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Chris Raybeck Speaks to the Nashville Business Journal on Managing Growth

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Chris Raybeck was interviewed by the Nashville Business Journal last week on managing growth and was asked when he knows it is time to add staff. “If the value of opportunities that your instinct tells you are missed, or if the cost of unfilled demand is greater than the cost of hiring, it is time to add staff members.”

Chris will serve as a panelist at this Thursday’s Entrepreneur Exchange and will discuss ways to ramp up your business.

Read more from the Nashville Business Journal on adding staff here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Larry W. Bridgesmith to Present at ReInvent Law London in June

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton’s Of Counsel Larry W. Bridgesmith, whose talk proposal, “Letting Technology Process and Lawyers Practice,” won a slot in the ReInvent Law London conference line-up. Larry will be among 10 presenters at this year’s event, scheduled for June. The conference is sponsored in part by the Michigan State University College of Law and the ReInvent Law Laboratory.

For more on the event, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

James Crumlin: 4 Risks When Employees Bring Their Own Devices to Work

Inc.com interviewed Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin on the risks companies face when employees bring their own devices to work. Once a device is used to perform work, employers have the right to the information on it—and they can be held accountable for any laws broken through its use.

What are the four risks companies may be susceptible to as a result of employees using their own mobile devices? Read the article here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Paz Haynes to Discuss “Keys to Contractual Agreements” at the Metro Nashville Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance

Bone McAllester Norton attorney William J. (Paz) Haynes III is slated to deliver a course about contractual agreements to the Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (BAO), part of Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Government, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. This course will provide suppliers with a basic understanding of contractual agreements and will assist small, minority and women-owned business owners the importance of what items to look for and include when negotiating contracts with prospective clients.

Paz concentrates his practice in the areas of labor law, litigation and dispute resolution. In the course of his practice, Paz has represented manufacturers, insurers, lending institutions, small businesses and individuals in a variety of matters.

The course will be held at the Howard Office Building on 2nd Avenue North in Nashville. For more, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Bone McAllester Norton’s Anne Martin, Andrea Perry and Stephen Zralek Selected to Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar

Congratulations are in order to three of Bone McAllester Norton’s attorneys, Anne C. Martin, Andrea P. Perry and Stephen J. Zralek, selected to the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar list, which was announced today. The publication solicited nominees in three size categories, plus a corporate counsel category, and nominees voted on each other, determining the final selection of 75 attorneys.

Anne, Andrea and Stephen will be recognized during a reception June 6 at the Nashville City Club.

Click here to read more.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.




 


EPA Issues New Vapor Intrusion Guidance

The United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued vapor intrusion guidance last week that presents recommendations for how to identify and consider factors when assessing vapor intrusion, making risk management decisions and implementing mitigation pertaining to this potential human exposure pathway. This new guidance may affect real estate developments and acquisitions.

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

April 2013 Newsletter Features New Blog, Paul Kruse's Published Article, Habitat for Humanity Build, Attorney Interviews & Awards Won

Bone McAllester Norton released a newsletter today announcing many of the firm's recent news and happenings. From attorneys winning awards and being published to a firm-wide Habitat for Humanity build, this spring has welcomed a lot of activity for both attorneys and staff members.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Join Chris Raybeck at the Entrepreneur Exchange on May 9

Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to sponsor the second installment of this year's Entrepreneur Panel Series with the Nashville Business Journal. The panel will feature a lively discussion from our own Chris Raybeck and four other successful entrepreneurs who started their businesses right here in Nashville. Click here to read the newsletter.

Sheri Jacobs Selected as Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources

American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell announced that Bone McAllester Norton attorney Sharon O. Jacobs has been selected as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources."

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March 2013 Physicians' Legal Update

Bone McAllester Norton's Anne Sumpter Arney discusses a whistleblower suit against a hospital being rejected from district court as well as a new HIPPA rule that requires changes of notice to privacy practices

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Healthcare Practice Group Launches New Blog

Bone McAllester Norton’s healthcare group has launched OnCall, a new blog that provides timely updates, advice and assistance to clients in that industry. The bulk of the healthcare group’s practice focuses on representing healthcare professionals, including physicians, dentists, chiropractors and nurse practitioners, as well as representing entrepreneurs whose companies provide healthcare-related goods and services.

The Healthcare Law group consists of Anne Sumpter Arney, Charles Robert Bone, Stacey A. Garrett and Richard J. Nickels.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Sharon Wilcox Elected to the 2013-14 Officers of NALS

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates legal assistant Sharon Wilcox on her nomination to two elected positions for NALS, the Association of Legal Professionals, Nashville Chapter. Sharon was elected as the recording secretary and governor during the group’s annual membership meeting on Tuesday. Sharon joined the Bonelaw team in August 2011.

Congratulations on this great achievement, Sharon!

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Nashville Film Festival Begins -- Good Time to Consider Legal Issues in Film

Get ready for some great films, Nashville.  Running continuously since 1969, this year's Nashville Film Festival is slated for April 18-25, 2013.  This year's Festival will also celebrate Kurdish Films, presented in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

This is also a great time to consider legal issues in film.  For film-makers, these range from obtaining clearance to use music in films to protecting your script and your work through copyright, both pre-publication and after the movie has been shown to the public; from protecting the name of your film and merchandise through trademark to obtaining permission to model characters after actual people (the "right of publicity"); and from drafting contracts to obtain financing to negotiating distribution deals.  When these issues aren't dealt with on the front end, confusion ensues, feelings get hurt, and lawsuits get filed.

For some good free resources, check out the websites of Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville and FilmNashville.  For more tailored advice, talk with your attorney or one who focuses on entertainment legal issues.

Stop by this year's Film Festival for not only a movie but also one of the panels that explore some of these specific legal issues.  Get your tickets here.

 

Mike Norton’s Postage Stamp Collages on Display at Appalachian Center for Craft

Bone McAllester Norton president and attorney C. Michael Norton has a talent outside of practicing law: creating colorful collages from postage stamps. More than 10 of his collages are now on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tenn. A collector of stamps, Norton is able to utilize every color of the rainbow in the collages, which have a variety of designs and patterns. The exhibit will be on display May 28 – July 16, 2013.

For more information about the exhibit, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Peg Leg Porker Slated for End of Month Opening in The Gulch

Bone McAllester Norton client Carey Bringle, a local pitmaster, will open a new barbecue restaurant on Gleaves Street, just off The Gulch, in late April. Bringle, known for appearances on Chopped Grill Masters and BBQ Pitmasters, as well as having the second best barbecue sauce in the country by Bon Appetit magazine, says Peg Leg Porker will focus on the barbecue items native to Tennessee. The menu will also feature beer and liquor. A 25-foot barbecue pit will sit on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.

For more, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

James Crumlin to Discuss Board Service and Fundraising in the "New Normal"

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin will serve on a panel discussion regarding board service at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Bridge to Excellence conference on Thursday, May 16 at Belmont University. The session, titled “Rethinking Board Service: Fundraising in the New Normal,” will feature examples of what makes board service successful in fundraising and in servicing the nonprofit organization and the community.

For more information on the conference, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

James Crumlin Discusses How to Keep Employees’ Smartphone Use Out of Legal Jeopardy

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin recently spoke with Visage Mobile on the relationship employers have with their employees’ smartphones. Because of the rise in court cases involving companies being sued when employees misbehave on mobile devices, attention on the topic is hot. As James explains, “. . .it might be your [the employee’s] device, but there is company information that is going to it and, because of that, the company is entitled to look at the device.”

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Paul Kruse Article about Google AdWords Published in Intellectual Property Journal

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paul W. Kruse researched and co-wrote an article that has been published in a leading intellectual property journal. “Is Profiting from the Online Use of Another’s Property Unjust? The Use of Brand Names as Paid Search Keywords” appears in IDEA: The IP Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 131, 2013. The article sets out to answer whether Google’s profiting from the use of others’ brand in its AdWords program is unjust. Paul's co-authors were Daniel Gervais, PhD, FedEx research professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School; Martin L. Holmes, attorney with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein L.L.P.; Glenn Purdue, managing member of Kraft Analytics, L.L.C; and Caprice L. Roberts, professor of law at Savannah Law School.

Congratulations on this great accomplishment, Paul!

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Bone McAllester Norton to Partner with Habitat for Humanity on Home Build

Bone McAllester Norton will be a partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville on a home build in the Park Preserve neighborhood of north Nashville later this month. Construction on the home began in late March and will conclude with the help of the firm’s attorneys and staff members on April 21, 2013. The firm is teaming up with Capital Bank, N.A., a longtime and respected client, on the build for Shatika Johnson-Scott, a widowed mother of six children.

“Our firm and all of our attorneys and staff members take great pride in using their passions to promote and execute change,” said Sam J. McAllester III, vice president and member of Bone McAllester Norton who also serves on the advisory board and finance committee for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. “We are excited to partner with our friends at Capital Bank to provide not just a quality, affordable home but a better life of hope and opportunity to a deserving family in our community.”

Bone McAllester Norton supports a wide range of community programs and activities and strives to make our culture synonymous with good works for clients and the community. Giving back has always been a key part of what the firm does, so joining together with Habitat to provide a life-changing opportunity for others was something that made perfect sense, McAllester noted.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Since it was established in 1985, Habitat of Greater Nashville has built or recycled more than 850 homes, over 600 locally, and served more than 2,000 family members including 1,325 children.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.

Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Distributorships

On March 24, 2013, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a Special Fraud Alert addressing its concern about the proliferation of physician-owned distributorships (PODS). PODs are physician-owned entities that derive revenue from selling, or arranging for the sale of, implantable medical devices ordered by their physician-owners for use in procedures the physician-owners perform on their own patients at hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). During the last several years, there has been a lot of discussion in the healthcare community about whether or not PODs violate the Anti-Kickback Statue, but until now, there has been little guidance from either CMS or the OIG.

In the Special Fraud Alert, the OIG reiterates its longstanding position that “the opportunity for a referring physician to earn a profit, including through an investment in an entity for which he or she generates business, could constitute illegal remuneration under the anti-kickback statute.” In addition, the OIG concludes that PODs are “inherently suspect under the anti-kickback statute.” The Special Fraud Alert provides a list of characteristics making any POD suspect which leaves open the possibility that a POD without any of the listed characteristics would not violate Anti-Kickback Statute.

The listed characteristics are all familiar red flags which have been cited many times by the OIG as indicative of a potentially abusive physician investment or arrangement. Although the OIG does not go so far as to make PODs a per se violation of the Anti-Kickback statute, the language of the Special Fraud Alert is strong. The OIG restates its longstanding guidance “that the opportunity for a referring physician to earn a profit, including through an investment in an entity for which he or she generates business, could constitute illegal remuneration under the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Anti-Kickback Statute is violated if even one purpose of the remuneration is to induce such referrals.”

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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.