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Ambassador Andrew Young delivers Keynote at 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Fellowship Breakfast.

Acclaimed leader returns to Nashville to discuss his experiences during the civil rights movement and challenged attendees to continue the push towards peace and justice throughout the world.

Nashville, Tenn. (January 17, 2017) - Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC recently hosted its 16th Annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Ambassador Andrew Young serving as keynote speaker. The event has been held annually to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

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A colleague and friend of Dr. King’s, Ambassador Young chairs the Andrew Young Foundation, is a former two-term mayor of Atlanta, Georgia Congressman, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is a global statesman, and lifelong advocate of building collaborative partnerships across socioeconomic lines and using public policy to transform societies for the greater good.

“Nashville is a leading city, where I learned from the non-violent teachings of people here – citizens and students during the civil rights movement,” said Young. “It is wonderful to be back in Music City again to celebrate and honor my friend Dr. King, as well as discuss our country’s current political landscape.  We must be hopeful for our incoming administration, reach out to people who have opposing views and work together to heal our country.”

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, welcomed Young during the program which also featured performances by The McCrary Sisters and Lawrence Thomison whose soulful sounds brought the audience to its feet.

In a post-event meeting, the two mayors had a chance to discuss Nashville, then and now, along with accepting a surprise call to Young from President-elect Donald Trump.

“I appreciated Ambassador Young giving me the opportunity to speak with President-elect Trump, and I intend to continue having an open dialogue with the Trump administration so that I may advocate for federal policies and programs that will keep Nashville moving forward,” said Mayor Megan Barry, the first female Mayor of Nashville. “Our city would not be where it is today without the vision, leadership and desire of people who came together to create a country that adopted tolerance and acceptance.”

Over 600 people attended the event, held at the Music City Center.

“We were honored to have Ambassador Young share his wealth of knowledge in pushing for a just society through his work with Dr. King, building a city or representing our country’s interests at an international level,” said Stacey Garrett Koju, founder and chairman of the board of directors for Bone. “The entire program - from the message to the music – was relevant, meaningful, and appropriate for us in multiple ways.”

Pilgrimage Festival Gains More Big-Name Partnerships

The Pilgrimage Festival is in its second year and it already attracts world-wide talent from top musicians to the latest - this top producer, Justin Timberlake.

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The buzz around this festival is electric.  We've heard it said:  If Coachella and Stagecoach got together and had a baby it would be the Pilgrimage Festival.  It's the perfect blend of rock, country, folk, bluegrass, with a bit of jazz.  And, of course, its in Tennessee so we like to add in the best food we have to offer.

The festival is in Franklin on September 24-25, 2016.  For more information about the lineup, click here.

To read The Tennessean article about Justin Timberlake joining the ranks at Pilgrimage, click here.  Or Rolling Stone.

Good Times are Coming to Lower Broadway

Alan Jackson is a legend.  No, really.

Will Cheek, Bonelaw attorney and Tennessee alcoholic beverage law expert, reminds us that Mr. Jackson has long earned the respect of musicians and artists.  He's in good company - with the likes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, just a couple of other songwriters who have also written more than 20 number one songs.

And his legendary status is increasing by the minute.  Mr. Jackson is realizing another dream of his - to own a honky tonk on Lower Broadway.  The aptly named, AJ's Good Time Bar comes from his 2008 hit song, Good Time.

Look for this establishment to open later this year and don't be surprised if you see Alan himself on stage every now and then, just keepin' it country.

For the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton Raises Funds to Support the Families of the Goodlettsville All-Stars

The Goodlettsville All-Stars - what an amazing journey of a lifetime!  But the trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania doesn't come without a price.  It's not just the travel, but also hotel and food for the duration of the competition.

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Bone McAllester Norton attorney, Johnny Garrett, who is the president of the Goodlettsville Little League, has led an initiative at the firm to raise funds for the families of team.  Many parents are without vacation time and must take unpaid time off to travel with their children to Williamsport.

"It is up to us and the communities around us to raise funds so the parents and families can enjoy and participate in the Little League World Series," said Garrett, " otherwise some of them might miss this opportunity."

So far, Bone McAllester Norton has raised over $4000 for the family members of the Goodlettsville All-Stars.

For the full story on WKRN News 2's website, click here.

14 Bonelaw Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 List

Best-Lawyers-LogoBone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce that 14 of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 list including Anne C. Martin, named Best Lawyers© “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Labor and

Anne C. MartinAnne C. MartinEmployment.  Anne Martin has been a member of Best Lawyers since 2007 and a “Lawyer of the Year” since 2013.   Only one attorney in the Nashville area is named “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor and Employment.  Anne advocates for employees wrongly treated by employers and also advises employers how to comply with complex federal and state employment laws.

“We are pleased to have so many of our attorneys named to Best Lawyers in their areas of practice” said Charles W. Bone, Chairman, Bone McAllester Norton.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  The attorneys included in the 2017 The Best Lawyers in America list are:

Trace Blankenship Banking and Finance Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Non-Profit / Charities Law
Charles Robert Bone Administrative / Regulatory Law
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Charles W. Bone Administrative / Regulatory Law
John P. Branham Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
William T. Cheek III Food and Beverage Law
Non-Profit / Charities Law
Glen A. Civitts Corporate Law
Healthcare Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
William J. Haynes III Employment Law - Individuals
Sharon O. Jacobs Environmental Law
Paul W. Kruse Copyright Law
Trademark Law
Anne C. Martin
Best Lawyers© Lawyer of the Year 2017
Employment Law – Individuals
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Sam J. McAllester III Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Jack F. Stringham II Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Edward M. Yarbrough Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
DUI/DWI Defense
Stephen J. Zralek Commercial Litigation
Copyright Law
Litigation – Intellectual Property


Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Bone McAllester Norton Expands Emphasis on Estate Planning, Elder Law and Taxation

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that Jonathan R. Burns has joined the firm.

Jonathan concentrates his law practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, elder law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and taxation.

“Adding Jonathan contributes to our strategic growth plan for the firm,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “He brings significant experience in the estate planning and taxation areas of law which is increasingly important to our clients.  He’s a welcome new member of our dynamic group of highly skilled attorneys.”

Jonathan received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2010 and received his L.L.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011.  He graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree.  Jonathan is licensed to practice in both Tennessee and Mississippi.

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Jonathan practiced law with Watkins & McNeilly where he was able to develop his skills in the areas of business law and estate planning.
Jonathan has prepared the following information about Tennessee Community Property Trusts that might be of interest to our clients and friends. - Charles W. Bone




TENNESSEE COMMUNITY PROPERTY TRUSTS



I have been honored by many clients who have entrusted their assets earned and retained over many years to my skills and advice.  We have many options to consider as we help clients with their important decisions, so we look for all possible ways to be of assistance.

In addition to having a proper estate plan in place that will minimize or eliminate federal estate taxes, a married couple can also incorporate into their estate plan an income tax savings mechanism that is unknown to most clients.

The Tennessee Community Property Trust Act of 2010 allows a married couple to establish a trust to hold property that will be treated as "community property."  The Internal Revenue Code provides for a step up in cost basis to fair market value for the entire amount of community property owned by a married couple upon the death of the first spouse.

In contrast, for a married couple that has joint property but does not live in a community property state or does not hold such property in a Tennessee Community Property Trust, at the death of the first spouse, only one-half of the joint property will receive a step up in cost basis to fair market value.

The benefit of a Tennessee Community Property Trust can be easily shown through example.  If a married couple in Tennessee jointly owns, not within a Tennessee Community Property Trust, stock worth $1,000,000 with a cost basis of $100,000, at the death of the first spouse, half of the stock will get a step-up in basis to fair market value for income tax purposes leaving the surviving spouse with a total cost basis in the stock of $550,000 ($500,000 for the step-up in basis to fair market value at the first spouse's death and $50,000 for the surviving spouse's half of the original cost basis).  If the surviving spouse sells the stock the day after the first spouse's death when the stock presumably still has a fair market value of $1,000,000, the surviving spouse will recognize gain upon the sale in the amount of $450,000 ($1,000,000 - $550,000), and with a potential capital gains tax rate of 20%, the surviving spouse would owe $90,000 in tax.

If instead the married couple transfers the stock worth $1,000,000 with a cost basis of $100,000 to a Tennessee Community Property Trust, at the death of the first spouse, all of the stock will get a step-up in basis to fair market value for income tax purposes.  If the surviving spouse sells the stock the day after the first spouse's death when the stock presumably still has a fair market value of $1,000,000, the surviving spouse will not have any gain to recognize as the surviving spouse's cost basis is equal to the stock's fair market value and therefore no tax will be owed.

We have found this relatively new concept to be very beneficial to many families in Tennessee.




Jonathan's Impact on the Middle Tennessee Community
"Jonathan has been a great legal adviser over the last few years.  I use his advice on everything and trust his opinion."
“Jonathan’s expertise and dedication to our Families' legal concerns and overall goals is truly exceptional based on my experiences as a Financial Advisor and individual.  Jonathan has taken the time to be there at the Hospital when an urgent change needed to be made, has provided exceptionally prompt answers to any and all legal questions we have ever had, and has served my family and Client’s with absolute integrity.
Jonathan has shown absolute dedication to our needs, incredible expertise in estate & trust planning, and above all Jonathan possesses a unique level of integrity like no attorney I have ever worked with.”

Welcome Attorney Jonathan R. Burns

Jonathan R. BurnsJonathan R. BurnsNASHVILLE, TN -  July 12, 2016 - Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that Jonathan R. Burns has joined the firm.

Jonathan R. Burns concentrates his law practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and taxation.

“Adding Jonathan contributes to our strategic growth plan for the firm,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “He brings significant experience in the estate planning and taxation areas of law which is especially important to our clients.  He’s a welcome new member of our dynamic group of highly skilled attorneys.”

Jonathan received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2010 and received his L.L.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011.  He graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree.  Jonathan is licensed to practice in both Tennessee and Mississippi.

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Jonathan practiced law with Watkins & McNeilly where he was able to develop his skills in the areas of business law and estate planning.

For the full release, please click here.

Experienced Business Lawyer and Litigator Joins Bone McAllester Norton

W. Justin AdamsW. Justin AdamsNASHVILLE, TN –Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce the addition of W. Justin Adams. Justin Adams is an experienced business lawyer and litigator who represents companies and individuals in corporate, health care, and employment transactions and disputes, often in the role of outside general counsel. He also represents individuals in criminal and civil investigations.

As a business lawyer, Justin has served as outside general counsel to health care and other businesses, represented buyers and sellers in multi-million dollar health care transactions, and advised health care companies on Stark and Anti-Kickback issues. As a litigator, he has helped businesses and individuals win victories and negotiate favorable settlements in complex commercial, employment, and regulatory disputes as well as state and federal criminal cases and government investigations.

“Justin will be an enormous asset for our corporate, health care, employment, and dispute resolution groups,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “He has an impressive track record of advising businesses and individuals in a broad range of complex transactions and disputes.”

Justin holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School (2001, Order of the Coif) and a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South (1998, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Before beginning legal practice, he clerked for the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Justin practiced thirteen years with Trauger & Tuke, where he began his career and focused on corporate, healthcare, and employment law as well as civil litigation and criminal defense.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Selected By Tennessee Bar Foundation

Anne C. MartinAnne C. MartinAnne C. Martin has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 818 attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 30 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. This introduction of new Fellows took place in May at the annual Fellows’ Dinner in Nashville.

“Anne is one of the top rated employment litigation attorneys in Tennessee”, says Chairman Charles W. Bone. “Anne’s dedication and outstanding contributions to the legal profession make this a natural fit. She’ll be a passionate advocate for their public interest projects throughout Tennessee.” 

The Bar Foundation’s purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant making program. That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $20 million to law-related, public interest projects across Tennessee. 

Martin is a Member in the firm of Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC and has been practicing law in Nashville for almost 25 years. She is a graduate of Smith College and Vanderbilt University Law School.

Four BoneLaw Attorneys top the Nashville Business Journal's Best of the Bar List

We are honored to share that four of our attorneys have been selected to Nashville's Best of the Bar list, published by the Nashville Business Journal.    The process for determining the list this year has changed.  First, lawyers were grouped into categories by areas of practice not firm size and secondly the voting weight was distributed more heavily among voters outside the nominee's own firm.

Our own Best of the Bar lawyers are:

Corporate & Securities

Healthcare

Intellectual Property

The attorneys who made the Best of the Bar list will be recognized at a cocktail reception on June 2.  Congratulations to all the attorneys!

To see the entire list published in the Nashville Business Journal, click here.

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Loren Mulraine elected to Director of GMA Foundation Board

Lorne MulraineLorne MulraineBone McAllester Norton attorney Loren Mulraine has just been elected to the Gospel Music Association Foundation Board.

Lorne's talents know no bounds - from his early career as an on-air personality to independent gospel artist, songwriter, professor at Belmont and previously Tennessee State University to a successful entertainment law practice.  "I love being able to merge my understanding of the creative elements of the entertainment and media industries with my legal and business skills. . . " says Lorne of his legal career.

He has been elected to a two- year term as a Director of the Gospel Music Association Foundation Board.

About GMA Inc.

The mission of the GMA Foundation is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of all forms of gospel music and to provide educational resources that encourage participation and appreciation by the general public.  The GMA Foundation oversees the righs to the GMA Dove Awards, IMMERSE and the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Glen A. Civitts moves to Bone McAllester Norton from h3gm

Glen A. CivittsGlen A. CivittsNASHVILLE, TN –Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce the addition of Glen A Civitts. Glen is a corporate attorney specializing in real estate and commercial finance with an emphasis on healthcare properties and facilities and the unique regulatory requirements specific to the healthcare industry.

Before joining the attorneys at Bone McAllester Norton, Glen Civitts had been with the esteemed firm of Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner (H3GM) for over 30 years. Glen was the head of the Real Estate Practice Group of H3GM.

“We have worked with Glen for years and really saw this as a great opportunity,” said Founding Partner and Vice Chairman, Sam J. McAllester III. “His experience with commercial real estate and sophisticated asset acquisitions are a natural fit with our real estate, healthcare and business law practice groups.”

Glen has been recognized by both Best Lawyers in America and The Nashville Business Journal for his work in commercial real estate, and he has been a guest lecturer and panelist on the topic.

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Charles Robert Bone appointed President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton

Charles Robert BoneCharles Robert BoneNASHVILLE – Charles Robert Bone has been named President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville’s sixth largest law firm. The board of directors of the firm elected Mr. Bone to his new role, which was previously held by the late founding member, Mike Norton. Charles W. Bone continues as Chairman of the firm, and Sam J. McAllester III will continue serving as Vice Chairman.

“Charles Robert is a perfect fit to lead the firm,” said Stacey Garrett Koju, founding Member and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Bone McAllester Norton.  “He is an active community leader and business person, well-known throughout Tennessee, and he is an effective collaborator.  We look forward to his leadership at the firm.”

Earlier this year, Mayor Megan Barry appointed Charles Robert Bone to the board of directors of MDHA, the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency.

Mr. Bone was the featured “Attorney of the Month” for the inaugural issue of Attorney at Law Magazine’s Middle Tennessee edition in 2015.  In recent years, he has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America©; Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal; In Charge, Nashville Post; Top 40 Under 40, The Tennessean; Top 10 Influences for Tennessee, Campaigns and Elections; and Mid-South Super Lawyers among many others.

He concentrates his law practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities, including serving as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He also has represented clients in various complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts across Tennessee.

Mr. Bone has been instrumental in developing several Tennessee-based companies as an entrepreneur, investor and board member, including as a founder of Phoenix Boats (Winchester, Tennessee), the Southern Steak & Oyster restaurant and Acme Feed & Seed.

He serves a number of non-profit and civic organizations, including Hands on Nashville, Oasis Center, Best Buddies, and Discover Madison.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and his Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. A Middle Tennessee native and seventh-generation Tennessean, Mr. Bone is married with four children.

For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner County, and Williamson County of Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bonelaw Attorney Elected as Nashville’s Next Vice Mayor

David Briley Claims Decisive Victory


Nashville, Tenn.—(August 7, 2015) Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is proud to announce that its own partner, C. David Briley, has been elected as the next vice mayor of Nashville. By a percentage of 53, he was chosen as the eighth vice mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, replacing Diane Neighbors.

“David Briley has been an invaluable partner with our firm since 2007, as a prominent litigator in personal injury, products liability and class action suits. He ‘gets’ what it means to listen and then take that knowledge to the next step of ensuring voices are heard,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “He honed his negotiation skills by serving eight years on the Metropolitan Council, and he is the right choice to work with our government to ensure Nashville’s future stays strong.”

As vice mayor, Briley will work with citizens on a map that plans for where Nashville is going. He plans to give the public an opportunity to be heard through their representatives, proactively engage the community to build consensus on important issues and working together with the mayor to make sure the city remains a stable place to live and raise families.

A native Nashvillian, Briley graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1982 and then moved to Washington, D.C., to attend Georgetown University. He graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law. He has been chosen as a Mid-South Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers and is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and American Lawyers for Justice.

For more information about Briley, visit www.davidbriley.com.

For more information about Bone McAllester Norton, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

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James Mackler Addresses Drone Laws at American Railway Development Association Annual Meeting

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler spoke about drone laws at the American Railway Development Association’s (ARDA) annual meeting in Denver today. The founder of the firm’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or commonly "drones") focus, he was part of a panel that discussed inspections and imaging using UAS.

ARDA is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded to promote economic development, real estate development, technology and environmental activities of North American railroads.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Paul Kruse will Join Nashville Chamber’s Bizaroo Festival

Trademark attorney Paul W. Kruse is slated as a presenter at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s first ever Bizaroo, a festival for growing businesses. Paul’s speech on federal trademark registration is intended for budding entrepreneurs, who have questions about getting started on the registration path.

“Redskins – Pride or Prejudice? Does Federal Trademark Registration Really Matter” will address the United States Patent and Trademark Office federal registration process, as well as aspects of USPTO prosecution, along with tactics for issue-spotting around activities that could impact trademark rights.

The Bizaroo “mini conference” is Thursday, March 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 100 Taylor Street in Nashville. The conference will feature sessions with local CEOs and thought leaders sharing their expertise and experience in building businesses.

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton will Host Draft Drone Regulations Meeting, March 17

Firm Seeks Input for Federal Aviation Administration Rules

Nashville, Tenn.—(March 10, 2015) Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC will host a meeting regarding draft regulations released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or commonly, “drones”). The free meeting, open to the public, will be held the morning of Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Business owners and decision makers in all fields that might either use UAS or be impacted by their use are encouraged to attend.  There will be an opportunity to learn more about the proposed regulations and provide input on their development.

“The proposed UAS rules provide both challenges and opportunities for new and for well-established businesses,” said James Mackler, attorney and founder of Bone McAllester Norton’s UAS focus. “Our firm has a long history of guiding entrepreneurs through complicated regulations. We look forward to working with our clients to help them leverage the potential of this emerging technology.”

Mackler will be joined by Lt.Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (Retired), CEO of Farmspace Systems. “Unmanned Aerial Systems Federal Regulations Meeting” will provide an overview of UAS technology and how it is being used in the U.S. marketplace. The FAA’s proposed regulations will also be addressed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the proposed ruling. Continuing Legal Education credits are available.

"Unmanned aerial systems have the potential to transform several industries,” Castellaw said. “In agriculture, they can help increase crop production to meet the needs of nine billion people by 2050 while reducing costs for farmers and consumers."

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Location: Bone McAllester Norton’s Nashville office – 511 Union Street, Suite 1600

 

To register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on Bone McAllester Norton, visit http://bonelaw.com/.

 

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

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Fundamentals of Employment Law with Bryan Pieper

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Bryan E. Pieper will serve as a panelist for an upcoming employment law seminar with Sterling Education Services, Inc. “Fundamentals of Employment Law” will cover the basics of employment law, as well as address new developments emerging out of long-established standards.

Highlights of the program include: E-Verify, I-9 audits, avoiding penalties in wage and hour issues, social media rights and risks and health care reform. Attorneys, human resources professionals, payroll specialists and business owners should attend.

The all-day seminar takes place Tuesday, June 9, in Bowling Green, Ky. Continuing education credits are available.

Bryan is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law practice. He has considerable trial and appeals court experience in state and federal courts, as well as hearings and investigations conducted by administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and the United State Department of Labor.

For more information on this seminar, including how to register, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Vanderbilt Law School Welcomes Will Cheek and Tucker Herndon for Whiskey Industry Discussion

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys William T. Cheek and C. Tucker Herndon will participate in a panel discussion for Vanderbilt Law School on Thursday, March 12. The Vanderbilt University Law School Cork & Tap Society is hosting a panel discussion on the legal issues facing the alcoholic beverage industry in the state. It will be co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Society as well as the Vanderbilt Law and Business Society.

Will and Tucker are members of the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team, which provides federal, state and local licensing and regulatory compliance advice to clients in the restaurant, hotel, bar, club and resort industries.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Unmanned Aerial Systems Federal Regulations Meeting, March 17

Bone McAllester Norton will host a federal regulations meeting concerning the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or, commonly, “drones”) at its Nashville office on Tuesday, March 17. Attorney James E. Mackler and Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC, Retired and CEO of Farmspace Systems will lead the discussion.

“Unmanned Aerial Systems Federal Regulations Meeting” will provide an overview of UAS technology and how it is being used in the U.S. marketplace, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed regulations will be addressed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the proposed ruling. CLE credits are available.

This event will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Find out more including how to register, here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.