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 www.southernword.org.

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 http://www.mergingblue.com/.

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.


Join Us for WaterCooler on 1/30 at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet

Happy 2013!

We're excited about our upcoming programs for WaterCooler and hope that you are ready to get back to networking with other Nashvillians. As we head into our fourth year, we are excited to begin this new season delving again into the business and innovation of the cultural arts in Nashville. This month, our friends Paul Vasterling and Jim Johnson of Nashville Ballet offer us a behind-the-curtain glimpse into the energy, the athleticism and the artistry that has propelled the 27-year-old Nashville Ballet to become the largest and most successful professional ballet company in the state.

January’s Nashville Ballet WaterCooler provides an unprecedented behind-the-scenes experience as participants watch final rehearsal’s for “Attitude,” a performance that features an innovative combination of dance, music and the production of an original work of visual art. Don’t miss a sneak peak of what will be this winter’s most talked about performance.

Wednesday, January 30th 

5:30 - 6 p.m Cocktails and conversation during "Attitude" rehearsal

6-7 p.m. Discussion and guided tour of costumes, set production and rehearsal facilities with Paul Vesterling, artistic director/CEO, and Jim Johnson, director of sales and marketing

 Afterward,  we will head to the new M.L. Rose location on Charlotte for beers and continued conversation.

 The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet

3630 Redmon Street

Nashville, Tennessee 37209

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WaterCooler is an informal networking group highlighting Nashville's cultural richness.  There is no official membership and no dues -- just come when the topic or venue interests you. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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.


Trace Blankenship Elected to Serve as Treasurer and Ex-Officio Director of Nashville Bar Association

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates attorney Trace Blankenship on his election as treasurer and ex-officio director of the Nashville Bar Association. His election by the NBA board of directors for the 2013 term follows his service as assistant treasurer and treasurer-elect during 2012.

Congratulations, Trace, on this well deserved election.

James Mackler Receives President’s Award from the Nashville Bar Association

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates attorney James Mackler on receiving the President’s Award from the Nashville Bar Association. The award recognized his contribution in founding the Nashville Attorney Veterans Group and the Nashville Bar Association committee of the same name. The group consists of attorneys with prior military experience who will work to assist veterans in Nashville and provide fellowship with each other.

Congratulations, James, on this well-deserved recognition.

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

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that James Mackler 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.

Click here* read James's profile featured in the Nashville Business Journal.

*A subscription is required to read the entire article.

Attorney Charles Bone Seeks New Trial For Cyntoia Brown

On November 13th and 14th attorney Charles Bone along with Covington, TN attorney J. Houston Gordon and Nashville attorney Paul Bruno represented Cyntoia Brown pro bono as she petitioned Judge Randall Wyatt for post-conviction relief from the 60 year sentence she received as a teenager at her original trial in 2006.

News Channel 5 aired a segment about the case.


Nashville Bar Journal Publishes Profile of Attorney James Mackler

The Nashville Bar Journal publishes profile of  Attorney James Mackler's journey from civilian law to the military and back again. You can read the profile on page 16 of the Nashville Bar Journal.

Attorney James Mackler Discusses Email Privacy with Heather Jensen of Channel 2 News

Petraeus investigation brings light to email privacy
Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:11 PM CST
Reported By Heather Jensen, Reporter


David Petraeus left his job as the head of the CIA amid scandal, and email appears to be his undoing.  The FBI began looking into the emails of the highly decorated general in a harassment case turned security breach turned infidelity discovery.

"Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, adultery is a crime. It's a serious offense," said Attorney and Reservist James Mackler. "It can subject a soldier to dishonorable discharge, to up to a year in prison."

Mackler currently works with Bone McAllester Norton law firm in Nashville. He has practiced law for 15 years, four of those years spent in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.


Bone McAllester Norton Client Popcorn Sutton Featured in the Nashville Business Journal

Click here to read how Jamey Grosser brought Popcorn Sutton's moonshine to Nashville.


Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use at the Tennessee IP Law Association (TIPLA)

Stephen Zralek is presenting a seminar on Copyright Fair Use for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) on November 9, 2012.  TIPLA is an association of attorneys across Tennessee who focus on IP law.  Stephen’s practice focuses on business litigation, with an emphasis on helping clients avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes.