Johnny Garrett Welcomes at Garrett Family Garden & Public Art Dedication

On May 14, 2012 Johnny Garrett welcomed those who attended the dedication of a garden made possibly by generous donations from Garrett's family.  Mayor Karl Dean dedicated the garden which features sculptures and mosaic and engraved artwork Seasons from a Bird's Eye View by artists Dan Goostree and Paige Easter. Surrounded by side walks and beautiful landscaping, the garden contains a seating area and performance stage.  The garden can be found at the Goodlettsville branch of the Nashville Public Library.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney George J. Phillips Speaks at Local College

As general counsel at a publicly traded company, George has keen insight into contract law and best business practices. Never shying away from community involvement, George has been sharing his knowledge by speaking frequently at Volunteer State Community College with his most recent appearance being June 14, 2012. The topics of his presentations include Top 10 Tips for Small Business Owners and also Contract Review and Negotiation for the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. Keep an eye out for George's next appearance.

Attorney Bill Wright Appointed to the Board of World Christian Broadcasting

Bill Wright was recently appointed to the board of Christian Broadcasting, a non-profit organization that strives to share God's Word through mass media and also to improve living conditions of its listeners.

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Attorney Chris Raybeck Closes Company Purchase

Chris Raybeck was instrumental in this company purchase. Omega Apparel Incorporated is now Military Veteran Owned
SMITHVILLE, Jun 15, 2012 - Smithville, TN based Omega Apparel Incorporated was recently acquired by Brentwood, TN resident Dean Wegner. Dean is a 1993 graduate of West Point and a 7-year Army helicopter pilot and Army Ranger veteran. He was most recently a Business Development Executive for Mars Inc. and formerly with Procter & Gamble. Dean acquired the business from former owners Richard Chase and Brian Roberge. Richard and Brian are 45+ year veterans in the apparel industry. They owned Omega Apparel for 18-years and built a best-in-class reputation for Quality and Customer Service that provides a tremendous platform for future growth. Dean brings a pro-growth mindset to Omega Apparel with the goal of acquiring additional business to enable job creation in Smithville and Middle Tennessee. Richard and Brian will remain on Omega’s Advisory Board of Directors for 3-years to provide strategic guidance and maintain the company bedrock of Quality and Customer Service. All current employees of Omega Apparel will remain in place and there will be no changes in key staff and leadership. Dean is committed to job creation and investing in the Smithville community. Russ Brue, a former Finance Manager with Mars Petcare will join as the new CFO. Omega Apparel Incorporated is a leading producer of uniforms for the Department of Defense. The company specializes in making dress pants and skirts for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The production facility is based in Smithville, TN and employs a workforce of 200+.

Attorney Rob Pinson Graduates From Tennessee Leadership Law Program

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Thirty-five attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Memphis last week.

Now in its ninth year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.

Bone McAllester Norton is excited to congratulate Rob on this achievement.

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Attorney Jack Stringham Named 2012 Best Lawyer

Bone McAllester Norton is delighted to congratulate Jack Stringham. Jack was recently named 2012 Best Lawyer in the area of finance and banking.


David Anthony Presents at Continuing Legal Education Seminar

On June 7, 2012

David Anthony presents “Liens and Security Interests in Tennessee: What Attorneys Must Know.”

This Continuing Legal Education seminar reviews the various types of liens in Tennessee, including consensual liens, judicial liens, statutory liens, and common law liens. Additionally, Mr. Anthony’s presentation includes a discussion of advanced topics, such as dealing with state and federal tax liens and special issues arising under the Bankruptcy Code.

This webinar is presented by M. Lee Smith Publishers and is presented live from 10am to 11am Central. The webinar is also available in CD-Rom format after the seminar date.
David M. Anthony concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, construction, and lien litigation. Mr. Anthony represents clients throughout middle Tennessee in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. He also has significant experience representing financial institutions and other creditors in all aspects of the litigation process.

Attorney Marshall T. Cook Appointed to Board of Hendersonville Rotary Foundation

Bone McAllester Norton would like to congratulate attorney Marshall Cook for being appointed to the board of the Hendersonville Rotary Foundation, an organization driven to improve the community.

Paul Kruse named 2012 Trademark Lawyer of the Year

NASHVILLE – Paul W. Kruse, a partner at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year.

“We are extremely proud of Paul’s work and his accomplishments. He is very deserving of this recognition,” said Charles W. Bone, Chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “Paul is an exceptional attorney and an expert in his field. We’re glad to know that others recognize this as well.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, added: “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Paul W. Kruse on being selected as the ‘Nashville Best Lawyers Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012.”

Mr. Kruse has more than 20 years of experience in trademark counseling and litigation. 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. Mr. Kruse has been consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers since 2006.

Mr. Kruse is an active member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Tennessee Bar Association having acted as Chair on more than one occasion. He is also a member of the Nashville Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his juris doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Attorney Sam J. McAllester Presents Banking Seminar to local Banks

Sam J. McAllester III recently presented to numerous banking executives on the topics of: "Knowing Your Borrower," "Enforcing Loan Documents," and "Security Interests in Personal and Real Property."

The seminars were done over a span of 4-6 weeks allowing all attorneys from the banking and financial practice to share their expertise.

All aboard the hot chicken train!

By Courtenay Rogers, Marketing Coordinator and resident "foodie"

Nashville is known for country music, cowboy hats and a tasty treat that is spreading like wildfire: chicken made hotter than Hades. “Hot Chicken” is a staple in our town and according to Wikipedia, anecdotal evidence suggests that spicy fried chicken has been served in Nashville for generations. Most people think of Prince’s Hot Chicken as the originator of this local delicacy, as the Prince family has been serving it for decades. Music City even hosts a festival devoted entirely to hot chicken on the 4th of July in east Nashville: the Hot Chicken Festival.

The 2012 Hot Chicken Festival is partnering with Nashville Originals, a group of local restaurateurs devoted to sustaining the independent restaurant, to present Hot Chicken Days: 30 Ways to Feel the Burn June 4th-July 4th. Over thirty restaurants will make their own creative version of hot chicken from appetizers, to salads and sides.

Bone McAllester Norton is a fan of Nashville Originals, and Alcoholic Beverage Team Leader Will Cheek regularly speaks to the group about Tennessee’s labyrinth of liquor laws.

Here is a list of some local restaurants featuring hot chicken dishes:

Tin Angel, Jackson's, Rumba, Burger Up, Provence, Jimmy Kelly's, Puckett's, Cha Chah, Suzy Wong's, PM, Nero's, Chago's Cantina, Noshville, Listening Room, Watermark, Sunset Grill, Midtown, McCabe Pub, Holland House, Fido, Copper Kettle, Wild Iris, Yellow Porch, Mambu.

Support your local restaurant scene this month and sample the many takes on Nashville’s historic foodie claim to fame: Hot Chicken.

Anne Martin Speaks at Employment Law Seminar

Anne Martin spoke at the 2012 Employment Law Seminar sponsored by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and Department of Human Resources.  Anne participated in a panel discussion regarding mediation in employment law disputes.  The conference was attended by over 100 human resource professionals and employment law attorneys.

Attorney Michael Norton of Bone McAllester Norton Creates Unique Stamp Art

The 21 art works in our lobby were all hand crafted by Michael Norton, one of the name members of our law firm. Each collage is created using only United States postage stamps. Mr. Norton designs each work, and each stamp or portion of a stamp is individually glued into place and the work is finished with multiple coats of clear acrylic.

Mr. Norton’s unique works of art have won several art competitions. Two of his works were selected for display at the Northwest Art Center in Minot, North Dakota, as part of the 2011 Americas Paperworks competition. His works will again be exhibited as a one person show at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee May 2013 through July 2013.

On average, the works each require approximately 400 to 500 stamps, and have been known to require more than 1,000 stamps to complete. Mr. Norton acquires most of the stamps as unsorted bulk purchases of used stamps. Currently, he has over 100,000 stamps available for future projects.


James Mackler creates Nashville Attorney Veterans Group

There is a unique bond among the small percentage of Americans who have served in the military. There is an even smaller subset of individuals who are both attorneys and veterans. As an attorney and recent veteran I was surprised to learn several months ago that there was no formal organization or even list of members of middle Tennessee lawyers with prior military service. It occurred to me that such an organization could be a great source of camaraderie and, more importantly, community service. Seeing the great potential for such a group, I began to email friends and colleagues to compile a list of interested attorney veterans.

Not surprisingly, the response was overwhelming. Middle Tennessee has a very strong community of lawyers who have served their country and there was clearly a pent up demand to join forces. The list grew quickly. On May 17, 2012, Judge Robert Echols hosted the first ever meeting of attorney veterans. We had approximately 30 attendees. There were lawyers and judges who had served in every conflict from World War II through Afghanistan. We also had nearly every military branch represented. The group enjoyed sharing war stories from both the battlefield and the courtroom. There was a strong consensus that we needed to meet again and begin planning some kind of outreach project that would combine our military backgrounds with our unique legal skills.

The attorney veterans group is off to a very strong start. Inspired by the growing organization, the Nashville Bar has now created a veterans committee. Our group is open to all lawyers in the middle Tennessee area who have served, or are currently serving, in any branch of the military. It is growing day by day. We are creating a more formalized organizational structure, working to choose our first service project, and planning our next meeting. We are very excited about the future. If you are an attorney with a military background and would like more information, please feel free to contact me at 615-238-6312.

Bone McAllester Norton to sponsor Conexión Américas breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to sponsor Conexión Américas as the organization celebrates its 10 year anniversary at the annual breakfast on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Charles W. Bone co-chaired the annual breakfast in 2010, and Stephen Zralek co-chaired it in 2011 and is currently serving on the board of directors.

Every year, more than 2,500 Latino individuals and their families turn to Conexión Américas for assistance in achieving their American Dream. This year’s annual cafecito breakfast will feature Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a powerful speaker and nationally recognized leader. Conexión Américas celebrates the 10th Anniversary of empowering Latino families in Middle Tennessee with a festive, inspiring morning gathering.

Wednesday, May

30th 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Attorney Anne Martin speaks at Society for Human Resource Management Conference

Anne Martin spoke at the 2012 SHRM Tennessee Employment Law & Legislative Conference on May 18, 2012. Anne led one of the conference sessions titled “The ABC’s of Leave and Disability Issues.” Anne also participated with other speakers in a discussion regarding the latest trends in employment law

and to answer questions of conference attendees. The conference was attended by over 300 human resource professionals and employment law attorneys.

Bone McAllester Norton is Presenting Sponsor of the Nashville Business Journal's Entrepreneur Panel Series

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to be the  Presenting Sponsor of the Nashville Business Journal's 2012 Entrepreneur Panel Series, sponsored by LMBC and in cooperation with the Entrepreneur Center. The second panel in a three-series event is called "Financing Your Company" and the panel of experts will cover everything from seed and angel investing to private equity.
Bonelaw attorney, Charles Robert Bone is a panelist. He concentrates his practice in the areas of  transactions, corporate governance and advising governmental entities,  officers and directors, small businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition  to his law practice, Charles Robert has been instrumental in developing  several Tennessee-based companies as an investor and board member.
We invite you to attend.
Tuesday, May 15th

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Registration 7:30 - 8:00 am
Breakfast & Panel Discussion 8:00 - 9:00 am
Ticket Price: $40
Charles Robert and the other leading experts will share tips on how get financing for your company at every stage of business. The event is designed to give entrepreneurs and business owners the advantages they need to succeed and will feature inspirational ideas, practical takeaways, and the best tools for growing their  businesses.

Federal Disaster Assistance: Navigating the Process

A total of 27 Tennessee counties have been declared disaster areas by the federal government and the number continues to rise. FEMA funds will be available to those in the affected areas by registering online or over the phone. You will need Social Security numbers of all family members (including children).  Click here and follow instructions and/or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or local (615) 790-5725.

FEMA will send someone to your property to assess damage. Be sure to document the damage and clean up efforts taking lots of pictures and/or video. There should be federal money available for hotels, temporary housing, repairs, construction costs, and even debris removal. Save all receipts as detailed documentation will be necessary to receive insurance reimbursement, to apply for grants and loans, and to take casualty tax write-offs for losses due to flood damage.

Contact your homeowner’s insurance as well. Tell them you wish to file a claim even if you think you don’t have flood insurance. You are entitled to have your situation reviewed by an adjuster.


Stephen Zralek talks with News 2 about possible legal issues with Pinterest

Attorney Stephen Zralek, who helps clients avoid and resolve disputes involving intellectual property, including copyrights, took some time to discuss the legal issues that go along with the new social media site Pinterest.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With millions of users taking to a new social media site, a Nashville lawyer is warning the online pin boards could cause legal problems.

Pinterest acts as a virtual pin board and allows users to post pictures of items they find online such as outfits, craft ideas and recipes.

Though the new social media craze gains thousands of users each day, attorney Stephen Zralek said there could be consequences to pinning due to copyright infringement.


BMN Attorney Rob Pinson Speaks at Lorman Seminar

On May 4, 2012 attorney Rob Pinson spoke at a Lorman seminar regarding Tennessee Election Laws. Lorman Education Services offers a line of legal seminars designed for attorneys of varying experience levels and areas of practice. Lorman is a leading provider of continuing education seminars for a variety of industries in the United States and Canada.