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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.

 

 

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.

 
 

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.

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.

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 LBMC in cooperation with the Entrepreneur Center. The second panel in a three-series event is called
"From Nowhere to Somewhere: How to Grow Your Business"
Taking an idea and creating a business plan is certainly challenging. Raising money is no easy task either. But executing the plan - actually launching a business and getting early momentum - is likely the most difficult challenge of all. We want to share the stories of success - and the difficulties - in executing a plan and successfully launching a new business in our community.
We invite you to attend.
Friday, November 16th


Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Registration 7:30 - 8:00 am
Breakfast & Panel Discussion 8:00 - 9:00 am
Ticket Price: $40
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Bonelaw attorney, Charles Robert Bone, is a panelist. He concentrates his law 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.
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Attorney Will Cheek Co-Chairs High Rises and Honky Tonks Progressive Party

Will Cheek is co-chairing this year’s High Rises and Honky Tonks progressive party. Bone McAllester Norton is a sponsor.

The party starts Thursday October 25, at the historic Ryman Alley at 6 pm, travels to One Eleven, Nashville’s premier rooftop venue, and concludes with a silent auction and live music at the newly restored Silver Dollar Saloon.  Proceeds benefit The District, Downtown Nashville’s nonprofit association to promote, preserve and protect the businesses, residents and historic buildings on Lower Broad, Second Avenue and Printer’s Alley.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, click here.

 
 

Bone McAllester Norton Hosts Vanderbilt Homecoming Tailgate

BMN is excited to host a tailgate on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 2pm. Bring your gameday spirit and join us before the game for some BBQ and a drink. Look for the Bone McAllester Norton sign marking the tailgate spot located in Vandyville. We are tent #6 on Natchez Trace, next to the track, on the way to the stadium.

For more information contact Casey Savell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use and User Generated Content at BarCamp

Stephen led a session called “All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright” where the audience looked at close calls and were the judge on what’s infringement and what’s fair use.  This session was designed as an intro to fair use for anyone who creates or posts content.

He also served on a panel with Rob Robinson, Nissan’s Senior Specialist for Social Media, called “Laughs & Likes: Using User-Generated Content and Comedy to Drive Business & Build Excitement,” where they looked at a real world example in which Nissan invited fans to submit ideas to promote the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, then partnered with The Second City comedy troupe to generate improv music videos.

BarCamp is a free, technology-focused “unconference” that is equal parts networking, knowledge-building and fun. BarCamp has become the premier technology and digital event in the city, bringing together the best minds and representations of the hottest companies in the digital, entrepreneurial and software industries, among others.

BMN Healthcare Practice Group Presents Panel Discussion about Life Stages of Estate and Tax Planning

The Nashville Academy of Medicine, Bone McAllester Norton and Regions Bank presented a panel discussion about The Life Stages of Estate and Tax Planning: What You Need to Know Before the End of 2012 on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:00pm at the University Club of Nashville.

 
 

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 http://www.wpctn.com.

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.

To learn more about the event, click here.

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.

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.

Trace Blankenship Chairs This Year's Tennessee Governor's Prayer Breakfast

The Citizens Committee hosted the 38th annual Tennessee Governor's Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, April 17 in Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University. Phil Vischer, entrepreneur and creator of VeggieTales, and award-winning Christian artist Lawrence Thomison singing with the Nashville Choir were featured at the breakfast.

Attorney Trace Blankenship was the chairman of the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Citizens Committee, where hundreds of people gathered for fellowship over breakfast, music, scripture reading, inspirational messages, and prayer. BMN attorneys Charles Robert Bone and Andrea Perry were also on this year's committee.

Click here for more information on the breakfast.

Nashville Pros Teach Entrepreneurs How to Beat the Odds

Nashville Business Journal by Chris Silva, Staff Reporter


Know your market. Eat, breathe and live it every day. Observe the room and be ready to adapt to your audience. Keep focused and don't broaden your concept too much.

These were just a few kernels of advice doled out by experts this morning during a Nashville Business Journal entrepreneur panel at the downtown Renaissance Hotel.

With resources like the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the entrepreneurship centers at Belmont University, Vanderbilt   and other institutions, local business leaders feel Nashville is on course toward becoming one of the top destinations in the U.S. to start a company.

But with most new ventures failing in the first five years, how does an entrepreneur ensure his or her idea survives beyond the start-up phase?

"Have a real customer (and) choose your partners carefully," said Beth Chase, president and CEO of C3 Consulting. "A business partnership is like a marriage without the sex."

Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center, said it's vital for entrepreneurs to have a clear focus and make sure they're not trying to solve the world's problems in one application.

"If you're not careful, you get so deep in the weeds and build products that no one cares about," Burcham said.

If you're starting a business, you must be prepared to be the first one in the office in the morning and the one taking the garbage to the dumpster when you're leaving, said Mark Montgomery, founder of FLO{thinkery}, a new company he formed to help new businesses get going and existing businesses grow.

"You have to really want it bad. It lives with you all the time," Montgomery said. "Great entrepreneurs lead by example. If you're going to be (one), you've got to be willing to take the trash out."

Trace Blankenship, an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, rounded out the four-person panel.

When seeking out advisers, Blankenship suggested start-ups seek out people who don’t spew "over realism," are in tune with the business model and who are thinking about new possibilities during off-hours.

Burcham said body language is very important when meeting with mentors and potential investors, and said entrepreneurs should know their audience and “read” a room so they can adapt if the environment is potentially hostile.

Said Chase, "A lot of entrepreneurs aren't great sales people, but you've got to be able to look at your market and understand it."

WaterCooler in at the Schermerhorn

Happy 2012! We're excited about our upcoming programs for WaterCooler and hope that you are ready to get back to networking with other Nashvillians.


Please join us on Wednesday, February 8th as we get exclusive access to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, not just back-stage, but actually OnStage.


OnStage at the Schermerhorn is designed for adult audiences to discuss, in a smaller, relaxed setting, a variety of musical topics with Nashville Symphony musicians.


OnStage at the Schermerhorn features live music and a seat right up on the stage of Laura Turner Concert Hall. With wine and hors d'oeuvres, the FREE evening of music and good conversation is a wonderful way to get to know your Nashville Symphony.


We are limited to the FIRST 40 people and this will fill up quickly!


Please RSVP by January 31st to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Doors open at 5. Please visit the Nashville Symphony website for directions and parking information.  Program is from 5:30 to 7:00.
Afterwards we will head over to


Roberts Western World on Broadway for drinks and good old fashioned honkey tonkin'!


WaterCooler is an informal networking group that meets monthly for drinks and the chance to hear vibrant speakers on the people and places that make Nashville unique.  There is no official membership and no dues -- just come when the topic interests you.  Check out our Facebook Page!


 

Bone McAllester Norton hosts Eleventh Annual Fellowship Breakfast

On  Monday, January 16, 2012, Bone McAllester Norton hosted its 11th Annual Fellowship Breakfast to celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  We are honored that more than 525 individuals chose to spend their morning with us at the Hutton Hotel.  Our featured speaker was Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, an ordained minister, longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change.

We are especially proud of attorney Paz Haynes, who recited an original poem, "Drum Major."

Bonelaw Sponsors 8th Annual Freedom Run in Hendersonville

We were honored to sponsor the 8th Annual  Rotary Club of Hendersonville's Freedom Run 5K. Our own Marty Cook, attorney in our firm's Hendersonville office, won 13th place out of over 200 runners!  A few of our staff members were there passing out water to make sure the runners recovered quickly for the rest of their holiday festivities.

Stephen Zralek talks to WKRN about reclaiming copyrights

WKRN interviews Stephen Zralek about reclaiming copyrights.


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