Sean Kirk Joins Bone McAllester Norton

As reported in the Nashville Post, Sean Kirk has joined Bone McAllester Norton as a commercial So with pigeons from the menu why not a slice of bingo-roulette ?Casino entrepreneurs Jimmy and Simon Thomas, along with The spanish language expert Marcos Marugan, have produced a physical casino game that merges both bingo and roulette into…well a bingo and roulette kind of game. litigation attorney, firm Chairman Charles W. Bone announced today.

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Larry Bridgesmith Elected as Life Director by Center for Public Trust Board

By Andy Goldstein, NASBA Electronic Media Specialist and Webmaster

Milton Brown and Larry Bridgesmith, Esq. have deep roots with NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT). Both men served together on the CPT’s first Board of Directors in 2005, and were the first two members to serve as Board chair since the establishment of the organization (Brown 2005-2008, Bridgesmith 2008-2012).

Therefore, it is no surprise that, due to their hard work and dedication to the organization, Brown and Bridgesmith were the first two members to be elected as Life Directors on the CPT Board. Life Directors play an important advisory role for the CPT. Their knowledge and experience help propel the CPT toward meeting its mission and goal.

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Charles W. Bone To Be Honored at Annual "Good Guys" Awards

The Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee will honor four men who have been outstanding advocates of women, women’s issues and the community as “Good Guys” on Monday, October 15, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. The men honored at this year’s event include:
  • Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
  • Lowe Finney, senator, Tennessee General Assembly
  • Bill Haslam, governor, State of Tennessee
  • Joseph R. Hyde, III, owner and president, Pittco Holdings Inc.
The Good Guys Award, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is the ultimate recognition which honors men who uniquely promote and support women. Over the past 20 years the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee has recognized 73 men who have worked to promote, support and expand women’s roles in the community.  These men include elected officials, official appointees, community leaders, philanthropists and businessmen. Previous Good Guys recipients include Governor Phil Bredesen, U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, Phil Ponder, Howard Gentry, Dave Cooley and many others.

“The Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee is thrilled to honor our four distinguished recipients for this year’s Good Guys Awards,” said WPCTN President Lane Rhodes.  “Each has displayed great commitment to women’s issues and supporting the growth and development of women as leaders in the community.  This is year is particularly special as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Good Guys Awards and jointly recognize the advancement of women in the community and the men who support them.”

The Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee is a multi-partisan, multi-ethnic organization that promotes full and equal participation of women in government and the political process. To learn more about the Collaborative, log on to

Will Cheek Talks About Liquor Laws With the Tennessee Bar Association

When talk turns to liquor laws in Tennessee, everybody has a question.

• Why can’t I Kroger for wine? If 69% of Tennesseans favor wine in grocery store, what's the holdup?

• I can buy tequila but not beer, limes or shot glasses at my liquor store, what's up with that?

• Why was the right for women to vote crucial to prohibition?

• Why would we ban the sale of all alcohol?

Attorney Will Cheek of Bone McAllester Norton delivered a one-hour CLE webcast with the answers to these questions and more concerning the labyrinth of liquor laws in Tennessee, a place where liquor has played a pivotal and sometimes controversial role in the state's history and economy.

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Attorney Johnny Garrett Invites Vanderbilt's Baseball Coach to Little League World Series

Nashville's City Paper
By Jerome Boettcher

Tim Corbin wasn’t too old for this moment.
Attending the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., always had been on his baseball bucket list. On Sunday, the giddy 51-year-old boarded a private jet and fulfilled that dream.

Vanderbilt's baseball coach couldn’t pass up an opportunity to cheer on Nashville’s “hometown” team and was in the stands to watch the Goodlettsville All-Stars knock off Petaluma, Calif., in an exciting second-round game.

“It was better in person than it is on TV. I can say that with certainty,” Corbin said on Monday, back at Vanderbilt and preparing for the Commodores’ first team meeting. “It kind of reveals every aspect of youth baseball that you can possibly see from the emotion to the winning and losing and the fans and the parents. It is really neat. It is the elite deal. It is the thing happening right now. I think it is great for the community.”

Corbin left Nashville at 7 a.m. Sunday and was back by 9 p.m. that same day, turning a 1,500-mile (roundtrip) adventure into a very long day trip. He joined Johnny Garrett, Ray Knotts and Brian Hayes, parents and coaches of Goodlettsville’s 8- and 9-year-old team who extended Corbin an offer to join them and their children on the trip.


Rick Nickels Represents Seller in Employee Benefits Firm Transaction

By Randy McClain, The Tennessean

Willis of Tennessee, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, today announced the acquisition of Phillips-Diaz Benefits, Inc., a long-established specialist in the employee benefits market. Attorney Rick Nickels represented the seller in the transaction.

Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

The company said the move is part of Willis’ strategy to expand its presence in the employee benefits arena in Tennessee. Willis has offices in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville.


Attorney Tucker Herndon Speaks to the Tennessean About Commercial Park Auction

By Kevin Walters, Tennessean

FRANKLIN - A foreclosure auction of the Longview Commercial Park previously set for Friday on the steps of the Williamson County Judicial Building will be on hold until September.

Last month, Capital Bank officials foreclosed on 45.26 acres of the Longview property seeking money the bank says it is owed on the mortgage for the property.

Attorney Tucker Herndon said the bank and the Longview Franklin Partnership are presently in discussions about the foreclosure and the auction will be put off until September.


Bill Wright Receives the Ralph G. Hanning Lifetime of Service Award

Congratulations to attorney Bill Wright who was surprised at today's Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce luncheon as the recipient of The Ralph G. Hanning Lifetime of Service Award. This award is meant to honor a person in our community that has consistently given of their time and talents in order to make Hendersonville a better community to live, work and play.

charles bone, bill wright, susan high-mcauley, george phillips, johnny garrett

WaterCooler heads to Parnassus Books to Celebrate the Written Word

In advance of the 24th Annual Southern Festival of Books, A Celebration of the Written Word, our next WaterCooler is for book lovers and entrepreneurs. We’ll hear Parnassus Books co-owners Karen Hayes and Ann Patchett explain how their independent bookstore has both opened and prospered in the middle of the Great Recession, while national book chains have been going out of business. We’ll also hear Serenity Gerbman, Director of Literature and Language Programs of Humanities Tennessee, talk about opportunities for readers in Nashville, including the Southern Festival of Books.

Sunday, August 19th

Doors Open at 5:30*

Program from 6:00 to 7:00

Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14, Nashville,TN 37205

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*Parnassus will be closed to the public but open for WaterCooler,

so bring your $$ if you want to buy books!

Rick Nickels to teach Estate Planning and Guardianship to NALS Members

Attorney Rick Nickels will spend a day with members of The National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS) Nashville Chapter preparing them for the Professional Legal Secretary certification. This certification is received after passing a one-day examination which demonstrates not only dedication to professionalism but their acceptance of the challenge to be exceptional.

Rick will lend his legal expertise in the area of Estate Planning and Guardianship to prepare this group of legal secretaries for their exam in September.

Stephen Zralek to moderate Roundtable on Copyright Fair Use at ABA Annual Meeting

The Copyright Litigation Committee will host a CLE Roundtable discussion, “Copyright Fair Use: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest One of All?” at the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 3 from 10:30 to 11:30am.

Committee Chair Stephen Zralek of Bone McAllester Norton will moderate a panel which includes Deborah Robinson of Viacom, Victor Perlman of the American Society of Media Photographers, and Claudia Ray of Kirkland & Ellis will each present.

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Charles Bone Named to Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies Advisory Board

Charles Bone is one of four community leaders to join the Advisory Board for the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies. The advisory board members help set the center’s priorities and serve as ambassadors for the center’s mission.

The Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies facilitates research on community-identified issues and needs and provides timely recommendations on policy-level solutions and actions. This mission is carried out through research projects, university-community partnerships and conversations and collaborations. The center is particularly focused on four community-identified areas for 2010 through 2012: quality of life, the city's safety net, Nashville as a creative place, and community health.

Stephen Zralek to be a guest on "This Week in Law" podcast

IP Attorney Stephen Zralek will be a guest on "This Week in Law," a weekly podcast that is part of TWiT.TV on Friday, July 20th. He will be part of a panel and will discuss topics such as the Righthaven cases, the regulation/lawlessness of the Internet, the evolving law of social media, fair use in copyright and copyright issues in Pinterest.

To learn more about the podcast, click here.

Bonelaw Client "Bluegrass Underground" Wins Two International Awards

Entertainment Attorney Stephanie Taylor represents Bluegrass Underground.

NASHVILLE, TN. – July 17th, 2012 – Producers of the acclaimed PBS music concert event series BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND today announced that the show is the recent recipient of two international awards—the coveted CINE Golden Eagle and the Telly Silver award. These prestigious prizes are awarded in recognition of the highest production values of the television/film industry.

A 12-part concert series taped 333-feet deep inside the wondrous Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns near McMinnville, TN, BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND is a unique, “musical adventure.” Executive producer Todd Mayo and Emmy Award-winning producer Todd Jarrell (Todd Squared, LLC) teamed up with the legendary talents of Director James Burton Yockey, Lighting Designer Allen Branton, and Audio Engineer Hugh Johnson to create this singular series for American audiences on PBS.

The CINE competition functions as an academic peer review with over 400 jurors screening hundreds of productions in search of, “overall excellence that separates it from productions similar in content, genre or style,” in “upholding an unparalleled reputation of excellence.” Past Golden Eagle honorees include Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Billy Crystal, Robert DeNiro, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, Ken Burns, Ron Howard, Jim Henson, Pixar, and Steven Spielberg.

Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards also honor the finest film and video productions with the mission of strengthening the visual arts community by inspiring, and promoting creativity. Judges evaluate entries “to recognize distinction in creative work against a high standard of merit.” The 2012 Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. This year’s honorees include HISTORY, NBC Universal, SPEED, Disney, ESPN Int’l, National Geographic, NASA, and WGBH.

“A little bit Bluegrass; a little bit Underground,” the series found wide acclaim in its first season and is now airing on PBS in over 300 U.S. markets. The unique mix of HD video, a near-perfect acoustical cavern, and top musical talent brings viewers “an eye-popping presentation of one of the most visually amazing venues there is,” says Jarrell. BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND Season II premieres on PBS in September, 2012.

Underwriters of the television series will include the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Nissan of North America, Griffin Technology, Southgate Brand Foods and The City of McMinnville.  “Our partners believe in the series, and for their support we are truly grateful,” says producer Todd Mayo adding, “Receiving recognition like these awards just ices a very special cake.”

Was Dope the First Step to End the ABC?

By: Will Cheek
The Legislature considered curtailing the authority of ABC agents to enforce marijuana laws and eliminate their authority to arrest for criminal drug offenses. This seemingly innocuous change could have been the first step toward eliminating the ABC as a stand-alone agency. The change could have easily impacted the training and pay of ABC agents.

ABC agents have historically been active in marijuana eradication in Tennessee, benefiting from both federal and state funding, and being active in major raids. We presume that marijuana eradication is an important reason behind funding for higher salaries and more-comprehensive training for ABC agents.

The legislation failed this year, but we encourage industry insiders to closely monitor this issue in upcoming legislative sessions. Nationally, many states have considered merging their state ABC into other agencies, largely as a cost saving measure. Liquor experts generally agree that combining ABC functions with other state agencies is bad for the industry. Very bad.

In a heavily regulated industry, having dedicated trained experts in the field is generally seen as a necessary evil. If nothing else, it provides a relatively level playing field for competitors that might otherwise openly break laws to make money, if no one were watching.

With competition driving sales practices, instead of law enforcement, insiders see movement to a more reckless environment that could easily cause major increases in insurance, and eventually to overly restrictive legislative responses. Anyone remember Prohibition?

Eliminating the law enforcement duties of ABC agents simplifies merging the ABC with other state agencies. We saw this as a first step toward eliminating the Tennessee ABC, which from all signs is not good for the alcoholic beverage industry.

James Mackler Named Nashville Chamber of Commmerce Emerging Leader Award Finalist

The Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs) recognize Nashville's young professionals for significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community. Congratulations to James Mackler, a finalist in the category of Legal Services.
  • Legal Services

    Rachel Bell, Bell & Kinslow, PLLC
    Christy Crider, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
    Kolin Holladay, Adams and Reese LLP
    James Mackler, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
    Matt Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa, PLLC
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Paul Kruse, Trademark Lawyer of the Year, introduces Trademark Vigilance Program

Trademark Vigilance Program

Do you know whether or not a new trademark you are about to adopt is likely to cause confusion with the prior trademark of another party? CoreFour will search: State and federal trademark registration records for old, senior marks of others that are likely to cause confusion.

Do you know federally registered trademarks enjoy a right of priority, nationwide in effect, even in markets you have yet to enter? Our services include:
Assistance with all stages of the application process and registration maintenance up to but not including appeals, oppositions, cancellations or interferences.
Do you know whether or not another party has an interest in or is using a trademark that is likely to cause confusion with your trademark? Each month, we will: Monitor state and federal trademark registration records for new, junior marks of others that are likely to cause confusion.

Do you know you have a duty to protect your trademarks by taking appropriate action to prevent any likelihood of confusion in the mind of the public? Our job is to: Send letters to suspected infringers and forward replies with comments regarding how best to proceed up to but not including litigation.

CoreFour services are available for a fixed monthly fee based on the number of classes of goods and/or services covered by your trademarks. The subscription rate is $150 per class/per month plus expenses. Every trademark covers at least one class of goods or services and sometimes more. Complementary subscription rate estimates are available upon request.

In today’s competitive environment where the quality and price playing fields are increasingly level, trademarks are often the only way consumers differentiate one company from another. Consequently, trademarks play a critical role in driving new and repeat business. Many believe registration is enough; however, it is only the beginning. A comprehensive trademark vigilance program is a proactive, ongoing process involving four key steps. CoreFour offers these services at a fixed monthly fee.

CoreFour is led by Paul Kruse, who has more than 20 years of experience helping individuals and businesses manage their trademark portfolios. While working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office early in his career, he examined over 4,400 trademark applications and has prosecuted countless applications as a private attorney since. Paul has consistently been one of The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006.

Isn’t it time you got the most out of your trademarks?

To learn more about CoreFour and how it can work for you,
contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Paul Kruse
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

William Haynes voted President of Christ the King School Board

Bone McAllester Norton attorney William "Paz" Haynes was recently voted President of the Christ the King School Board.  Congratulations Paz!

Larry Bridgesmith Joins Bonelaw as Of Counsel

We welcome attorney Larry Bridgesmith to Bonelaw. Larry will serve as Of Counsel in the area of Labor and Employment.  Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Larry was Of Counsel at Miller & Martin, PLLC.

“I have known Larry for years. We are pleased to have him join us with his experience in Labor and Employment law, as well as conflict resolution and legal project management,” Mr. Bone said.  “He will be a great asset to our clients and our other attorneys, and we welcome him and his clients to the firm.”

Larry is also the Founding Executive Director, Senior Fellow and Associate Professor at the Institute of Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. He recently co-founded a technology company called ERM Legal Solutions that provides legal project management solutions to law firms and legal departments.  Larry’s expertise in dispute resolution processes has led to appointments by the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section as co-chair of task forces in Health Law and International Dispute Resolution.

He earned his juris doctorate degree in 1978 from Wayne State University Law School and his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Larry and his wife, Linda have been married 44 years and have 2 children, Lara and Lance and 5 grandchildren.

Stephen Zralek Quoted in ManagingIP about GoogleBooks Class Action

Earlier in June 2012, Stephen Zralek was quoted in a story by ManagingIP about the GoogleBooks Class Action certification. Recently, Judge Denny Chin, sitting by designation for the Southern District of New York, issued a ruling allowing the case to proceed forward as a class action. ManagingIP asked Stephen how much of a blow this decision was to Google. Stephen explained:

“I think it’s fair to say that it’s always a major blow to a defendant when a class action is certified. Here the class includes all U.S. authors and heirs who have a copyright interest in a book that Google scanned into its Library Project. With the certification of a class, there’s a much greater chance that authors will participate in the litigation; otherwise, each author would have had to commence his or her own suit, and many times suit is never filed after evaluating the risks and benefits. A class, however, allows authors with smaller claims to reap the benefits of joining forces with those authors with bigger claims, more at stake, and funds to fight Google.”

He continued: “If Google is found liable, the damages will be aggregated and likely will appear to be significantly higher than if Google had been forced to defend separate lawsuits. The upside for Google is that it won’t have to defend cases all over the country and that it likely will spend less on legal fees, itself. But, if found liable, Google likely will have to pay a big sum to the class attorneys.”

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