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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.

Charles Robert Bone Appointed to New Metro Council Committee

Charles Robert Bone President CEO Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexCharles Robert BoneBone McAllester Norton President and CEO Charles Robert Bone has been nominated by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) to join Metro Council’s seven-person committee tasked with reviewing tax-increment financing. Metro Council approved the appointments on Oct. 16. Charles Robert Bone has served on MDHA’s Board of Commissioners since February 2016.

In September, Metro Council decided to form a new committee to study how the MDHA “utilizes tax increment financing and to formulate recommendations for its implementation in a more transparent, equitable, effective and understandable manner,” according to Bill BL2018-1315. The mission of MDHA is to create affordable housing opportunities, support neighborhoods, strengthen communities and help build a greater Nashville.

To learn more about Metro Council, visit their website.

Bonelaw Attorney James Crumlin was Selected to Attend Lululemon Athletica’s Southeast Huddle Leadership/Empowerment Retreat

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonJames A. Crumlin Jr.Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin Jr. was honored to be one of 15 representatives selected to attend Lululemon Athletica’s Southeast Huddle Leadership / Empowerment Retreat. James and the selectees joined 10 Lululemon team members for a weekend filled with fitness and leadership seminars. In addition to attending the retreat, the selectees will serve as representatives to Lululemon headquarters on behalf of fitness communities throughout their states. James was one of three individuals selected from the state of Tennessee to represent our countless fitness communities. The selectees were chosen based upon their reputation in their respective fitness communities.

In January of 2018, James was recognized by Nashville Fit Magazine for leading Nashville’s best free workout class in 2017. Every Monday and Thursday night you will find James leading nearly a hundred community members through a high intensity workout at the steps of the Tennessee Capitol building. You can read more about the “Capitol Steps Workout” here. 

When reflecting upon the retreat, James said his three takeaways were,
“1. Be in the moment—Every moment is precious. It will never happen again.
2. Trust your process—Everyone is doing big things…
3. Follow your faith in God- He will lead you down your path. Just listen. You are right where
you are supposed to be. Your steps are ordered.”

For more information on Lululemon’s Southeast Huddle Leadership/Empowerment Retreat
please click here.

Charles Robert Bone Named to Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 Power 100

Charles Robert Bone - President & CEO at Bone McAllester NortonCharles Robert BoneBone McAllester Norton President and CEO Charles Robert Bone was named to Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 Power 100: Connectors list.

In its fourth year, NBJ’s Power 100 list highlights those who have the greatest impact on Nashville's businesses, workforce, economy or growth and is divided into five categories: Dealmakers, Connectors, Industry Giants, Heavy Hitters and Trendsetters. Announced on Oct. 9, the Connectors category includes individuals who have a wide network, bring together powerful people to get things done and drive decisions under the radar.

Known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice, Charles Robert Bone concentrates his law practice in the areas of economic development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities, including serving as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. In addition to his law practice, Charles Robert has been instrumental in developing several Tennessee-based companies as an entrepreneur, investor and board member, including as a founder of Phoenix Boats, the Southern Steak & Oyster restaurant and Acme Feed & Seed. He also serves as a partner in and on the investment committee for the Tennessee Angel Fund, a statewide co-investment fund, and on the local board of directors for ServisFirst Bank.

To see the complete Power 100 list, visit the Nashville Business Journal’s website.

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Maria Campbell selected as ABA Innovation Fellow

Maria Q Campbell Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonMaria Q. Campbell AttorneyBone McAllester Norton attorney Maria Campbell has been selected as an Innovation Fellow by the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation, one of six fellowships offered by the center. In this role, she will be working with the Military Spouse JD Network to help make it easier for attorney spouses of military service members to find opportunities to practice law and contribute to their communities. Formed in 2011 by two military spouses, MSJDN advocates for licensing accommodations for military spouses, including bar membership without additional examination, as well opportunities to network with other military spouses with Juris Doctor degrees.

As one of the first to take advantage of Tennessee’s Military Spouse Licensing Law, enacted in early 2016 to grant a Tennessee law license to military spouses who are licensed in another state, Campbell is a public interest advocate and litigation attorney with a focus on business disputes and advising nonprofits. In addition to her work with Bone McAllester Norton, she serves as the communications director for Military Spouse JD Network and co-chair for the events committee of Women for Tennessee’s Future.

For more information about ABA’s Center for Innovation, visit their website.