This week, a wave of deadly tornadoes hit Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and these tragedies have reminded us that Bone McAllester Norton is deeply rooted in our community. So many of our firm’s friends and clients have reached out to check on us, and we are grateful for their support during this time. No one has escaped the storm’s impact: friends have been displaced, businesses have been destroyed, and lives have been lost. Thankfully, everyone on our team is safe. But the pain is hitting close to home for the Bone McAllester Norton family as we have attorneys and relatives uprooted from homes and jobs.
Jonathan Farmer, former founding member of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. Jonathan brings over 20 years of experience and concentrates his practice on criminal defense and federal investigations, personal injury, wrongful death, and civil litigation.
Jonathan’s leadership experience and litigation work in Nashville make him a great fit for our team,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to build his practice with us, and use his level of expertise to provide great work for his clients.”
Jonathan is a native Nashvillian and received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Tennessee.
Former federal prosecutor and Director of Litigation for the United States Attorney’s Office in Nashville Henry Leventis has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.
“Henry’s wealth of knowledge and years of experience make him a tremendous asset to our team,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “His diverse perspective and deep litigation experience will help us continue to build upon our practice areas and better serve our clients.”
Leventis will join former United States Attorney Ed Yarbrough in Bone McAllester Norton’s Criminal Defense and Federal Investigations practice group. He will focus on white-collar criminal defense, civil government enforcement matters and internal investigations.
Leventis earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and his J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Bone McAllester Norton is a proud sponsor of Hendersonville High School basketball for the 2019-20 season! Last night, the Commandos boys’ varsity squad hosted Gallatin High School in the main gym. For the third consecutive year, our firm provided free T-shirts for players and cheerleaders to toss out to the crowd during the game.
While the attorneys at our firm spend most of their days in pursuit of exceptional legal results for clients, they also rally behind a wide range of local fundraisers and community events. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Marty Cook continues to cheer on his son, Carson, who is a member of the Hendersonville Commandos basketball team.
For more information about Hendersonville High School’s basketball program, visit their website. Go Commandos!
More than 1,000 civic and community leaders came together to kick-off Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Bone McAllester Norton’s annual MLK Day Breakfast.
This event – now in its 19th year – was started with the goal of bringing the community together each year to celebrate, reflect and remind us of the importance of Dr. King’s message and renew the city’s commitment to the social justice issues he fought so hard for.
“Dr. King’s message is in so many ways just as relevant today as it was 50+ years ago. As a law firm, but also as active members in this community, we believe fiercely that we have a responsibility to not just remember his legacy but push each other to keep thinking and talking about its relevance against the backdrop of present-day issues and challenges,” said Bone McAllester Norton PLLC co-founder, Stacey Garrett Koju.
This year’s event broke a 19-year record of attendance and brought a standing-room only crowd to hear longtime civil rights advocate and current Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins and Cyntoia Brown-Long. Brown-Long is an author, speaker and advocate for criminal justice reform and victims of sex trafficking. She was also a client of Bone McAllester Norton, who led the legal fight that resulted in her freedom being granted by former Governor Bill Haslam last year. She recently released a book, “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System,” which earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination.
“In so many ways Cyntoia’s story is a present-day manifestation of Dr. King’s message. Listening to her story challenges us to think about, remember, and celebrate the messages he preached about forgiveness, love, justice, redemption, faith and service,” said Dinkins. “As the passage of time takes us further away from the days of Dr. King, it is so important that we make ourselves constantly reimagine the meaning of his words in today’s context. Talking to Cyntoia today did that in an incredibly moving way.”
“What a great opportunity today was to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy but also to talk about how we can each carry forth his message in our own lives today. I have been given an extraordinary second chance. I am deeply grateful to Bone McAllester, former Governor Bill Haslam, and the many others who stepped forward to help me tell my own story and get a second chance at life,” said Brown-Long. “I’m committed, now to standing on the backs of the giants like Martin Luther King, Jr. to ensure we carry his legacy forth – that we give voice to those who need it most and that we inspire others to listen more intently to what they have to say and act on it.”
“What makes a great law firm isn’t only top-flight lawyers, but also a steadfast commitment to the community in which we practice,” said co-founder and chairman Charles W. Bone. “From the day we opened the doors of Bone McAllester Norton, we’ve maintained a dual commitment to legal excellence and community as our compass. This event to honor Dr. King’s legacy is an important part of that, as was our work to free Cyntoia Brown-Long.”
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a Nashville law firm with nearly 45 attorneys with an extensive range of practices and experiences including expertise in litigation, banking and commercial lending, corporate and securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, entertainment and environmental matters. In addition to their legal expertise, the firm has also steadfastly committed itself to a range of community initiatives, including among other things, their 19-year support of the annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast.
Bone McAllester Norton attorney Sheri Jacobs was recently recognized by Nashville Lifestyles as a 2019 Top Attorney.
Jacobs is a seasoned regulatory lawyer and litigator who concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental, regulatory, local government, land use and administrative law. Her experience includes matters associated with sustainability, solid and hazardous waste, multimillion-dollar transactions, Brownfield redevelopment projects, underground storage tanks, water pollution, environmental citizen suits, and more.
Jacobs has successfully represented clients before administrative boards and at the state, federal and local levels and is consistently praised by clients for her meticulous work.
Veteran litigators Stephen Zralek and Paz Haynes, both Members at Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, recently spoke on “The Ethical Campaign,” a CLE sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association. Stephen’s panel guided judges and judicial candidates on the ethical rules that govern running for office in Tennessee. Paz shared war stories and best practices that he has observed from the trenches in campaign finance.
A Nashville native, Zralek has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial litigator and focuses his practice on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Zralek also serves on the board of directors for the Nashville Bar Association. He regularly advises candidates, elected officials, PACs and businesses on campaign finance and election law issues.
Haynes is a veteran attorney with experience in labor and employment law, administrative law, healthcare law, and commercial and civil litigation. In 2017, Haynes was appointed to the Board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, and he currently serves as board chairman.
Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton, received the Nashville Bar Association’s John C. Tune Public Service Award at the 2019 NBA Annual Banquet.
Bone said, “It’s an honor to receive this award, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by individuals who work every day to make our community a better place to live for everyone.”
The John C. Tune Public Service Award recognizes an NBA member who has demonstrated commitment to both to their profession and to the betterment of their community. It is considered the highest award presented by the NBA and, due to its significance, is presented not annually but when a deserving candidate is recognized.
Throughout his successful law career, Bone has served as a trusted adviser to countless clients seeking advice on corporate and litigation issues. He has been involved in a variety of community efforts and organizations.
Bone is also well-known for representing Cyntoia Brown in her bid for clemency after an original conviction of first-degree murder and life imprisonment. After nearly 10 years of tireless work by her pro bono legal team, Brown was released on parole in August of this year after then-Governor Bill Haslam commuted her sentence.
For more information about the John C. Tune Public Service Award, visit the NBA website.
Lawyers’ Association for Women (LAW) recently hosted the 2019 Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium in Nashville. Established to advance women within the legal profession, the symposium works to expand the dialogue among women lawyers. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Andrea P. Perry co-chaired this year's event, which explored what it takes to be a female lawyer and how to effect change. Following the symposium, Andrea was featured in LAW’s October newsletter where she shared her experience co-chairing along with the progress she has witnessed within the community.
“The 2019 Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium was a vehicle to bring women together to unite, be a part of the change, and discuss and bring solutions to the table,” Andrea said. “Some of the fantastic progress I have seen from women-led initiatives includes the development of assignment systems in firms so that quality assignments are not left to implicit bias or chance. These systems have been highly useful in advancing opportunities for female lawyers.”
Bone McAllester Norton is committed to influencing positive change within the Nashville community. We are proud of all of the hard work our attorneys do to enhance and make a difference within the legal profession.
For more information about the Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium awards, visit the LAW website.
I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo attended the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law where she had the opportunity to speak with prominent District Court Judge, the Honorable Benita Y. Pearson. This forum focused on the importance of diversity and inclusion within the profession, while empowering the industry through education and leadership.
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and two have been named Rising Stars.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Super Lawyers,” said President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone. “Our firm is rooted in the commitment and expertise our attorneys bring to their work every day. We know that our colleagues are passionate about their clients and the greater Nashville community, and it’s really special when they are also recognized by such a prestigious organization for their hard work.”
Super Lawyers is a rating service that for more than 25 years has selected the nation’s premier attorneys from more than 70 practice areas. The comprehensive multiphase selection process involves statewide surveys, independent research, peer evaluations and independent research. Only 5% of attorneys from each state are recognized on the Super Lawyers list and only 2.5% of attorneys from each state are recognized on the Rising Stars list.
This year’s super lawyers include:
Charles Robert Bone, the firm’s president and CEO who is known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice. He also serves as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
Sam J. McAllester III is the founder and vice chairman of the firm and has represented banks, financial institutions and other lenders for over 40 years. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.
John P. Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice areas include business litigation and personal injury litigation. His trial practice also includes legal malpractice defense.
David M. Anthony is a skilled attorney who represents banks, businesses, and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, and lien litigation.
Sharon O. Jacobs is an experienced environmental lawyer and litigator who represents companies, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations in administrative, regulatory, environmental, zoning, land use and municipal law. She has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.
Edward M. Yarbrough former U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee has provided quality legal representation and counsel to clients in the Middle Tennessee area for over 45 years. His experience includes government investigations, dispute resolution and civil and criminal litigation. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.
Stephen J. Zralek is a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Stephen has spent over two decades helping clients resolve complex legal disputes.
This year’s rising stars include:
Raquel L. Bellamy is a dedicated advocate who has defended and advanced immigrant rights for individuals from over 60 countries. She has a wide range of experience in civil and criminal litigation and advises clients concerning business, entertainment, and employment disputes.
I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo is a practiced attorney who regularly handles matters related to the construction and development of both commercial and residential property. She is committed to building a better future for her community through advocacy and the promotion of equal justice.
Make plans to attend the Tennessee Business Court panel discussion with Chancellor Anne Martin on Monday, Nov. 4. The discussion will feature Bone McAllester Norton’s own Stephen Zralek, along with Nashville attorneys Erin Palmer Polly, Tim Warnock and Brigid Carpenter, and will be moderated by Hon. W. Neal McBrayer, Court of Appeals.
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently assigned Chancellor Martin to hear cases for the Business Court Pilot Project, effective Nov. 1. Originally established in 2015, the Business Court Pilot Project is designed for Tennessee businesses and citizens with complex or unique questions regarding business law, according to the Supreme Court’s announcement.
Chancellor Martin is a former Bone McAllester Norton attorney, where she concentrated in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.
Stephen Zralek has spent over two decades 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.
Monday, Nov. 4, noon
Jury Assembly Room
Davidson County Historic Metro Courthouse
1 Public Square, Nashville
Former Nashville Mayor David Briley will relaunch his law practice at Bone McAllester Norton beginning on Nov. 1.
“David Briley brings not only his skills as a lawyer with a strong professional track record, but also his deep understanding of our city, and the issues and the challenges we face in the public, private and nonprofit sectors,” said Bone McAllester Norton CEO Charles Robert Bone. “Our firm is deeply involved in the civic fabric of Nashville, and he will be an invaluable resource for all of our attorneys. We could not be happier about David’s return to our firm.”
Briley practiced law from 2007-2018 at Bone McAllester Norton, where he was engaged primarily in civil, commercial and class-action litigation. He represented his clients in a variety of matters in state and federal court in both Tennessee and California, including wage and hour claims asserted by employees, securities class-action litigation, and civil litigation. He will continue to concentrate in those areas and will also advise clients on administrative and regulatory issues throughout the state upon his return to the firm.
Briley is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and previously served on the board of directors for the Housing Fund and Sister Cities of Nashville. Briley earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctorate at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Bone McAllester Norton welcomes a new corporate attorney to its Nashville office.
“We are pleased to welcome Knight to Bone McAllester,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “We are eager to see the passion in young attorneys that will help grow our corporate law practice and provide fresh perspectives to our clients. Knight’s experience in finance makes him a great addition to our expanding team of attorneys.”
Knight Lancaster joins Bone McAllester Norton after graduating from the Belmont University School of Law with both a Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree in business administration. At Bone McAllester Norton, his legal practice is focused in business and corporate law, banking and financial services, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, entrepreneurial and emerging business law, and real estate.
Bone McAllester Norton President and CEO Charles Robert Bone was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s Power 100: Connectors list for the fifth year in a row.
The Power 100 is the NBJ’s list of the most influential people in Nashville’s business scene, and it is divided into six categories: Connectors, Dealmakers, Disruptors, Heavy Hitters, Industry Giants and Trendsetters. Those listed in the Connector category are the people who know everyone and specialize in bringing people together to create positive change in Nashville’s business sector.
Bone concentrates his law practice in the areas of economic development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities, including serving as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He is known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice.
The complete Power 100 list will be published in the Nov. 22 edition of the NBJ, and the Connectors list can be found here: https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2019/10/17/meet-the-2019-power-100-connectors.html.
Stephen Zralek, veteran attorney and member of Bone McAllester Norton, has been accepted as a member of the preeminent invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). IADC helps its members develop skills, professionalism and camaraderie to better serve their clients, the civil justice system and the legal profession. This prestigious group is comprised of the world’s leading lawyers, with members representing many companies listed in the FORTUNE 500.
Stephen has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property and business litigator, helping clients resolve complex disputes in the business and creative arenas, as well as class actions. He serves on the board of directors of the Nashville Bar Association and the Sexual Assault Center, as well as the board of trustees of St. Bernard Academy. He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, and previously chaired the ABA’s Copyright Litigation Committee as well as the boards of Conexión Américas, Nashville for All of Us, and Family & Children’s Service.
For more information on the IADC, visit www.iadclaw.org.
Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Sam McAllester and Glen Civitts along with Sherryl Sanders volunteered their time this week with Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. This project is focused in the north Nashville neighborhood of Park Preserve and aims to address the affordable housing challenges facing the city.
Sam McAllester is currently part of the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board of Directors and a Member of the Finance Committee.
“We are thrilled that Mandy has decided to return to Bone McAllester. She and Jack are great additions to our practice,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “The expertise and passion they bring to their roles will help us continue to provide our clients with strategic solutions and optimal service.”
Floyd returns to Bone McAllester Norton following two years of service with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nashville (ACLU-TN), where she worked as a staff attorney focused on constitutional and civil rights issues. Prior to her position at ACLU-TN, she worked at Bone McAllester Norton and as a law clerk to the Hon. Richard H. Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. In her career, Floyd has represented clients in appeals before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She will concentrate her Bone McAllester Norton practice in litigation and dispute resolution, education law, labor and employment law, and appellate practice. In addition to her litigation work, Floyd is actively involved in the industry through memberships with the Nashville Bar Association, Lawyers’ Association for Women, Tennessee Bar Association, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court and Napier Looby Bar Association. She also has been recognized as a recipient of the Tennessee Supreme Court Pro Bono Attorney for Justice Award and nominee for the ATHENA Nashville Young Professional Leadership Award. She earned her law degree from the University of Memphis in 2012.
Spencer joins Bone McAllester Norton after clerking for the Hon. William R. Sawyer at the Federal Bankruptcy Court Middle District in Alabama. In his new role, Spencer will be concentrating his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, litigation and dispute resolution. A recent graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law, Spencer previously served as an intern in the civil rights and claims division of the Tennessee State Attorney General’s Office. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association and American Bankruptcy Institute.
What happens when you wake up and your company is in the headlines? Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, moderated a panel for the Nashville chapter of the Private Directors Association at Lipscomb University about enterprise risk management and the top things that keep a company’s board of directors awake at night. The panel of local corporate board members discussed unexpected risks.
At Bone McAllester Norton, Blankenship regularly advises chief executives, senior management, boards of directors and entrepreneurs on strategy, execution and legal requirements of significant business transactions, complex leadership and ownership decisions, and day-to-day operations. His practice is focused in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity and corporate governance/board functionality.
Please join us at the Bone McAllester Norton office Tuesday, Oct. 1, as Latitude hosts a CLE seminar titled “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Legal Team.” Look forward to discussions surrounding common questions including “What does ‘diverse’ mean, and how does it look in 2019?” and “What are the legal guidelines relating to recruiting, interviewing and hiring?”