’s Friday FUNdamentals

David M. Anthony Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalDavid M. AnthonyBone McAllester Norton attorneys David Anthony and I'Ashea Myles-Dihigo spoke to first- and second-year attorneys last week at Nashville Bar Association's Friday FUNdamentals series about managing the attorney-client relationship and firm practice fundamentals. Each session of the 14-week program provides one and a half hours of practical knowledge and training from experienced attorneys throughout the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community.

Anthony represents banks, business and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors' rights, bankruptcy and lien litigation. I'Ashea Myles Dihigo Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalI'Ashea Myles DihigoMyles-Dihigo focuses her practice on construction law, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, employment law, and represents businesses in liquor licensing in the state of Tennessee.

For more information about Nashville Bar Association's Friday FUNdamentals series, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney James Crumlin Featured on Nashville Public Radio

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional ImageJames A. Crumlin Jr.Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin Jr.’s biweekly “Capitol Steps Workout” was recently featured on Nashville Public Radio, part of the National Public Radio network. Every Monday and Thursday night at 6 p.m., Crumlin leads a group of workout warriors through a free, high intensity workout on the 90-step staircase of the Tennessee Capitol building.

Crumlin, who is a five-time Ironman finisher, started the workout group six and a half years ago and welcomes anyone to participate. In January of 2019, for the second straight year, Crumlin’s class was recognized by Nashville Fit Magazine as Nashville’s Best Free Community Workout in 2018. Check out the full story here.

Bone McAllester Norton Sponsors Hendersonville High School Basketball Games

Bone McAllester Norton Sponsors Hendersonville High School Basketball Games Bone McAllester Norton Sponsors Hendersonville High School Basketball Games

Bone McAllester Norton is a proud sponsor of Hendersonville High School basketball for the 2018-19 season! Last night, the Commandos boy’s varsity squad hosted Beech High School in the main gym. For the second consecutive year, our firm provided free T-shirts for players and cheerleaders to toss out to the crowd during the game.

Bone McAllester Norton Sponsors Hendersonville High School Basketball Games 1 Bone LawWhile the attorneys at our firm spend most of their days in pursuit of exceptional legal results for clients, they also rally behind a wide range of local fundraisers and community events. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Marty Cook continues to cheer on his son, Carson, who is a member of the Hendersonville Commandos basketball team.

For more information about Hendersonville High School’s basketball program, visit their website. Go Commandos!

Speaker Casada Names Representative Garrett Vice-Chairman Of House Judiciary Committee

Johnny C Garrett IVJohnny C Garrett IVBone Law's Johnny Garrett has been named Vice-Chairman Of House Judiciary Committee by Speaker Glen Casada. The Tennessee House of Republican's website released the following news on January 16, 2019.


(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Johnny Garrett (R-Goodlettsville) Vice-Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. This is an honor rarely bestowed upon first-year lawmakers.

The 26-person House Judiciary Committee will be responsible for all criminal and civil laws; judicial proceedings; executors, administrators, wills, divorce, and other family matters; all proceedings related to the courts, and law enforcement issues.

“We have an extremely gifted group of freshman lawmakers, and Representative Garrett is one of our leaders,” said Speaker Casada. “I know he will bring a new energy and new ideas to the House Judiciary Committee, which will benefit our entire General Assembly and the citizens of Tennessee.”

“I am humbled that Speaker Casada has chosen me to serve as a leader of the House Judiciary Committee,” said Representative Garrett. “Tennessee has made remarkable progress building safe communities and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens in recent years. I am eager to get to work with my fellow committee members so that we can build upon these successful trends.”

Representative Garrett was officially sworn in to office on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. He will also serve as a member of the House Insurance Committee, as well as the House Civil Justice and Property & Casualty Subcommittees. Garrett lives in Goodletsville and represents Tennessee House District 45, which includes a portion of Sumner County.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Maria Campbell Recognized as a “Pro Bono Hero” by Tennessee Bar Association

Maria Q Campbell Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonMaria Q. CampbellBone McAllester Norton attorney Maria Campbell was recognized as a “Pro Bono Hero” in a list compiled by the Tennessee Bar Association’s (TBA) Access to Justice Committee in January 2019. According to the article, attorneys in the state reported performing an average of 53.1 hours of pro bono in 2016—the second highest rate among all states taking part in an American Bar Association survey.

As a litigation attorney and public interest advocate, Campbell gives her time to the Tennessee Justice Center’s TennCare Appeals project and Military Spouse JD Network. A California native, Campbell recently moved to Tennessee and has also become active in many local professional activities, including the TBA Young Lawyers Division’s Diversity Committee.

From the firm’s beginning, the leaders at Bone McAllester Norton have valued creating a culture founded upon making a difference for good. We are proud of the various ways the firm’s attorneys choose to serve the Nashville community.

To read the full article, visit Tennessee Bar Association’s website.

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.