“We are tremendously proud of our attorneys who work to make access to justice a reality,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “Both David and Mandy are effective, passionate advocate for their clients. We congratulate them for their dedication to the legal profession and service to the citizens of Tennessee.”
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Throughout the month of October Bone McAllester Norton is partnering with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for their Business Studio Legal Series. The series is designed to shape the legal plan for business of all sizes.
Dates and topics include:
October 7: Protecting your business relationships, goods and services
October 13: Permitting for events and alcohol service
Learn best practices with Rob Pinson while partnering with breweries, distilleries and wineries as well as the most frequently asked questions small businesses have when working with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Register here.
October 20: Benefiting from business structure
October 27: Labor and employment law for small business
Join us as Anne Martin guides small business owners and HR professionals through the labor and employment law world, covering a wide range of topics from harassment policies to maternity leave to changes in overtime. Register here.
Fortune Industries is a professional employer organization (PEO) group providing full-service human resources and employment-related services to its diverse client base throughout the country through Century II, Inc., Employer Solutions Group, Inc., and Professional Staff Management, Inc. Oasis Outsourcing is the nation’s largest privately-held PEO and currently serves almost 6,000 clients and more than 200,000 worksite employees nationwide. This transaction will add over 14,000 worksite employees in 47 states to the Oasis platform.
Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, served 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. Sarah Lodge Tally is an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton and assisted with the transaction. Sarah’s practice is focused on corporate matters advising in strategy and execution of complex transactions.
To read our client’s press release, click here.
To read an article about the transaction in the Nashville Post, click here.
President Barack Obama designated an historic home of the U.S. women's Suffrage movement as a national monument. He said he looks forward to a time when girls are astonished that a female had never occupied the Oval Office. AP (April 12)
All American women vote because 48 states ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Today a group of Bone McAllester Norton attorneys went to Centennial Park to celebrate "Women's Equality Day." A monument to the suffragists' victory was unveiled in Centennial Park this morning. It was sculpted by Nashville's own Alan LeQuire and features women who were actually in Nashville at the time the bill was effecting this monumental change.
The event was attended by several dignitaries including the mayors from Nashville, Knoxville, Clarksville and Memphis.
That's one thing about us Nashvillians - we like our tacos almost as much as we like our barbecue.
This is a Waxstone Group restaurant headed up by Jonathan Waxman, a nationally known culinary genius. Bajo Sexto offers a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. The pato tacos are to die for! We did not have the courage to try the chapulines. But if you do, please let us know how they are. We hear roasted grasshoppers are great toasted with a little lime.
(And no one says they taste like chicken...)
To read the full article in The Tennessean, click here.
The buzz around this festival is electric. We've heard it said: If Coachella and Stagecoach got together and had a baby it would be the Pilgrimage Festival. It's the perfect blend of rock, country, folk, bluegrass, with a bit of jazz. And, of course, its in Tennessee so we like to add in the best food we have to offer.
The festival is in Franklin on September 24-25, 2016. For more information about the lineup, click here.
To read The Tennessean article about Justin Timberlake joining the ranks at Pilgrimage, click here. Or Rolling Stone.
Will Cheek, Bonelaw attorney and Tennessee alcoholic beverage law expert, reminds us that Mr. Jackson has long earned the respect of musicians and artists. He's in good company - with the likes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, just a couple of other songwriters who have also written more than 20 number one songs.
And his legendary status is increasing by the minute. Mr. Jackson is realizing another dream of his - to own a honky tonk on Lower Broadway. The aptly named, AJ's Good Time Bar comes from his 2008 hit song, Good Time.
Look for this establishment to open later this year and don't be surprised if you see Alan himself on stage every now and then, just keepin' it country.
For the full article in The Tennessean, click here.
The Goodlettsville All-Stars - what an amazing journey of a lifetime! But the trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania doesn't come without a price. It's not just the travel, but also hotel and food for the duration of the competition.
Bone McAllester Norton attorney, Johnny Garrett, who is the president of the Goodlettsville Little League, has led an initiative at the firm to raise funds for the families of team. Many parents are without vacation time and must take unpaid time off to travel with their children to Williamsport.
"It is up to us and the communities around us to raise funds so the parents and families can enjoy and participate in the Little League World Series," said Garrett, " otherwise some of them might miss this opportunity."
So far, Bone McAllester Norton has raised over $4000 for the family members of the Goodlettsville All-Stars.
For the full story on WKRN News 2's website, click here.
This is exciting for tourism and us locals as well. The location seems poised for live music and good food. That is one of the great things about Nashville - the live music scene. On pretty much any given day of the week you can grab dinner and hear quality live performances in many parts of the city, but definitely in downtown Music City USA. From country and blues to rock alternative, the options abound and we are certain this latest Ryman Hospitality venture will not disappoint.
More to come as we learn more about the project.
For more detail, please see the Nashville Business Journal post on this topic.
Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce that 14 of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 list including Anne C. Martin, named Best Lawyers© “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Labor and
Employment. Anne Martin has been a member of Best Lawyers since 2007 and a “Lawyer of the Year” since 2013. Only one attorney in the Nashville area is named “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor and Employment. Anne advocates for employees wrongly treated by employers and also advises employers how to comply with complex federal and state employment laws.
“We are pleased to have so many of our attorneys named to Best Lawyers in their areas of practice” said Charles W. Bone, Chairman, Bone McAllester Norton.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The attorneys included in the 2017 The Best Lawyers in America list are:
|Trace Blankenship||Banking and Finance Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Non-Profit / Charities Law
|Charles Robert Bone||Administrative / Regulatory Law
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
|Charles W. Bone||Administrative / Regulatory Law|
|John P. Branham||Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs|
|William T. Cheek III||Food and Beverage Law
Non-Profit / Charities Law
|Glen A. Civitts||Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
|William J. Haynes III||Employment Law - Individuals|
|Sharon O. Jacobs||Environmental Law|
|Paul W. Kruse||Copyright Law
|Anne C. Martin
Best Lawyers© Lawyer of the Year 2017
|Employment Law – Individuals
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
|Sam J. McAllester III||Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
|Jack F. Stringham II||Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law
|Edward M. Yarbrough||Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
|Stephen J. Zralek||Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.
The Guest House at Graceland is planned to open this fall - just in time for Elvis' birthday celebration in January. We were excited to be involved in this process early on and wish our clients every success. The hotel will be over 380,000 square feet with 450 hotel rooms, conference and meeting space as well as a 464-seat theater for live performances.
This is going to be a lovely addition to the Graceland community as well as a boost to the economy of the Whitehaven neighborhood in South Memphis.
To learn more about the hotel, click here.
To read the article in The Tennessean, click here.
Rob Pinson discusses general tax-exempt status of nonprofits and the rules and regulations associated with such organizations.
If you are a nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status you are not allowed to endorse candidates or participate in any campaigns for elective public office. This includes not sharing opinions or offering voting suggestions or advice.
To watch/read News 2's Nick Caloway's story, click here.
Rob Pinson is an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton. He concentrates his practice in the field of alcoholic beverage law, with an emphasis on the manufacturing tier. Rob represents numerous distilleries, wineries and breweries across the United States and is pro bono counsel to the Tennessee Distillers’ Guild. Rob also represents clients in business law, tax law, and campaign finance law. Rob offers an impressive track record when it comes to navigating the complexities of the alcoholic beverage laws as well as state and federal taxes.
The Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood is a growing, trendy area a few blocks south of downtown. For anyone who has ever sat in rush-hour traffic, this is a welcome residential area. For vendors wanting a convenient location, the area is equally as attractive.
The Tennessean is reporting the sale of a building to our clients who will soon be opening Diskin Cider.
To read the full article, click here.
The Nashville Business Journal has talked to several industries within Nashville regarding the growth of the city and how to protect your top employees, including our own CEO, Charles Robert Bone.
To read all articles related to Talent War: How to protect your top employees, check out this week's Nashville Business Journal, here.
"Non-compete contracts aren't commonplace in the legal field," Bone said. "We take a proactive approach to retention. Every attorney is a member. We have no partners, and everyone is compensated by the same formula. We've tried to be very intentional creating a structure where every member is equal and has ownership in the firm."
NASHVILLE, TN - July 12, 2016 - Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that Jonathan R. Burns has joined the firm.
Jonathan R. Burns concentrates his law practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and taxation.
“Adding Jonathan contributes to our strategic growth plan for the firm,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “He brings significant experience in the estate planning and taxation areas of law which is especially important to our clients. He’s a welcome new member of our dynamic group of highly skilled attorneys.”
Jonathan received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2010 and received his L.L.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011. He graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree. Jonathan is licensed to practice in both Tennessee and Mississippi.
Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Jonathan practiced law with Watkins & McNeilly where he was able to develop his skills in the areas of business law and estate planning.
For the full release, please click here.
Hendersonville's popular Indian Lake area is getting a $40 million senior living community. The development, Clarendale of Hendersonville will be at the corner of Indian Lake Boulevard and Maple Drive housing 184 units with several amenities including dining, a crafts room, a library and a billiards room.
The development is a joint venture between Ryan Companies and LCS. Marty Cook of Bone McAllester Norton is serving as legal counsel for the project.
For more information, the original press release is here.
The article has been featured in the Nashville Post and REJournals.com.
It is hard not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this day. Even as I left for work this morning the traffic at my local Kroger was heavier. We've heard several reports from our co-workers that there wasn't even parking available at Trader Joes this morning in Green Hills!
Rumor has it that if you're looking for some Two Buck Chuck, you might be out of luck today.
Looks like The Tennessean has done a great job regaling the timeline of this morning's sales across the mid-state. To read the article, click here.
Drink responsibly of course, and enjoy this historic day!
From all the attorneys, legal assistants and paralegals here at Bone McAllester Norton who have worked tirelessly through the licensing process we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July!
The NBJ recently published an article about the future of alcohol law in Tennessee. After an historic few years, July 1 marked the day that WIGS went live. (To those of us in the industry, we refer to Wine In Grocery Stores as, WIGS.)
Nashville Business Journal reporter, Jacob Steimer, sat down with liquor law expert and BoneLaw attorney, Will Cheek, to discuss what's next.
Cheek offered some interesting insight into the Jan. 1 availability of high-gravity beer in grocery stores and discussed the pitfalls of wine on Sundays.
To read the full article, click here.
In summary, the next big battle will be liquor. At this time, you can go to the grocery store and buy wine, but you cannot purchase liquor.
Attorney Will Cheek has been quoted in a great article about the future of alcohol in Tennessee in the Nashville Scene. To read the entire article, click here.
We are hours away from 8 am, July 1, 2016 - the moment when nearly 500 retail stores across the state will be able to legally sell wine.
I get asked a lot to serve as local counsel on cases for lawyers from LA, New York, Chicago and DC. (I also end up hiring lawyers in those cities.) Sometimes we’re asked to play a minor role – some call this “elbow counsel,” where we’re really just on the case in name only. Generally, though, lead counsel sees that we can offer valuable insight into not just the substantive law but also the local landscape. And I assure you the landscape here in Nashville is much different than it is in larger cities.
Given the sheer size of bigger cities, lawyers there often never appear more than once in front of the same judge and often never interact with the same opposing counsel. With the virtual anonymity that comes with the territory in those jurisdictions, lawyers have every reason to practice scorched-earth litigation. They can be as ruthless as they want – no one knows who they are and, very likely, no one will ever see them again.
Practice here in Nashville is completely different. Although our city is booming, we have only four active U.S. District Judges and only four chancellors at the state court level. In this big small town, everyone knows everyone. And how you conduct yourself in a single case can be remembered for the rest of your career. Although we advocate zealously, we refuse to stab each other in the back. And we know how easy it is to be short-sighted. Given the close-knit relationships here, we still litigate with a Southern gentility, or what the profession calls “civility.” I hope it always stays this way, even as we grow and welcome newcomers from other jurisdictions.