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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Stephen Zralek and Shea Hasenauer Deliver Unanimous Jury Verdict for Client

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates its client, Landmark Homes of Tennessee, on a recent victory.  Attorneys Stephen Zralek and Shea Hasenauer represented Landmark in a two-day jury trial, which occurred in person during the pandemic – a rarity these days.  Our attorneys persuaded the jury to deliver a unanimous verdict for Landmark on its five claims, including breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, professional negligence, negligence and unjust enrichment.  Bonelaw paralegal Jennifer Trapp rounded out the team, helping bring home the win.

Stephen has dedicated his career to helping clients resolve and avoid complex disputes involving class actions, copyrights, trademarks, patents, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation and domain disputes, as well as disputes in the business and entertainment arenas.

Shea focuses his legal practice on business litigation. He has experience in multiple practice areas, including trade secrets, products liability, class actions, and appellate practice. His interest in business transactions provides him with critical knowledge on matters related to business litigation for his clients.

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Bone McAllester Welcomes Attorney Quan Poole to Land Use and Zoning Practice

Quan M Poole Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional IndexQuan Poole has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC as its newest attorney. He is a seasoned litigator who brings with him seven years of legal experience in land use, economic development and public health.

At Bone McAllester Norton, Poole will leverage his litigation experience and grow his practice in land use and zoning alongside Doug Sloan, advising clients on building permits, land subdivision, and assuring zoning legislation compliance with local, state and federal law.

“Quan has had an impressive legal career, and we are excited to see his continued success as a valuable addition to our team,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “Quan’s skills as a trial attorney and expertise in the areas of economic development, zoning and land use will be great assets to our clients.”

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Poole served as an assistant metropolitan attorney with the Land Use and Economic Development team at the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. During his time with Metro, Poole advised the Planning Department, Board of Zoning Appeals and Metro Public Health Department, among other departments. He also advised the Metro Codes Department on short-term rental property regulations and handled their enforcement in Environmental Court.

Prior to working for Metro, Poole was an assistant public defender for Shelby County Government. There, he was assigned to the office’s vertical representation team and handled all aspects of client representation from arraignment to trial. Throughout his litigation career, Poole has won multiple bench trials in General Sessions and Circuit Court, negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of the Metropolitan Government, and obtained favorable verdicts in Criminal Court jury trials.

“I’m proud and honored to join Bone McAllester Norton’s team of dedicated attorneys. I’ve always regarded them as strong leaders in Middle Tennessee’s legal community,” Poole said. “The firm has set the standard for land use and zoning practice, and I couldn’t be more excited to help our clients achieve their goals with such a prestigious firm.”

In addition to his work at Bone McAllester Norton, Poole is a member of the Nashville Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Napier-Looby Bar Association and is a graduate of the Young Leaders Council. He participated in the Nashville Bar Foundation’s Leadership Forum in 2019, the Gideon’s Promise Fellowship and the New Memphis Institute Embark Fellowship. He also served as a Memphis Grizzlies Scholars’ mentor in 2017.

Stephen Zralek Co-Chairs Panel for Leadership Nashville Alumni Association on Children’s Literacy

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalIntellectual property, business and entertainment dispute attorney Stephen Zralek recently co-chaired a blue-ribbon panel for the Leadership Nashville Alumni Association. The panel was moderated by Lisa Wiltshire (Executive Director & Founder of Early Learning Collaborative) and featured well-respected education professionals Aliya Washington Smith (MNPS Director of Elementary Literacy), Sharon Roberts (Chief K-12 Impact Officer of SCORE) and Lagra Newman (Founder and Head of School at Purpose Prep), a for a discussion on the negative impact of school disruption on children’s literacy. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conversations around childhood education and literacy are more important than ever as students face new challenges in their schooling.

Stephen’s clients turn to him because of his experience in the courtroom, his creative problem solving and his engaging approach. Stephen lives by his personal philosophy of “Do great work and take care of people.”

Read more about Stephen and his practice here: https://www.bonelaw.com/attorneys/stephen-j-zralek

Employment and Labor Attorney James Crumlin Hosts Discussion on Discrimination Within the Recruiting Process for Tennessee Recruiters

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalEmployment and labor attorney James Crumlin recently hosted a discussion for the Tennessee Recruiters Association, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Recruiting: Avoiding Discrimination.” During the virtual discussion, James expanded upon the implicit biases candidates often face and explored ways in which recruiters can work toward racial equality. Amid an ongoing pandemic, shifting work environments and a fluctuating job market, James’ counsel on reducing discrimination while hiring is more essential than ever.

“Certain questions are off limits,” James said. “Properly navigating and avoiding sensitive areas during the interview process will protect recruiters and employers from liability.”

As a well-known Nashville attorney, James concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, litigation and dispute resolution, and entertainment and media law. He is also a member of the recently formed civil rights practice at Bone McAllester Norton. His experience includes union and non-union arbitration and all forms of employment discrimination litigation. He also serves as outside general counsel for several small and midsize businesses in the Nashville area.

 

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Successfully Aid Construction Client in Davidson County Chancery Court

Attorneys Marty Cook and Colten Jones of our Hendersonville office recently secured a significant victory for a construction company. Cook and Jones helped one of the company’s employees successfully defend a motion for a temporary injunction in Davidson County Chancery Court.

Our client, a local company that provides private and commercial construction and repair services throughout the country, had recently hired an employee who had been discharged from another company in the same field. The opposing company alleged that this violated the employee’s non-compete clause, which they argued was still enforceable under Tennessee law. As a result, the competitor sought significant money damages in addition to the injunction. However, due to Cook’s and Jones’ expertise, the client was able to preserve its worker’s employment in a quick but meaningful victory.

Both Cook and Jones focus a significant part of their practices on business and corporate law.


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Bone McAllester Norton Attorney James Crumlin To Speak on Upcoming LMT “Inspiring Equity” Panel

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalJoin Bone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin as he and fellow Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT) alumni discuss race relations on a panel called “Inspiring Equity,” one of LMT’s Focus Forward monthly series. James will expand on implicit biases he has faced throughout his life and career, and offer insight on advocating for racial equality. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the inequalities that exist today and how to make positive changes in their spheres of influence. Other panelists include retired Lt. Gen., Ronald Bailey, USMC, and community engagement professional, Vic Sorrell.

As a well-known Nashville employment lawyer, James concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, litigation and dispute resolution, and entertainment and media law. He is also a member of the recently formed civil rights practice at Bone McAllester Norton. His experience includes union and non-union arbitration and all forms of employment discrimination litigation. He also serves as outside general counsel for several small and midsize businesses in the Nashville area. What he enjoys most about his profession is, “helping employers resolve their employee issues and assisting small businesses in maximizing their potential by focusing on the bottom-line and not legal problems.”

You can register for this event here: https://conta.cc/35zaSg9

Intellectual Copyright Attorney Loren Mulraine Hosts Music Modernization Panel for ABA’s 42nd Entertainment and Sports Virtual Conference

Loren E Mulraine Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalAttorney Loren Mulraine facilitated a panel for the American Bar Association’s 42nd Entertainment and Sports Virtual Conference, titled “The MLC Goes Live: A Primer for the Legal Community (and their Clients).”

During this panel, Loren moderated a discussion among leaders from the Mechanical Licensing Collective, National Music Publishers’ Association, Digital Media Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International on the ways the Music Modernization Act (MMA) has streamlined the digital music ecosystem. The panel also offered insight into impending changes to the MMA in January 2021, and what those will mean for songwriters, digital service providers (DSPs), publishers and more.

Loren E. Mulraine serves as Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton, where he offers legal expertise on entertainment law, licensing and intellectual property. 

Bone Law Attorney Courtney Lutz To Present at Upcoming Tennessee Bar Association CLE Seminar “Tort & Insurance Law: Privilege Law in Tennessee”

Courtney Lutz Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalJoin Bone McAllester Norton attorney Courtney Lutz as she and fellow attorney Parke Morris present at a virtual CLE seminar called “Tort & Insurance Law: Privilege Law in Tennessee,” hosted by the Tennessee Bar Association. Lutz and Morris will provide an overview on privileges recognized by Tennessee law and statutory revisions. The attorneys will also offer advice on how attorneys can incorporate these privileges in their law practice in order to best serve their clients.

You can register for this event on the Tennessee Bar Association’s website, https://cle.tba.org/catalog/course/5233.

A passionate litigator licensed in both Tennessee and Kentucky, Lutz has managed and resolved a variety of cases throughout her career for both large corporations and small businesses. Her knack for litigation encompasses a wide range of services, including business disputes, professional liability, legal and medical malpractice, and highly contested divorces. Lutz is a dedicated member of the Nashville, Tennessee and Kentucky Bar Associations. Within these associations, she is actively involved in Young Lawyers Division as well as the Domestic Relations Committee.

Bone Law Attorney Stephen Zralek To Present at Upcoming Nashville Bar Association CLE Seminar “Successfully Navigating Zoom Trials and Arbitration During the Pandemic”

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalJoin Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek as he lends his expertise to the Nashville Bar Association’s upcoming virtual CLE seminar, “Successfully Navigating Zoom Trials and Arbitration During the Pandemic.” Stephen will be joining Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle and her staff attorney Justin Seamon to discuss the ways that video conferencing has become a vital tool in continuing judicial and arbitration proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details include the pros and cons of conducting trials via Zoom and best practices for leveraging these tools, such as witness preparation, remote witness testimony, managing trial exhibits, public access to proceedings and more.

You can register for this event on the Nashville Bar Association’s website by clicking here.

Stephen brings a wealth of trial experience and routinely appears in federal court, Chancery Court and the Tennessee Business Court, at both the trial and appellate levels. He has dedicated his career to helping clients resolve complex disputes involving class actions, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation, domain disputes, and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas.

Bone McAllester Norton Founder Charles W. Bone Featured in NBJ Article About Pursuing Freedom for Cyntoia Brown

Charles W Bone Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalWhen Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton, watched a documentary about Cyntoia Brown in April 2010, he was appalled by how she was treated in a court of law.

“I was really stunned by the fact that, even though she was the victim, she became the convicted felon and was sent to prison … I just didn’t think that was what America was all about,” Bone said. For the past decade, he worked on Cyntoia’s case pro bono, until she was eventually granted clemency in 2019, on the 15th anniversary of her time in prison.

Read the full Nashville Business Journal article below to learn more about Cyntoia’s story and Bone McAllester Norton’s new civil rights practice area inspired in part by her case.

Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2020/09/22/charles-bone-law-cyntoia-brown-trafficking-case.html

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney James Crumlin Publishes Nashville Business Journal Column About Reopening Schools Amid COVID-19

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalBone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin, who practices education law, wrote a guest column for the Nashville Business Journal about reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, but schools have seen a significant amount of uncertainty and upheaval. The decision to start school virtually, return in-person or create a combination of both is not an easy one, and there are many constantly shifting factors to consider.

James offers advice to school leaders with safety top of mind, from both a health and legal standpoint. While he recommends a move to fully virtual learning, he also presents advice and best practices for school districts that make the decision to host classes in-person. Read more about his insights at the link below.

James concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, education law, litigation and dispute resolution, and entertainment and media law. As an active member in the Nashville community, James is committed to providing excellent legal representation for his clients.

Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2020/09/08/sorting-through-the-what-ifs-of-reopening-schools.html

Bone McAllester Norton Announces Civil Rights Law Practice Area

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has formally added a civil rights law practice area to our wide range of legal services. In doing so, we hope to contribute to a stronger community and region by helping ensure equal rights for all.

This practice area builds upon decades of work in the civil rights realm, including founder Charles W. Bone’s involvement in the successful efforts to obtain clemency for Cyntoia Brown. Available services include employment discrimination, housing and land use discrimination, Title IX discrimination, law enforcement accountability and compliance guidance, and internal investigations.

Learn more about our new practice area and participating attorneys here: Civil Rights Law.

Intellectual Property Attorney Loren Mulraine Hosts Copyright Law Panel for CPIP’s Evolving Music Ecosystem Conference

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Bone Law attorney and intellectual property expert Loren Mulraine recently moderated a panel for the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property’s Evolving Music Ecosystem Conference, hosted at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School. The virtual panel, “The New Role of Record Labels & Platforms,” covered advancements in copyright law and the overlaps between creators, copyright owners and distributors, particularly in the age of YouTube and Spotify.

Loren E. Mulraine serves as Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton, where he primarily practices entertainment law, intellectual property, and business and corporate law. His client list has spanned from entrepreneurs and management companies to Grammy Award-winners and multiplatinum-selling artists. Loren is also a professor and director of music and entertainment law studies at Belmont University College of Law.

 

Bone McAllester Norton Honored in Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Recognition Awards

NBA Diversity AwardBone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that we have been honored with the Leadership Award for the Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Recognition Awards. These awards are presented to legal departments, firms and businesses that have been leaders in the space of diversity and inclusion through education, development, innovation, collaboration, mentorship and programs within their organizations.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the Nashville Bar Association for this recognition and to all of our attorneys who uphold these values through their approach to law and life," said Bone McAllester Norton President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone. "Diversity has been fundamental to our professional and ethical belief system since our firm opened its doors. We will continue to promote our firm's diversity each day within our firm, our industry and the entire Nashville community.”

Diversity and inclusion are of the utmost importance to our team at Bone McAllester Norton, and we are humbled by this award. While we are grateful for this recognition, we also regard it as a reminder to consistently work toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive tomorrow.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® Awards

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to announce that 25 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2021 Best Lawyers® lists. Several attorneys were featured in the Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch categories, while President and CEO Charles Robert Bone and chairman Charles W. Bone were each named to the Lawyer of the Year list.

For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers® has identified the leading attorneys and law firms in the United States and 70 countries worldwide. The Best Lawyers’ selection process is based on an extensive peer-review process, and Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

“I’m proud of our distinguished group of attorneys every single day, and it’s an honor to have their outstanding work recognized internationally by these prestigious awards,” said President and CEO Charles Robert Bone. “While my father and I are honored to be named Lawyer of the Year in our respective practice areas, it’s even more meaningful to recognize an incredible group of rising stars at Bone McAllester Norton.”

Congratulations to all the well-deserving honorees whose work makes an impact every day in the lives of our clients and in our community. See below a list of the recognized Bone Law attorneys and practice areas:

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Bone Law COO Vicki Scruggs Featured in Women’s Leadership Profile

Vicki ScruggsBone McAllester Norton COO Vicki Scruggs was recently featured in a leadership profile as part of the Legal Executive Institute’s Transforming Women’s Leadership Initiative. In the article, Vicki talks about being a woman in a C-suite, the effects of COVID-19 on the world of law, Bone McAllester Norton’s commitment to diversity and more.

Vicki Scruggs has been with Bone McAllester Norton since the firm’s founding in 2002. She initially served as executive director for eight years and assumed the role of chief operating officer in 2010. She provides exceptional leadership support to the 45-lawyer firm, overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions to keep everything running smoothly.

Link: https://www.legalexecutiveinstitute.com/bone-law-life-passion-midsize-law/

Bone McAllester Norton Spotlights Attorney Marshall T. (Marty) Cook

Marshall T Cook Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional IndexFor all things litigation, dispute resolution, real estate development and construction law, Marshall T. “Marty” Cook has the answer.

Marty is an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton’s Sumner County office and handles all aspects of litigation, arbitration and mediation for his clients. His background spans a wide range of industries and cases, including a mixed-use project development, a class action wage case and the sale of a multimillion-dollar international company.

Outside of the office, Marty is an active member of his Sumner County community. He is a board member and former president of the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce, is the founding board member of nonprofit COMPASS, and has served on the boards of several nonprofits, like the Sumner Teen Center and United Way of Sumner County, among others.

Read more to learn what sets Marty apart by clicking here.

Bone Law Attorney Stephen Zralek files Amicus Brief in Tennessee Supreme Court on behalf of Epidemiologists Advocating Expansion of Absentee Ballots during COVID-19

Stephen ZralekStephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional index, a Member of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, was honored to file an amicus brief with the Tennessee Supreme Court on behalf of seven leading Tennessee doctors and professors specializing in infectious diseases and epidemiology who highlighted the health risks of in-person voting during the pandemic and advocated expanded absentee ballots. The brief was filed in support of the injunction issued by Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, which ordered Secretary of State to provide all eligible Tennessee voters the option of casting an absentee ballot during the pandemic. The doctors include Dr. David Aronoff of Vanderbilt, Dr. Nina Fefferman of the University of Tennessee, President James Hildreth of Meharry Medical College, Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt, Dr. Thomas Talbot of Vanderbilt, Dr. Edwin Trevathan of Vanderbilt and Dr. William Wester of Vanderbilt. Doctors among this group have worked at the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health. Stephen served as co-counsel to Debo Adegbile, a partner at the international law firm WilmerHale.

Stephen has dedicated his career to helping clients resolve complex disputes involving class actions, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation, domain disputes, and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas. Stephen routinely appears in federal court, Chancery Court and the Tennessee Business Court, and argues at both the trial and appellate levels.

Bone McAllester Norton Spotlights Attorney I’Ashea Myles Dihigo

IAshea Myles Dihigo Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalHave you met I’Ashea?

Seasoned litigator I’Ashea Myles Dihigo joined Bone McAllester Norton in 2018 and has blazed a trail ever since. I’Ashea focuses her practice on construction law, real estate law, employment law, and commercial business law, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, jury and bench trials in both federal and state court. Outside of the courtroom, she has set herself apart as a leader in our community and for women in the construction industry.

I’Ashea has been recognized by the American Bar Association as a Construction Law Forum fellow, by National Black Lawyers’ 2018 Top 40 under 40, Murfreesboro Magazine’s 2018 Top 20 under 40 and many more. Over time she has cultivated deep roots in Tennessee as a result of her passion and commitment to the community. I’Ashea has championed restorative justice work with her expungement clinic in Rutherford County.  Through her dedication to volunteer legal clinic opportunities and pro bono services, I’Ashea is a passionate advocate of equal justice for all.

Click here to learn more about I’Ashea and how she can help you.

Bone Law Criminal Defense Attorney Henry Leventis Featured in the Tennessean about Justice and Enforcement of the Law

Henry C Leventis Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexJustice begins with equal enforcement of the law. The recent deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of the police and the subsequent reactions have swept our city and country up in impassioned and necessary discussions of systemic inequities in policing.

Bone McAllester Norton’s Criminal Defense Attorney Henry Leventis has penned a column for The Tennessean. In this piece, he details how strong oversight by the Justice Department (DOJ) is crucial to address discriminatory policing and acts of police brutality. Read the full piece below to learn how and why the DOJ should hold everyone – including the police – accountable under law. Click here to read the full article.

Henry Leventis is a white-collar criminal defense and federal investigations attorney with Bone McAllester Norton. From 2010 to 2015, he prosecuted police brutality cases throughout the United States as a trial attorney with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.