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Stephen Zralek will Discuss Avoiding Social Media Nightmares with the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 4

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek will present “Avoiding Social Media Nightmares” during the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday meeting on Oct. 4. Stephen has significant experience helping clients from all industries with issues involving copyrights, trademarks, social media and cybersquatting, among others. The meeting takes place from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at E|Spaces in Cool Springs.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.

Lessons Businesses & Public Figures Can Learn from NCAA Football Players

Businesses who use celebrities to endorse their products should pay attention to two recent decisions, as should celebrities and other public figures.

In two recent cases, former college football players filed suit against Electronic Arts, Inc., better known as EA, the maker of video game "NCAA Football."  The two primary plaintiffs were Ryan Hart, who played quarterback for Rutgers in the early 2000s, and Samuel Keller, who was QB at Arizona State in the mid 2000s.

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Although EA never used the players' names, it honed in on real-life details of each player, including jersey number, jersey color, type of helmet and facemask, player height and weight, physical appearance, and throwing and interception stats.  The players sued on behalf of themselves and other players.  The heart of each suit was that EA had violated their right of publicity.

The right of publicity is a creature of state law and, although they have a lot in common, all 50 states treat the right of publicity differently.  Typically a plaintiff must show the a defendant used an individual's name, photograph or likeness to advertise goods or services without the plaintiff's prior consent.  The right typically covers any form of an individual's likeness or persona.  For example, Bette Midler sued when Ford used someone who sounded like her to promote a car in a song, and Vanna White sued Samsung for using a robot dressed in a wig, gown and jewelry to turn letters on a game resembling Wheel of Fortune.  The right also typically covers any medium, from photographs to films to video games.

In these two most recent cases, EA argued that it had a First Amendment right to use these college players' likenesses in its video games.  The Third Circuit and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals acknowledged that a First Amendment right of expression extends to video games but held that the players' right of publicity trumped EA's First Amendment right.  The courts both employed the "Transformative Use" balancing test and concluded that EA's video game failed to transform the players' likenesses.  The dissenting judges in both cases disagreed, finding that the video games were highly transformative, given that gamers have the ability to change the avatars' appearances and to never encounter Hart or Keller if they so choose.

Businesses who utilize the images and personas of public figures and celebrities should always obtain consent prior to using the image.  Celebrities often give consent to have their songs recorded and published (a right governed by copyright), but that consent often does not encompass the right of publicity.  Celebrities should always check to see to what extent they have consented to having their right of publicity used.  The right of publicity continues to be one of the most rapidly changing and evolving areas of intellectual property law.

The Farm House Scheduled to Open Next Month

Bone McAllester Norton client The Farm House, located in the ground floor of the SoBro’s Encore, plans to open October 7. The restaurant, focused on farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients, will also feature a refined bar program and updated takes on Southern staples, like the Old Fashioned, according to an announcement from the company today. Trey Cioccia is the chef and entrepreneur behind the restaurant.
 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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 and Stephen Zralek Slated as Presenters in New Lipscomb University Master of Arts Program

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Stephanie R. Taylor and Stephen J. Zralek will speak on media law to students of Lipscomb University’s new Master of Arts in Film and Creative Media program. Their presentation, scheduled for September 26, will cover ownership of content, including work for hire agreements; explanation of licensing versus ownership of music; and recordings and copyright infringement. Both attorneys practice in Bonelaw’s Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law and Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law practices.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.

Style Blueprint Features Upcoming Music City Eats Festival

Style Blueprint Nashville featured a glowing review of the upcoming Music City Eats food, wine and spirits festival, a Bone McAllester Norton client, on their website yesterday. Giving the need-to-know details of the event, including ticket pricing, what to wear and who will be there, the article also glowed about how great the festival is for Nashville and encouraged locals to attend. “ . . .we expect MCE to be the be-all, end-all foodie event of the year, with a Music City spin like none other,” author Liza Graves wrote.

Music City Eats will take place September 21-22 and will include notable chefs and personalities like Giada de Laurentiis, Trisha Yearwood, Jonathan Waxman and Aaron Sanchez; demonstrations; panels; tastings; and parties. Tickets start at $275 per person.

To read the full review, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.
 


September 23 HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Compliance Date Nears

By Anne Sumpter Arney

Earlier this year, the government published the final regulations (the “Final Rule”) implementing modifications of the rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and provisions which were enacted in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Heath Act (HITECH). With the September 23 Final Rule compliance date looming, medical professionals and institutions need to ensure they understand the modifications to their HIPAA obligations and take all necessary steps to review and update their compliance. The following areas are among those that have been modified by the Final Rule: the definition of business associate; the required terms in the business associate agreement; a patient’s right to access his protected health information (PHI); a patient’s right to restrict disclosures of PHI; the rules governing security breach notifications; required information in the notice of privacy practices; the disclosure and use of PHI in marketing, sales or fundraising activities; and enforcement.

The Final Rule expands the definition of business associate. A business associate now also includes personal health record vendors, patient safety organizations and certain subcontractors of a business associate and others who maintain and store PHI. The Final Rule also requires some modification of business associate agreements to include additional obligations.

The Final Rule expands individual rights in several important ways. Patients can now request their medical records in electronic format, which must be produced electronically within 30 days, if the records are readily producible. There are also new rights for a patient to restrict certain disclosures of PHI to a health plan where the individual, a family member or other person pays out of pocket in full for the healthcare service or item. The Final Rule also changes how PHI can be used and disclosed for marketing and fundraising purposes and now explicitly prohibits the sale of PHI without an authorization.

The rules governing breach notification obligations have been amended. Under the Final Rule, any unauthorized access, use or disclosure is now presumed to be a breach unless the covered entity determines there is a low probability the PHI has been compromised. The standard used for risk assessment has been changed from a risk of harm to risk of compromise standard. There are four specific factors that must be considered in making the risk assessment. Further, the limited data set exception has been abolished by the Final Rule.

In the area of enforcement, the Final Rule increases penalties for noncompliance based on a tiered level of negligence for violations occurring after February 18, 2009. The maximum potential penalty is $1.5 million per violation.

The Notice of Privacy Practices must be updated to reflect the changes in the Final Rule, including those related to breach notification, disclosures and marketing of PHI.

Although several of the changes required by September 23 have been briefly summarized here, this is just an overview of the Final Rule and should not be relied upon except as a reminder to review and update your compliance obligations under HIPAA. For assistance in implementing these changes or for additional information on how these changes may affect your practice, please contact one of the attorneys in the Healthcare Practice Group at Bone McAllester Norton.

 

Anne Martin Slated for Two Presentations at Next Week’s Tennessee SHRM Conference and Exposition

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Anne C. Martin will give two presentations at next week’s 2013 Mid-South/Tennessee HR and Legal Conference and Expo, hosted by the Middle Tennessee Society of Human Resource Management. On Monday, September 16, Anne will serve as a panelist in the “Follow-Up Panel Discussion on EEOC Strategy – the Defense Perspective,” scheduled from 3:45 to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, September 18, she will present “How to Manage Your Employees’ Use of FMLA” from 10 to 11 a.m. The sold-out conference will be held at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.

Tennessean Columnist Features Three Bonelaw Clients in Round-Up of Local Favorites

The Tennessean’s news columnist Gail Kerr wrote an article in today’s paper about local places that residents of Nashville and Middle Tennessee often do not visit. In the round-up, three Bone McAllester Norton clients were highlighted: Fontanel, the former home of country star Barbara Mandrell; the Frist Center for Visual Arts and its “Sensuous Steel” exhibit; and Peg Leg Porker, the barbecue restaurant that recently opened in the Gulch.

Kerr has “a growing head-over heals crush on Peg Leg Porker, both because the barbecue is outstanding and because the owner, Carey Bringle, is so funny.”

Kerr noted that she has visited the Frist and Peg Leg Porker but has yet to make a trip to the Fontanel—something sure to be on the top of her list now that a 140-room Holiday Inn resort has been announced.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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 Will Discuss Current Topics in Entertainment Litigation at this Month’s Americana Music Festival & Conference

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek will be part of a panel discussion at the 2013 Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville. “Current Topics in Entertainment Litigation” will be moderated by Christine Lepera, partner with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in New York, and will feature insight from Stephen and four other attorneys on hot topics in entertainment law, including rights of publicity, fair use, statutory damages and termination of copyright transfers.

Stephen is an AV-rated SuperLawyer known for helping clients resolve sensitive, high-profile disputes through intellectual property, business and entertainment litigation. The presentation will take place from 3:30 – 5 p.m. on Friday, September 20 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown.

To register or for more information, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.

Anne Martin Will Give an Employment Law Update for the Nashville Bar Association’s 2013 Practice Institutes

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Anne C. Martin has been chosen to present an employment law update as part of the Nashville Bar Association’s 2013 “Back to School” Practice Institutes. “Employment Law Update: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” will include a comprehensive update on recent developments in labor and employment law, and Anne will provide an employer’s perspective on these developments. The presentation will take place Thursday, October 17 at the Nashville Bar Association’s office.

For more information, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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

 

 

Whisky Advocate Features Corsair in Fall Issue

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton client Corsair Artisan distillery, which was prominently featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Whisky Advocate, the nation’s leading whiskey magazine. The article, “Craft Nation: The State of American Craft Whiskey Distilling,” outlines where craft whiskey started in America, how it reached the success it has today and where it is headed in the future. Darek Bell, co-founder of Corsair, was pictured and quoted on why artisan whiskey is distinct, and arguably better, than mainstream whiskey.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.

Are Your Wipes Clean? EPA Adopts Industrial Wipes Standard

By Sharon O. ("Sheri") Jacobs

On July 31, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to clarify how companies handle disposable and reusable solvent contaminated industrial wipes. This change will affect many businesses, from auto repair shops to large manufacturing facilities, by identifying requirements for handling solvent contaminated wipes in order to avoid hazardous waste rules, which would otherwise apply.

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.

Sean Kirk Will Discuss Pursuing Deficiency Judgments After a Foreclosure Sale at the Upcoming Tennessee Real Estate Law Conference

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Sean C. Kirk is on the faculty of the sixth annual Tennessee Real Estate Law Conference, presented by Tennessee Attorneys Memo. Sean’s presentation, “Pursuing Deficiency Judgments After a Foreclosure Sale in Light of Greenbank V. Sterling Ventures LLC,” will give background on the prior “grossly inadequate” standard, as well as on the TCA 35-5-118, and then will present facts on the Greenbank decision, including the analysis of the “materially less” standard and how the impact of the court’s decision affects lenders.

The one-day learning and networking CLE event is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Nashville School of Law.

For more information on this event and to register, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.

 

Local Attorney Will Cheek Named to National Liquor Conference Planning Committee

News Release


Tuesday – August 20, 2013



NASHVILLE – William T. Cheek III, attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, has been appointed to the 2014 National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) Planning Committee.


Mr. Cheek was selected for the NCSLA Planning Committee because of his knowledge in alcoholic beverage law and his experience in planning related programs. Nearly 400 will attend the national conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas, in June 2014.  NCSLA members represent a range of industries from government agencies to retailers.

As the only Tennessee attorney named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list for Food and Beverage Law, Mr. Cheek leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Team and provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice to restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, craft distilleries and breweries. His clients range from small chef-owned restaurants to large publicly traded corporations.

NCSLA is a national organization of state alcohol beverage regulators, founded June 19, 1934, whose purposes are to promote the enactment of the most effective and equitable types of state alcoholic beverage control laws; devise and promote the use of methods which provide the best enforcement of the particular alcoholic beverage control laws in each state; work for the adoption of uniform laws insofar they may be practicable; promote harmony with the federal government in its administration of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act; and strive for harmony in the administration of the alcoholic beverage control laws among the several states.

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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 http://www.bonelaw.com/.

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Nashville Ledger Spotlights Tayo Atanda’s Efforts to Help Metro Students Find Path to College

The Nashville Ledger sat down with Olatayo (Tayo) Atanda recently to discuss the impact the young attorney has already had on the community, and their feature on him and his efforts was included on their website today.

Unlike many of his peers, Tayo has a record of involvement with public policy and social justice. While in high school and college, he spearheaded a project that shed light on the low percentage of students from low-income and first-generation immigrant families who pursue college. His report prompted Nashville Public Schools to enact a policy ensuring every student has access to college counseling and preparation.

“. . .I began to survey my peers, and I found out—shockingly—that about 90 percent of them had college aspirations. Yet only about 10 percent were making it to college. I decided to do something about it.”

Read more about Tayo’s inspiring story here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 35 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.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2014 List

Twelve attorneys with the firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC have been named to the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2014, and three have been honored on the “Lawyer of the Year” list for Nashville.

The Best Lawyers In America list for 2014 includes attorneys covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the list.

Attorneys who make the list of “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Ed Yarbrough was awarded the “Lawyer of the Year” for Nashville Criminal Defense:  White-Collar.  He was named to the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for the categories of Criminal Defense Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense White Collar and DWI/DUI Defense.  Ed Yarbrough is a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee appointed by President George W. Bush.  He practices Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Anne C. Martin was recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for her work in Litigation, Labor and Employment.  She was selected for the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for Employment Law and Litigation Law, Labor and Employment.   Ms. Martin is a commercial litigation and employment lawyer, representing both employers and employees. She has been widely published in the areas of employment law and has served as a guest lecturer at the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship.

John P. Branham, a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, was given the “Lawyer of the Year” Nashville award for his service in Personal Injury Litigation/Plaintiffs.  He made the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for Personal Injury Litigation Law.  In addition to his practice, Mr. Branham has conducted numerous CLE programs, including for the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville School of Law, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, PESI and the National Business Institute.

Additional Bone McAllester Norton attorneys who made the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list include:

  • Trace Blankenship was selected for the list in the category of Banking and Finance Law.  Mr. Blankenship advises chief executives, boards of directors and entrepreneurs on strategy, execution and legal requirements of significant business transactions and ownership decisions.

  • Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, serves as a classic “Trusted Adviser” to clients seeking advice on corporate and litigation issues.  He was named to the list for Administrative/Regulatory Law.

  • Charles Robert Bone also made the list for Administrative/Regulatory Law.  His expertise is in the areas of transactions, corporate governance and advising governmental entities, officers and directors, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Larry W.  Bridgesmith was selected for Employment Law and Labor Law.  Mr. Bridgesmith has more than 30 years of legal experience in dispute resolution and innovative workplace strategies.

  • William T. Cheek III is the only Tennessee attorney named Best Lawyers in America for Food and Beverage Law. He leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Team and provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice.  He also was named to the list for Non-Profit/Charities Law.

  • Paul W. Kruse, recognized in the categories of Copyright Law and Trademark Law, helps clients protect their trademarks with high quality, creative and comprehensive services, including trademark clearance, registration and policing.

  • Sam J. McAllester III practices in the areas of commercial lending, commercial loan documentation, the issuance of title insurance policies, bankruptcy and financial consultations.  He was named to the list for Banking and Finance Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor       Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

  • C. Michael Norton also made the list for Banking and Finance Law.  Mr. Norton concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, municipal bonds, corporate, securities, regulatory and state and local tax.

  • Jack F. Stringham II, an attorney advising in commercial loan transactions, real estate, banking regulation, venture capital and business matters for corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, was named to the list for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law.


About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has 36 lawyers with offices in Nashville and in Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing a wide range of legal services. We offer representation for commercial lending, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, intellectual property, entertainment and environmental matters, along with a full breadth of legal services ordinarily required by businesses and entrepreneurial individuals. For more information, visit http://www.bonelaw.com/.

Rick Nickels Addresses Trust and Estate Planning with Financial Planners

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Richard J. Nickels presented information on trust and estate planning to a group of financial planners with Insight today. “Trust and Estate Planning Update: Advising Clients in the Post-ATRA World” addressed the changes in tax code and laws in estate planning that impact advisers and their clients. They come together twice a year to explore cutting edge planning and investment management strategies to help better their businesses.

Rick has more than 15 years of experience advising individuals, families and businesses on estate planning matters. Insight is a small group of fee-only financial planners from the South who own their own companies.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 35 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.

Yarbrough and Little Join Bone McAllester Norton’s New Practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations

NASHVILLE – Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, today announced that attorneys Ed Yarbrough and Alex Little have joined the firm. They, along with current firm member James Mackler, are creating a new practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.

“Our new practice has been created to serve individuals and corporate clients facing criminal charges, investigations by federal and state authorities, regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance audits,” Bone said. “Ed is a seasoned veteran and a champion of the courtroom, and Alex brings extensive knowledge of criminal law and technology. Together, with James Mackler, their experience and proficiency will be essential to the strength of our new division.”

Ed Yarbrough is a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee appointed by President George W. Bush. He is an award-winning lawyer with more than 40 years of experience. He practices Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Yarbrough has tried more than 150 jury cases to verdict, including more than 40 homicide cases. He has served as both prosecuting attorney and defense attorney in matters involving white collar crime, wrongful death, personal injury, public corruption and a variety of criminal charges at the state and federal levels.

A former infantry lieutenant in the United Sates Army, Mr. Yarbrough’s desire to be on the front lines has served him well in his civil and criminal law practice. He has been recognized on numerous listings among the nation’s top lawyers, like SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and received the first Criminal Justice Section Service Award from the Tennessee Bar Association in 2011.

Alex Little is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he prosecuted cases involving national security, white collar crime, drugs and violent crime. As a former prosecutor, he draws on extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts to aggressively represent clients facing investigations or defending against criminal charges.

During his time with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Little developed a deep understanding of criminal law and technology, including the legal issues implicated by Title III wiretaps, GPS tracking, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), video surveillance and evidence obtained from social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Before his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Little worked on a broad range of foreign policy matters in the United States and abroad. He has served as a law clerk and consultant to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and as an adviser to former President Jimmy Carter in the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center. In those roles, he assisted in the development of the first indictments issued by the ICC for war crimes in Uganda, drafted intelligence briefings for senior U.S. policymakers and facilitated negotiations between governments and rebel groups in Africa.

Mr. Little also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, instructing a course on “The Law of Secrets and Lies,” which covers everything from perjury, defamation and fraud to the Espionage Act, grand jury secrecy and the Fourth Amendment.

James Mackler, attorney with Bone McAllester Norton and a former Senior Trial Counsel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, is a member of the newly created practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.

The practice, made up of a former U.S. Attorney, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a former JAG Corps attorney, provides clients with the broad courtroom and trial experience of these attorneys, their first-hand knowledge of how state and federal agencies investigate cases and the reputation they have built as strong advocates of their clients' interests.

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 35 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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://www.bonelaw.com.

Yarbrough and Little Join Bone McAllester Norton’s New Practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations

NASHVILLE – Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, today announced that attorneys Ed Yarbrough and Alex Little have joined the firm. They, along with current firm member James Mackler, are creating a new practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.

“Our new practice has been created to serve individuals and corporate clients facing criminal charges, investigations by federal and state authorities, regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance audits,” Bone said. “Ed is a seasoned veteran and a champion of the courtroom, and Alex brings extensive knowledge of criminal law and technology. Together, with James Mackler, their experience and proficiency will be essential to the strength of our new division.”

Ed Yarbrough is a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee appointed by President George W. Bush. He is an award-winning lawyer with more than 40 years of experience. He practices Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Yarbrough has tried more than 150 jury cases to verdict, including more than 40 homicide cases. He has served as both prosecuting attorney and defense attorney in matters involving white collar crime, wrongful death, personal injury, public corruption and a variety of criminal charges at the state and federal levels.

A former infantry lieutenant in the United Sates Army, Mr. Yarbrough’s desire to be on the front lines has served him well in his civil and criminal law practice. He has been recognized on numerous listings among the nation’s top lawyers, like SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and received the first Criminal Justice Section Service Award from the Tennessee Bar Association in 2011.

Alex Little is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he prosecuted cases involving national security, white collar crime, drugs and violent crime. As a former prosecutor, he draws on extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts to aggressively represent clients facing investigations or defending against criminal charges.

During his time with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Little developed a deep understanding of criminal law and technology, including the legal issues implicated by Title III wiretaps, GPS tracking, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), video surveillance and evidence obtained from social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Before his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Little worked on a broad range of foreign policy matters in the United States and abroad. He has served as a law clerk and consultant to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and as an adviser to former President Jimmy Carter in the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center. In those roles, he assisted in the development of the first indictments issued by the ICC for war crimes in Uganda, drafted intelligence briefings for senior U.S. policymakers and facilitated negotiations between governments and rebel groups in Africa.

Mr. Little also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, instructing a course on “The Law of Secrets and Lies,” which covers everything from perjury, defamation and fraud to the Espionage Act, grand jury secrecy and the Fourth Amendment.

James Mackler, attorney with Bone McAllester Norton and a former Senior Trial Counsel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, is a member of the newly created practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.

The practice, made up of a former U.S. Attorney, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a former JAG Corps attorney, provides clients with the broad courtroom and trial experience of these attorneys, their first-hand knowledge of how state and federal agencies investigate cases and the reputation they have built as strong advocates of their clients' interests.

 
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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 35 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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://www.bonelaw.com.

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 35 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.