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Congratulations to Janis Ian for her Grammy Nomination

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates singer, songwriter, musician and author Janis Ian on her GRAMMY nomination. Her ninth nomination in eight different categories, Janis’ autobiography Society’s Child is up for Best Spoken Word. Other nominees in that category include First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Ellen Degeneres. The awards will be broadcast live this Sunday, February 10.

Stephen Zralek Quoted in The City Paper on Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek was quoted in a January 29 article in Nashville’s The City Paper regarding copyright infringement lawsuits.

“It was only a matter of time before copyright trolls filed a bit-torrent lawsuit in Tennessee,” he said. “By law, the [Internet Service Providers] are required to reach out to the John Does and tell them they have 30 days to file a ‘motion to quash’ the subpoena or otherwise settle the lawsuit. If the individuals take no action, the ISPs will release their identities to the Plaintiff, after which the Plaintiff will amend the complaint to name the individual in the copyright infringement action — for all the world to see.”


Congratulations to Bluegrass Underground on EMMY Award

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates the acclaimed PBS music concert event series Bluegrass Underground for winning an EMMY at the 27th Annual Mid South EMMY Awards, held January 26th at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The series won for excellence in lighting design and execution, one of five categories for which Bluegrass Underground was nominated. “The Bluegrass Underground EMMY recognizes the commitment to quality and excellence that this series strives to achieve," said Todd Jarrell, one of the executive producers of the series. "We are deeply honored for this recognition and very satisfied to see the work of Allen, Han, Wally and the entire team recognized."


James Mackler Quoted in The Tennessean Regarding 1860s Trial of Mary Surratt

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James Mackler served on a panel discussion that re-examined the 1860s trial of Mary Surratt, the first woman executed by the federal government. The Tennessean covered that discussion and quoted James.

“We were in war,” he said. “Although this was a civilian, this was a civilian being tried for war crimes. She was a civilian acting on behalf of the enemy accused by the United States of war crimes. I’m not saying that Mary Surratt was tried fairly; she was certainly not.”


Andrea Perry Named to “40 Under 40”

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Andrea P. Perry for receiving the “40 Under 40” honor from the Nashville Business Journal. She will be honored at a luncheon at the Wildhorse Saloon on Wednesday, March 13.

Well done, Andrea! We are proud of you and the work you do both professionally and personally.

Gigi’s Icing: $33M in Revenues in 5 Years

The owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes turned $33 into $33 million in five years. Read the Nashville Ledger story here.

Bone McAllester Norton Client Corsair Gets Nod from Whisky Advocate Magazine

One of Bonelaw’s clients has made big news in the whiskey world, and we wanted to share their glory: Corsair Artisan Distillery’s Triple Smoke Whiskey has won the “Artisan Whiskey of the Year” award from Whisky Advocate magazine. The magazine noted, “Anyone can throw grains, smoke, hops or spices in a fermenter or a still. It takes skill, restraint and a good palate to make an award-winner out of it.”

Larry Bridgesmith Receives the Grayfield Gray Public Service in Mediation Award

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Larry W. Bridgesmith for receiving the Grayfield Gray Public Service in Mediation Award. He will be honored by the Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee at the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators’ annual meeting on Thursday, February 21.

Well done, Larry! We are proud of you and the work you do both professionally and personally.

All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright with Stephen Zralek

Bone McAllester Norton’s Stephen Zralek will speak at the January 29th meeting of The Copyright Society of the South on All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright. In his presentation, Stephen will look at several close cases and let attendees judge for themselves as to whether the infringement should be permitted under Fair Use defense. The presentation is interactive, comparing side-by-side examples of original works with later works where the original author claims infringement. Examples include a comparison of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and The Wind Done Gone by Nashville author Alice Randall; a comparison of the original Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” song and 2 Live Crew’s version of it; and a comparison of more recent works created by contemporary photographer Patrick Cariou and appropriation artist Richard Prince. The presentation will explore recent decisions from within the Sixth Circuit and around the country, examining the four factors that courts examine when determining fair use.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

BMI, 1st Floor Conference Room

10 Music Square East

RSVP by Friday, January 25th : 615-424-3014

12th Annual MLK Breakfast Will Feature Southern Word Poetry Group

Bone McAlleSpoken Word Logoster Norton’s 12th Annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature poetry presented by youth involved in the performance art group Southern Word. Through the literary and performing arts, Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities. In pursuing this mission, Southern Word conducts spoken word residencies, workshops, open mics and shows.

Southern Word’s performance will feature Sean Smith from John Overton High School, Mani Jones from Austin Peay State University and Amanda Howell from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

The annual breakfast will take place Monday, January 21, 2013, at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville.

For more information on Southern Word, visit

Merging Blue Slated to Provide Music for 12th Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast

Americana vocal trio Merging Blue will sing at Bone McAllester Norton’s 12th Annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, January 21, 2013. Stirring vocal harmonies and soaring melodies distinguish this group with their stripped-down acoustic approach heavily influenced by the foundations of folk, blues, soul and gospel. Members include Lydia Gott, George Pendergrslots and Heather Lawson, who have individually performed, written or recorded with artists like U2, Taylor Swift, Wynonna and Avalon. Their self-titled debut album includes “Mountain Move,” a stand-up-and-shout number; “Good Lines,” which imbues life’s journey of aging with strength and celebration; and “Heaven’s My Home,” a lovely serenity prayer. On disc and stage, Merging Blue has found a transcendent sound and spiritual and artistic synergy that proves that people from different backgrounds can come together to create a beautiful tapestry. For more, visit

Tucker Herndon Selected to Nashville’s “Thirty Under 30”

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Tucker Herndon for being selected as one of Nashville’s Top Thirty Under 30. The award recognizes the city’s most active young professionals and philanthropists, and honorees were nominated by co-workers, friends and family for their charitable and professional endeavors. He will officially receive his award at an event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation later in the year.

Well done, Tucker!

We are proud of you and the work you do both professionally and personally.

Will Cheek Talks about Blogging with Nashville Business Journal

“I try to have fun with it,” Bone McAllester Norton Will Cheek told the Nashville Business Journal in a January 11 article. The article notes that blogging is worth the effort if you are willing to put in the time.

Read more from Will and this topic here.


Anne Sumpter Arney Re-Elected as Chairman of Metropolitan Nashville Beer Permit Board

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Anne Sumpter Arney for being re-elected chairman for the Metropolitan Nashville Beer Permit Board. After a successful year in that same role, the group re-elected her. Congratulations, Anne! You are a great example of service and will serve the role well!

Anne C. Martin and Stacey A. Garrett Nominated for Athena Award

Attorneys Anne C. Martin and Stacey A. Garrett have been nominated for the 2013 Nashville Athena Award, to be announced at an event on March 21, 2013, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Anne was nominated by the Lawyers’ Association for Women, and Stacey was nominated by CABLE. Both women are involved in a number of leadership roles throughout the community and have been mentors for professional women, enabling them to build rewarding, satisfying careers. Congratulations, Anne and Stacey! You both serve as great examples of excellence professionally and personally.


Stephen Zralek Teaches Class on Copyright Law

Attorney Stephen Zralek will teach a class on copyright law as part of the 2013 University School of Nashville evening class program on Tuesday, February 19. The session, titled Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will cover Fair Use doctrine and explore whether specific cases of infringement should be allowed as fair use. Attendees will look at several close cases and will judge for themselves under the guidance of Stephen, who is highly sought after in rights of publicity, copyrights, trademarks and privacy. The class, 217 Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Anyone may attend.



Wine Sales Debate to be Rekindled in Tennessee

Posted in Memphis Business Journal, December 21, 2012

The battle to bring wine sales into grocery stores is set to begin again in Tennessee, although proponents are taking a different tactic. Our own Will Cheek weighed in on this topic. Click here to read more about this.


David Anthony Explains “Materially Less” in Foreclosure Auctions to Nashville Post

Bone McAllester Norton attorney David Anthony shed some light on what constitutes “materially less” in foreclosure auctions in a December 14 Nashville Post article. This clarification gives banks the backing they might need in court.

Read more about this explanation here.

Congratulations to Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey A. Garrett for being named to the Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare list

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey A. Garrett for making Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare list for 2013. This recognition goes to those who help drive local innovation and shape the next iteration of the healthcare industry in Nashville. Congratulations, Anne and Stacey, for this well-deserved recognition.

Will Cheek Discusses Wine in Grocery Stores with the Nashville Business Journal

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Will Cheek spoke with the Nashville Business Journal in a December 13 article about the fate of wine in grocery stores in Tennessee. Although the idea has strong support, Will said, “There are lots of reasons why the will of the people may be doomed—again.”

Read more from Will and this topic here.

You can read more from Cheek, who has represented some of the state's top liquor distributors and other interests, here.