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Bone Law Sponsors 44th Annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 44th Annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast on March 13, 2018. Each year during the spring session of the Tennessee General Assembly, citizens are invited to gather to pray for our government officials and state leaders. Bonelaw attorneys Trace Blankenship and Andrea Perry served on the 2018 Citizens’ Committee and Charles R. Bone served on the 2018 Advisory Committee. Blankenship served as the Citizens’ Committee Chair in 2012.

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This year’s breakfast featured, the Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, Mary Beth Chapman, President of Show hope, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Steven Curtis Chapman, Multi-Platinum Selling, GRAMMY and Dove Award-Winning Artist, and Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators’ Forward. Bonelaw President and CEO, Charles R. Bone says, “The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is always an inspiring event – allowing those serving in public office to put aside partisan differences and pray for our city, state and country. This year was equally inspiring and uplifting.” We are honored to participate in this notable occasion with so many community members and leaders around the state.

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Conexión Américas’ Cafecito

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Conexión Américas’ Cafecito on April 13. Community members and leaders gathered together at the Music City Center to share a meal and hear about Conexión Américas’ victories, challenges, and dreams for our local Latino community. At Cafecito this year, Renata Soto, co-founder, highlighted one of the many questions they receive: where is the playground? On May 18, Casa Azafrán will be hosting the opening celebration of the new park, located off Nolensville Road in Nashville.

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Bonelaw attorney Raquel L. Bellamy serves on Conexión’s board of directors. Stephen Zralek serves on the Board of Ambassadors and Charles W. Bone is a former Cafecito chair from 2010.

Conexión’s mission is, “to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed.” Through Conexión over 8,000 individuals and families every year learn English, succeed in school, go to college, pay taxes, buy a home, start a business, protect our families, advocate, and so much more. We are honored to support the work of our neighbors at Casa Azafrán.

Staff Appreciation Day 2018: Oh, The Places We’ll Go!

Bone McAllester Norton celebrated Staff Appreciation Day 2018 this week with an exceptionalBone McAllester Norton celebrated Staff Appreciation Day 2018 this week with an exceptionalprogram. This year’s theme for the day was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

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As our staff members arrived for work, they were greeted with a poster in the lobby of the Nashville City Center, personally thanking each individual by name. The day unfolded gradually when each team member arrived at their desk to find their travel itinerary, which outlined their schedule for the day. At noon, the staff and attorneys from all of our offices came together for a cross-cultural lunch, hinting at the afternoon’s activities. Following the lunch, Charles R. Bone thanked the staff and invited everyone to join their respective Bone Law attorneys who would serve as their tour guides on the afternoon’s adventure.

The tour guides led the staff on a journey through the Bone Law offices to six different “countries”: Italy, France, the Philippines, Jamaica, Nepal, Argentina and South Africa. At each country, an attorney in costume awaited each tour group, welcoming the staff members with a traditional greeting and fun facts about the country. As each tour group left a country, gifts and treats were passed out as a sign of the firm’s appreciation. For example, in Italy the staff received cannolis and a sample bottle of Prosecco. Each group finished at “baggage claim”, where our pilots, Charles W. Bone, Sam McAllester and Marty Cook, personally thanked each team member for their hard work and dedication, and handed over their “luggage” containing a cash bonus, the final token of appreciation for the day.

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 Staff Appreciation Day at Bone Law

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Our firm is grateful for the hard work of our staff and their dedication to helping fulfill our firm’s passion to provide quality legal services to our clients. We couldn’t do it without them and we look forward to future “places we will go” with the help of our team.

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Staff Appreciation Day at Bone Law

Background Check with Raquel & Chris Bellamy

Raquel L Bellamy - Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonRaquel L Bellamy - Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonBone McAllester Norton attorney, Raquel Bellamy, and her husband, Chris Bellamy, were featured in the Nashville Bar Journal’s “Background Check” column. They were recognized as a “powerhouse attorney couple” and a “positive force in the legal community for years to come.” The column provided an overview of their individual stories, how the two met, and the work they do today. 

The Bellamys are dedicated to providing excellent legal representation for all. We are proud of their hard work and the many ways they continue to serve the Nashville community. 

Read article Nashville Bar Journal's "Background Check" here.

1968 to 2018: 50 Years Later—Who Are We Today?

Martin Luther KingToday we continue to see how political, generational and cultural differences cause neighbors, citizens, friends, and family members to tune each other out and reject the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations that lead to acts of justice. We must ask ourselves, will we choose to be a people inspired by dreams of peace and equality? Amidst the violence, bitterness, and divisions, can we admit the ills of injustice even if we differ on the proper cure?

The year of 1968 was riddled with division, violence, and hatred. The loss of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be felt deeply tomorrow because the parallels between 1968 and 2018 are hard to ignore. The fight for economic and social justice continues, hinging upon our ability to intentionally embrace peace and civil discourse.

Tomorrow, April 4, 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Even while beset from all sides with doubt, Dr. King persisted in the pursuit of his Dream, and expanded his mission to find common ground for America’s brothers and sisters to live, work, and thrive. Together. He dedicated his life to challenge our Nation to achieve the goal of liberty and justice for all. Dr. King lost his life to a violent act of injustice that he fearlessly fought to eliminate in our Nation.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC will commemorate this somber anniversary tomorrow with reflection on Dr. King’s life and with gratitude for his rich legacy, through prayer and charity. We will encourage the BMN family to devote some measure of time, talent or treasure to the community on April 4, 2018, in honor of Dr. King’s ministry and his Dream. We hope that you, our clients, colleagues, friends and fellow Americans, will do the same.

Peace and goodwill to you and yours,

BONE McALLESTER NORTON PLLC

Avoiding Legal Hazards in the Construction Industry

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Marty Cook and Emily Mack, spoke at the AMC Safety Consultants’ seminar on “Avoiding Legal Hazards in the Construction Industry” on March 8, 2018.

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Cook and Mack highlighted key contract provisions that contractors need to be aware of and include in their agreements and discussed best practices for compliance with Tennessee’sretainage laws. They also focused on labor and employment issues facing employers in the construction industry. In particular, Cook and Mack discussed the risk of joint-employment relationships with contingent workers and ways to minimize joint-employer liability. They also discussed the interaction between employee drug testing policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act, particularly as it pertains to the use of prescription medication that may cause impairment by employees. The attorneys finished by addressing best practices for adopting clear policies, implementing consistent training, and maintaining appropriate documentation regrading workplace violence and harassment.

Cook is an attorney in the firm’s Sumner county office and focuses his practice in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution and real estate. Mack is an attorney in the firm’s Nashville office and focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment, education and general civil litigation.

 

 

Charles W. Bone Speaks at Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Summit

Bone McAllester Norton attorney and chairman, Charles W. Bone, spoke at the Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Summit on “Elevating Diverse Attorneys for Success” on March 1st, 2018. Bone has always believed in the necessity of creating a diverse team of attorneys and staff. He began his legal career during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Bone felt personally responsible to advocate for equal rights for diverse professionals.

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In 2002, Charles W. Bone and Stacey Garrett Koju began Bone McAllester Norton PLLC with a commitment to each other that the firm would be intentional about its diversity.  Koju, Bone McAllester Norton’s Board Chair, and Bone sought to create a firm that would reflect the belief that quality legal representation begins by first reflecting their clients and the communities they are from.

Bone shared how the firm intentionally closes on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day.  Our Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast is one way we provide our attorneys, staff, and communities with an opportunity to reflect upon where we were 50 years ago and where we need to be today. As a leading law firm in Nashville, we want to honor the leaders who came before us who fought for equality and the basic human rights of all individuals.

Bone, along with Junaid Odubeko, Audrey J. Anderson, and Saul Solomon, identified the importance of equipping diverse attorneys with mentors of the same race, providing current attorneys with the resources they need to be successful, and breaking down the social constraints of hiring young attorneys based solely upon grades.

When asked how young diverse professionals keep moving forward within a system that does not embrace diversity, Bone said, “With the direction the world is going, 5, 10, 15, 25 years from now things have to change. There is no choice. They will not be able to hold you back.”

Charles W. Bone Reads to First Grade Class at Robert Churchwell Magnet Elementary

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First grade teacher, Crystal Hicks, invited Bone McAllester Norton attorney, Charles W. Bone, to read to her class at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Bone read to the class of 18 students Oh the Places You Will Go. The children were eager to meet their special guest today.

We applaud Ms. Hicks for coordinating over 100 community members and leaders to read to the children this week alone. Bone was grateful for the opportunity to join Ms. Hicks in her efforts to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss.

 

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Alex Little Named to Nashville Business Journal “40 Under 40”

Alex Little Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexWe are proud of Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little named one of Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 40 under 40 winners. This list distinguishes Nashville’s thriving men and women that strive to keep Music City business community successful and flourishing, and they’re under the age of 40. This is the 10th year the Nashville Business Journal has hosted this program and we are honored to be a part of it.

You can review the full class of 2018 40 under 40 list here.

Bone McAllester Norton Adds Two High Profile Litigators

Two highly accomplished local attorneys with clients across Tennessee have joined the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.

Samuel L. Jackson and Emily Harper Mack have renowned reputations and extensive experience providing quality legal representation to public and private school boards, universities, and other employers.

Samuel L Jackson Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexSamuel L. JacksonThey routinely advise education clients on a wide variety of legal matters, including Title IX compliance, internal and agency investigations, administrative proceedings, special education and disability accommodations, personnel concerns, student rights and discipline, along with other legal matters that are unique to educational institutions.

Sam and Emily also regularly represent public and private employers in federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies on a variety of claims. Their experience includes wrongful discharge, retaliation, discrimination and harassment. With this litigation background, Sam and Emily are seasoned at counseling employers on matters involving employee discipline, workplace investigations, leaves of absence, and other labor and employment issues.

Emily Harper Mack Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexEmily Harper Mack“We are thrilled to have Sam and Emily join our firm. Given their high quality work, client satisfaction, and community involvement, they are an ideal fit for what we are doing in Middle Tennessee and across Tennessee,” said Charles Robert Bone, President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. Randy Frazier, the Director of Schools for the Weakley County Board of Education, a longtime client of Sam and Emily, said, “Our Board is excited that Sam Jackson and Emily Mack will continue to serve as our legal counsel with their new firm, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.

During my 9-year tenure as Director of Schools, Sam and Emily have represented our board in legal matters. They have displayed an expertise in all areas of school law. Their performance and service to our Board has been outstanding.”

Jackson and Mack practiced law together at Lewis Thomason in Nashville before joining Bone McAllester Norton.

Bone McAllester Norton, an entrepreneurial law firm of 40 attorneys with offices in Nashville and Sumner and Williamson Counties, provides a wide range of legal services to its clients. Bone McAllester has a long history of representing clients in the education arena, creating an exceptional synergy with Sam Jackson and Emily Mack’s law practice. Over the years, attorneys at the Bone firm have accumulated significant experience in representing school systems, private universities and colleges throughout Tennessee. Bone McAllester Norton focuses on 18 distinct practice areas, including litigation, banking and commercial lending, corporate and securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, labor and employment and environmental, along with a full breadth of legal services typically required by businesses and individuals.