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Four Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to Nashville Post’s 2015 In Charge List

Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been named to the 2015 Nashville Post In Charge list. Charles W. BoneStacey A. Garrett and Edward M. Yarbrough were named to the Legal list, and William T. Cheek III was named to the Food Biz list. The popular annual compendium names 420 leaders across 18 sectors in Middle Tennessee—“movers and shakers,” as the publication’s editor noted.

Congratulations on this outstanding recognition; you make our firm—and our city—proud!

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 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.

Bonelaw’s Liquor Team Helps Nashville International Airport Enhance Guest Experience

Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team has worked with the Nashville International Airport on all of its liquor licensing needs and recently obtained an airport-wide license, which allows passengers to purchase adult beverages and enjoy them throughout the airport.

“When we began this project, we asked, ‘Why should alcohol be contained to restaurants and bars off the concourse?’” said Will Cheek, who leads the firm’s alcohol practice. “State law describes the license as being the ‘terminal building.’  It took about a year of discussions with licensing authorities, but in the end, we licensed the concourses, and customers can now carry alcohol to their gate or a quiet table or sip while shopping.”

Only a few other airports offer this amenity, so Nashville’s airport may be on the verge of setting a trend. This experience allows travelers to purchase up to two drinks in any restaurant, bar or lounge and take the drinks with them throughout the concourses in the terminal. Assistant Director of Properties Rebecca Ramsey says this gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy all of the other amenities at the airport while they wait for their flight.

CNN recently covered this story, which is now showing on CNN Airport Channels across the country. Click here to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 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.

Stephen Zralek will Speak at Emma’s Marketing United Conference

Bone McAllester Norton copyright attorney and litigator Stephen J. Zralek will join a panel discussion at the upcoming Marketing United conference hosted by our client, email provider Emma, Inc.  The “must-attend conference for modern marketers” has a list of world-class experts and marketing innovators lined up as speakers, including Ann Handley from MarketingProfs, Brian Magida from Warby Parker, Pam Lewy from Mario Batali and Jeni Britton Bauer from Jeni’s Ice Cream.

Topics range from injecting comedy into marketing campaigns and optimizing emails for mobile to automation smarts for savvy retailers and leveraging social channels for every brand. Stephen will join other industry experts as a speaker at the conference.

Stephen helps clients from the technology, creative and entrepreneurial fields resolve business, entertainment and intellectual property disputes.

Marketing United takes place April 29 – May 1, 2015 in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 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.

For more information, 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.

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

 

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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.

James Mackler will Address UAS in Law Enforcement Webinar

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler is part of a panel discussion on the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or, more commonly, “drones”) in law enforcement. As a relatively new technology, law enforcement agencies are seeking to better understand which platforms and sensor payloads will best meet their needs. Users of this emerging tool also have to consider training requirements, Federal Aviation Administration regulations, legal issues and public reaction.

The webinar, “Aerial Assets: UAS in Law Enforcement,” will take place at 2 p.m. Central, Thursday, March 5. Joining Mackler will be the lead instructor of the Unmanned Aerial Institute and the deputy as well as chief UAS pilot from Grand Forks County (N.D.) Sheriff’s Department. Patrick C. Miller, staff writer with UAS Magazine, will serve as the moderator.

Mackler is the founder of the firm’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region, and has become a go-to source for the legalities surrounding the use of drones.

For more on the webinar, 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.

Tayo Atanda Assists Impact Hub in Rebranding

Bone McAllester Norton client Impact Hub, which opened last fall, has rebranded and reopened as Refinery Nashville. The collaborative workspace venue in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood is geared toward social enterprises. Director Trevor Burbank explains the rebranding helped the business go independent and allowed an expansion of resources and benefits for its members.

Attorney Olatayo O. Atanda assisted in the business’s formation and provides general counsel work to them.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

 

 

 

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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Fast Company Gives Corsair Distillery International Nod

Congratulations are in order to Bone McAllester Norton client Corsair Distillery, who was named as one of the world’s most innovative companies this week by Fast Company magazine. The distillery, founded by Darek Bell, uses unconventional ingredients in its batches, like quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. The publication named it to the “World’s top 10 Most Innovative Companies in 2015 in Food.”

With two locations, one in Nashville, Tenn., and one in Bowling Green, Ky., Corsair distributes its spirits in 30 states and seven countries.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

 

 

 

 

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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Renata Soto Featured in Nashville Business Journal’s “The Boss”

Bone McAllester Norton friend Renata Soto, co-founder of Conexion Americas, is the feature in the “The Boss” section of this week's Nashville Business Journal. In the article, Renata discusses the city’s allure to immigrant families, how she spends her days, her love of the Belcourt Theater, traveling and Beyonce.

Conexion Americas is a nonprofit that helps advance Nashville’s Latino population. In 2012, she opened Casa Azafran, a hub of community empowerment, nonprofit collaboration and global grandeur for immigrants of all backgrounds. Just a few weeks ago, she played host to President Obama at Casa Azafran for a talk on immigration reform.

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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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Head of Jesse James America’s Outlaw Beer Speaks out against Definition of Tennessee Whiskey

Multi-platinum-record-selling musician and head of Jesse James America’s Outlaw Beer, Jesse James Dupree, wrote an op-ed that appeared in Monday’s Tennessean regarding the ongoing debate over the definition of Tennessee whiskey. The battle recently flared up in the Tennessee state legislature, as distillers and lawmakers disagree about whether “Tennessee whiskey” should be defined by a recipe known as the Lincoln County method. Dupree’s plans to break ground for a Jesse James Distillery are on hold until a resolution can be made, and he contends this issue is a way of keeping up-and-coming distilleries from taking over market share.

Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team represents Dupree and his friend Michael Ballard, owner of Full Throttle S’loonshine.

Read the full article here.

 

 

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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Healthcare Fraud and Introducing Misbranded Cancer Drugs into Interstate Commerce with Ed Yarbrough and Alex Little

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Edward M. Yarbrough and Alex Little are slated as presenters at the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’ (TALS) Winter Meeting. Their presentation, “Healthcare Fraud and Introducing Misbranded Cancer Drugs into Interstate Commerce” will review the case history of a federal criminal prosecution in East Tennessee. The defendants, an oncologist and his wife who served as the practice manager for his clinic, were indicted for multiple counts of healthcare fraud and introducing misbranded cancer drugs into interstate commerce.

In the presentation, Ed and Alex will discuss the initial investigation by the Food and Drug Administration agent and the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, as well as the motion to suppress all evidence seized by the agents, other pretrial motions and the trial itself. They will address how they were able to have the convictions vacated and the cases remanded to trial court for dismissal with prejudice.

Ed and Alex are members of the firm’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice. Ed has been a successful trial lawyer in Nashville for more than 40 years and is a former U.S. Attorney. Alex is a former federal prosecutor and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The TALS Winter Meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Holiday Inn Opryland Airport Hotel. CLE credit is available.

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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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Watch Gigi Butler on Undercover Boss

Bone McAllester Norton client Gina (“Gigi”) Butler, founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes, will go undercover on the hit CBS show Undercover Boss next Friday, Feb. 13. The former singer-songwriter-cleaning lady started the cupcake chain, which now has more than 100 franchise locations. Gina will visit stores around the country in the TV episode, getting an authentic view of how they operate, the spirit of employees and a revelation about herself.

The show airs at 7 p.m. Central.

 

 

 

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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

No. 308 Owners Working to Open Bar & Restaurant in Former Laundry Facility

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Will Cheek worked with Alexis and Britt Soler on the lease negotiation for a 2,000-square-foot space in Edgehill Village that once served as the boiler room for the White Way Dry Cleaners main plant. The sisters are looking to build on the success of their hip cocktail lounge in East Nashville, No. 308. The “classic” menu will serve some food but will primarily focus on craft cocktails.

The Nashville Business Journal has more here.

 

 

 

 

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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Will Cheek Discusses Bill to Move up Date of Wine in Grocery Stores with WSMV-TV

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Will Cheek sat down with WSMV-TV Friday, discussing the ramifications of House Bill 11, which could push up the date of wine in Tennessee grocery stores by a year. When voters passed the “WIGS” bill last November, many did not realize that wine would not be in stores until July 2016. State Rep. Bo Mitchell is leading the push to bump up the timetable.

However, doing so could cause some headaches, as Will explained. “There’s going to be an enormous amount of paperwork. . .The ABC [Alcoholic Beverage Commission] doesn’t have the computer systems in place, and they don’t have the personnel,” he said.

Will leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team, which provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice to restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, craft distilleries and breweries. He is nationally known as the go-to source for Tennessee liquor law and authors at LastCall.

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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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

David Anthony Discusses Whether Car Wash is Liable for Theft of Customer’s Car with WKRN-TV

Bone McAllester Norton attorney David M. Anthony spoke with WKRN-TV yesterday about a car stolen from a local gas station over the weekend. The customer was inside the Smith Brothers Car Wash on Gallatin Pike South Saturday, paying for the wash, and when she went outside to retrieve her car, it could not be found. After watching surveillance video, she realized a suspect got into the 2011 gray Hyundai Sonata and drove off. The car wash is claiming no responsibility for the incident.

“Here, [the car wash is] going to allege two things. One, that they only had temporary custody. They didn’t have complete control over it, and they’re probably going to also argue that if she read the fine print on the back of her ticket, there is probably a disclaimer of liability,” David explained.

David concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, construction and lien litigation.

Read the full story here.

 

 

 

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, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Estate Tax Proposed Changes for 2015 and Beyond

By Richard J. Nickels President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address today at 8 p.m. CT.  Given the weighty foreign and domestic issues confronting the Union, proposed changes to the estate tax will most likely not make it into the address.  A couple of changes that may occur soon are discussed below. For the last couple of years, there has been a welcome certainty in the federal estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax law (collectively the “estate tax”).  That may soon change.  The General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 Revenue Proposals (colloquially called the “Green Book”) contains a number of recommended estate tax changes.  Most are intended to increase revenue. Below is a summary of two key estate tax proposals contained in the Green Book:

  •  • Applicable Exclusion Amount Reduction and Rate Increase – President Obama’s Administration proposes a decrease in the applicable exclusion amount and an increase in the highest marginal estate tax. The applicable exclusion amount is the amount that a person can give to children and grandchildren without paying estate tax.  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 fixed the amount at $5,000,000, indexed for inflation.  This year, the applicable exclusion amount is $5,430,000.  The highest marginal estate tax rate equals 40 percent.


As set forth in the Green Book, the Administration proposes a reduction in the applicable exclusion amount to $3,500,000 and an increase in the top tax rate to 45 percent.  Also, the applicable exclusion amount for lifetime gifts would be limited to $1,000,000.  There would be no indexing for inflation.  Portability would remain intact.  The changes would take effect in 2018.

  • Annual Exclusion Amount Cap – The Green Book contains a proposal ostensibly intended to simplify the rules surrounding annual exclusion gifts. In general, a person can give away $14,000 per year per donee and not incur estate tax.  These types of gifts are known as annual exclusion gifts.  A husband and wife can each give $14,000 to a done, or one spouse can give $28,000 to each donee if the other spouse consents to have the gift made by his or her spouse deemed to be given halfby each spouse.  This is known as a split-gift election.  Annual exclusion gifts do not consume any part of an individual’s applicable exclusion amount.  In order to qualify for annual exclusion treatment, the gift must be a gift of a present interest.  This means that the donee must have the right to the immediate use and enjoyment of the gifted property.  Transfers in trusts qualify as present interest gifts if the beneficiary has what is known as a “Crummey” power, which is essentially a right to withdraw the gifted property from the trust for a short period of time, typically 30 days.


The Obama Administration proposes to eliminate the present interest requirement for annual exclusion gifts.  Its elimination should simplify how trusts are drafted and administered.  However, as part of the proposal, the Administration also proposes a $50,000 cap on annual exclusion gifts.  Annual exclusion gifts in excess of $50,000 per year would be taxable.  The proposed change would effectively limit to 3 the number of donees that could receive the full $14,000 annual exclusion amount ($50,000/$14,000=3.57).  The changes would take effect for gifts made after the year of enactment.

Bone McAllester Norton Honors MLK Day with 14th Annual Fellowship Breakfast Celebration

News Release

Monday – January 19, 2015

NASHVILLE – Today, Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC hosted its 14th annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Honoring Yesterday, Securing Tomorrow: Dr. King’s Legacy 2015.

“We’re honored to have so many in our community come out this morning and celebrate with us the life and work of Dr. King,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of the law firm. “It’s important to remember and to embrace Dr. King’s message, especially at a time of recent tensions.”

This year’s event included a special tribute to the late John Seigenthaler, and more than 500 people were in attendance this morning. A panel discussion focused on how Dr. King’s message is relative to us today. Stacey Garrett, chair of the board of directors at Bone McAllester Norton, moderated the discussion.

Panelist Bishop Joseph W. Walker III referenced Nashville being called the “It City,” but he said, “There are some pockets of our city that have yet to feel the ‘it.’”

He continued, “It’s about giving people opportunities to transform.” He said we have to address it in multiple areas of economics, education and mentoring.

“Every generation has challenges,” said Kasar Abdulla, Director of Community Relations, Valor Collegiate Academy, “and it’s how we approach these challenges that matters.”

“It takes courage,” Kasar added.

The conversation concluded with thoughts and comments from those in the audience.

Also on the program were members of the top-ranked KIPP Academy Nashville Choir, who gave an inspiring performance during the breakfast.

KIPP Academy is a charter school, and the Nashville performance choir has garnered local, regional and national acclaim, regularly winning exemplary status at local and regional festivals and has twice been selected to highlight student performances at the annual KIPP School Summit Gala.

The panelists included:

Bishop Joseph W. Walker III is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville and the International Presiding Bishop-Elect in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.   Bishop Walker began his pastorate at Mt. Zion in 1992 with 175 members, and today the ministry has more than 29,000 members.  He is the author of nine books, the founder of the New Level Community Development Corporation and co-founder of the Drs. Joseph & Stephanie Walker Scholarship Fund.  In 2014, in the wake of the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Bishop Walker founded Nashville Unites.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University, a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Honorable Glenn Funk, District Attorney General of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, was named 2014 ‘Man of the Year’ by The Tennessee Tribune newspaper for his work toward enhancing diversity in the District Attorney’s Office.  He serves on the board of directors of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Leadership Council, the Rochelle Center, Room in the Inn and the Child Advocacy Center.

Sara E. Green is a community organizer hailing from New Orleans and has been a devoted volunteer with Cayce United.  Last summer, she volunteered more than 300 hours in a 10-week period as co-coordinator of the Cayce United Summer Youth Organizing Institute. In addition to her work with Cayce United, Green is also pursuing her Masters degree in Community Development and Divinity.

Kasar Abdulla, Director of Community Relations, Valor Collegiate Academy, is a native of Kurdistan of Iraq. She has been a Nashvillian for more than 17 years. Since experiencing life in a refugee camp with her family, she has been a long-time social-justice educator, advocate and organizer.  Abdulla has received numerous honors for her community activism in Nashville. Most recently, President Obama named her a "Champion of Change" in September 2013 for her work on immigrant integration in Tennessee. Abdulla has been featured in Nashville Public Television's "Next Door Neighbor," the Nashville Scene's "The People Issue 2010" and Splashlife magazine's "30 Under 30: Civic Leaders."

 

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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, visit http://bonelaw.com/.

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James Mackler Discusses New Drone Law Enforcement Guidelines with UAS Magazine

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released new guidelines to law enforcement agencies regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. UAS Magazine interviewed Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler about these new rules, which he says are off target.

The FAA is requesting assistance from the law enforcement community to crack down on the increased, unauthorized use of drones by those who do not understand rules of the air and those who endanger airspace.

“Law enforcement is busy enough investigating crimes, and police should know that they have no authority of any kind to investigate civil violations of administrative regulations,” he told the magazine.”

Read the full interview here.

In another story with UAS Magazine, he explained that law enforcement officials have every right to investigate possible law violations within their jurisdictions—regardless of whether a UAS is involved—but they have no jurisdiction when it comes to enforcing the FAA’s UAS regulations.

“To me, this is another example of the FAA really struggling to keep up with facts on the ground instead of getting ahead of things and creating the appropriate regulations,” he said.

Read that article here.

James concentrates his practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation. He is also the founder of the firm’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region.

 

 

 

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, visit www.bonelaw.com.