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James Mackler Talks about Staying Power of Drones with the Nashville Scene

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler spoke with Steve Haruch, reporter for the Nashville Scene, about the complexity of the laws and regulations surrounding the use of drones. But despite the difficulty in traversing those rules, the reporter points out that drones are here to stay.

James’s comments appeared in two articles in this week’s Scene. In the cover story, he explains that the rules are confusing, so he tends to be cautious in his reading of what the FAA says is allowed and what isn’t allowed. The current law starts with a blanket ban on the use of drones and then includes exceptions, such as for authorized military use, search and rescue and scholarly research. “I would never tell a client to violate FAA regulations. . .but if someone came to me and said the FAA was trying to enforce those regulations, I would work very hard to defend them by arguing that those regulations are not enforceable. That particular person may or may not have violated the law, or the regulation, but there’s probably an argument to be made either way,” he said.

And in a supporting story on how two Tennessee companies are using drones legally, James points that “a strict reading of the regulation” hints that a commercial organization utilizing drones for commercial purposes “would be included in the regulations, unless you’ve got a COA (certificate of authorization) or you’re flying at an FAA test site.”

James concentrates his law practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation. He is the founder of Bonelaw’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) focus, the first of its kind in the region.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

White House Tightens Standards on Contractors Who Can Do Business with the U.S. Government

By Bryan E. Pieper

Last Thursday, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, designed to ensure that the U.S. government spends taxpayer money on contractors who comply with the law, pay their employees fairly and protect the safety and health of their employees. Congressional studies show that many companies that are guilty of large or repetitive wage and hour or safety and health violations continue to win billions of dollars in government contracts year after year. Allowing the worst or repeat offenders to compete for federal contracts without complying with pay and safety laws puts those contractors who play by the rules at a competitive disadvantage, according to the White House, which stated that the new standards for awarding federal contracts will help level the playing field and encourage violators to get into compliance.

To achieve this, the Executive Order provides that, before being awarded a large federal contract, a contractor must provide certain information regarding its compliance with labor and employment laws and take certain steps designed to protect its employees’ ability to enforce their rights under those laws.
  • Before an agency will award a contractor a federal contract worth more than $500,000, the contractor must report all labor and employment law violations for the past three years. Contracting agencies will screen for the worst actors with the most egregious violations or repeat violations to ensure that they do not get taxpayer funded contracts.  The goal, however, is not merely to prevent violators from getting federal contracts but to help more contractors come into compliance with workplace laws. Contractors with labor law violations will be offered the opportunity to receive early guidance on the violations and to remedy them. Contracting officers will take these steps into account before awarding a contract.
  • Contractors will be required to give employees specific information on their paystubs regarding hours worked, overtime hours, pay and any additions to or deductions from their pay so that employees can verify they are being paid what they are owed and that the pay is in compliance with wage and hour laws.
  • Before an agency will award a contractor a federal contract worth more than $1 million, the contractor must agree not to require its employees to sign arbitration agreements that prevent them from going to court for discrimination, sexual assault or harassment claims.  This would not apply to valid agreements already in place.
The White House contends that these new criteria will also improve federal contracting efficiency and result in greater returns on taxpayer dollars, as companies with workplace violations are more likely to encounter performance problems or to have projects delayed by litigation. These requirements likely will not become effective until the issuance of final regulations, after a period for public comment, which the White House estimates could be as late as 2016.

Some observers contend that requiring contractors not to make employees sign pre-employment arbitration agreements is in tension with the strong congressional policy in favor of arbitration that is expressed in the Federal Arbitration Act.  Others respond that the Executive Order is consistent with the congressional policy expressed more recently in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010, which conditions the award of any federal defense contract more than $1 million on the contractor agreeing not to require arbitration of certain employment claims.  For this reason, it is likely that the Executive Order may be challenged in court.

Click here for the Fact Sheet published by the White House.

 
 
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.
 

 

Martin’s Bar-B-Que will be the Feature at the James Beard House This Week

Bone McAllester Norton client Pat Martin, owner of Martin’s Bar-B-Que, has been asked to cook the annual barbecue dinner at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City tomorrow. He will serve an eight-course meal to 75 guests, balancing his famed Tennessee down-home cooking with the more formal set-up of the house in Greenwich Village. The menu includes pork cracklings with Big Hoss rub, sliced heirloom tomatoes from Martin’s own garden, pork spare ribs, his “Redneck Taco” and smoked wings. James Beard was a cookbook author and teacher who helped educate and mentor generations of chefs and food enthusiasts.

The Beard Foundation continues in that spirit, offering a variety of events and programs to educate, inspire, entertain and foster a deeper understanding of America’s culinary culture. One way it does so is by offering a “performance space” for visiting chefs, like Martin, to showcase their authentic cooking, drawing attention to the dishes and foods that are part of each region of the country. Martin’s Bar-B-Que has three locations in Middle Tennessee: in Nolensville, Mt. Juliet and near Belmont University. Martin also has one franchise in West Virginia.

The Tennessean has more on this story here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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 will Address Collecting Debts in General Sessions for Tennessee Bar Association

The Tennessee Bar Association will hold a general practice summit next week, and Bone McAllester Norton attorney David M. Anthony is slated as a presenter. David, who practices in the Nashville firm’s commercial lending and creditors’ rights practice, will present “Collecting Debts in General Sessions” on Friday, Aug. 15. The summit will offer education to general practitioners on trending, important topics, like David’s collection session, as well as updates in tax laws, social security disability basics, strategic marketing and eDiscovery issues.

Attendees will receive CLE credit. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Entertainment Attorney Loren Mulraine will Discuss Intersection of Law, Music & Entrepreneurship

Bone McAllester Norton entertainment attorney Loren E. Mulraine will be part of a discussion for “Live Law 6” on how law, music and entrepreneurship often intersect and how that has forever changed Nashville’s Music Row. The live storytelling event will also feature Harold Bradley, Alison Prestwood, Jason White, John Allen and special guests the Muddy Magnolias. The Life of the Law podcast and Pursuit Magazine are the co-hosts.

Live Law 6 will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the W.O. Smith Music School. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Loren serves as Of Counsel for Bonelaw, where he focuses his practice on entertainment law, intellectual property and business and corporate law. He is also a professor at Belmont University College of Law, where he teaches courses in Copyright Law, Entertainment Law and Media Law.

For more on the Live Law 6 event, click here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee.  Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Today’s Tennessean Features Two Clients

In today’s Tennessean, two Bone McAllester Norton clients are featured in the “Local News” section. Acme Feed & Seed, located at 101 Broadway, has officially opened its doors. The feed supply store-turned restaurant and honky-tonk has a street-inspired food menu, features 28 regional craft beers on tap, sells Acme-branded merchandise and locally made products in its retail store and offers live music daily. Read more here.

And Ben Clemons, bartender at No. 308, bar at 407 Gallatin Ave., will compete in Bombay Sapphire gin’s Most Imaginative Bartender contest in Las Vegas. Clemons beat other area bartenders last month with his Morning Woods cocktail, which includes Maine blueberry Cocchi Americano and Kilenso cold coffee. The contest will take place on September 8, and the winner will be featured in GQ as well as will compete in the 2015 Global Finals. Read more here.

Acme Feed & Seed and No. 308 are clients of Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Law practice.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Keep Tennessee Courts Fair & Impartial

Bone McAllester Norton's board of directors sent out a memo yesterday to friends, colleagues and clients, urging voters in Tennessee to retain the state’s current appellate judges. The question, on the current ballot, asks voters to retain or replace three members of the Tennessee Supreme Court. The board unanimously approved a resolution supporting the retention of these judges.

To read the full memo, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Stephanie Taylor Discussed Trademarks and Copyrights to Accountants

Bone McAllester Norton intellectual property attorney Stephanie R. Taylor was the presenter to an internal meeting yesterday at KraftCPAs. Her discussion, “Understanding Copyrights and Trademarks: What is Fair Use?,” covered the basics of the law, how to acquire rights to use them and the fair use doctrine. KraftCPAs asked Stephanie to speak to their staff, who often works with those that own copyrights, including: music publishers, record labels, book publishers, authors, songwriters and visual artists. Attendees received one hour of continuing professional education credit.

Stephanie is an entertainment and music industry lawyer providing a broad range of legal services to clients involved in the creation, production and management of creative works.

Since its inception in 1958, KraftCPAs PLLC has become one of the largest, independent certified public accounting firms in Middle Tennessee. Founded by the late Joe Kraft, the firm presently has 16 members and a total staff of more than 175. With offices in Nashville, Columbia and Lebanon, the firm provides not only audit, tax and accounting but also a broad range of consulting services to meet their clients’ growing needs.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Steve Blumenthal Explains the Difference Between EMR and EHR for HIStalk

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Steve Blumenthal authored an article for HIStalk this week, explaining the difference between an EMR (electronic medical record) and EHR (electronic health record). Both are digital versions of a patient’s paper chart, but the difference lies in what they are designed to become. The EHR provides not only patient health information but must also have the “capacity to do more—to provide clinical decision support, support physician order entry, capture and query information relevant to health care quality and exchange electronic health information with other sources.” Steve draws on an analogy of an EMR being an earthworm and an EHR being a caterpillar to further explain the difference.

Steve is a business and corporate law attorney in Nashville whose practice includes both traditional commercial transactional work and innovative technology and data privacy work. He recently held a webinar on EHR contracts with HIStalk, a healthcare IT news and opinion resource.

Click here to read more.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Axios LLC Builds Platform for More Companies

Bone McAllester Norton client Axios LLC, an 18-month-old start-up led by U.S. military veterans, has reported generating revenue and is now looking to expand its portfolio to include a corporate IT talent-development company. Axios serves as an aggregator for veteran entrepreneurs, helping them transition from military to civilian life. Currently, the company has four businesses under its umbrella, including FarmSpace Systems, RangerUp Logistics, AxiosTEC and Yad Consulting LLC.

Mike Jones, co-founder, majority owner and CEO of Axios, spoke with Venture Nashville Connections. Read the story here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

A Reminder About Collection on Unpaid Legal Invoices: Wait a Year

This is an issue I've written about before over at Creditor Rights 101, in Collection on Unpaid Invoices: One Really Good Reason to Wait a Year.

But, I mention it again because the Tennessee Court of Appeals revisited the issue recently, in Scott Ostendorf, et. al. v. R. Stephen Fox, et. al. (Tenn. Ct. Apps.,  No. E2013-01978-COA-R3-CV, July 16, 2014).

In that case, the law firm committed possible malpractice regarding the perfection of a client's lien security interest rights. The issue came to light in November 2008, and the client sued for malpractice in March 2012. Clearly, the lawsuit was filed more than one year after the facts alleged to be malpractice.

This was a pretty easy one for the Court, which cited the Tennessee Supreme Court's opinion at Kohl & Co., P.C. v. Dearborn & Ewing, 977 S.W.2d 528, 532 (Tenn. 1998):

"The statute of limitations for legal malpractice is one year from the time the cause of action accrues. Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-104(a)(2). When the cause of action accrues is determined by applying the discovery rule. Under this rule, a cause of action accrues when the plaintiff knows or in the exercise of reasonable care and diligence should know that an injury has been sustained as a result of wrongful or tortious conduct by the defendant. Shadrick v. Coker, 963 S.W.2d 726, 733 (Tenn. 1998)."

As I said in my prior post, I'm not condoning legal malpractice, nor suggesting that you should play hard-ball in collection of unpaid invoices for services that involved malpractice. But, as I said in my last post, if you sue a client for unpaid bills, it's more than likely going to result in that client claiming malpractice, whether it's merited or not.

If you think that such a claim will be raised from vindictiveness or tactic planning, then any lawyer should sit on the unpaid bills for services for at least a year. It's an easy "summary judgment" / "failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted" issue.

Paz Haynes & Bryan Pieper will Discuss Employment Law for Education Seminar

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys William J. (Paz) Haynes III  and Bryan E. Pieper will serve as presenters in an employment law program on August 12. Sterling Education Services' 10th annual “Employment Law: Beyond the Basics” continuing education seminar will provide information on emerging critical developments and updates, including FMLA and ADA issues, harassment and discrimination, FLSA/wage and hour crackdown, Obamacare and more.

Paz will present “Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace," addressing topics like the balance between employer’s right to know vs. employee’s privacy, wireless devices, use of social networking sites and the NLRB and social media. He concentrates his Nashville law practice in the areas of general business, labor and employment, administrative and commercial and civil litigation.

Bryan's session, "Termination Best Practices," will feature a discussion on legal considerations like the WARN Act and OWBPA; structuring severance and separation practices; RIF, layoffs and early retirement; and strategies for avoiding claims during terminations. He concentrates his practice in labor and employment law and litigation in Nashville.

HR professionals, business owners, managers, payroll professionals and labor and employment attorneys are encouraged to attend. Continuing education credits are available.

Get more information, including registration, here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Cupcakes Are Alive and Well, Says Gigi’s Cupcakes

Recently, Crumbs Bake Shop, the world’s largest cupcake company, closed, prompting many to say the cupcake craze is over. Not so, says Bonelaw client Gigi’s Cupcakes, who just opened its 93rd store last week. The successful Nashville start-up is now in 19 states across the country.

Read more about the secret behind Gigi’s success from the Tennessean here.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Climb Nashville Slated to Serve Food and Beer

Climb Nashville, an indoor rock-climbing facility and gym, recently opened its new center on Charlotte Avenue in West Nashville. The 17,000 square-foot facility includes a workout area, yoga center and a café. Owners of the facility worked with Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law attorneys to secure the appropriate beer licensing and hope to start serving food and beer soon.

The Nashville Business Journal featured a slideshow on the new space. Click here to see more.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Meet the Men Behind Nashville’s OZ

Bone McAllester Norton client OZ Nashville was featured in a cover story in last week’s Nashville Business Journal. The contemporary arts center just closed on its inaugural season—dubbed “Brave New Art”—and reporter E.J. Boyer sat down with Cano and Tim Ozgener, the father and son duo who founded OZ, to get a peek into the story behind the revolutionary arts venue.

Cano Ozgener, an Armenian-Turk who immigrated to the United States in the 1960s to study mechanical engineering at Columbia University, fell in love with New York City’s art scene while in college. He moved to Nashville later that decade for a job at DuPont, and after word got out about his hobby making smoking-pipe stems, he founded CAO International, which then led to the humidor and cigar-making business. His son, Tim, had joined him in the business at a young age, and they sold it in 2007 to a European tobacco giant. Art was their next venture.

They wanted to bring an arts venue that reflected where Nashville wants to be—or should be—in the contemporary arts world. Looking at nearly 4,500 attendees in its first five months, OZ’s inaugural season can be counted as a success. Hosting everything from theater and dance to classical music, the blank space at OZ is able to accommodate a variety of performances. Read more about the Ozgeners and what they have planned for their second season here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Liquor Attorneys Working to Open Spirits Distillery and Tasting Room in Memphis

Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team is working to secure the appropriate licensing for D. Canale & Co., who announced its plans to build and open a spirits distillery and tasting room in downtown Memphis. The nearly 55,000 square-foot facility, housed in a 1920s-era warehouse at 301 S. Front St., will produce and bottle premium distilled spirits. The $5 million project, named Old Dominick, will open next fall.

The Memphis Business Journal has more on this story here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

“A Retail Perspective on Alcohol Laws” with Leading Liquor Attorney Will Cheek

Bone McAllester Norton’s William T. Cheek presented the keynote address at last week’s ICSC Tennessee/Kentucky Idea Exchange and Alliance Program with Keith Bell, director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the retail real estate industry and provides its members with education, research, information and advocacy services. Public and private sectors will be able to network, share ideas, discuss industry issues and explore development opportunities through the Alliance Program. Will spoke on Wednesday, July 9, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

As the only Tennessee attorney named Best Lawyers in America for Food and Beverage Law, Will leads Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team and provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice to restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, craft distilleries and breweries.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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 Alcoholic Beverage Team Assists in $70 Million Hotel Transaction

Bone McAllester Norton's alcoholic beverage law team helped in a multimillion dollar transaction of the DoubleTree hotel in downtown Nashville. Chicago-based Walton Street Capital, a private-equity real estate investment firm, paid nearly $70 million dollars for the 337-room property at 315 Fourth Avenue N.  Attorneys C. Tucker Herndon and William T. Cheek III, along with paralegal Vicki Schmidt, helped to secure the beer permit for the bar in the hotel's lobby yesterday, so service will not be interrupted during the transition of ownership.

Read more about this deal from the Nashville Business Journal here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.

Sumner Teen Center Provides Safe Environment for High School Students

A new afterschool program providing fun, balanced activities for area high school students has opened in Gallatin, Tennessee. Bone McAllester Norton attorneys helped Shari and Randy Campbell, founders of Sumner Teen Center, start the nonprofit and obtain its 501(c)(3) status. The organization aims to provide a safe, positive environment for teens throughout the county and give them valuable life skills for the future. Students are able to play games, listen to live music, get homework help, receive interviewing and job search skills and learn about service volunteering. Parents also benefit from Sumner Teen Center; workshops on financial aid and college/technical school options, as well as monthly forums, are offered to help them guide their children in the right direction. The 4,000-square-foot facility opened last month and is free for all Sumner County students in and entering into high school.

“This program is something our county needed, even if we didn’t know we needed it,” said Marshall T. Cook, an attorney in Bonelaw’s Sumner County office. “It was a privilege working with the Campbells to help bring their dream to reality. And as a parent, I am excited about a program that will help prepare kids in Sumner County to be successful in all areas of their lives.”

The Tennessean recently featured the center’s opening. Click here to read the article.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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 Selected for Leadership Nashville

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek, who was chosen for Leadership Nashville’s 2014-15 program. Stephen will be among the 44-member class who will embark on a nine-month program designed to assist local community leaders in their roles as decision-makers. More than 215 people applied for the program.

Stephen focuses his Nashville law practice in intellectual property litigation, entertainment litigation and business litigation.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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.