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Alex Little talks with FOX News on Clinton Email Probe

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little appeared Saturday, October 29th on FOX News talking to Neil Cavuto about the legal impact of the most recent Hillary Clinton email probe by the FBI. Little, a former prosecutor and a member of Bonelaw’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice, said, “I think the entire statement is unprecedented, the letter, his subsequent email to the FBI is unprecedented. It’s entirely impossible to know what led Director Comey to do this without him saying more, I think he’s going to have to say more.”

https://youtu.be/-i0_khppIAs

Bonelaw’s Stephen Zralek featured speaker at upcoming Happy, Healthy Lawyers CLE

Stephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonStephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonOn December 15, 2016, Bonelaw’s Stephen Zralek will be a featured speaker at the Happy, Healthy Lawyers CLE presented by The Language of Joy.

In this 6 hour dual credit (general + ethics) CLE, attorneys will learn valuable skills and tools designed to help them improve their well-being, satisfaction and client service. 

Topics include:

    • Goal Setting 
    • Time Management 
    • Understanding Personalities 
    • Positive Psychology 
    • Confidence and Client Compassion 

Although designed for attorneys, this training will help any professional stay focused and productive, communicate better with colleagues, clients and opposing counsel, and better manage stress and difficult situations. 

For more information or to register, please click this link.


 

 

Bonelaw Advises Majority of Top Ten Distilleries to See in Tennessee

Tennessee is the home of numerous world renowned distilleries many of them turn to Bone McAllester Norton for legal guidance. In a recently released list of top Tennessee distilleries everyone should see, Will Cheek and Rob Pinson, two of the state’s premier alcohol and beverage attorneys, count nine out of ten among those they represent. Bone McAllester Norton is leading the industry in Tennessee for providing federal, state and local licensing and regulatory compliance.

You can read more about Tennessee’s not to miss distillery tours, at this link http://styleblueprint.com/nashville/everyday/tennessee-distilleries

David Anthony and Mandy Strickland Floyd honored by Tennessee Supreme Court as an ‘Attorney for Justice’

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that David M. Anthony and Mandy Strickland Floyd have been honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court in recognition of their pro bono work. 

David M Anthony Bone McAllaster Norton“We are tremendously proud of our attorneys who work to make access to justice a reality,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “Both David and Mandy are effective, passionate advocate for their clients. We congratulate them for their dedication to the legal profession and service to the citizens of Tennessee.”

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

Mandy Strickland Floyd Bone McAllester NortonMandy Strickland Floyd concentrates her law practice in the areas of labor and employment, victim’s rights, litigation and dispute resolution, and appellate law.

Join us for the Business Studio Legal Series!

Throughout the month of October Bone McAllester Norton is partnering with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for their Business Studio Legal Series. The series is designed to shape the legal plan for business of all sizes. 

Dates and topics include: 

October 7: Protecting your business relationships, goods and services 

Sean Kirk will teach you how to negotiate contracts that protect your business relationships with suppliers, vendors, customers and others. Register here.

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October 13: Permitting for events and alcohol service

Learn best practices with Rob Pinson while partnering with breweries, distilleries and wineries as well as the most frequently asked questions small businesses have when working with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Register here.

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October 20: Benefiting from business structure

 Make sure your organization has the optimum business structure in this session with Chris Raybeck, especially as we approach the holidays and tax season. Register here.

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October 27: Labor and employment law for small business

Join us as Anne Martin guides small business owners and HR professionals through the labor and employment law world, covering a wide range of topics from harassment policies to maternity leave to changes in overtime. Register here.

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Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally represent Brentwood-based CEP, Inc., controlling shareholder of Fortune Industries, Inc., in sale to Oasis Outsourcing

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally represented Brentwood-based CEP, Inc. in its sale to Oasis Outsourcing, Inc. CEP, Inc. is the controlling shareholder of Fortune Industries, Inc. (OTCMKTS: FDVF), which CEP acquired in a management-led buyout in 2013. The transaction was structured as a merger, which was effective on September 16, 2016. Blankenship, along with Charles W. Bone, also represented CEP’s management team in the 2013 acquisition transaction.

Fortune Industries is a professional employer organization (PEO) group providing full-service human resources and employment-related services to its diverse client base throughout the country through Century II, Inc., Employer Solutions Group, Inc., and Professional Staff Management, Inc. Oasis Outsourcing is the nation’s largest privately-held PEO and currently serves almost 6,000 clients and more than 200,000 worksite employees nationwide. This transaction will add over 14,000 worksite employees in 47 states to the Oasis platform.

Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, served as lead counsel on this transaction. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities/venture funding/private placements and company governance and board strategy. Sarah Lodge Tally is an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton and assisted with the transaction. Sarah’s practice is focused on corporate matters advising in strategy and execution of complex transactions.

To read our client’s press release, click here.
To read an article about the transaction in the Nashville Post, click here.

Women's Equality Day

President Barack Obama designated an historic home of the U.S. women's Suffrage movement as a national monument.  He said he looks forward to a time when girls are astonished that a female had never occupied the Oval Office.  AP (April 12)

All American women vote because 48 states ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Today a group of Bone McAllester Norton attorneys went to Centennial Park to celebrate "Women's Equality Day."  A monument to the suffragists' victory was unveiled in Centennial Park this morning.  It was sculpted by Nashville's own Alan LeQuire and features women who were actually in Nashville at the time the bill was effecting this monumental change.

The event was attended by several dignitaries including the mayors from Nashville, Knoxville, Clarksville and Memphis.

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Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge, Welcome to West Nashville!

Happy to see client Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge in The Tennessean's Taste: The Five Best Taco Joints in Nashville.

That's one thing about us Nashvillians - we like our tacos almost as much as we like our barbecue.

This is a Waxstone Group restaurant headed up by Jonathan Waxman, a nationally known culinary genius.  Bajo Sexto offers a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine.  The pato tacos are to die for!  We did not have the courage to try the chapulines.  But if you do, please let us know how they are.  We hear roasted grasshoppers are great toasted with a little lime.

(And no one says they taste like chicken...)

To read the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

 

Good Times are Coming to Lower Broadway

Alan Jackson is a legend.  No, really.

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

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

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

For the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

BoneLaw Attorney Rob Pinson discusses Nonprofit Candidate Endorsement


Bone McAllester Norton attorney Rob Pinson discusses general tax-exempt status of nonprofits and the rules and regulations associated with such organizations.

If you are a nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status you are not allowed to endorse candidates or participate in any campaigns for elective public office.  This includes not sharing opinions or offering voting suggestions or advice.

To watch/read News 2's Nick Caloway's story, click here.

Rob Pinson is an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton. He concentrates his practice in the field of alcoholic beverage law, with an emphasis on the manufacturing tier. Rob represents numerous distilleries, wineries and breweries across the United States and is pro bono counsel to the Tennessee Distillers’ Guild. Rob also represents clients in business law, tax law, and campaign finance law. Rob offers an impressive track record when it comes to navigating the complexities of the alcoholic beverage laws as well as state and federal taxes.

Client Opening a Craft cidery in the Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood

Who knew as Nashville becomes more and more the "IT" city that we'd actually develop our own distillery district?  With the influx of distillers into the area called the Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood, this location is becoming known as the distillery district of Nashville.

The Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood is a growing, trendy area a few blocks south of downtown.  For anyone who has ever sat in rush-hour traffic, this is a welcome residential area.  For vendors wanting a convenient location, the area is equally as attractive.

The Tennessean is reporting the sale of a building to our clients who will soon be opening Diskin Cider.

To read the full article, click here.

NBJ Takes a Look at Employee Retention in our Growing City

The Nashville Business Journal has talked to several industries within Nashville regarding the growth of the city and how to protect your top employees, including our own CEO, Charles Robert Bone.

To read all articles related to Talent War:  How to protect your top employees, check out this week's Nashville Business Journal, here.

"Non-compete contracts aren't commonplace in the legal field," Bone said.  "We take a proactive approach to retention.  Every attorney is a member.  We have no partners, and everyone is compensated by the same formula.  We've tried to be very intentional creating a structure where every member is equal and has ownership in the firm."

Welcome Attorney Jonathan R. Burns

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

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

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

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

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

For the full release, please click here.

Marty Cook Leading Legal Counsel for Clarendale of Hendersonville

Marshall T. “Marty” CookMarshall T. “Marty” CookHendersonville's popular Indian Lake area is getting a $40 million senior living community.  The development, Clarendale of Hendersonville will be at the corner of Indian Lake Boulevard   and Maple Drive housing 184 units with several amenities including dining, a crafts room, a library and a billiards room.

The development is a joint venture between Ryan Companies and LCSMarty Cook of Bone McAllester Norton is serving as legal counsel for the project.

For more information, the original press release is here.

The article has been featured in the Nashville Post and REJournals.com.

It's An Exciting Day for Wine and Grocery Stores in Tennessee

It is hard not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this day.  Even as I left for work this morning the traffic at my local Kroger was heavier.  We've heard several reports from our co-workers that there wasn't even parking available at Trader Joes this morning in Green Hills!

 Two Buck ChuckTwo Buck ChuckRumor has it that if you're looking for some Two Buck Chuck, you might be out of luck today.

Looks like The Tennessean has done a great job regaling the timeline of this morning's sales across the mid-state.  To read the article, click here.

Drink responsibly of course, and enjoy this historic day!

From all the attorneys, legal assistants and paralegals here at Bone McAllester Norton who have worked tirelessly through the licensing process we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

What will be the next alcohol law to change?

William T. Cheek IIIWilliam T. Cheek IIIThe NBJ recently published an article about the future of alcohol law in Tennessee.  After an historic few years, July 1 marked the day that WIGS went live.  (To those of us in the industry, we refer to Wine In Grocery Stores as, WIGS.)

Nashville Business Journal reporter, Jacob Steimer, sat down with liquor law expert and BoneLaw attorney, Will Cheek, to discuss what's next.

Cheek offered some interesting insight into the Jan. 1 availability of high-gravity beer in grocery stores and discussed the pitfalls of wine on Sundays.

To read the full article, click here.

In summary, the next big battle will be liquor. At this time, you can go to the grocery store and buy wine, but you cannot purchase liquor.

How Litigation in Nashville is Different than in Bigger Cities

I get asked a lot to serve as local counsel on cases for lawyers from LA, New York, Chicago and DC.  (I also end up hiring lawyers in those cities.)  Sometimes we’re asked to play a minor role – some call this “elbow counsel,” where we’re really just on the case in name only.  Generally, though, lead counsel sees that we can offer valuable insight into not just the substantive law but also the local landscape.  And I assure you the landscape here in Nashville is much different than it is in larger cities.

Given the sheer size of bigger cities, lawyers there often never appear more than once in front of the same judge and often never interact with the same opposing counsel.  With the virtual anonymity that comes with the territory in those jurisdictions, lawyers have every reason to practice scorched-earth litigation.  They can be as ruthless as they want – no one knows who they are and, very likely, no one will ever see them again.

Practice here in Nashville is completely different.  Although our city is booming, we have only four active U.S. District Judges and only four chancellors at the state court level.  In this big small town, everyone knows everyone. And how you conduct yourself in a single case can be remembered for the rest of your career.  Although we advocate zealously, we refuse to stab each other in the back.   And we know how easy it is to be short-sighted.  Given the close-knit relationships here, we still litigate with a Southern gentility, or what the profession calls “civility.”  I hope it always stays this way, even as we grow and welcome newcomers from other jurisdictions.

Bone McAllester Norton Named to Top Workplace List

TWP_Tennessee_Portrait_2016_Gray_AWWe're honored to have made the list of The Tennessean's Top Workplaces!

Bone McAllester Norton has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplace honor by The Tennessean.  The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Workplace Dynamics, LLC.  Several aspects of workplace culture were measured with rankings and essay questions where data was compiled, compared and provided back to the firm for process improvement as well as training and retention programs.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

For the full article, click here.

BoneLaw Attorney holds Employment Law Workshop for NACE

Stacey Garrett KojuStacey Garrett KojuStacey Garrett Koju, founding member of Bone McAllester Norton held an employment law workshop for the members of NACE, the National Association for Catering and Events.  This event was held to offer the latest and best practical information in today's world of employment law.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Stacey put together a team of  lawyers specializing in the different areas of liability, estate planning, salary regulations, negligence and the latest in liquor licensing for the members of NACE.  The agenda included:

Anne C. Martin - Employment Law Trends

C. Davild Briley - Employee Liability 

David M. Anthony - Contract Essentials, Unpaid Accounts, Third Party Claims and Equipment Recover 

Jonathan R. Burns - Estate and Succession Planning

Will T. Cheek, III and Olatayo O. Atanda - Front Line Stories and Professional Tips with Liquor Licensing