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.


Marty Cook Goes “Back to School”

Marty Cook and Bone McAllester Norton have partnered with Nannie Berry Elementary School in Hendersonville, Tennessee and our client “COMPASS” (Community Outreach Making Partners At Sumner Schools) for several years.

 COMPASS’ emphasis is to develop partnerships between the business community and Sumner County Public Schools to improve student success.

Marty served as President of the COMPASS Board of Directors and has led Bone McAllester Norton’s involvement at Nannie Berry Elementary School in many different ways. Recently, Bone McAllester Norton participated in the “School Back Pack” program which provided food for less fortunate students at Nannie Berry Elementary over the holidays.  Bone McAllester Norton has also led COMPASS’ school supply drive at the start of each school year and provided tutors in classrooms. We are pleased to have been involved in several incentive programs for the students at Nannie Berry, where prizes such as bikes and buckets of gifts were presented to students who exhibited excellent character. Bone McAllester Norton provides and prepares academic certificates at the end of the school year acknowledging students for their accomplishments over the past year. Marty has been influential in encouraging other businesses in the Hendersonville area to partner in these endeavors.


David Anthony’s Blog Featured in the Nashville Business Journal

David Anthony and his legal blog, Creditor’s Rights 101, were featured in the December 24, 2010 edition of the Nashville Business Journal.

 The article, titled “Standing Out on the Web,” discussed the ways companies are using the internet and, in particular, blogs to promote their services and skills.

Mr. Anthony’s blog provides readers with a discussion and explanation of news and trends related to the collection of debt.

Click to read the Nashville Business Journal’s article, “Standing Out on the Web.”  (subscription required)


Charles Bone Named One of Sumner County’s Top 30 Most Influential People

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that Charles Bone has been named one of Sumner’s 2010 Most Influential People.

Featured in the Tennessean, this list “reflects the diversity and variety of those who stand out as genuine movers and shakers in and around Sumner.”  No vote or survey was taken rather the editorial staff of The Hendersonville Star News, The News Examiner and Sumner A.M. selected these influential people that “one, either live in or work in, (or both), Sumer County and, two, that what they do touches the lives of many others.”

Charles Bone is currently active with the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, as well as many other civic and charitable organizations.

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

Jackalope Brewing Company Opening in 2011

In spring of 2011, Will Cheek’s client, Jackalope Brewing Company, LLC, will open a craft brewery and taproom at its new location on 8th Avenue South, near the Gulch.

Operated by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball, this will be the first entirely female run commercial brewery in Tennessee.  The taproom will feature four different draft brews including a rotating tap for experimental and seasonal beers to be available at Nashville bars and restaurants.

Click for more on this story at WKRN.com, "Local women plan to open brewery downtown."


Congratulations to Dean Institute Award Winner Trace Blankenship

Bone McAllester Norton Chairman Charles W. Bone and attorney Trace Blankenship congratulate Jack O. Bovender Jr. on receiving Lipscomb University’s first annual Dean Institute Award for Corporate Governance and Integrity.

“Jack Bovender is a perfect example of the type of leader we had in mind when Charles Bone, Trace Blankenship and I established the Dean Institute in 2008,” said Turney Stevens, dean of the Lipscomb University College of Business.

The Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity at Lipscomb University is a national forum for integrating best practices in governance with integrity and faith to benefit public and private company executives, board members and other top-tier corporate leaders. The institute seeks to address the root issues at play, namely, how character and integrity inform the decisions, actions, culture and performance of corporations.

Click here to read more.


James Crumlin Named Young Leader of the Year

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates attorney James Crumlin on receiving the Young Leader of the Year Award from the Young Leaders Council. This award is given in recognition of the achievements and contributions of an outstanding Alumni of Young Leaders Council.

Congratulations to James on this well-deserved recognition.

Popcorn Sutton’s Moonshine Legacy

This week, Will Cheek’s client J&M Concepts, LLC placed the first Tennessee White Whiskey, aka moonshine, in Nashville bars.  Partners Jamey Grosser, a former professional Supercross motorcycle racer, and Hank Williams Jr. are partners in J&M Concepts, LLC along with Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s wife.  After Popcorn committed suicide at age 62 rather than go to jail for selling untaxed liquor Jamie was determined to pass along Popcorn’s legacy and his moonshine methodology.

“You’ve still got to be careful, though,” Hank Williams Jr. said. “It tastes exactly the same as what Popcorn made, and it’s so smooth you sometimes don’t realize what you’re drinking. Like I’ve heard Jamey (Johnson) say, there’s at least one famous Tennessee whiskey, and now there are going to be two. This one will be in a Mason jar.”

Click here to read more about Popcorn Sutton in the November 12, 2010 Tennessean front page article, “Hank Williams Jr. helps continue Popcorn Sutton’s moonshine legacy.”


Anne Arney Adds Healthcare Expertise to Bone McAllester Norton

Anne Sumpter Arney, an experienced attorney in health care law, has become a partner of Bone McAllester Norton, Chairman Charles W. Bone announced today.

“Anne is one of the leading Nashville attorneys in health care law, and we are pleased to have her expertise and guidance in this area,” Mr. Bone said.  “Nashville is recognized nationally and internationally as a health care industry mecca with a local impact of nearly $30 billion and over 200,000 jobs.  We’re privileged to have Anne’s leadership in this ever-growing field.”

Ms. Arney has been practicing law for nearly 30 years, serving clients in general business and the health care industry.  Ms. Arney represents clients in matters ranging from general corporate to complex transactions.  She has extensive experience with the health care industry, representing businesses and health care providers in corporate, operational, and regulatory matters.

“I look forward to practicing law with Bone McAllester and Norton,” Ms. Arney said.  “I have had the opportunity to work with many of the attorneys at the firm and I know the high quality of services they provide to their clients.”

Ms. Arney is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Foundations.  She serves on the Board of the Nashville Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Health Law and the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiner’s Committee on Physician’s Assistants.

She has been a guest speaker on the topics of health care and corporate law for industry and professional associations and has authored a number of articles for medical and legal publications.

A native of Livingston, Overton County, Tennessee, Ms. Arney is an alumna of Vanderbilt University where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in English.  She received her law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia.

She is married to Steven L. Gilpatrick.


Charles Bone, Charles Robert Bone, John Branham and Will Cheek recognized in Nashville Post's 2010 "In Charge" List

Nashville Post magazine launched its inaugural issue by featuring the 2010 “In Charge” list of “businesspeople and community leaders who are writing Music City’s success story.”   Among those recognized in the March/April edition as “making things happen in the Nashville area” are four Bone McAllester Norton attorneys.

As a leading authority on “gun ownership issues” and as “one of the city’s most well-rounded attorneys,” Will Cheek was named to the Nonprofits list.

Recognized for his legal career and as a “major player in Tennessee Democratic politics,” Charles Bone was named to the Legal list.

“A political force behind the scenes,” Charles Robert Bone was named to the Government / Politics list.

Recognized for his civil litigation practice,” John Branham was named to the Legal list.

Bone McAllester Norton Wins $1.55M Jury Verdict in Plaintiff’s Case

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys David Briley, John Branham and Charles Robert Bone prevailed at trial for the parents of an 18-month old boy who were denied the opportunity to see their son after he died suddenly in June 2008 while with a caregiver.

 The jury awarded a verdict of punitive damages in the amount of $1.25 million and $300,000 in compensatory damages against Forensic Medical Management Services PLC, the firm that handles medical-examiner duties for Metro Nashville.

Click here to read the full article.


Push for “Tylers Law” After Lawsuit Victory

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys David Briley, John Branham and Charles Robert Bone prevailed at trial for Don and Sarah Sinclair, the parents of an 18-month old boy who were denied the opportunity to see their son after he died suddenly in June 2008 while with a caregiver.

The jury awarded a verdict of punitive damages in the amount of $1.25 million and $300,000 in compensatory damages against Forensic Medical Management Services PLC, the firm that handles medical-examiner duties for Metro Nashville.

Along with four of the twelve jurors, Bone McAllester Norton is pushing to pass “Tylers Law,” a law to ensure no family is ever denied the opportunity to see their deceased child.  This follows a Florida law which guarantees a family the right to see their child after death and before autopsy.

"The circumstances indicated that there was no reason to prevent the parents from seeing their son," said David Briley.

"It's unfortunate that you have to change the law to impose common sense on people. Families need to make that visual connection and begin the process of healing and putting things in order. That's very important. It happened. But to them it is still not real. It's not real until they actually see their son."

NewsChannel5.com ran a story, "Lawsuit Victory Could Pave the Way for New State Law," on this case.


Congratulations to 37 of our Clients for Winning in 53 Categories of the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Reader’s Poll

The Alcoholic Beverage Group at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC congratulates 37 of our clients for their well deserved recognition in the Nashville Scene’s 2010 Best of Nashville Reader’s Poll.

  These are the winners in an impressive 53 categories:

Arnold Myint
Best Chef

Best Strip Club

ArtrageousBest Charity Event

Baja BurritoBest Burrito
Best Fish Taco

BelcourtBest Move Theater
Best Place for a Cheap Date

Beyond the EdgeBest Sports Bar
Best Place to Throw Darts

Black 13
Best Tattoo Studio

Best Liquor Store

Café CocoBest Late-Night Eats
Best Patio
Best After-Hours Hang

Five Guys
Best French Fries
Best Cheeseburger

Fleming’sBest Steakhouse

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Best Museum
Best Art Show - Chihuly at Cheekwood
Best Art Show - Golden Age of Couture at FristBest Place for a Cheap Date
Best Place to Take Kids When its Raining

Gigi’s CupcakesBest Place to Buy Cupcakes

Gold RushBest French Fries
Best Cheap Eats
Best Late-Nights Eats
Best Neighborhood Bar
Best Happy Hour
Best Sports Bar
Best Bar to People-Watch
Best Bartender, Patrick Noles

Grace’s Wine and SpiritsBest Liquor Store

Hutton HotelBest Boutique Hotel

LosersBest Music Industry Hang

Mafiaoza’sBest Family-Friendly Restaurant

McFadden’sBest Place to Meet Single Women

Midtown Wine & SpiritsBest (most knowledgeable service) in a Wine Store

Nashville SymphonyBest Performing Arts Group

Nuvo BurritoBest Burrito

PlayBest Gay Bar
Best Lesbian Bar
Best Place to Dance

PublixBest Place to Buy Fresh Seafood

Pure Gold’s Crazy Horse
Best Strip Club

Red RoosterBest New Bar or Club (opened since October 2009)

Ruth’s ChrisBest Steakhouse

SambucaBest Place for a Romantic Dinner
Best Restaurant Ambience
Best Service in a Restaurant

Best Restaurant in Sumner County

Sunset Grill
Best Dessert
Best Late-Nights Eats
Best Wine List in a Restaurant

Suzy Wong’s
Best After-Hours Hang

Trader Joe’s
Best Health Food Store
Best Grocery Store

Best Bartender, Loy Carney
Best Martini
Best Pickup Bar
Best Gay Bar
Best Lesbian Bar
Best Place to Meet Single Men

WatanabeBest Sushi Bar/Japanese Restaurant

Whole Foods
Best Health Food Store
Best Grocery Store
Best Place to Buy Fresh Seafood
Best Place to Shop Green
Best Specialty/Gourmet Store

Woodland Wine MerchantBest (most knowledgeable service) in a Wine Store

YazooBest Brewhouse

Zumi SushiBest Takeout


Bone McAllester Norton Ranked 2010 Best Law Firms By U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2010 Best Law Firms rankings, marking the inaugural publication of this highly-anticipated annual analysis.

 The rankings, including 30,322 rankings of 8,782 law firms in 81 practice areas, are posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms; the national first-tier rankings will be featured in the October print issue of U.S.News & World Report, which will go on sale September 27.

Bone McAllester Norton received first tier rankings in the Metropolitan Rankings category for Employment Law – Individuals and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

These inaugural rankings, which are presented in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state, showcase 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of  81 major practice areas. Full data is available online for the law firms that received rankings, from the largest firms in the country to hundreds of one-person and two-person law firms, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

The mission of Best Law Firms from the start has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing to get a divorce or write a will, along with referring lawyers everywhere, who need an especially high level of legal work because of the particularly difficult legal issues presented, or else legal issues of a particular magnitude – issues that have a bet-the-company implication for a corporation or a potentially life-changing result for an individual.

"U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings," says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. "This experience, coupled with our growing reputation as a leading career information resource, makes these law firm rankings a logical next step.”

“U.S. News is the world’s leading publisher of institutional rankings based on both objective data and peer evaluations,” says Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers. “We are combining this expertise with Best Lawyers’ experience of providing rankings of individual lawyers based on peer reviews for almost three decades. By combining hard data with peer reviews, and client assessments, we believe that we are providing users with the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed.”

We were very pleased with the level of response to national surveys, in which major clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. In the end, 9,514 clients – including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies – provided 194,370 firm practice-area evaluations; 6,190 clients provided 11,181 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers; and 8,842 lawyers provided 594,012 firm practice-area evaluations.

These reputational survey responses were combined with more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers.  Hard numbers were also used to develop the practice area rankings — data about numbers of lawyers and their previous experience, numbers of clients within different billing ranges, numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels; pro-bono commitment, diversity, and other objective data.

Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.

About the U.S. News Media Group
The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “America’s Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans, and more.

About Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,385 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. At www.BestLawyers.com, Best Lawyers also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in most of the world’s major legal markets. Best Lawyers lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.


Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys John Branham, Paul Kruse, Anne Martin & Will Cheek Named to The Best Lawyers in America®

Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys, John Branham, Paul Kruse, Anne Martin and Will Cheek, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011.

For a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers® has been regarded – by both the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.  Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3.1 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys in the country.  Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

The Bone McAllester Norton attorneys named in the forthcoming edition of The Best Lawyers in America include:

John P. Branham for Personal Injury Litigation
Paul W. Kruse for Intellectual Property Law
Anne C. Martin for Labor and Employment Law
William T. Cheek III for Food and Beverage Law


Guns in Licensed Establishments

The 2010 Legislative session saw passage of a revised gun bill that is designed to survive a court challenge.  The Legislature legalized bringing firearms by licensed handgun carriers into any place that sells beer or alcoholic beverages, unless the place opts out.

In a surprisingly friendly move to the alcoholic beverage industry, the legislature now allows places to opt out by posting the international circle-slash no gun sign.  Although the sign needs to be large enough to be plainly visible to patrons entering the business, the international no gun sign is considerably preferable to the alternative sign, which was the only mechanism to opt out under the 2009 gun law.  The alternative sign must contain language “substantially similar” to the following:


The 2009 gun law allowed licensed handgun carriers to bring firearms into restaurants, but not bars.  At the time, the liquor laws did not distinguish between restaurants and bars, and a court threw out the gun law as being unconstitutionally vague.

The new law has taken effect.  Licensed establishments that desire to opt out are advised to post the international no gun sign at every entrance.

Because the law requires the posting to be plainly visible, we suggest that establishments use signs that are at least three inches or larger.  “Plainly visible” has not been defined, but larger signs are probably better than smaller signs.

The Rest of the Story: 2010 Liquor Laws that Failed to Pass

Often, some of the most interesting legislative news relates to bills that failed to pass.  The 2010 session was no exception.

Perhaps the most notable was a bill by Representative Todd and Senator Fowlkes to shut down liquor and beer service at midnight across the state.  With the fiscal note for eliminating sales from midnight until 3:00 a.m. rather daunting, the legislation failed to advance.

As was widely suspected, the “wine at retail food store license” was dead on arrival this year.  We expect that wine in grocery stores will be a hot topic of discussion after the election and encourage readers to check with our blog Last Call.

In an effort to address the widespread failure of bars, music venues and other places to meet the minimum food service requirements, Representative Todd proposed that all licensees submit an oath of percentage of food sales in connection with license renewals.  Representative Todd later became a primary backer of the limited service restaurant license bill, which more-effectively addresses the food service issue.

Efforts to make the sale of alcohol to minors a crime punishable by a mandatory period of imprisonment of forty-eight hours failed to gain momentum.

Bars Legalized

On the eve of adjournment, the legislature created a new liquor license that allows establishments selling fifteen percent or more of “prepared food” to obtain a new limited service restaurant license.  The law legalizes the vast majority of bars and entertainment venues that did not qualify as a “restaurant” under prior law, which required that the sale of food be the “primary business.”  The legislation also clarified the existing definition of “restaurant,” by requiring that a restaurant derive fifty percent or more of its income from the sale of food.

The new limited service restaurant license has graduated license fees ranging from $2,000 to $4,000, depending on the percentage of food sales.  The license also requires adequate security and a number of other minor modifications to the existing restaurant law.

The law has taken effect and the ABC is accepting applications.

Premier Tourist Resorts Gain Liquor Licenses

As usual, the legislature added a long list of premier-type tourist resorts and other special legislation to allow liquor licenses in places that are otherwise dry.  Rejoice Sewanee Tigers, you can now legally purchase wine and spirits at The Sewanee Inn.  The following is our compilation of the new watering holes, based on the best information available:

Blackberry Farms (expansion) Buckhorn Inn, outside of Gatlinburg Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis Clayton Center for the Arts, Blount County East Fork Stables, Jamestown Laurel Cove, College Grove Majestic Theatre, Chattanooga Meadow Creek Mountain Rustic Resort, Cocke County Pine Crest Golf Course, Gibson County Richmont Inn, Townsend, Tennessee Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville The Sewanee Inn, Sewanee Slingo Marina on Center Hill Lake

In a departure from tradition, the Majestic Theatre in Chattanooga appears to be the first for-profit theater that is licensed for wine and liquor service.  The handful of other theaters previously legalized for the sale of alcohol are all nonprofit.

Alcoholic Beverage Group Provides Update on New Liquor Laws

Distilleries: The legislature allowed distilleries to charge for tours and tastings conducted in connection with tours.  Previously, no charge could be required for tastings, which prevented distilleries from requiring patrons to attend a paid tour in order to participate in tastings.  The legislature also authorized distilleries to provide samples for marketing purposes, after all taxes have been paid, and tweaked the location restrictions.

Collector License: The legislature created a new license for collectors of commemorative bottles that contain alcoholic beverages.  Readers may recall the seizure of collectable Jack Daniels bottles a few years ago, which drew national attention when it appeared that the seized inventory would be destroyed.  The new collector license legalizes the practice that led to the seizure.

Transportation: The laws concerning the amounts of alcohol one can legally transport through dry and other counties were modified to uniformly legalize transportation of less than five gallons of alcoholic beverages or wine for personal or household use.  Previously, the amounts varied and were arguably in conflict.

Lakewood: The legislature passed a technical correction that allows liquor stores licensed within the area formerly known as Lakewood to be issued renewal licenses and to stay in business.