On March 27th, Congress passed the largest economic stimulus bill in U.S. history, and on the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act") into law.
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The week of March 23, 2020, Congress passed sweeping legislation addressing the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the workplace. Under this new legislation, employers with fewer than 500 employees must provide paid sick and family leave to both full- and part-time eligible employees in certain circumstances. All businesses covered by the law must be in compliance by Thursday, April 2, when the law goes into effect.
Attorneys Sam Jackson and Mandy Strickland Floyd, will guide you through the new law’s requirements and provide you with some bottom-line answers to how this law may impact your business and employment decisions.
Recorded on March 25, 2020
Bone McAllester Norton recently hosted over 80 bankers from across the state at the annual Tennessee Bankers Association’s Young Bankers “Day on the Hill”. The bankers spent time at the state Capitol and learned about Tennessee’s legislative process and TBA’s role in banking legislation.
Participants then headed to Bone McAllester Norton’s downtown Nashville office for lunch and panel discussions featuring Rep. Johnny Garrett, Rep. Bob Freeman and Rep. Clay Doggett. The panel, moderated by our own Trace Blankenship, was a great introduction to the legislative process and allowed the bankers to connect with their state legislators.
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.
To learn more about the Tennessee Bankers Association, visit their website.
Bone McAllester Norton attorney David Anthony was recently elected to the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute’s board of directors. David was among four other attorneys elected to the 25-member board, each serving five-year terms.
Attorneys selected to serve as directors of the MSCLI are those who exemplify the highest commitment to the practice of bankruptcy and commercial law in the mid-south, as shown by the MSCLI’s highly regarded educational programs and overall efforts to maintain and elevate the standards of the bankruptcy bar.
A yearly highlight for the nonprofit institute is an advanced two-day CLE seminar on commercial and bankruptcy law in Nashville, Tenn. The seminars are presented by panels of nationally renowned scholars, judges and attorneys and are designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of practices.
David is a veteran attorney with experience representing 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. In addition to his litigation practice, he has significant experience in the review, analysis and preparation of commercial contracts, including leases, loan documents and other commercial contracts.
To learn more, visit the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute’s website.
Bone McAllester Norton attorney David Anthony was recently featured in the Tennessean sharing tips on how to avoid bankruptcy as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the economy.
He expressed the need to be proactive and for those who are out of work or actively losing income to not wait until they are completely out of money to take action.
“If they feel like they’re in the pinch now, reach out to the landlord, reach out to the bank now,” he said in the article.
Anthony is a veteran attorney with experience representing 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. In addition to his litigation practice, he has significant experience in the review, analysis and preparation of commercial contracts, including leases, loan documents and other commercial contracts.
To read the article, visit The Tennessean’s website.
On Tuesday, March 10, Bone McAllester Norton welcomed Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee leaders, supporters and board members to our office, to highlight 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 Cameron Sexton, Senators Jack Johnson, Jeff Yarbro and Becky Massey, and Representatives William Lamberth, Karen Camper and Ryan Williams.
This event is one of many examples of Bone McAllester Norton’s drive to improve the community through a culture of positive impact. Sam J. McAllester III, 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 its website.
Dear clients, friends and family,
In light of the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, we have enacted our firm’s Business Continuity Plan. We made this decision to prioritize the health and safety of our attorneys and staff members, followed closely by our commitment to our clients, to ensure that there is no disruption in our services.
As part of this plan, effective today our entire team, except for a limited in-office presence, will be working remotely until further notice. Our firm remains fully operational to continue supporting our clients during this unprecedented time. Our attorneys remain fully accessible by phone and email when working remotely, and our staff is also available for client needs. There will be no interruption in your access to the attorneys or the services that we are able to provide to you while our physical locations remain closed.
We will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation as it continues to evolve and we are committed to following the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the medical community, and our state and local authorities.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and look forward to our continued partnership both during and after this crisis. We hope you all remain healthy and safe.
Charles Robert Bone
President and CEO
A few hours after deadly tornadoes closed some polls and forced others to open late on Super Tuesday, the Joe Biden for President campaign reached out to attorneys Stephen Zralek and David Briley to file a motion for temporary injunction to keep the polls open longer in Nashville. Although the courthouse was closed, the Court agreed to let Stephen, David, lawyers for other candidates, and lawyers for the Election Commission argue. Ultimately, Stephen and David prevailed, persuading the Court that polls across the city should be ordered to stay open later. Stephen told The Tennessean: “Every voter in Nashville that is affected by the tornado, this is giving them the opportunity to do what they need to do, take care of their families and also select who they want to be president.” Read more about the ruling here.
Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Stephen Zralek and William "Paz" Haynes, III recently wrote an Op-Ed for The Tennessean discussing how college athletes are wrongly blocked from compensation for their use of their right of publicity. The article explores two bills that have been proposed in the state legislature that address this issue.
“One bill is a step in the right direction, one may inadvertently limit student-athletes’ rights, and neither goes far enough,” they said in the article. They explain how this legislation “could help attract elite student athletes to Tennessee, which would benefit our state as a whole.” Strengthening the right of publicity for college athletes would indirectly also strengthen it for musicians and other celebrities who live and work in Tennessee.
Zralek has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial litigator and focuses his practice on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Zralek is a frequent speaker and author on issues in intellectual property litigation, including the right of publicity, and litigating before the Tennessee Business Court
Haynes is a veteran attorney with experience in labor and employment law, administrative law, health care law, and commercial and civil litigation. In 2017, Haynes was appointed to the board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, and he currently serves as board chairman.
To read the article, visit The Tennessean’s website.
This week, a wave of deadly tornadoes hit Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and these tragedies have reminded us that Bone McAllester Norton is deeply rooted in our community. So many of our firm’s friends and clients have reached out to check on us, and we are grateful for their support during this time. No one has escaped the storm’s impact: friends have been displaced, businesses have been destroyed, and lives have been lost. Thankfully, everyone on our team is safe. But the pain is hitting close to home for the Bone McAllester Norton family as we have attorneys and relatives uprooted from homes and jobs.
Jonathan Farmer, former founding member of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. Jonathan brings over 20 years of experience and concentrates his practice on criminal defense and government investigations, personal injury, wrongful death, and civil litigation.
Jonathan’s leadership experience and litigation work in Nashville make him a great fit for our team,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to build his practice with us, and use his level of expertise to provide great work for his clients.”
Jonathan is a native Nashvillian and received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Tennessee.
Former federal prosecutor and Director of Litigation for the United States Attorney’s Office in Nashville Henry Leventis has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.
“Henry’s wealth of knowledge and years of experience make him a tremendous asset to our team,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “His diverse perspective and deep litigation experience will help us continue to build upon our practice areas and better serve our clients.”
Leventis will join former United States Attorney Ed Yarbrough in Bone McAllester Norton’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice group. He will focus on white-collar criminal defense, civil government enforcement matters and internal investigations.
Leventis earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and his J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Bone McAllester Norton is a proud sponsor of Hendersonville High School basketball for the 2019-20 season! Last night, the Commandos boys’ varsity squad hosted Gallatin High School in the main gym. For the third consecutive year, our firm provided free T-shirts for players and cheerleaders to toss out to the crowd during the game.
While 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!
More than 1,000 civic and community leaders came together to kick-off Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Bone McAllester Norton’s annual MLK Day Breakfast.
This event – now in its 19th year – was started with the goal of bringing the community together each year to celebrate, reflect and remind us of the importance of Dr. King’s message and renew the city’s commitment to the social justice issues he fought so hard for.
“Dr. King’s message is in so many ways just as relevant today as it was 50+ years ago. As a law firm, but also as active members in this community, we believe fiercely that we have a responsibility to not just remember his legacy but push each other to keep thinking and talking about its relevance against the backdrop of present-day issues and challenges,” said Bone McAllester Norton PLLC co-founder, Stacey Garrett Koju.
This year’s event broke a 19-year record of attendance and brought a standing-room only crowd to hear longtime civil rights advocate and current Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins and Cyntoia Brown-Long. Brown-Long is an author, speaker and advocate for criminal justice reform and victims of sex trafficking. She was also a client of Bone McAllester Norton, who led the legal fight that resulted in her freedom being granted by former Governor Bill Haslam last year. She recently released a book, “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System,” which earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination.
“In so many ways Cyntoia’s story is a present-day manifestation of Dr. King’s message. Listening to her story challenges us to think about, remember, and celebrate the messages he preached about forgiveness, love, justice, redemption, faith and service,” said Dinkins. “As the passage of time takes us further away from the days of Dr. King, it is so important that we make ourselves constantly reimagine the meaning of his words in today’s context. Talking to Cyntoia today did that in an incredibly moving way.”
“What a great opportunity today was to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy but also to talk about how we can each carry forth his message in our own lives today. I have been given an extraordinary second chance. I am deeply grateful to Bone McAllester, former Governor Bill Haslam, and the many others who stepped forward to help me tell my own story and get a second chance at life,” said Brown-Long. “I’m committed, now to standing on the backs of the giants like Martin Luther King, Jr. to ensure we carry his legacy forth – that we give voice to those who need it most and that we inspire others to listen more intently to what they have to say and act on it.”
“What makes a great law firm isn’t only top-flight lawyers, but also a steadfast commitment to the community in which we practice,” said co-founder and chairman Charles W. Bone. “From the day we opened the doors of Bone McAllester Norton, we’ve maintained a dual commitment to legal excellence and community as our compass. This event to honor Dr. King’s legacy is an important part of that, as was our work to free Cyntoia Brown-Long.”
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a Nashville law firm with nearly 45 attorneys with an extensive range of practices and experiences including expertise in litigation, banking and commercial lending, corporate and securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, entertainment and environmental matters. In addition to their legal expertise, the firm has also steadfastly committed itself to a range of community initiatives, including among other things, their 19-year support of the annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast.
Bone McAllester Norton attorney Sheri Jacobs was recently recognized by Nashville Lifestyles as a 2019 Top Attorney.
Jacobs is a seasoned regulatory lawyer and litigator who concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental, regulatory, local government, land use and administrative law. Her experience includes matters associated with sustainability, solid and hazardous waste, multimillion-dollar transactions, Brownfield redevelopment projects, underground storage tanks, water pollution, environmental citizen suits, and more.
Jacobs has successfully represented clients before administrative boards and at the state, federal and local levels and is consistently praised by clients for her meticulous work.
Veteran litigators Stephen Zralek and Paz Haynes, both Members at Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, recently spoke on “The Ethical Campaign,” a CLE sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association. Stephen’s panel guided judges and judicial candidates on the ethical rules that govern running for office in Tennessee. Paz shared war stories and best practices that he has observed from the trenches in campaign finance.
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. He regularly advises candidates, elected officials, PACs and businesses on campaign finance and election law issues.
Haynes is a veteran attorney with experience in labor and employment law, administrative law, healthcare law, and commercial and civil litigation. In 2017, Haynes was appointed to the Board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, and he currently serves as board chairman.
Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton, received the Nashville Bar Association’s John C. Tune Public Service Award at the 2019 NBA Annual Banquet.
Bone said, “It’s an honor to receive this award, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by individuals who work every day to make our community a better place to live for everyone.”
The John C. Tune Public Service Award recognizes an NBA member who has demonstrated commitment to both to their profession and to the betterment of their community. It is considered the highest award presented by the NBA and, due to its significance, is presented not annually but when a deserving candidate is recognized.
Throughout his successful law career, Bone has served as a trusted adviser to countless clients seeking advice on corporate and litigation issues. He has been involved in a variety of community efforts and organizations.
Bone is also well-known for representing Cyntoia Brown in her bid for clemency after an original conviction of first-degree murder and life imprisonment. After nearly 10 years of tireless work by her pro bono legal team, Brown was released on parole in August of this year after then-Governor Bill Haslam commuted her sentence.
For more information about the John C. Tune Public Service Award, visit the NBA website.
Lawyers’ Association for Women (LAW) recently hosted the 2019 Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium in Nashville. Established to advance women within the legal profession, the symposium works to expand the dialogue among women lawyers. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Andrea P. Perry co-chaired this year's event, which explored what it takes to be a female lawyer and how to effect change. Following the symposium, Andrea was featured in LAW’s October newsletter where she shared her experience co-chairing along with the progress she has witnessed within the community.
“The 2019 Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium was a vehicle to bring women together to unite, be a part of the change, and discuss and bring solutions to the table,” Andrea said. “Some of the fantastic progress I have seen from women-led initiatives includes the development of assignment systems in firms so that quality assignments are not left to implicit bias or chance. These systems have been highly useful in advancing opportunities for female lawyers.”
Bone McAllester Norton is committed to influencing positive change within the Nashville community. We are proud of all of the hard work our attorneys do to enhance and make a difference within the legal profession.
For more information about the Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium awards, visit the LAW website.
I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo attended the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law where she had the opportunity to speak with prominent District Court Judge, the Honorable Benita Y. Pearson. This forum focused on the importance of diversity and inclusion within the profession, while empowering the industry through education and leadership.
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and two have been named Rising Stars.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Super Lawyers,” said President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone. “Our firm is rooted in the commitment and expertise our attorneys bring to their work every day. We know that our colleagues are passionate about their clients and the greater Nashville community, and it’s really special when they are also recognized by such a prestigious organization for their hard work.”
Super Lawyers is a rating service that for more than 25 years has selected the nation’s premier attorneys from more than 70 practice areas. The comprehensive multiphase selection process involves statewide surveys, independent research, peer evaluations and independent research. Only 5% of attorneys from each state are recognized on the Super Lawyers list and only 2.5% of attorneys from each state are recognized on the Rising Stars list.
This year’s super lawyers include:
Charles Robert Bone, the firm’s president and CEO who is known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice. He also serves as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
Sam J. McAllester III is the founder and vice chairman of the firm and has represented banks, financial institutions and other lenders for over 40 years. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.
John P. Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice areas include business litigation and personal injury litigation. His trial practice also includes legal malpractice defense.
David M. Anthony is a skilled attorney who represents banks, businesses, and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, and lien litigation.
Sharon O. Jacobs is an experienced environmental 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 M. Yarbrough former U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee has provided quality legal representation and counsel to clients in the Middle Tennessee area for over 45 years. His experience includes government investigations, dispute resolution and civil and criminal litigation. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.
Stephen J. Zralek is a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Stephen has spent over two decades helping clients resolve complex legal disputes.
This year’s rising stars include:
Raquel L. Bellamy is a dedicated advocate who has defended and advanced immigrant rights for individuals from over 60 countries. She has a wide range of experience in civil and criminal litigation and advises clients concerning business, entertainment, and employment disputes.
I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo is a practiced attorney who regularly handles matters related to the construction and development of both commercial and residential property. She is committed to building a better future for her community through advocacy and the promotion of equal justice.