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Ed Yarbrough, BoneLaw Attorney offers Expert Opinion of Rutherford County Domestic Incident

Ed YarbroughEd YarbroughBone McAllester Norton litigator and former US Attorney, Ed Yarbrough, was asked his expert opinion of the recent domestic incident at the home of a Rutherford County Sheriff's Department Deputy.  The incident was handled with cell phones and without using standard protocol procedures.

Mr. Yarbrough suggested that Chief Deputy Garrett should not have contacted his own officers to investigate.  "The problem is, any time a senior officer puts one of his subordinates in the position of doing what the boss says, or doing what the law requires, that's a conflict of interest,"  Yarbrough said.

To see the full Channel 4 I-Team Investigative report, click here.

To read the full transcript of the video, click here.

 

Will there be Wine in Time?

William T. Cheek IIIWilliam T. Cheek IIIElite liquor law expert and BoneLaw Attorney Will Cheek discusses the special bill the TN Legislature has passed to get wine in grocery stores by July 1, but at what cost to the consumer?

To watch the video on WSMV's Channel 4 News website, click here.

To keep up with the latest liquor law legislation and WIGS (wine in grocery stores), follow Will's blog, Last Call.

 

Client Launches Broadcasting Arm of the Acme Brand

Client,  Acme Feed and Seed, introduced Acme Radio in February.  This streaming-only station offers Acme's own live, unique music along with an alternative to traditional Nashville radio programming.  Owner Tom Morales lovingly refers to this as "Nashville's underbelly".    The idea is not world domination by streaming radio, but to give anyone who listens the opportunity to see what Nashville really is all about.

The station offers live radio shows, whether scheduled or impromptu as well as Vinyl Lunch, Pairs Well with Food,  B Hop Barribeau and more.

To read the entire Tennessean article, click here.

BoneLaw Client 4-Top Hospitality bringing its contemporary steakhouse CHAR to Green Hills

The Nashville dining scene continues to thrive!

We are so pleased to announce that one of our Alcoholic Beverage Law clients, 4-Top Hospitality is bringing another amazing, upscale restaurant and piano bar to Green Hills.  The Etch owners are excited about brining CHAR to the Southern Land Company project at 4000 Hillsboro Pike.

For the Nashville Business Journal article, click here.

To read the article in Nashville Eater, click here.

Wellness Works at Bone McAllester Norton!

When Miller Chandler launched a new company, Foundation Wellness, Charles W. Bone and Sam J. McAllester III jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

"The idea that we could offer a customized fitness and overall wellness program to our employees was appealing", says Charles W. Bone, "we spend so much time at work and don't always have time for the gym  but often we can schedule an hour during the day for yoga or weight training."

Mr. Bone has been a fitness proponent for years, always making time for exercise as part of a balanced lifestyle.  In fact, he was the first one in the room on the day we had our first yoga class.  He is an avid runner and has completed over 40 half-marathons in 15 states, and counting.

Health is of course the top priority but we are finding that this is a great boost for employee morale as well.  We are thrilled to have this partnership with Miller and his staff at Foundation Wellness.

To read the article in the Nashville Business Journal, click here.

Certificates of Need - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

Currently, in Tennessee, if you want to build, develop, or expand a health facility or initiate certain health services, you must first apply for and obtain a Certificate of Need.

Tennessee is one of approximately 36 states that continues to regulate the growth of certain health care institutions through the  Certificate of Need process. According to the Tennessee Health Services and Development (HSDA) website, the Certificate of Need (“CON") requirements started in the 1970's, when the federal government urged states to control the rising health care costs by managing the growth of health care services and facilities through health planning.  In 1973, the Tennessee General Assembly created the Health Facilities Commission to administer the Certificate of Need program.  In 1974, the federal government enacted the National Health Planning and Resources Development Act, which among other things, provided federal funds to assist with state health planning. The Act was repealed in 1987, resulting in the loss of federal funds and a reduction of the state's planning staff. However, Tennessee and a number of other states continued the Certificate of Need requirement.

A Certificate of Need is granted by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, which is an eleven member board a nd an agency of state government independent from the Department of Health. The members of the HSDA are appointed by various officials in state government, including six who are appointed by the Governor. At least five of the members represent the interest of specific health care industries, such as the nursing home, home health or hospital industry.

Applying for a Certificate of Need is a daunting process that requires public notice, the filing of a detailed and very specific application and a public hearing in which potential competitors may present their grounds for opposing the need for a new facility or service.  At best the process takes from 90 to 120 days not including the time required to prepare the Application which is itself a time consuming process.   In the application and the hearing before the HSDA, an applicant must show that the proposed project is needed, financially feasible and will contribute to the orderly growth of health care in Tennessee. The filing fee for an Application is between $3,000 and $45,000 dollars depending on the size of the project.

Arguably, the HSDA’s review and granting of a CON is governed or at least guided by the principals of health planning. Tennessee has implemented health planning and the 2014 health plan is available. The state health plan adopts specific criteria, statistical and otherwise for determining need for a new health care service or facility.

The Certificate of Need program may indeed be a useful tool  for insuring that the growth of health care facilities and services does not outpace the need.  However, it is possible that this risk of over growth in the health care industry could be controlled by normal business competition, at least  with respect to some types of services and facilities. These issues and the structure and necessity of the Certificate of Need laws is reconsidered and debated regularly by the Tennessee legislature.  For the present, the Certificate of Need requirements in Tennessee continue to be a costly barrier to entry for new health care businesses which may contribute to the orderly growth of the health care in Tennessee.

Statement Of Counsel for Jane Doe

NASHVILLE, TN – In response to today’s decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court in The Tennessean, et al. v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, et al., counsel for Jane Doe, Ed Yarbrough and Alex Little, have released the following statement:

“We are pleased by today’s decision. It provides a commonsense solution to most of the problems posed by The Tennessean’s ill-conceived effort to publish evidence in a pending criminal case. We argued that courts should protect the confidentiality of crime victims, and this decision helps accomplish that goal. But the nature and scope of victims’ rights in Tennessee remain unclear, and our client was disappointed that the Court avoided these critical questions. Crime victims in Tennessee should be able to pursue justice without subjecting themselves to abuse, intimidation, and harassment. To the extent this decision helps victims do so, it is an important step forward.”

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Glen A. Civitts moves to Bone McAllester Norton from h3gm

Glen A. CivittsGlen A. CivittsNASHVILLE, TN –Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce the addition of Glen A Civitts. Glen is a corporate attorney specializing in real estate and commercial finance with an emphasis on healthcare properties and facilities and the unique regulatory requirements specific to the healthcare industry.

Before joining the attorneys at Bone McAllester Norton, Glen Civitts had been with the esteemed firm of Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner (H3GM) for over 30 years. Glen was the head of the Real Estate Practice Group of H3GM.

“We have worked with Glen for years and really saw this as a great opportunity,” said Founding Partner and Vice Chairman, Sam J. McAllester III. “His experience with commercial real estate and sophisticated asset acquisitions are a natural fit with our real estate, healthcare and business law practice groups.”

Glen has been recognized by both Best Lawyers in America and The Nashville Business Journal for his work in commercial real estate, and he has been a guest lecturer and panelist on the topic.

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Charles Robert Bone appointed President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton

Charles Robert BoneCharles Robert BoneNASHVILLE – Charles Robert Bone has been named President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville’s sixth largest law firm. The board of directors of the firm elected Mr. Bone to his new role, which was previously held by the late founding member, Mike Norton. Charles W. Bone continues as Chairman of the firm, and Sam J. McAllester III will continue serving as Vice Chairman.

“Charles Robert is a perfect fit to lead the firm,” said Stacey Garrett Koju, founding Member and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Bone McAllester Norton.  “He is an active community leader and business person, well-known throughout Tennessee, and he is an effective collaborator.  We look forward to his leadership at the firm.”

Earlier this year, Mayor Megan Barry appointed Charles Robert Bone to the board of directors of MDHA, the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency.

Mr. Bone was the featured “Attorney of the Month” for the inaugural issue of Attorney at Law Magazine’s Middle Tennessee edition in 2015.  In recent years, he has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America©; Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal; In Charge, Nashville Post; Top 40 Under 40, The Tennessean; Top 10 Influences for Tennessee, Campaigns and Elections; and Mid-South Super Lawyers among many others.

He concentrates his law practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities, including serving as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He also has represented clients in various complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts across Tennessee.

Mr. Bone has been instrumental in developing several Tennessee-based companies as an entrepreneur, investor and board member, including as a founder of Phoenix Boats (Winchester, Tennessee), the Southern Steak & Oyster restaurant and Acme Feed & Seed.

He serves a number of non-profit and civic organizations, including Hands on Nashville, Oasis Center, Best Buddies, and Discover Madison.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and his Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. A Middle Tennessee native and seventh-generation Tennessean, Mr. Bone is married with four children.

For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner County, and Williamson County of Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

BoneLaw Attorneys Offer Insight on the Erin Andrews Settlement

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How much of that $55M will Erin Andrews actually get and was it really even about the money?  Bone McAllester Norton attorneys David Anthony and Susan Neal Dickerson offer valuable insight into the collection process and understanding the value of a settlement.  For the entire article in the Tennessean, click here.

Nashville Post's InCharge List is out

We are honored to have several of our attorneys and clients on the Nashville Post's annual InCharge List for 2016.

The InCharge List recognizes individuals in the business community who have made contributions to their business sector, that in turn, keep Nashville thriving and growing.  The list makers, who have been hand-selected by the Nashville Post editorial staff, are over 400 of Nashville's business elite in over 20 categories of business.  It is the premier who's who list and a great reference tool!

As the Nashville Post puts it "The 448 women and men on our list, the Post's Seventh, represent the best of the best - and are always 'in charge'."

The Bone McAllester Norton attorneys featured on this list were honored last night at the InCharge Event held at the Nashville Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

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Susan Neal Dickerson comments on the Erin Andrews case

Our own Susan Neal Dickerson, when asked for comment about the latest events surrounding the trial, including the accusation that Neal Peskind, a representative of the local Marriott ownership group, viewed the peephole video of Ms. Andrews at dinner Tuesday night:

"It really speaks volumes about the effect this had on her, that it happens so frequently, and it would happen in the context of this lawsuit," Dickerson said.

For the article in the Tennessean, click here.

For the article in People, click here.

For the article in Salon, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton's client, Janis Ian discusses the importance of her 10th Grammy nomination

Janis IanJanis IanWhat a remarkable milestone in Janis Ian's career! 

2016 marks 50 years since her first recorded album, Janis Ian, and it also marks 40 years since the 1976 Grammys, when "At Seventeen" and Between the Lines were up for five Grammys and won two ("Best Female Vocalist" and "Best Engineered Album.")  Janis Ian has been nominated for ten Grammys in eight different categories over a 50 year period.

Ms. Ian tells Jessica Bliss, a reporter for The Tennessean, that its the tenth nomination that is the most personal.

To read the story in The Tennessean and watch the video, click  here.

$8.6 Million Renovation of the Wildhorse Saloon

Wildhorse logoThe Wildhorse is getting a facelift inside and out.  It was announced Wednesday that this famous downtown venue on Second Avenue would undergo remodeling on its restaurant, music venue and live events space.

The renovation will include new bathrooms, stage lighting and upgraded audio/video capabilities among other upgrades.  The work is expected to be complete Summer 2016.

“The Wildhorse Saloon has been a beloved, family-friendly part of downtown Nashville's entertainment district for more than 20 years, and we believe this renovation will solidify its position as a premier attraction for locals, tourists and conventiongoers alike,” said Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality CEO, in a media release.

This article is from The Tennessean.  For the entire article, click here.

Reach Nate Rau at 615-259-8094 and on Twitter @tnnaterau.

Bearded Iris, Alcoholic Beverage Team Client, opens in Germantown

Bearded IrisBearded IrisHello Lady Friend! You lovely fruity, spicy pale ale.   The Alcoholic Beverage Team of Bone McAllester Norton welcomes you and your friends to Germantown.

Bearded Iris offers a clever array of local, southern craft beer with unique brews new to the market.  The new brewery opens Saturday February 6, 2016 at its new 10,000 square foot establishment in Germantown, 101 Van Buren Street, 2 pm.

For more information about the Bearded Iris and its Murfreesboro native owners, Paul Vaughn and Kavon Togrye, click here.

For the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

 

The Alcoholic Beverage Team at Bone McAllester Norton offers a multi-disciplinary approach to not just licensing issues but the overall business success.  This Team provides federal, state and local licensing and regulatory compliance advice to clients in all tiers of the three-tier system.

We advise restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, resorts and venues with liquor, beer, dance, catering and special event licensing statewide in Tennessee. We also represent manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers of liquor, wine and beer with a special focus on manufacturing, importing and retail. We work with federal and state rules and regulations regarding advertising, marketing and commerce.

We regularly work with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission and have worked directly with many of Tennessee’s 300+ local beer boards. We defend citations and assist with enforcement matters, administrative hearings and in-state court actions challenging existing ordinances and statutes and regulations. Working with registered lobbyists, we draft state and local liquor legislation.

Our attorneys in real estate, construction, labor and employment, as well as in general corporate and tax matters, routinely provide practical, cost-efficient advice to our licensing clients. Taxation is a critical issue for licensees and permittees, and clients routinely request our assistance with compliance. The attorneys in the Alcoholic Beverage group have areas of focus that are complementary to their liquor law practice. We strive to be a one-stop shop.

David Anthony Discusses Loan Forgiveness Lawsuits

In an article, here, with News Channel 5, Bone McAllester Norton's own David Anthony discusses the federal government program that allows college graduates who borrowed money to petition federal loans forgiven if the school used illegal tactics to recruit them or promised a specific salary range or guarantee of position.

A link to the video story is here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey Garrett Koju named to Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare 2016

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey Garrett Koju have been named to the 2016 Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare list.  This list includes a wealth of impressive leaders impacting the education and training of the next generation of providers.

These leaders across the healthcare spectrum are working together to incite positive change in the medical community.  Thank you and congratulations!

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

 

Samar Ali featured in Tennessee Bar Association Seminar

Samar Ali will address the cross-jurisdictional issues that come into play when working with clients doing business internationally.

This session will focus on such questions as when to allow your clients contracts to be governed under English law, New York law or Tennessee Law; when to rely heavily on Alternative Dispute Resolution language; when it is necessary to set up a subsidiary; and what types of tax law issues need to be considered in such transactions. She will also provide a risk assessment strategy that you can use for clients doing work in South America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Johnny Garrett Shares thoughts on Partnering with the United Way

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Johnny Garrett speaks in the Tennessean on sponsoring the United Way. Through partnerships with both the public and private sectors, United Way of Sumner County is targeting the root causes of social issues to effect real and lasting change. Its goal is to build people and our community up.” Read more here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Alcoholic Beverage team client Harvest Wine featured in StyleBlueprint

Bone McAllester Norton client Harvest Wine is featured in StyleBlueprint on great wines for the holiday that are sure to dazzle and under $15! Click here to read more.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.