BMN Participates in Country Music Marathon to raise money for Gilda's Club

Fourteen Bone Law attorneys and staff members joined Gilda’s Gang this year to raise money for Gilda’s Club by running the St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The group trained together and sponsored numerous fundraisers over the past few months, and raised more than $5,000 for this amazing cause! One of the firm’s paralegals was part of a group leading the runners by carrying sponsor P.F. Chang’s 30-foot dragon.

Sheri Jacobs, who practices environmental law, serves on the Board of Directors for Gilda’s Club Nashville, and led our enthusiastic group of runners and walkers. Sheri is passionate about Gilda’s mission, which is to provide a gathering place and free programs to build social and emotional support to anyone

touched by cancer in Middle Tennessee. Sheri said, and we all agree, “We are so proud of our Gilda’s Gang Team for their hard work, dedication and accomplishment in finishing the Country Music Half Marathon or Full Marathon.”

Visit our Facebook Page to see pictures of the gang!

BMN Paralegal to run with the PF Chang's Dragon in the Music City Marathon

This weekend is the Music City Marathon and Bone McAllester Norton is proud to have a great group running to raise money for Gilda's Gang along with one of our paralegals who is running with the PF Chang's Dragon!

The Rock n Roll Marathon series introduced the dragon in Arizona, as PF Chang's is a sponsor of this series and this is the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese Zodiak. Vicki Schmidt is an avid runner and is a member of the Nashville Striders running group, where she applied to be a dragon runner. She is one of ten lucky runners who will be carrying the large dragon as they race with the crowd.

As with most things these days, the Dragon has its own Facebook Page and will be posting pictures and video of the race on Saturday. Good luck to everyone participating!

Trace Blankenship Chairs This Year's Tennessee Governor's Prayer Breakfast

The Citizens Committee hosted the 38th annual Tennessee Governor's Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, April 17 in Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University. Phil Vischer, entrepreneur and creator of VeggieTales, and award-winning Christian artist Lawrence Thomison singing with the Nashville Choir were featured at the breakfast.

Attorney Trace Blankenship was the chairman of the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Citizens Committee, where hundreds of people gathered for fellowship over breakfast, music, scripture reading, inspirational messages, and prayer. BMN attorneys Charles Robert Bone and Andrea Perry were also on this year's committee.

Click here for more information on the breakfast.

Tucker Herndon and James Mackler Named in Nashville Post's Law Leaders Rising List

Law Leaders Rising

A strong group of young attorneys is making its mark on Nashville’s legal scene.

Published January 10, 2012

by Philip Nannie

Nashville has long been respected for its legal community, a business sector often defined by seasoned law professionals with stellar resumes and, in some cases, national notoriety. And for years, that community was defined in large part by men who earned their JDs at the Nashville School of Law, the University of Tennessee or Vanderbilt University.

However, Nashville’s impressive array of attorneys would not be as noteworthy without a cadre of young guns, often 20- and 30-somethings making major names for themselves. They have attended law schools throughout the nation, they have interesting legal specialties and they are — like the city in which they practice — far more diverse than their peers of a generation or even a mere 10 years ago.

In an attempt to highlight the best of this strong crop of fast-rising legal stars, Nashville Post interviewed dozens of local attorneys to solicit feedback. Based on the pros’ recommendations and our own research, we whittled down an impressive pool of dozens of candidates to the arbitrary number of 21. We did not include partners unless they started their own firms and we sought out a mix of industry specialists and emerging all-rounders. Together, they make up Nashville Post’s first Law Leaders Rising list.

Congratulations to Tucker Herndon and James Mackler:

Tucker HerndonMember
Bone McAllester Norton

Comments like “outstanding young lawyer,” “amazing worth ethic” and “effective leader” are a mere sampling of what folks around here think of the 2008 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. And, despite Herndon’s relative few years in the legal trenches, we consistently heard people say they were surprised to learn how young he was upon meeting him. Nevertheless, Herndon has impressed. His law practice centers on commercial lending, creditors’ rights, foreclosure and general real estate law. And, he has earned a unique reputation as the local “go to” attorney for expertise in alcohol beverage licensing and the regulatory and compliance aspects of that area of the law.

James MacklerMember
Bone McAllester Norton

Mackler, a New York City native, Duke University graduate and alumnus of the University of Washington School of Law, was contentedly practicing law in Denver before Sept. 11, 2001, changed his world — and a little more than most. Inspired by those events, Mackler walked away from the Denver law practice he’d spent seven years building and, by an amazingly circuitous route, found himself in the cockpit of a Blackhawk helicopter with the 101st Airborne serving missions in Iraq.

After an intense one-year deployment, Mackler returned to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps office, serving as legal advisor there, before relocating to Nashville in 2011 and affiliating with the Bone McAllester firm.

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Will Cheek discusses unpaid fees for liquor licenses with Channel 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Many bar owners in Nashville are receiving a letter in the mail from the Davidson County Clerk's office. The letter states they owe unpaid fees for their liquor license.

"It's just shy of $4,000, no real explanation as to why we did not receive a bill the previous year. Just hey, pay us for three years," explained Andrew Brace, manager of Hooters in downtown Nashville. Brace received the letter dated March 2, 2012 last week and contacted his corporate office about the fee of $3600 that was listed on the letter.  "It appears from reading the letter that we missed something, or we did something wrong. That's not the case." Brace said.
Bars in Nashville are required to pay an annual tax, which is described as a liquor license. "It looks like the county clerk failed to notice out this tax for several years and what they're doing is they're trying to play catch up," said attorney William Cheek. Cheek represents several bar owners who have received the letter from the clerk's office. "We've been telling people, hold off on paying it, see if the city can work this out because we don't think they can charge for multiply years at once," Cheek said.
Cheek noticed this might become a problem a year ago. "So I called down to the county clerk's office and speak to a nice person down there who says our computer's broken and we haven't been able to print the letters out, so they haven't been going out," he said. Cheek questioned the validity of the letter request payment for back taxes."Metro didn't send out tax notices and to me that means they made the decision not to charge the tax," Cheek added.

Read the entire story and see the video here

Bonelaw Welcomes Fiddling Attorney

Stephanie Taylor joins the firm, Charles Bone is honored and we talk about twitter and the legal industry. Click here to download newsletter.

June 2011

Stacey Garrett honored at this year's Women of Legend and Merit Awards dinner

Congratulations go out to Stacey Garrett on this incredible honor!


Women of Legend & Merit

Celebrating the Power of Women


This year the Women of Legend and Merit Award will honor seven women in various categories. They are:

Catana Starks, Ed.D., the first African-American woman to coach a men's NCAA Division I golf team and retired university professor;

Mignon Francois, owner, The Cupcake Collection;

Mary Carver-Patrick, entrepreneur, retired educator and active volunteer;

Karen Brown Dunlap, Ph.D., president of The Poynter Institute;

Sharon Gentry, Ed.D., Metropolitan Nashville Public School Board member, District 1 and health care IT manager, HCA;

Stacey A. Garrett, founding member and board chair of Bone McAllester Norton;

Paula Lovell, president, Lovell Communications.

Learn more about the event here

James Mackler listed on 2012's Forty under 40 list

Congratulations are in order for the Nashville Business Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2012. We are so proud of our own James Mackler for making this year's list! The following 40 winners, first named during a reveal party Tuesday night at Nashville City Club were deemed to be making a difference in their companies and community by a panel of judges. All of the winners will be profiled in a special section of the March 9 edition of the Nashville Business Journal, with individual profiles following throughout the year. See the entire list here.  

Susan R. High-McAuley Appointed to Hendersonville Chamber Board

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Susan R. High-McAuley was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce as Legal Counsel. The Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce is an organization that strives to connect, support, promote, and advocate for businesses in the Hendersonville Area.

Bone McAllester Norton is thrilled to congratulate Susan on her new role in the community.

Attorney Andrea Perry Wins ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

Congratulations to Andrea Perry on being named a 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Leader!

The Nashville ATHENA Award Program is proud to sponsor the ATHENA Young Professional
Leadership Award. This international award recognizes emerging women leaders across professional
sectors for exemplary leadership. It actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting,
developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential, and helping to
create balance in leadership worldwide. It honors women between the ages of 25 and 40 who excel in
their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role
model for young women.


Stacey Garrett named Chairperson of the Board of TN Human Rights Commission

Tennessee Human Rights Commission Names New Chairperson of the Board

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC) appointed a new Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners. Ms. Stacey Garrett of Nashville, Tennessee will serve as Chair of the Board for a two year term and will assume her position as Chair at the next Commissioner’s meeting in January 2012.
Garrett is a founding member of Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC and chair of the firm's Board of Directors. Garrett concentrates her practice in the areas of higher education, corporate transactions, immigration, health care and government affairs. Former Governor Bredesen designated Garrett to serve on a Judicial Redistricting Study Committee and the Committee to Study the Administration of the Death Penalty. In 2003, she was named to The Tennessean's "Top 40 Under 40." In 2007, Ms. Garrett was honored to be named as one of the Nashville Business Journal's Women of Influence in the Entrepreneur category. She is also a member of the upcoming 2011-2012 Leadership Nashville class. Ms. Garrett has served as a Commissioner on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission since 2009 and was reappointed to serve on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission through 2015.

The Commission is an independent state agency charged with eradicating discrimination and protecting the civil rights of all individuals within the state in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. If you’ve been discriminated against or would like more information about your civil rights please call us at 800.251.3589 or visit the agency’s informational website at


Alcohol Beverage Team helps Buffalo Wild Wings open 800th Store

Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), the national sports grill and bar known for its award-winning Buffalo, NY-style chicken wings spun in one of 18 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings, announced the opening of its 800th restaurant nationwide.

 The Company quickly raced past this milestone thanks to openings in Florida, Tennessee, Washington and California, marking a four-way tie for the 800th location.


Will Cheek named to Board of Directors of The DISTRICT

Attorney Will Cheek was recently named to the Board of Directors for The DISTRICT.

Geographically, The DISTRICT consists of three of downtown Nashville's National Register Historic Districts: 2nd Avenue, Broadway and Printer’s Alley. Organizationally, it is a partnership of the business community, property owners, preservationists, non-profits and government agencies with an interest in downtown Nashville.


Chris Raybeck featured in UT Law Best of the Best

The Volunteer spirit is strong in Chris Raybeck (LAW '03), in more ways than one.


Stephen Zralek to chair American Bar Association Committee

Stephen Zralek has been appointed to chair the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Copyright Litigation Committee.

The American Bar Association (ABA) includes nearly 400,000 members and is the leading national bar association for attorneys in the United States.

The IP Law Copyright Litigation Committee focuses on disputes involving copyrights, monitoring recent decisions across the nation, and providing advanced educational seminars for lawyers on cutting edge topics. Mr. Zralek recently served as Vice Chair of this committee. He helped to urge Congress to amend the the Copyright Act to clarify the requirements required to file a lawsuit for copyright infringement, since no uniform standard exists as interpreted by the various federal courts around the country.

Mr. Zralek is a member at Bone McAllester Norton. He helps clients from the creative, technology and entrepreneurial fields avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes, and is a highly-sought after speaker and author on intellectual property and social media legal issues. He is active in philanthropy in Nashville, and co-founded a networking event for entrepreneurs called WaterCooler. He tweets at @StephenZralek, and blogs at TheExpressive.

Haslam Announces Regional Entrepreneur Centers

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to be a Partner of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

Brian Reisinger

Staff Reporter - Nashville Business Journal

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the business accelerators responsible for his regional entrepreneurship push, with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center landing a large portion of Middle Tennessee.

The Tennessee Republican has made entrepreneurship a central part of his economic development strategy. Commissioner Bill Hagerty of the state’s Economic and Community Development Department has been expected to announce the regional centers responsible for implementing Haslam’s strategy throughout the state.

Read the entire article here.


Stacey Garrett Re-Appointed by Governor Bredesen to Tennessee Human Rights Commission

Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed Stacey Garrett, a founding member of the firm, to a second term on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

The Commission is Tennessee's independent state agency with responsibilities pertaining to the prevention and elimination of discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing.  Stacey was first appointed by Governor Bredesen to the agency's governing board in 2003 and will now continue to serve until 2015.

Stacey said she believes firmly in community and civic responsibility and is grateful for the opportunity to continue her work and service on the commission at an exemplary level.

Stacey is Chair of the Board of Directors of Bone McAllester Norton and focuses her practice in higher education, corporate transactions, immigration, healthcare, and government affairs.  She has served in many government and nonprofit leadership positions throughout her legal career.

She has earned recognition by numerous publications and among her peers in the legal profession.  In 2003, she was named one of the Tennessean's "Top 40 Under 40." She was also selected as Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" in immigration law for several years, and in 2007 she was named by the Nashville Business Journal as a "Woman of Influence" in the Entrepreneur category.

James Crumlin Recognized on “Forty Under 40” List by Nashville Business Journal

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that James Crumlin was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list.

  The annual awards go to young professionals who are making a difference in their companies and their community in Middle Tennessee.  The winners were honored at an awards ceremony on March 10.  At the ceremony, each winner was invited to say THREE WORDS.  As added twist, each winner could say additional words with the understanding that if you said four or more words, the winner would make a $25 donation PER WORD to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBSMT).  As the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for BBBSMT, James said 56 words at the ceremony which translated to a $1,400 contribution.

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates James on this well-deserved recognition.

Click here for a full list of this year’s winners.

Bonelaw Works Closely With Legal Counsel in Hotel Indigo Deal

Hotel Indigo in downtown Nashville, a $30 million investment that went sour during the recession, was sold for $14 million in a bankruptcy sale recorded in county documents on Friday.

According to the documents, Winston Hospitality, Inc., a hotel management company based in Raleigh, NC, purchased the boutique hotel located on Union Street in downtown.

Bone McAllester Norton worked closely with legal counsel closing the Hotel Indigo deal to ensure there was no interruption in service with both beer and liquor.

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek, Sam McAllester & Charles Robert Bone Recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek and Sam McAllester have been named Mid-South Super Lawyers, and Charles Robert Bone has been honored as a Mid-South Rising Star, in the 2011 editions.

Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honorees represent the top five percent of lawyers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Selections for the list are based on a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a regional survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics' attorney-led research staff, peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The Rising Star designation is awarded exclusively to top lawyers who are 40 years old and younger who have been in practice 10 years or fewer.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are considered leaders in their areas of practice: Ms. Jacobs is honored for her skill in environmental and administrative law; Ms. Martin, in employment and business litigation and defense; Mr. Zralek in intellectual property; Mr. McAllester, in real estate, bankruptcy and creditor and debtor rights; and Mr. Bone, in business litigation, personal injury plaintiff, general corporate, and mergers and acquisitions.