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Bonelaw President and CEO Charles Robert Bone Discusses Nashville Growth

Bone McAllester Norton President and CEO Charles Robert Bone spoke with NewsChannel 5 on Nashville being named by Forbes as the city with the highest job growth among the 70 largest labor markets in the United States.

Charles Robert Bone - Bonelaw President and CEOCharles Robert Bone - Bone McAllester Norton President and CEOBone noted the firm has benefited from being in the "it city" with lawyers wanting to work in Nashville, and they’ve had no problem finding people thanks to the great education provided at area universities such as Vanderbilt, and in addition to that, they say the city supports any idea that ushers in economic growth. "You go to the city with an idea or something that needs to be done, generally the answer is yes, let's try to figure out a way to make it happen" Bone explained. Bone went on to say "Nashville's been on an unbelievable run, and we've been honored and thrilled to kind of play a part of that and kind of rise with that same trajectory."

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Bonelaw Congratulates 19 Clients on the New Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Tennessee is the home of numerous world renowned distilleries and many of them turn to Bone McAllester Norton for legal guidance.

Recently opened by The Tennessee Distillers Guild, a membership organization consisting of Tennessee distilleries, the Tennessee Whisky Trail consists of a 25-stop distillery tour across the state of Tennessee. Of those 25 stops, 19 turn to Bone McAllester Norton’s alcohol beverage team for their legal needs and advice.

Bonelaw’s premier team of Will Cheek, Rob Pinson and Tayo Atanda lead the industry in all areas of alcohol beverage law in Tennessee.

To read more about how to map your visits across the Tennessee Whiskey Trail follow this link -

Tennessee’s Business Court is Back in Business

Many of our clients will be happy to know that Tennessee’s Business Court is back in business as of May 1, 2017, after the Tennessee Supreme Court lifted an embargo on the filing of new cases. Clients with sophisticated business disputes and intellectual property disputes based in Tennessee can once again avail themselves of a forum whose primary function is dedicated to resolving complex cases.

Officially, the Tennessee Business Court is just a “Pilot Project,” but most attorneys and clients hope it is here to stay. (Tennessee is one of 28 states with a dedicated Business Court). Phase 1 was established by the Tennessee Supreme Court in March 2015 and was set to expire in December 2017, but it was so popular that an embargo had to be imposed earlier than that to give the presiding judge, Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, some relief. Over 90 business cases were transferred to the Business Court prior to the embargo.

Phase 1 of the Business Court was celebrated by attorneys (and judges) across the state as a huge success. It unclogged the dockets of other courts in the state. And while many courts in Tennessee function at a high caliber, Phase 1 of the Business Court gave clients access to a tribunal where judicial involvement was specifically tailored to the demands of each case, and where the presiding judge operated at the highest levels of competence, flexibility and efficiency.

Although Phase 2 of the Business Court is still in its infancy, here are five takeaways from what we know already:

1. To qualify now, a party must seek at least $250,000 in damages, compared with $50,000 under Phase 1. (If the case seeks primarily injunctive or declaratory relief, it may still qualify even if it doesn’t seek damages of that amount.)

2. If your case involves any of the following claims, it no longer automatically qualifies for transfer unless your lawyer can persuade Chancellor Lyle and the Chief Justice how those claims present “sufficiently complex commercial issues that would have significant implications for the larger business community”: breach of contract; fraud; misrepresentation; shareholder derivative actions; real property disputes; claims between business entities/owners as to their business or relationship; construction disputes; and violations of non-compete, non-solicitation or confidentiality agreements.

3. Unlike previously, cases involving trademark law now are explicitly included as qualifying for transfer, assuming the other criteria are met.

4. Where you previously had 60 days from service of the complaint to seek a transfer, you now have only 30 days.

5. Finally, as our firm has learned through experience, even if your case otherwise qualifies for transfer to the Business Court, the Supreme Court will refuse to transfer it if the complaint was filed prior to May 1, 2017. This means, unfortunately, that some clients will miss out on the opportunity for specialized resolution of their dispute in Tennessee’s Business Court.

Bonus! To read the Court’s “Guide to the Business Court” or examine past Business Court decisions, click here. If you believe your case could use a proactive approach from a hands-on judge who sets meaningful deadlines and who adapts procedures to meet the needs of your case for a customized outcome, we would be happy to discuss your case with you and see if it might qualify.

Good Times are Coming to Lower Broadway

Alan Jackson is a legend.  No, really.

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.

14 Bonelaw Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 List

Best-Lawyers-LogoBone 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

Anne C. MartinAnne C. MartinEmployment.  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
Healthcare 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
Trademark 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
DUI/DWI Defense
Stephen J. Zralek Commercial Litigation
Copyright Law
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.

Client Opening a Craft cidery in the Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood

Who knew as Nashville becomes more and more the "IT" city that we'd actually develop our own distillery district?  With the influx of distillers into the area called the Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood, this location is becoming known as the distillery district of Nashville.

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.

It's An Exciting Day for Wine and Grocery Stores in Tennessee

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!

 Two Buck ChuckTwo Buck ChuckRumor 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!

What will be the next alcohol law to change?

William T. Cheek IIIWilliam T. Cheek IIIThe 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.

The Future of Alcohol in Tennessee

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.

Nashville Scene Cover – 6/30/16Nashville Scene Cover – 6/30/16We 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.

WIGS: The Final Countdown

We're just happy to be here.

Wine In Grocery Stores (WIGS) is happening.  The time is near - we are about two weeks away from the July 1 date that allows businesses with the appropriate license to sell wine in Tennessee retail food stores.

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission has been churning out conditional letters of approval and retail food store licenses.  Kudos to the new Executive Director, Clay Byrd!  For the full story in The Tennessean, click here.

Our Alcoholic Beverage  Law Group has been working round the clock as well. This team of attorneys, paralegals and assistants are the go-to source for liquor licensing in Tennessee.  Led by Will Cheek - attorney, self-proclaimed foodie, and author of the well-known blog, Last Call.

Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival - September 24-25, 2016

We are so excited to see the lineup for this fall's Pilgrimage Festival.  A client of BoneLaw, this event is in its second year and slated to be better than the first.

The Tennessean has a great article about what the planners learned from the inaugural event and changed made as a result.  To read the article, click here.

An excerpt from the article:

What's new for year 2?

We talked to Pilgrimage Festival co-founders Kevin Griffin and Brandt Wood about what's new and improved about Pilgrimage in its second year:

It'll be easier to get a beverage: "We're putting a few more bars in, because people came thirsty," says Wood. "We noticed some (long) beer lines, and we were called out on it. We are going to fix that by adding more bartenders, more bars and the same great selection of craft beer, wine and spirits. We weren't sure how robust it needed to be, and it was impressive. People came out to party."

Griffin had to be talked into booking his own band, Better Than Ezra: "I didn't want it to be, 'Hey! I started a festival, and I'm playing!'" Griffin explains. "You know? In a spot (on the lineup) that's too high. I didn't want to give anybody any ammo (to criticize the festival), because I wanted to have a purity of the whole thing. This is what this (festival) is about. It's not about my performing career. But so many people said, 'We want you to play,' and I can get my band cheap."  Read more. . . 

Walmart Preparing for Wine Sales in Tennessee

In my research for this short piece I am reminded of an interesting fact- Walmart is the largest retailer in the world.  The World.

Walmart counts down to July 1, 2016All across Tennessee, our client, Walmart, is preparing for the sale of wine in its stores.  What an undertaking this is for them; there are 104 Walmart stores and 16 Sam's Club locations in Tennessee!

Officials said, "Walmart is making it simple for customers to get their groceries, their favorite wines and everything else they need, all in one place, and at our Every Day Low Prices."

For the full article in The Chattanoogan, click here.

For the news report with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, click here.

For the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

WIGS: One Less Stop to Make on the Way Home

Bone McAllester Norton partnered with Burr Forman to license Walmart statewide in Tennessee.

15 days remain until wine in grocery stores is available across the state, for many of us, this just means we have one less stop to make on the way home.

This photo was taken just after Will Cheek, Tucker Herndon (partner at Burr Forman) and Tennessee's ABC Director Clay Bird got the first of 104 Walmart and 16 Sam's Club liquor licenses for wine in grocery stores!  BoneLaw's Liquor Law Expert, Will Cheek, writes about this historic moment in his blog, Last Call.

4V5A1487L to R: Tucker Herndon, Director Byrd and Will CheekWill Cheek leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Team and writes an informative and often entertaining blog, Last Call, covering alcohol and hospitality news and events.  He is nationally known as the go-to source for Tennessee Liquor Law.

Moonshine at Opry Mills?

Opry Mills Eyed for Tennessee's First Enclosed Retail Center Distillery

From:  Nashville Post

In a move that could yield a first for Nashville and the state, Metro Councilman Jeff Syracuse is seeking to amend Metro’s code to permit an artisan distiller to operate at Opry Mills mall.

Specifically, Syracuse’s move involves an update to the code that regulates the city’s various commercial attraction (CA) districts.

“We’re doing due diligence to see if it’s viable,” said Syracuse, in whose District 15 the mall sits. “It would be a great amenity for Opry Mills.”

At press time, the company had not consented to being identified, and its name is on no Metro or state documents. Syracuse, who declined to ID the company, said much work remains to be done on the effort. The Metro Planning Department has yet to finalize rezoning request documents.

“We are beginning the process of making sure from a zoning and building code perspective that all factors — such as ventilation and fire suppression systems — are considered,” he said. Syracuse said officials with the Metro Planning and Codes departments are expected to meet later this week to discuss the issue.

Robert D. PinsonRobert D. PinsonRob Pinson, a Bone McAllester Norton attorney with a focus on alcoholic beverage law, is representing the prospective distillery. He declined to disclose the identification of the company but noted it is not located in Tennessee.

“The company would like to offer flavored vodkas and moonshine,” Pinson said. “They will rely heavily on foot traffic at the mall.”

If it materializes, the distillery would be the first to operate within an enclosed mall in the state. In contrast, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine distills at outdoor shopping center The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Davidson County is home to Corsair Artisan Distillery located in Wedgewood-Houston and Marathon Village, Nelson’s Greenbrier, Nashville Craft Distillery, SPEAKeasy Spirits Distillery and Prichard’s Distillery at Fontanel in Joelton. Metro has approximately 57 CA districts, all located within the general Opry Mills and Music Valley area in east Davidson County.

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group owns Opry Mills mall.


This article copied entirely from the Nashville Post.

ABC Law Expert, Will Cheek, Weighs In on TABC's New Director

Yesterday at the TABC (Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission) meeting, a new head of the agency, Clayton Byrd, was named.  Mr. Byrd replaces Ginna Winfree, who was the agency's attorney and had been serving as interim director since Keith Bell resigned in March of this year.

Will Cheek, Tennessee's alcoholic beverage law expert, said he is pleased with the decision.

William T. Cheek IIIWilliam T. Cheek III"Kudos to the ABC for selecting Director Byrd. He has industry experience, knows many of the key players and seems to be precisely what the ABC needs to best serve the alcoholic beverage industry, which is a key economic engine for Tennessee," Cheek stated.

Will Cheek leads the firm's Alcoholic Beverage Team and writes an informative and often entertaining blog, Last Call, covering alcohol and hospitality news and events.  He is nationally known as the go-to source for Tennessee Liquor Law.

A full article was written by Cari Wade Gervin for the Nashville Post.

Client, Kings Bowl at Cool Springs Galleria is Open and Leaving No Pin Standing

Are you a gutter ball guru or a clean sweep?  Spare me.

Kings Bowl in Franklin will be right up your alley.

This past weekend's, Tennessean Portfolio features an article about Bone McAllester Norton client, Kings Bowl.  Click here for the full article in The Tennessean.

Kings Bowl has recently opened in the Cool Springs Galleria Mall.  With 25,000 square feet of bowling, eating and live music, there is sure to be some kind of fun for everyone.  And to make certain that is true, the Kings national chain has an executive chef with a full-service kitchen, a craft beer room and a whiskey room - along with a few lanes for bowling.

Client, Jackalope Brewing Weighs In: Do's and Don'ts of Growlers

(Photo: Samuel M. Simpkins/ The Tennessean)(Photo: Samuel M. Simpkins/ The Tennessean)GRAB IT AND GROWLER:  YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU

Client, Jackalope Brewing Company and other local breweries share some great growler do's and don'ts in today's The Tennessean.

A growler is simply the best way to take fresh beer home.  There are many filing stations all around town!  Many of our local craft brewers do not bottle, so this is the only way to take beer on the go.  To read this interesting article in The Tennessean, click here.



Don't Look Now, Nudie's Honky Tonk Is Opening On Lower Broadway

By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Bone McAllester Norton client is planning a new honky-tonk on Lower Broadway - Nudie's Honky Tonk.  Let me explain. . .

This new live music/bar/restaurant takes its name from Nudie Cohn and will open this summer at 409 Broadway.

Nudie Cohn is the professional name for Nuta Kotlyarenko, the Ukrainian-born American tailor known for his decoratively designed rhinestone-covered suits - the "Nudie Suits".  He created these outlandish suits for the likes of Porter Wagoner, Elvis, Robert Redford, Hank Williams, George Jones, Ronald Reagan, etc.

So, Nudie's Honky Tonk will be a three-story, 12,000 square foot bar/club/restaurant featuring live music, several bars and a full kitchen offering Southern style comfort food.



Fresh Market, BoneLaw Client, comes to West Nashville

The Fresh MarketThe Fresh MarketThe fourth Fresh Market in the Nashville area is opening on the west side of Nashville in the Lion's Head Village Shopping Center.  It will be taking the space that was previously the OfficeMax and is slated to open in the Spring of 2017.

For the entire article in The Tennessean, click here.


Well this is exciting - BoneLaw client Whole Foods is coming to Downtown Nashville!

We all love Whole Foods!  Where else can you get bulk spices, unique organics or Italian Mountain Gorgonzola aged 92.3 days?   Each store is known for having standard groceries but also a high percentage of unique-to-your-area items, produce, etc. I love to take to tour of what I call, the 'Food Museum'; the place where foods are not shelved for purchase, but displayed for view.

You can imagine the excitement to know that we will be getting our very own Whole Foods in downtown Nashville!

According to The Nashville Business Journal, this full-service grocery store will soon call 1214 Broadway home.

1214 Broadway will be the home of the latest Endeavor Real Estate Group project, a proposed 27-story tower at the corner of 12th Avenue North and Broadway.

To read the full article in The Nashville Business Journal, click here.