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Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee for Legislative Reception

On March 5, 2019, Bone McAllester Norton welcomed Habitat for Humanity affiliate leaders, board members and supporters from across Tennessee at the firm’s Nashville office to celebrate more than 40 years of building strength, stability and self-reliance in our state. The legislative reception was hosted by Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, Speaker Glen Casada, Senator Jeff Yarbo, Representative Karen Camper, Representative William Lamberth, Representative Ryan Williams, and Representative and Bone McAllester Norton attorney Johnny Garrett.

From the firm’s beginning, the leaders at Bone McAllester Norton have valued creating a culture founded upon making a positive change. 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 Committee 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 Tennessee, visit their website.


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Bone McAllester Norton Hosts Tennessee Bankers Association’s Young Bankers Division during Day on the Hill

On March 6, 2019, Bone McAllester Norton hosted the Young Bankers Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) for lunch and a panel discussion, led by Bone Law attorney Trace Blankenship, as part of their annual “Day on the Hill” at the Tennessee State Capitol.

Each March, the Young Bankers Division organizes this unique outing in conjunction with TBA’s government relations team. “Day on the Hill” encourages engagement in the political and regulatory process by providing an opportunity for bankers under the age of 40 to observe the General Assembly in session and meet with key legislators and staffers. Participants learn about the procedures of the state’s governing body, tour the Capitol and also attend committee sessions. 

The Young Bankers Division was established in 1960 to nurture the professional development of the state’s bank officers, and prepare them to become the industry’s next generation of leaders through professional development, advocacy and community involvement opportunities.

Trace Blankenship's practice is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/capital-raising transactions, securities regulation, and corporate governance/board strategy.   He has been named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2014 and was selected in 2017 and again in 2018 for the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.”  He’s a longtime member of the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Bank Lawyers Committee and was a contributing author of Director’s Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, published by the American Bar Association in 2017. Trace serves as general counsel and as a board member of the law firm.

To learn more about the Tennessee Bankers Association, visit their website.


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Bone Law’s Global Alliance TAGLaw Receives Distinguished Recognition by Chambers & Partners

TagLaw - A World Alliance of independent Law FirmsBone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that its international alliance, TAGLaw, has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners as “Elite”—the highest ranking awarded to legal networks and alliances. This is the sixth time TAGLaw has received the distinguished “Elite” designation since Chambers & Partners began ranking legal networks and alliances in 2013. TAGLaw is a global alliance of more than 160 leading independent law firms providing trusted legal services to companies including the Fortune 5000, leading small to medium companies, and high net worth individuals in more than 90 countries. With expertise in dozens of practice areas and countless industry sectors, TAGLaw offers significant capabilities to its members’ clients. When Bone McAllester clients need legal advice outside of Tennessee or the United States, they can quickly draw on the vast network and experience of other TAGLaw law firms, which are of a similar caliber. Our experience in working with other TAGLaw firms has been seamless and phenomenal. They routinely treat our clients as their own and provide the same level of service as we would, ourselves. Through TAGLaw, Bone McAllester Norton is ready to serve clients with local experts, regardless of where their business goals and legal challenges may take them. Learn more at

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Kee Bryant-McCormick Honored by Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Steve-Botts---Kee-Bryant-McCormick---Johnny-Garrett-at-Hendersonville-Chamber-of-Commerce (left to right): Steve Botts, president of Heritage Financial Group, LLC and Board Chairman of Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce; Bone McAllester Norton attorney Kee Bryant-McCormick; Bone McAllester Norton attorney and Tennessee State Representative Johnny Garrett

On Feb. 21, Bone McAllester Norton attorney Kee Bryant-McCormick was honored by the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce during its annual “Women Impacting The Community” awards luncheon. Bryant-McCormick received the 2019 Professional Impact Award in recognition of her service to several local civic and charitable organizations.

A member of the firm’s Sumner County office, Bryant-McCormick concentrates her practice in the areas of civil and criminal litigation, estate planning, probate, conservatorships, wills and trusts, business and corporate law, and special education law. She serves many professional organizations and non-profits, including the Rotary Club, Shalom Zone, League of Women Voters of Tennessee and the City of Hendersonville, among others.

The Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce is Sumner County’s largest COC, representing the interests of its more than 800 member businesses and 8,730 member employees throughout the area. For more information, visit their website.

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 hosted its 18th annual MLK Day Fellowship Breakfast on January 21

More than 600 civic and community leaders from across Nashville gathered as part of Bone McAllester Norton’s 18th Annual MLK Day Fellowship Breakfast on Monday, January 21, at the new Tennessee State Museum. The Fellowship Breakfast has become a centerpiece in Nashville’s annual remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and today was no exception.

Mayor David Briley, Ernest “Rip” Patton (one of the original Freedom Riders), Stacey Garrett Koju and Charles W. Bone, the firm's co-founders, were among the featured speakers. Aside from the speakers, this year’s event also served as the premiere screening of a new short film, titled Perspectives. The film was commissioned by Bone McAllester Norton in collaboration with Centric Screenworks, a Centric Entertainment Group company, and featured Nashville youth and their perspectives on privilege, prejudice and human dignity in today’s society.

The law firm also celebrated its recent success in helping Cyntoia Brown win her bid for clemency by sharing some of her thoughts about the present-day importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the importance of really listening to young people. The full text of her message shared this morning can be seen locally in The Tennessean and nationally in USA Today.

Premiere screening of Perspectives at this year's MLK Fellowship Breakfast

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Bone McAllester Norton Sponsors Hendersonville High School Basketball Games

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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.

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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.