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Expansion Plans for Inn at Fontanel

Bone McAllester Norton client Fontanel announced plans to expand The Inn at Fontanel by 136 rooms.  The Inn was built as the 2013 Southern Living Idea House and has become a top-ranked destination for leisure travelers.  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.

Liquor Lawyer Lectures

Will Cheek, Bone McAllester Norton Alcoholic Beverage Team Leader, entertained Vanderbilt law students at the Cork and Tap Society mixer at Bone client Corsair Artisan Distillery and the third year Food System seminar class at Bone client Jackalope Brewing.  Will explained the history of liquor law and current federal and Tennessee legal systems to law school students at both events.  Will and the students enjoyed mixing education with liquor, including tours of the distillery and brewery!

 

 

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 OneC1TY Lands Anchor Restaurant Tenant

Bone McAllester Norton client OneC1TY brings a “town-hall” style dining Italian restaurant to their 19 acre campus in Nashville.  Pastaria is scheduled to open next summer.

 

Read more on the Tennessean 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.

 

 

 

Trace Blankenship and Rick Nickels Represent CNB Bancshares, Inc. in its Planned Acquisition of National Bank of Tennessee Announced Today

Longtime Bone McAllester Norton client CNB Bancshares, Inc., parent company of Citizens National Bank in Sevierville, Tenn., has announced the planned acquisition of National Bank of Tennessee.  Following completion of the transaction, Citizens National Bank is expected to have total assets of approximately $1 billion, and the banking offices of National Bank of Tennessee will be operated as branch offices of Citizens National Bank.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all bank regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first half of 2016. In addition, it will involve a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of National Bank of Tennessee’s parent holding company, NBN Corporation. The NBN Corporation will require approval of the transaction under Section 363 of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. National Bank of Tennessee was not included in NBN Corporation’s Chapter 11 petition, and the bank’s operations will not be affected by the parent company’s filing.

Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, is serving 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.

Read the full announcement 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

Samar Ali Speaks on Nashville Public Radio’s Movers & Thinkers Series About the Art of Negotiation

On Nov. 5, Bone McAllester Norton attorney Samar Ali will join John Strohm and Steve Joiner with the WPLN news staff for discussions on the art of negotiation & mediating conflicts.

The event starts at 5:30pm at the Nashville Public Radio’s Studio C. Please click here to RSVP for this free event. Space is limited.

 

 

 

 

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

Cochon Butcher Featured in StyleBlueprint

Bonelaw client Cochon Butcher was featured in Nashville’s StyleBlueprint on Wednesday, October 7th. Check it out here!

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Tennessee Distillers Guild Website Goes Live

The Alcoholic Beverage Team at Bone McAllester Norton has been helping the Tennessee Distillers Guild since its inception. We are proud to see the Guild launch its website with early efforts to promote the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. The Tennessee Whiskey Trail has a potentially huge draw for millennial and other key tourism for the state.

Click here to read more.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

The Alcoholic Beverage Team at Bone McAllester Norton licensed the new Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee.

See more about the festival here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Loren Mulraine will Address Cutting-Edge Aspects of Entertainment Law

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Bone McAllester Norton’s Loren E. Mulraine will speak among many of the country’s most accomplished business executives, lawyers, and clients in the Nation’s Capital at The New Global Paradigm Entertainment Arts and Sports Symposium. The Symposium is designed to address cutting-edge aspects of the sports and entertainment fields by exploring ways to improve these fields while addressing the challenges that confront those in the field.

Loren serves in an Of Counsel role at Bone McAllester Norton, where he focuses his practice on entertainment law, intellectual property and business and corporate law. He is also a professor at Belmont University College of Law, where he teaches courses in Copyright Law, Entertainment law, Media Law and Intellectual Property Law.

The two day event starts Friday, September 18, 2015. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

Get Your Tickets Early: This is the last time I'm teaching Social Media for Lawyers

M. Lee Smith Publishers has set the line-up for the The 9th Annual Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners.

I've taught a number of seminars for lawyers for M. Lee Smith, and, this year, I'm teaching the session called "The Attorney’s Online Marketing Essentials: Using Websites and Social Media to Promote Your Practice."

It's a 45 minute session, focusing on social media and other online marketing options for lawyers. I'll talk Facebook, blogs, twitter, and the pros and cons of all of it.

My standard disclaimer is that this is definitely not a cheerleading session about social media, but, instead, a review of my ten plus years of experience working in online marketing.

Also, after having done 6 or so straight "online only" CLE presentations, I'm dying to teach to a live audience. But, here's the caveat: this is the last time I'm teaching the social media marketing seminar. You know why? Because I get so many referrals based on my online presence that, seriously, I'm no longer going to share these secrets at CLEs.

So, tune in or get left behind. See you there, November 12, 2015 (and November 13, 2015).

Forum Selection Clauses Will be Enforced by Tennessee Courts

You don't need a law degree to know this: The tricky stuff in a contract is always in the fine print, at the end of the contract.

For instance, most good contracts will invariably include a forum selection clause. This is generally a line at the end of the "Miscellaneous" paragraph that says something like: the parties to the contract agree that any action or proceeding arising under or related to this agreement shall be filed only in the United States District Court or the state courts in Nashville, Tennessee.

Of course, forum selection clauses don't always say "Nashville," but they do generally list the forum in a location that is: (1) convenient to the party preparing the contract; and (2) inconvenient for the other party. It makes sense, the contract drafter says, because that company doesn't want to open itself to lawsuits all over the country. Presented with these "take it or leave it" terms, the other party often doesn't object, no matter how burdensome the forum would be, because a party doesn't generally sign a contract anticipating a default.

Unless, you know, they have a lawyer review the contract and warn you about the doomsday scenario. In Tennessee, these provisions are generally enforceable, as noted in a recent Court of Appeals opinion, The Cohn Law Firm v. YP Southeast Advertising & Publishing, LLC. In that case, a Memphis-based law firm filed suit against the Yellow Pages in Memphis; in response, the Yellow Pages moved to dismiss, citing page 3, paragraph 18 (titled "Miscellaneous") of the contract, stating that all lawsuits must be filed in Georgia. The lower court dismissed the lawsuit for lack of jurisdiction and improper venue, and the appellate court agreed.

That Court wrote that: "Generally, a forum selection clause is enforceable and binding on the parties entering the contract. Lamb v. MegaFlight, Inc., 26 S.W.3d 627, 631 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2000). A forum selection clause will be upheld if it is fair and reasonable in light of all the circumstances surrounding its origin and application. Id. (citing Dyersburg Mach. Works, Inc. v. Rentenbach Eng’g Co., 650 S.W.2d 78 (Tenn. 1983)). A party seeking to invalidate a forum selection clause must prove that the clause resulted from misrepresentation, duress, abuse of economic power, or other unconscionable means. Id."

The Court further wrote: "Tennessee law is clear that the party challenging the enforcement of the forum selection clause “should bear a heavy burden of proof.” Chaffin v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd., 1999 WL 188295, *4 (Tenn. Ct. App. Apr. 7, 1999).

The Plaintiffs argued that the contract was an "adhesion" contract, i.e. a boilerplate provision that wasn't discussed or contemplated, and the Court ultimately rejected this, since the forum selection clause wasn't patently unfair and had a reasonable basis.

I estimate that most contracts have these provisions in them; if they don't, they should. A good lawyer will always consider the "worst case" scenario, even at the front end of the deal. In doing that, no lawyer worth his billable hour rate will overlook the impact of a forum selection clause.

Note: This post originally appeared on my companion blog, Creditors Rights 101.

Bone McAllester Norton Expands Its Entertainment Law Practice

Firm Recruits Suzanne Kessler and Hank Adam Locklin

Nashville, Tenn.—(September 1, 2015) Bone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today the addition of two veteran entertainment attorneys to its Nashville firm. Suzanne Kessler, an entertainment and transactional intellectual property attorney and consultant, and Hank Adam Locklin, the former Senior Adviser for Music and Entertainment Industries for the State of Tennessee, have joined the firm, expanding its entertainment law practice to four attorneys. They bring with them a combined total of 40 years of experience.

“The addition of Suzanne and Hank Adam brings a wealth of expertise and experience, enabling us to serve clients across the entertainment and IP spectrums,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “Both have been deeply embedded in the entertainment and music industries for decades. We could not be more excited to have them onboard and look forward to providing high-caliber work to all of our entertainment and IP clients.”

Kessler advises both traditional and new media clients, including record labels, recording artists, music publishers, songwriters, artist managers, film and television production companies and independent producers, and digital music and media startups. Kessler previously served as Vice President of Business Development at Universal Music Group Nashville; Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Universal Music Group and A&M Records in Los Angeles; and as an attorney in private practice with a boutique entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills. After graduating from Brown University, she earned a master's degree in communication (documentary film production) from Stanford University and graduated from Stanford Law School. Kessler is a Class of 2005 Leadership Music graduate and currently serves as a board member for W.O. Smith Music School and as Co-Chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports, and Media Law Committee. She is entering her 10th year as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Law School, teaching in its intellectual property and entertainment law program. Kessler also owns a music production company and is a documentary filmmaker. She will practice in Bone McAllester Norton’s Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Law areas.

Locklin is an entertainment attorney who focuses his work on the creative and transactional ends of the music and entertainment industries. His executive experience relates to trade association management and administration, recording agreements, music production, artist/songwriter management, music publishing, sound recording licensing, touring and artist management. In his career, he has been responsible for overseeing and advising efforts to acquire A-level talent for state and government events, including the 2014 National Governor’s Association’s annual meeting; leading the recruitment of global entertainment companies to relocate or expand into Tennessee; and advising on numerous policy issues, including the Nashville television series.

Locklin graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law and is a Class of 2008 Leadership Music graduate. He is active in the local community, serving as a member of the Music City Music Council, charter board member of the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, board member for the Women’s Music Business Association and a Shriner with the Al Menah Shrine Temple. Locklin will practice in the firm’s Entertainment Law area.

For more information about Bone McAllester Norton, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

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.

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Exciting Updates for Bone McAllester’s Friend and Client, Conexión Américas

A long-time client and friend of Bone McAllester Norton, Conexión Américas, is celebrating exciting news. Three new members were elected to join its Board of Directors: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos; and HCA’s Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sherri Neal. At the same time, Bone McAllester attorney Stephen J. Zralek just completed a two-year term as President of the Board. Commenting about the new additions, he said: “These three new board members work hard every day to make Nashville a city that welcomes all people, and we are honored and humbled that all of them have agreed to join our board.”

Additionally, Gini Pupo-Walker, who has been a star board member and a long-time educator with Metro Nashville Public Schools, is joining the staff as the new Senior Director of Education Policy and Strategic Growth. Tara Lentz, who has been with at the agency for eight years and has been a key pillar in Conexión’s growth trajectory, is now Senior Director of Programs.

Meanwhile, early voting for Metro Nashville continues at Casa Azafrán through Saturday, September 5.

And a few tickets are still available for #TheLatinParty, where Conexión Américas will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at 7 p.m. on September 12 at The Cannery Ballroom. Bone McAllester congratulates Conexión Américas on all of these important developments.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 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.

 

Kee Bryant-McCormick Selected to 2016 Class of Leadership Middle Tennessee

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton attorney Kee Bryant-McCormick, who has been selected for the newest class of Leadership Middle Tennessee. The 10-month program features 37 business, community and non-profit leaders from 10 counties in the Nashville area. It is operated through the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University.

Kee Bryant-McCormick

Kee practices in the firm’s Sumner County office, focusing on Business and Corporate Law; Criminal Defense and Government Investigations; Estate Planning, Probate Law, Wills and Trusts; and special education law. She president of the Hendersonville League of Women Voters and is a board member of the Rotary Club of Hendersonville and the Shalom Zone. She also serves as a trustee for Volunteer State Community College.

Read more from the Nashville Business Journal here.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

When Your Out of State Debtor Banks at a National Bank, You May Not Need to Domesticate Your Judgment

On my Creditor Rights 101 blog, I talked about the process of domestication of judgments, which is basically the process by which you make a judgment from one state enforceable in another state. You see, a judgment awarded in Tennessee can only reach a debtor's assets located inside the State of Tennessee. So, if you have a judgment against somebody who lives in Texas, you may have to file a second lawsuit in Texas to attach his assets.

But don't go buy a pair of cowboy boots just yet.

I mean, sure, if he owns land in Texas,  owns a car that's registered in Texas, or has a million dollars in cash under his Texas bed, then your Tennessee judgment is not going to be effective to execute on those assets. To get those, you need to go through the domestication process, which results in your out of state judgment being recognized by that foreign state as a valid judgment for enforcement in that state.

But, here's a trick: What if the debtor has all his assets in that foreign state, but he banks at a national bank with offices all over the country? And what if that bank has a branch in Tennessee? The answer is that you can levy on that bank account.

So, debtors with accounts at Wells Fargo Bank, National Association and Bank of America, watch out.

Chicago Craft Beercade Bar Coming to Nashville

Headquarters Beercade Nashville is coming to downtown’s Broadway strip later this year. Owned by Chicago-based hospitality management and ownership company Capacity Bar Group, the Nashville location will the organization’s third venue and the first outside of its hometown. Owners say it will feature 16 rotating lines of draft beer, signature craft cocktails, bar-type food and pinball and arcade games from the ‘80s and early ‘90s, including Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. The specific location has yet to be revealed.

Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team is working with Capacity Bar Group on their beer and liquor licensing needs.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Review Your Employees' Rates Now, in Anticipation of New FLSA Exemptions and More

This is an exciting time for Bone McAllester Norton, as we celebrate David Briley's election as Vice Mayor, the addition of a skilled litigator, awards and recognitions. We also have an important update about Fair Labor Standards Act changes that affect employees' pay. Click here to read more.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

 

Whole Foods Germantown Opens

Today marks the opening of the new Whole Foods in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team provided the licensing for the store. Among favorite features are La Creperie, which offers sweet and savory crepes; a charcuterie carve; an upstairs loft; and Kei Jei Kitchens, which serves Japanese/Korean fusion dishes.

Read more from the Memphis Flyer here.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Johnny Garrett Helps Launch 100 Club of Sumner County

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Johnny C. Garrett IV has joined forces with four business leaders in Sumner County to launch the 100 Club, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide funds to families of local first responders in the event of a line-of-duty death. The 100 Club officially launched in June and is in the process of expanding an advisory board. So far, $20,000 has been raised. The fund would cover first responders in the Sumner County cities of Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland, Westmoreland, Goodlettsville and White House. So far this year, 74 police officers have been killed in the line of duty across the United States.

Johnny, a resident of Sumner County, focuses his practice in the areas of civil and commercial litigaton, domestic relations, estate planning and probate.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

“Best Lawyers” Accolades Given to Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys

List Includes 15 Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Nashville, Tenn.—(August 17, 2015) Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today that it is celebrating honors from the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Fifteen of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 list, and attorney Anne C. Martin has been chosen as “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for Employment Law – Management.

“We are so pleased that our peers recognized the work our attorneys do every day and the expertise they provide to their clients,” said Sam J. McAllester, vice chairman and member of Bone McAllester Norton. “Our entire firm is proud of each of the attorneys selected for the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

The Bonelaw attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 list are:

  • Trace Blankenship for the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Non-Profit/Charities Law

  • Charles W. Bone for the area of Administrative/Regulatory Law

  • Charles Robert Bone for the areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); and Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

  • John P. Branham for the area of Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

  • William T. Cheek III for the areas of Food and Beverage Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Will is the only listed lawyer for Food and Beverage Law in Tennessee.

  • William J. Haynes III for the area of Employment Law—Individuals

  • Sharon O. Jacobs for the area of Environmental Law

  • Paul W. Kruse for the areas of Copyright Law and Trademark Law

  • Anne C. Martin for the areas of Employment Law—Individuals; Employment Law—Management; and Litigation—Labor and Employment

  • Sam J. McAllester III for the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • Richard J. Nickels for Corporate Law

  • Jack F. Stringham II for the areas of Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law

  • Stephanie R. Taylor for Entertainment Law—Music

  • Edward M. Yarbrough for the areas of Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; and DUI/DWI Defense

  • and Stephen J. Zralek for the area of Copyright Law.


The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016 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, confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

For more information on Bone McAllester Norton and its attorneys, visit http://bonelaw.com.

ABOUT BONE MCALLESTER NORTON PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

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