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Bone Attorney James Crumlin, Jr. Offers Legal Advice for Office Gambling in Nashville Business Journal

Bone McAllester Norton attorneyJames Crumlin, Jr.is a featured guest columnist in this week’s Nashville Business Journal. In his article titled “Is your March Madness office pool illegal? A Nashville attorney tries to keep you out of trouble,” Crumlin highlights basic steps employers can take before gambling in the workplace throughout March’s NCAA basketball tournament to stay on the safe side.James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexJames A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton

Crumlin concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law, where he counsels management on issues arising from the employment relationship. He helps clients including Tennessee-based businesses, entrepreneurs and start-up ventures to navigate the corporate legal landscape and avoid costly mistakes. His experience includes business formation and strategy, funding and investor relations, contracts, employment compliance issues, risk management, litigation and dispute resolution. He also serves as outside general counsel for several small and midsize businesses. 

To read the column, visit the Nashville Business Journal’s website.

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 McAllester Norton Attorney Trace Blankenship Invited to FDIC Roundtable

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Trace Blankenship was recently invited by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), to participate in a candid, roundtable discussion about streamlining the regulatory path to promote more de novo community banks, such as Nashville’s Studio Bank.  Bone McAllester’s attorneys have been allies and advocates for financial institutions across Tennessee and the southeast for over 40 years. Trace Blankenship Member General Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexTrace Blankenship - Member and General Counsel

The new chairman of the FDIC, Jelena McWilliams, herself recently noted in the American Banker magazine that de novo bank formation “has screeched to a historic halt” over the past decade.  She has made it a priority to promote new bank formation across the country and has specifically said “the FDIC needs to do its part to make that happen.”   To that end, the FDIC invited a select group of CEOs of newly-formed banks, their legal counsel, industry consultants, and state banking officials to attend a handful of small group roundtable discussions in Washington, D.C. and their six regional offices, including Dallas.  The Dallas roundtable featured lively and collegial feedback from CEOs of three de novo banks that have opened in the past year in Nashville, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio, along with their advisors and a handful of state banking regulators.  Discussion centered on key changes the FDIC can make in its processes to promote the formations of new community banks in the U.S., while still protecting the safety and soundness of the banking system.  Trace participated in the roundtable with Studio Bank CEO and founder, Aaron Dorn, who founded Studio Bank with a talented team of directors, executives, and entrepreneurs after raising some $50 million in capital.  Bone McAllester Norton has been honored to serve from the beginning as corporate counsel to Studio Bank, which was Tennessee’s first pure de novo bank approved to open since 2008. 

According to the FDIC, there has been a dramatic drop in the past 25 years in the number of banks serving communities across the country:  In 1990, there were about 15,160 chartered banking and thrift institutions, which had dropped to about 5,670 by the end of 2017, and the share of industry assets held by the top 10 banks rose from 19% in 1990 to 51% at the end of 2017.

Trace frequently interacts with the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions as he regularly counsels the boards and senior executives of banks, trust companies, and mortgage companies on major transactions.  In addition to representing Studio Bank, he has represented financial institutions in merging and acquiring other bank holding companies and trust companies, acquiring new branches, raising additional capital, undertaking ESOP transactions, and working through tough governance and investor-related problems.  The Nashville Business Journal has said, “If one of Trace Blankenship’s clients has a big decision to make, you can bet he has a seat at the table.”  His practice is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/capital-raising transactions, securities regulation, and corporate governance/board strategy.   Trace 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.

Studio Bank was founded as a boutique bank to provide organizations, families, and individuals in the community with sophisticated financial services through a multi-channel delivery model that allows clients to conveniently bank anywhere, anytime. Studio Bank’s veteran banking team offers industry-specific expertise to clients in commercial banking, music and entertainment, healthcare, not-for-profit, commercial real estate, private client, mortgage banking and small business, in addition to serving the broad and diverse community across Nashville.  For more information about Studio Bank, visit their website.

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 www.TAGAlliances.com.

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.

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.

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.