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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 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 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 government 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. 

Bone Law Attorney Kee Bryant-McCormick Named as Nashville ATHENA Traditional Award Recipient

Kee Bryant McCormick Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton attorney Kee Bryant-McCormick was chosen as the recipient of the 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award. Presented by Nashville Cable, this award celebrates women who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their profession, contribute to their community, and mentor other women. Among the 25 women in Nashville and Middle Tennessee recognized in the final round, Kee was selected as the sole honoree for the Traditional category.

Kee is a member of our Sumner County office and concentrates her practice in the areas of criminal defense and government investigations, estate planning, probate, wills and trusts, business and corporate law, and special education law.

Kee believes everyone deserves excellent legal service regardless of income or social status, and has dedicated her career to representing people from all backgrounds. She has proved herself to be a problem-solver in tough situations. Prior to joining Bone McAllester Norton, Kee ran her own private practice in Hendersonville, where she represented clients in civil litigation and criminal litigation. Her passion for helping people blossomed through her service as assistant public defender for the 18th Judicial District.

A true humanitarian, Kee also serves her community through a variety of roles for professional organizations and nonprofits. She is a certified arbitrator for the Nashville Better Business Bureau, is acting chairman of the board for the Shalom Zone and serves as trustee for Volunteer State Community College. She is a former president of the Hendersonville League of Women Voters and a past board member of the Rotary Club of Hendersonville. Kee was the first African American woman to be selected as planning commissioner for the City of Hendersonville and currently serves as vice chairman for the organization. One of her favorite service projects is coaching the mock trial team for Beech High School, where her students have finished in the top 10 at the state competition for several years.

Read more about this award and the full list of honorees on Cable’s website, https://nashvillecable.org/advocacy/athena/.

"150 Years of Amendment 15: The Continual Struggle for African American Voting” As Told By Bone Law Attorney William J. “Paz” Haynes III

William J Haynes Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton attorney William J. “Paz” Haynes III wrote a piece for the Nashville Bar Journal (tag) called “150 Years of Amendment 15: The Continual Struggle for African American Voting.” In it, Paz explores the history of race-based voter suppression and highlights the lack of voting rights enforcement that is still evident today. 

He writes, “As we celebrate the 150th year of the 15th Amendment, the right to the ballot has been hard won by Americans of color. History, however, teaches us to be vigilant as it can only be sustained through exercising the right to vote and supporting legal and civic mobilization to protect it.”

To read the full feature on pages 21, 22 and 24: click here.

William J. “Paz” Haynes III concentrates his practice in business law. He has experience in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law, healthcare law, and commercial and civil litigation.

Paz’s healthcare practice includes representing physicians and other healthcare providers in negotiating a variety of healthcare provider contracts and business arrangements. He assists physicians and other medical providers in resolving operation issues and disputes with hospitals, practice management companies, payors and other medical professionals. Paz represents clients before a variety of regulatory boards including the Board of Medical Examiners and other administrative agencies that govern health and medical professionals.

In 2017, Paz was appointed to the Board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. He served as Board chairman from 2019-2020.

Bone Law Attorney Paz Haynes To Present at Upcoming Nashville Bar Association CLE Seminar “TN Election Law”

William J Haynes Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexJoin Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paz Haynes on Tuesday, June 30, as he presents at a virtual CLE seminar called “TN Election Law,” hosted by the Nashville Bar Association. This can’t-miss panel will discuss why it is important for attorneys to familiarize themselves with the latest developments in Tennessee’s election laws.

This discussion includes updates on campaign financial disclosure requirements and insight from two attorney members of the Tennessee Registry Board. Additionally, the Board’s executive director will explain how the Board regulates and oversees these requirements and information on how elections will be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 containment efforts.

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

William J. “Paz” Haynes III concentrates his practice in business law. He has experience in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law, health care law, and commercial and civil litigation. In 2017, Paz was appointed to the Board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. He served as Board chairman from 2019–2020.

Bone Law Attorney Andrea Perry Named as Nashville Business Journal 2020 Best of the Bar Honoree

Andrea P Perry Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton attorney Andrea Perry has been selected for Nashville Business Journal’s 2020 Best of the Bar list in the Banking & Finance category. The Best of the Bar recognizes Middle Tennessee’s most talented and respected legal professionals. 

Andrea concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial lending, general corporate, entertainment and tax-exempt organizations. As a real estate attorney, Andrea regularly handles matters related to the conveyance, acquisition and development of commercial property, both new development and construction.

Her experience includes representing clients in connection with the development and acquisition of condominiums, apartments, office buildings and other commercial properties. She also represents landlords and tenants, both public and private, in the negotiation of commercial leases for a wide variety of uses.

A lifelong resident of Tennessee, Andrea is actively involved in the community as a board member of Rocketown, Nashville Children’s Theatre and Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America. She says the best part of being an attorney is working with her clients. “My clients entrust to me their secrets, their business and their money in hopes that I will help them in such a way that their lives will be better. What a privilege, and one that I take seriously.” 

Read more about this award and the full list of honorees on the Nashville Business Journal’s website.

Bone Law Attorney Henry Leventis Featured in Association of Corporate Counsel on Heightened Risk of Government Investigations Amid COVID-19

Henry C Leventis Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexThe U.S. government has spent an unprecedented amount of money fighting COVID-19’s economic impact with initiatives like the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This act provides billions of dollars in relief funds for businesses across a wide range of industries who have been impacted by the pandemic. What these companies may not realize, however, is that, where there’s money, there’s enforcement. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Henry Leventis and Envision Healthcare chief litigation counsel Marc Bonora have penned a piece for the Association of Corporate Counsel, detailing the heightened risk of government investigations for companies in the wake of COVID-19 and what they can do to be prepared.

An experienced litigator and the former White-Collar Chief and Director of Litigation for the United States Attorney’s Office in Nashville, Henry Leventis focuses his practice on helping businesses and individuals with civil and criminal government investigations. Henry’s diverse background enables him to provide valuable perspective on a number of issues, including trial and litigation, regulatory and compliance matters, internal investigations and white-collar crime.

Click here to read the full article. 

Bone Law Attorney Raquel Eve Oluyemo Featured on Tennessee Voices

Raquel L Eve Oluyemo Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBuilding on her recently published opinion column on the 2020 census, Bone McAllester Norton immigration and litigation attorney Raquel Eve Oluyemo joined The Tennessean’s videocast Tennessee Voices as this week’s featured guest. Raquel and host David Plazas discussed a wide range of topics, including Raquel’s column, the ramifications of DACA’s imminent Supreme Court ruling and the impact of COVID-19 on her legal practice. Check out the link below to watch the interview. 

Raquel Eve Oluyemo Featured on Tennessee Voices

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Moderates “Trial By Zoom” Virtual Panel

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexOn May 6, 2020, Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek moderated a virtual panel titled “Trial By Zoom,” hosted by the Nashville Bar Association. Featuring both Chancellor Lyle and Chancellor Martin, the panel discussed how the Chancery Court in Nashville is utilizing technology in the courtroom during the pandemic, including hearing motions, injunction hearings and bench trials via phone and video-conference. Speakers shared advice on how best to prepare for these virtual hearings, and how to prepare your clients.

The event was recorded and is available for viewing and CLE credit at the Nashville Bar Association’s website by clicking here.

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 Law Attorney Ed Yarbrough Named 2020 David Rutherford Award Recipient

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The Nashville Bar Foundation has announced Bone McAllester Norton attorney Ed Yarbrough as the 2020 recipient of the David Rutherford Award. The award is given to a Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow who exemplifies the memory and ideals of David Rutherford, including professionalism, charitable contributions in the legal field and in the community, and the spirit of collegiality among bench and bar. Everyone at Bone McAllester Norton would like to congratulate Ed on this well-deserved recognition!


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Bone Attorney David Anthony Anticipates Billions of Dollars in Disputes Amid COVID-19 Insurance Claims

David M Anthony Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexAs businesses across Tennessee begin to file insurance claims in hopes of recouping some of their losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, the first civil lawsuit has been filed by Nashville Underground against its insurance company for denying its claim. Bone McAllester Norton attorney David Anthony spoke to The Tennessean regarding this topic, predicting that this is only the first of many lawsuits to come, putting billions of dollars up for dispute. Click the link below to read the full feature.

This Nashville bar is suing its insurance company over a COVID-19 loss claim. Experts say it won’t be the last.

Bone Law Attorney Courtney Lutz Highlights the Nuances of Co-Parenting During COVID-19 Restrictions

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout Nashville, divorced parents are concerned with how to properly follow their court-ordered parenting plans while adhering to “Safer-at-Home” orders. These restrictions have created complications in transporting children between homes, especially when one or both parents are required to continue working in environments where they are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Courtney Lutz shared her insight into the orders along with guidance that district judges have provided for divorced parents during this time. Read the full article below to learn more.

 

 

AMID COVID-19 OUTBREAK, NASHVILLE-AREA JUDGES PROVIDING GUIDANCE ON COURT-ORDERED PARENTING PLANS

As the number of COVID-19 cases has grown in the Greater Nashville area, so too has concern from divorced parents, not only about how to protect their children from this novel virus, but also how to properly follow their court-ordered parenting plans.

Many parents have struggled to find a way to balance the health and safety of their children with the need to facilitate a continuous relationship with both parents, especially when families have been asked to self-quarantine and “Safer at Home” orders remain in effect. Parents’ concerns become more complicated when one parent is required to continue to work in environments where he or she is at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, or if a parent is defined as an “essential worker” and must continue to work in the general public.

Fortunately, judges in some districts have provided orders or guidance on how parents are to follow parenting plans during this unique time, which is the first thing parents must consider in determining how to navigate their co-parenting relationships. It is important for parents to review the order from the district in which their last custody order was entered for proper guidance, because judges in each district may be handling this issue differently.

Additionally, parents must follow the order from the court in which their parenting plan was ordered, because in some districts, juvenile courts differ from circuit and chancery courts in how they are handling the COVID-19 issue.

In the 19th Judicial District (Montgomery and Robertson counties), for example, the circuit court judges have set forth an order that parenting plans should continue to be followed unless one of the following exceptions applies:

  • If a parent’s city or state is under a government-mandated lockdown and that child is with that parent at the time the lockdown goes into effect, visitation is suspended until the end of the lockdown;
  • Or if the child, parent, or an in-home sibling or family member is diagnosed with COVID-19 while the child is in the home, visitation is suspended for 14 days following the diagnosis and proof of the medical diagnosis is sent to the other parent.

The circuit and chancery court judges in the 20th Judicial District (Davidson County) have also ordered for parenting plans to remain in effect, but set forth three exceptions to the general rule:

  • If a child, parent, or in-home sibling or family member is diagnosed with COVID-19 while the child is in the home, visitation is suspended for 14 days following the diagnosis upon presentation of a doctor’s note to the other parent confirming the diagnosis;
  • In the event of a local, state, or federal lockdown or shelter-in-place order, the primary residential parent designated in the parenting plan must take possession of the child within four hours of the activation of the lockdown or shelter-in-place order, and the child is to remain with the primary residential parent until the order is removed;
  • The parents may agree to an alternate residential schedule, but the agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.

Further, judges in some districts have set forth orders specifically for children in the physical and legal custody of the Department of Children’s Services (DCS). For example, in Wilson County, which is located in the 15th Judicial District, the court has ordered that all in-person visitation between children in the physical and legal custody of DCS and their parents be suspended pending further orders of the court.

To date, some judges have not issued an order on how parenting plans should be followed during COVID-19 or whether they will be recognizing certain exceptions based on the virus. Without such an order, parents should assume that parenting plans should continue to be followed as normal. If parents are concerned regarding their children’s exposure to COVID-19, it is best for them to attempt to work together to determine a solution that is best to protect their children.

In the event that they are unable to do so, however, or if a parent has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and insists on exercising his or her parenting time despite this, the other parent may want to consider filing a temporary restraining order or pursuing another available remedy in order to protect his or her children. A temporary restraining order is considered an extraordinary remedy under the laws of Tennessee. Therefore, whether a temporary restraining order would be awarded is based on each person’s specific set of circumstances and is not guaranteed.

Anyone concerned about balancing parental rights under their parenting plans while taking precautions to protect their children from COVID-19 should consult with an experienced family law attorney, who will be able to assist in determining the most appropriate next steps based on the facts of their cases.

Bone Law Attorneys Stephen Zralek and Maria Campbell Discuss How COVID-19 Could Change Business Litigation in Recent Law360 Article

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced almost every court in the U.S. to cancel in-person hearings and postpone trials, lawyers are still actively representing business clients in court and arbitration.  Law360 recently published an article by attorneys Stephen Zralek and Maria Campbell where they predict how the pandemic will change business litigation long after the stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Stephen has dedicated his career as a commercial litigator 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. He routinely appears in federal court, chancery court and the Tennessee Business Court, at both the trial and appellate levels.

Maria’s practice focuses on business litigation and labor employment law representing companies and individuals. She has extensive experience in matters concerning race discrimination, gender and pregnancy discrimination, FMLA violations, retaliatory discharge, FLSA noncompetition disputes, employment discrimination, and alternative dispute resolutions.

To read the full article on Law360 click here

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