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Alex Little Discusses Murder Trial of Michael Dunn with Fox News

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little talked with Fox News anchor Jamie Colby this weekend about the continuation of jury deliberations in the Michael Dunn murder trial. Dunn was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder Saturday, but the jury was partially hung on the murder decision against him in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Citing self-defense, Dunn testified that the teenager threatened him and that he thought he saw a gun in the SUV Davis and his friends were driving.

“Self-defense cases are incredibly difficult because the instructions are complex, and I think jurors tend to think of themselves more in the place of the defendant in a self-defense case than in any other time...because you wonder what you would do in a similar situation. You’ve got 12 people in there, and you’ve got to convince all 12 beyond a reasonable doubt that he didn’t act in self-defense, and that can be very difficult to do,” he said.

To see the full interview, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Ed Yarbrough Talks to FOX 17 about Possible Precedent-Setting Vanderbilt Rape Case

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Edward M. Yarbrough talked with Erika Lathon from Nashville’s WZTV-TV yesterday about the lawsuit dozens of media outlets have filed to gain access to records in the Vanderbilt rape investigation, using the Freedom of Information Act. He and the state have filed a motion to keep that information from going public. In the exclusive interview, Ed is concerned the victim would not be afforded her right to dignity and compassion in the criminal justice system if these documents are released.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.


B*law*ging

By Will Cheek

The original version of this article appeared in the February 2014 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal.

Why Should I Blog?

Lawyering involves a delicate balance of too much to do and too little time to do it in. Work on your desk competes for limited personal time.  Precious hours for downtime are quickly consumed. Sleep and relaxation suffer.

New wavers Devo covered a classic song that captures things well:

Workin in a coal mine

Goin down, down

Workin in a coal mine

Whew! About to slip down

Lord I am so tired

How long can this go on?

Why blog? Here are four basic reasons:

    • • New frontier
    • • Education for client and referral base
    • • Source of business
    • • Appearances and expert

New Frontier

Although blogging has been around for more than a decade, attorneys in general have done a poor job exploiting blogging as a new communication tool. Many attorney blogs regurgitate the newsletter format, featuring detailed legal articles that are posted months apart.  These posts often read like condensed law review articles.

In the internet age, the newsletter format does not work. Internet consumers are looking for quick, easy, entertaining and useful information.  Posting lengthy lawyerly articles is not blogging.

There is plenty of room in cyberspace for real attorney blogs.

Education for Client and Referral Base

Folks frequently turn to the internet for information. People are in search of answers to all kinds of queries from the internet, including legal questions. Sadly, much of the information on the internet concerning legal advice is wrong. In addition, legal information on the internet is usually not tailored to a particular legal field or location, such as Tennessee or Nashville.

The fact that blogging is a new frontier for lawyers creates an opportunity for innovative attorneys to fill the void. If you follow some simple recommendations for blogging, your blog can easily become a destination for clients and referral sources – who want to regularly read informative posts about useful information.

This is your primary objective. Your blog should become a go-to source for education concerning your blog topic.  Do not expect your readers to pick up every post; instead, you want readers to visit regularly enough for your blog to become a destination.

Source of Business

As a young associate, I did not understand the importance of being a rainmaker. I get it now. If you have a book of business, you get more respect from your law firm.

Although it takes time and patience, a good blog is an excellent source of business. My Last Call blog easily generates $50,000 to $100,000 in new business each year.

Perhaps more importantly, I often hear from repeat clients that have read a blog post. Blogging is a great way to remind existing clients that you are an expert and that you are around to help.  My blog leads to new business from existing clients; for example, when I break news about a new legal issues that impact clients.

Becoming a trusted adviser to a client is one of the best ways to cement a long-term relationship with a client. Providing helpful information for free in a blog can pave the way for new relationships and strengthen bonds with existing clients.

Appearances and Expert

People tend to seek out professionals that have a reputation for being the best. Traditional methods of becoming known as the best lawyer are largely passé in the internet era. I am not a fan of this, but in my experience, your appearance in internet searches is critical to becoming a rain maker.  An AV Martindale Hubbell rating is not as important as being on the first page of a Google search.

Blogging is an easy way to increase your visibility on the internet. If your name pops up in multiple searches on a legal topic, you can appear to be an expert on the topic.

Internet search engines like Google are basically a popularity contest. A good blog can help you place your name near the top of the list in Google searches.

There is only one word for being at the top of a Google search: Priceless.

The Tennessean Features Nashville’s New Two Ten Jack Restaurant

Bone McAllester Norton client Two Ten Jack was on the front page of The Tennessean’s “Taste” section yesterday. Reporter Nancy Vienneau attended the restaurant’s recent grand opening and gave the izakaya (Japanese neighborhood bar) two thumbs up. The forces behind the first-of-its-kind venue in Nashville, Patrick Burke, Jason McConnell, Jessica Benefield and Jon Yeager, created Two Ten Jack as a contemporary Japanese gastropub serving an array of appetizers, bowls of ramen, grilled bites and spirits, all in a lively and sociable atmosphere.

Read the full review here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

 

Andrea Perry Wins Women of Influence Award

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton attorney Andrea P. Perry, who was honored with the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award in the “Inspiration/Mentor” category. The awards luncheon was held today at the Renaissance Hotel. The 10 winners were selected from nominations reviewed by past winners.

“We are proud of Andrea and all that she has accomplished professionally and personally,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. “She has been a tremendous asset to our firm, and as a trusted mentor, she has helped shape the lives of many young women. Andrea is most deserving of this recognition. She will continue to make a difference in our community for many years to come.”

To read more, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

New Tennessee Case Provides Good Statement of Law on Contract Interpretation, Promissory Fraud, and Piercing the Corporate Veil

The Tennessee Court of Appeals released an opinion, Dog House Investments, LLC v. Teal Properties, Inc., et. al.,  last Friday that has some fairly useful issues of law discussed. (This case is currently "unpublished," but it still has value for its useful content/summary of the law.)

In the case, a building was severely damaged in the Nashville 2010 floods, and the tenant and landlord got into a dispute over the repairs, including: who was required to perform them under the lease; did the landlord commit promissory fraud in statements that he'd reimburse the tenant for repairs; and should the corporate veil be pierced where landlord kept the insurance proceeds and paid his personal bills with the money.

The value here isn't necessarily in the facts of the case, but the Court's useful statements of "the law" as it relates to contract interpretation, promissory fraud, and piercing the corporate veil/fraud.

This is a good case to print and save for your next brief.

 

Understanding Certificates of Need

By James Mackler

As their practice grows, many physicians find themselves in a position where they would like to grow and expand their practice but are intimidated by the red tape involved in obtaining approval from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (THSD) for their dream facility. It is important, therefore, for you to have some understanding of the “certificate of need” (CON) program.

What is a “certificate of need?”

A CON is a permit that must be granted by the THSD before a person can establish or modify a healthcare facility.

How does this apply to physicians?

Physicians who simply intend to establish or modify their private professional practice office do not need a CON.

Who will receive the CON?  

The CON is typically issued to the property owner.

What “healthcare facilities” require a CON?  

Senator Mark Green recently introduced House Bill 854, which would remove medical imaging equipment from the requirement to have a Certificate of Need.  As the law currently stands, you will usually need a CON for:

    • • nursing homes
    • • recuperation centers
    • • hospitals
    • • ambulatory surgical treatment centers
    • • birthing centers
    • • mental health hospitals
    • • intellectual disability institutional habilitation facilities
    • • home care organizations
    • • outpatient diagnostic centers
    • • rehabilitation facilities
    • • residential hospices
    • • nonresidential substitution-based treatment centers for opiate addiction

How do you get a CON? 

Obtaining a CON requires strict compliance with THSD regulations. It requires careful completion of an application with THSD. You will also need to pay an application fee, file a detailed letter of intent with THSD and publish that letter for public comment. In many cases, it is helpful to file supporting documentation as well.

What does THSD consider when deciding whether to issue a CON?

THSD is required to consider many factors in determining whether the proposed facility meets a healthcare need in the area, including:

    • • the need for the facility in the particular area
    • • the economic feasibility of the project
    • • the contribution which the project will make to the development of the healthcare system

Do I need an attorney in order to obtain a CON?

There is no legal requirement that you be represented by counsel. Bear in mind, however, that the process is time-consuming and complicated and that THDS requires strict compliance with its rules. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this process and, if your application is denied, can assist with an appeal.

What To Do When the Feds Come Calling

By James Mackler

It is a harrowing yet increasingly common experience for healthcare providers to find themselves face-to-face with federal investigators. The U.S. Attorney’s office has announced that the investigation of healthcare fraud will continue to be one of its highest priorities. This means that you or your staff could literally have your relaxing evening at home interrupted by a knock on the door from a law enforcement agent. There are two key points to remember should you become the focus of an investigation: First, don’t talk to law enforcement agents without an attorney; second, preserve your documents but don’t alter them.

James Mackler is a member of Bone McAllester Norton’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations group. He is an experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor at the firm. James has this very simple advice for the moment you are first confronted by an investigator: “Do not talk to anyone until you speak with your own attorney.” Although this advice is very easy to give, it can be difficult to follow. Most law-abiding citizens want to cooperate with the authorities. Moreover, people tend to assume that if they refuse to answer questions, it will look like they have something to hide. This could not be further from the truth. The fact is that investigators and prosecutors respect and, to some extent, admire people who can think clearly enough to assert their right to counsel.

This is not to suggest that you should forever refuse to assist in a law enforcement investigation. The point is you need to make sure that your rights are protected. Even if you are being interviewed as a witness, there is always a chance that, as the investigation develops, a prosecutor might begin to see you as an accomplice. If you have retained counsel, your lawyer may be able to protect you ahead of time from this possibility. Although you have every right to refuse to answer questions, it is a crime to impede an investigation or lie to authorities. An attorney can also help you navigate these treacherous waters.

You may be tempted to start reviewing billing or treatment records to make sure your files are in good order in case they are ever subpoenaed. While it is fine to review your records, be careful to neither create nor destroy documents in response to an inquiry from law enforcement agents. In today’s digital age, nothing ever goes away completely. The best approach is to preserve what you have without making any changes. It is much easier for a good attorney to deal with records that might portray you in a bad light than it is to deal with allegations of evidence tampering or obstruction.

You are also likely to begin trying to figure out what is really behind the questioning. The chances are that you will be given little or no information by the investigating agent. Furthermore, the agent does not have to be truthful or forthcoming with you. You might be a potential witness or, worse, a potential target. The investigation might be civil in nature, or it might be leading toward criminal prosecution. The reality is that these distinctions don’t really matter in terms of your response.

Now if a law enforcement official shows up at your door, you have the perfect reply to the question, “Do you mind answering a few questions?”

With all sincerity, you can say, “I have no problem speaking with you, but my attorney has told me never to answer questions without talking to him first. I will get back in touch with you.”

Alex Little Slated as a Panelist for Cyber Security Discussion

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little will speak on cyber security issues and threats during a panel discussion on Thursday, March 6. “Data Security, Insider Threats and Global Compliance” will feature Alex and Sol Cates, CSO of Vormetric Data Security, as they address tried-and-true insider threats in light of tightening security measures. The panel discussion will take place at Bonelaw’s downtown Nashville office from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Alex takes pride in translating technological jargon to plain English to ensure that juries and judges understand the issues at stake. As a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, he developed a deep understanding of the cybersecurity terrain, including the legal issues implicated by Title III wiretaps, GPS tracking, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, video surveillance and evidence obtained from social networking sites.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

James Crumlin and Alex Little will Address Mobile Device Policies in the Workplace During Conference

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys James A. Crumlin, Jr. and Alex Little will serve as the faculty during an audio conference presented by Center for Competitive Management. The conference,“BYOD, CYOD, MBYOD or COPE? Advantages, Disadvantages and Compliance Complexities,” will address workforce policies regarding mobile devices and what new measures corporations will take to mitigate challenges posed by new media. The attorneys will address data security, usage rules, privacy issues, technical and administrative strategies and employee exit challenges. The conference is approved for 1.25 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification.

A well-known employment lawyer, James has represented management on issues arising from the employment relationship, including union and on-union arbitration and all forms of employment discrimination litigation. Alex, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, has a particular passion for solving problems at the intersection of criminal law and technology.

The audio conference will take place from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5. For more information and to register, click here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

More Hotel and Nightlife Options Coming to Printers Alley

Bone McAllester Norton client Phil Martin, who owns Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar in Nashville, talked with the Tennessean about the revitalization efforts of Printers Alley, the mixed-use district that houses entertainment and nightclub options. On the near horizon for the area are hotels and the re-opening of Skull’s Rainbow Room. Currently, Printers Alley Lofts can be rented on a daily or weekly basis, Noel Place is being transformed into a 170-room hotel, and the building in the Wells Fargo Plaza will be a full-service hotel with a restaurant, lounge and pool. Martin tells the Tennessean that the eventual goal is to keep moving the city forward with new merchants and retail, keeping it friendly for both tourists and residents.

Read the full interview here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Law Group Helps Open Two High-End Restaurants in Memphis

Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law group, headed by William T. Cheek III, recently worked with Darden Restaurants, Inc. on the opening of two of its hottest high-end restaurants in Memphis, Tennessee. Seasons 52, located at 6085 Poplar Ave., opened Jan. 30, and The Capital Grille, located at 6065 Poplar Ave., opened yesterday. Their openings represent the most expensive restaurant space in Memphis, according to WHBQ-TV. The East Memphis restaurants are expected to gross more than $6 million a year. Seasons 52 focuses on healthy, seasonal menus, while Capital Grille features steak and seafood.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Alex Little Discusses Latest on Amanda Knox with MSNBC

This weekend, Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little discussed the ongoing case against Amanda Knox, found guilty again by an Italian court for the murder of her roommate in 2007, with MSNBC. He discussed the complications surrounding this international case on Friday, and on Saturday, he talked about her possible extradition process, a mixture of diplomacy and law.

“One of the things I think is frustrating about this particular case to folks in the United States is we value finality. The way that we do trials is very different. There is one trial. There may be appeals, but there is only one trial. In Italy, it is very different. The appellate process is much more drawn out, and I think we are seeing some of the benefits in the United States of our system. . .This roller coaster must be impossible,” he told MSNBC’s Alex Witt.

Watch the Friday interview here and the Saturday interview here.

The former assistant U.S. attorney is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project and practices in the firm’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations group.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Corsair Artisan Distillery Named “Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton client Corsair Artisan Distillery, named “Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine for the second straight year. Co-founder, owner and distiller Darek Bell was also nominated for “Whiskey Distillery Manager of the Year” and “Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year” by the publication. The Marathon Village distillery has won 67 total awards since its inception.

Read the full article from the Nashville Scene here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

Will Cheek Named to National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals Advisory Board

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton attorney William T. Cheek on his appointment to the inaugural advisory board for the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals advisory board (NALCP). Will also serves as the group’s legal counsel. The non-profit organization was formed in 2006 and provides support, services and networking efforts for the hospitality industry’s liquor licensing professionals. Will is the only Tennessee attorney named to Best Lawyers in America for Food and Beverage Law and leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Law group.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Alex Little’s Article on Edward Snowden Getting a Fair Trial Published in The Guardian

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little authored an article titled “Edward Snowden Can Get a Fair Trial in the U.S.: Here’s How,” which The Guardian picked up and ran today. “Though the court would have to follow unorthodox procedures, the American public—through a jury trial—could decide if Snowden’s revelations outweigh his crimes,” Little wrote about the former National Security Agency systems analyst. The former assistant U.S. attorney is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project and practices in the firm’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations group.

Read the full article here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Celebrates MLK Day with 13th Annual Fellowship Breakfast

NASHVILLE – Yesterday, Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC hosted their 13th annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Music City Center.

“None of us would be sitting here today if it had not been for Martin Luther King,” Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian said in reference to the diverse crowd gathered at the Fellowship Breakfast.

Over 600 people were in attendance this morning to a standing-room only crowd.  Among the attendees were Congressman Jim Cooper, Mayor Karl Dean and dozens of elected officials.

Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian was the featured guest speaker at the event.  Rev. Dr. Vivian is a recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Civil Rights leader.  He is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as National Director of Affiliates and strategist for every Southern Christian Leadership Conference organization.  He is featured throughout documentaries like PBS’s Eyes on the Prize (1987 and 2006) and the Tom Brokaw documentary, King (History Channel 2008).

Sharing with the crowd his experience of working with Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Dr. Vivian described King as “America’s greatest social strategist”.

“It wasn’t what we talked about; it’s what we did,” Rev. Dr. Vivian added.

Stacey Garrett, Chair of the Board of Directors of Bone McAllester Norton said, “We’re excited about how our Fellowship Breakfast has grown over the years reaching more and more people in our community.  It’s a great opportunity to share and reflect on the messages of Dr. King and to keep those messages going forward.”

Members of the top-ranked KIPP Academy Nashville Choir and grassroots duo, Merging Blue, performed during the breakfast.

The KIPP Academy Nashville Performance Choir, founded and led by Marvis Moore, received a standing ovation for their stunning performance this morning.

KIPP Academy is a charter school in the heart of East Nashville.  The KIPP Academy Nashville Performance Choir has garnered local, regional and national acclaim, regularly winning exemplary status at local and regional festivals and has twice been selected to highlight student performances at the annual KIPP School Summit Gala.

Merging Blue performed after Rev. Dr. Vivian.  Vocal harmonies and soaring melodies distinguish Merging Blue as a powerful grassroots duo, with their stripped-down acoustic approach heavily influenced by the foundations of folk, blues, country and gospel.  Individually they've performed, written or recorded with artists like U2, Taylor Swift, Wynonna and Faith Hill. For more, visit www.mergingblue.com.

For more information on Bone McAllester Norton’s annual fellowship breakfast, visit http://www.bonelaw.com/community/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-fellowship-breakfast/. To see a slideshow from the event, click here.

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit http://www.bonelaw.com/

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Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian to speak at Bone McAllester Norton’s 13th Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast

Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC will host their 13th annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20.

Recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Civil Rights leader, Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, will be the featured guest speaker at the event. Rev. Dr. Vivian is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as National Director of Affiliates and strategist for every Southern Christian Leadership Conference organization. He is featured throughout documentaries like PBS’s Eyes on the Prize (1987 and 2006) and the Tom Brokaw documentary, King (History Channel 2008).

Members of the top-ranked KIPP Academy Nashville Choir will perform during the breakfast. Nearly 600 are expected to attend, including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and other elected officials.
 

WHAT: 13th Annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WHEN: Monday, January 20, 2014, at 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom, 201 Fifth Avenue South


About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

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Nashville Scene Features Cano Ozgener’s OZ Nashville

The Nashville Scene featured Bone McAllester Norton client OZ Nashville in a story today, saying the contemporary performing and visual art space is blazing trails in the city. Cano Ozgener, an Armenian Turk who found success in tobacco, is the mastermind behind the space that will see the likes of Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance Company, Nashville Ballet and The Intergalactic Nemesis this year. OZ’s flexible performance space enables artists from varying disciplines to present their art in a non-traditional context.

Read the full article here.

 

 

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Nashville’s First Japanese Tavern Slated to Open Next Week

Bone McAllester Norton client Two Ten Jack, the first Japanese tavern serving small plates of food in the Nashville area, is scheduled to open next Friday, January 24, 2014, the Tennessean reports. The izakaya is the city’s first brick-and-mortar establishment of its kind, will serve saki, craft beers, wine, spirits and cocktails, along with handmade ramen, skewers and fried snacks. Two Ten Jack is located at 1900 Eastland Avenue in East Nashville.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.