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Attorney Marshall T. Cook Appointed to Board of Hendersonville Rotary Foundation

Bone McAllester Norton would like to congratulate attorney Marshall Cook for being appointed to the board of the Hendersonville Rotary Foundation, an organization driven to improve the community.

Anne Martin Speaks at Employment Law Seminar

Anne Martin spoke at the 2012 Employment Law Seminar sponsored by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and Department of Human Resources.  Anne participated in a panel discussion regarding mediation in employment law disputes.  The conference was attended by over 100 human resource professionals and employment law attorneys.

James Mackler creates Nashville Attorney Veterans Group

There is a unique bond among the small percentage of Americans who have served in the military. There is an even smaller subset of individuals who are both attorneys and veterans. As an attorney and recent veteran I was surprised to learn several months ago that there was no formal organization or even list of members of middle Tennessee lawyers with prior military service. It occurred to me that such an organization could be a great source of camaraderie and, more importantly, community service. Seeing the great potential for such a group, I began to email friends and colleagues to compile a list of interested attorney veterans.

Not surprisingly, the response was overwhelming. Middle Tennessee has a very strong community of lawyers who have served their country and there was clearly a pent up demand to join forces. The list grew quickly. On May 17, 2012, Judge Robert Echols hosted the first ever meeting of attorney veterans. We had approximately 30 attendees. There were lawyers and judges who had served in every conflict from World War II through Afghanistan. We also had nearly every military branch represented. The group enjoyed sharing war stories from both the battlefield and the courtroom. There was a strong consensus that we needed to meet again and begin planning some kind of outreach project that would combine our military backgrounds with our unique legal skills.

The attorney veterans group is off to a very strong start. Inspired by the growing organization, the Nashville Bar has now created a veterans committee. Our group is open to all lawyers in the middle Tennessee area who have served, or are currently serving, in any branch of the military. It is growing day by day. We are creating a more formalized organizational structure, working to choose our first service project, and planning our next meeting. We are very excited about the future. If you are an attorney with a military background and would like more information, please feel free to contact me at 615-238-6312.

Attorney Anne Martin speaks at Society for Human Resource Management Conference

Anne Martin spoke at the 2012 SHRM Tennessee Employment Law & Legislative Conference on May 18, 2012. Anne led one of the conference sessions titled “The ABC’s of Leave and Disability Issues.” Anne also participated with other speakers in a discussion regarding the latest trends in employment law

and to answer questions of conference attendees. The conference was attended by over 300 human resource professionals and employment law attorneys.

Stephen Zralek talks with News 2 about possible legal issues with Pinterest

Attorney Stephen Zralek, who helps clients avoid and resolve disputes involving intellectual property, including copyrights, took some time to discuss the legal issues that go along with the new social media site Pinterest.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With millions of users taking to a new social media site, a Nashville lawyer is warning the online pin boards could cause legal problems.

Pinterest acts as a virtual pin board and allows users to post pictures of items they find online such as outfits, craft ideas and recipes.

Though the new social media craze gains thousands of users each day, attorney Stephen Zralek said there could be consequences to pinning due to copyright infringement.

 

BMN Attorney Rob Pinson Speaks at Lorman Seminar

On May 4, 2012 attorney Rob Pinson spoke at a Lorman seminar regarding Tennessee Election Laws. Lorman Education Services offers a line of legal seminars designed for attorneys of varying experience levels and areas of practice. Lorman is a leading provider of continuing education seminars for a variety of industries in the United States and Canada.

 

Stacey Garrett honored at this year's Women of Legend and Merit Awards dinner

Congratulations go out to Stacey Garrett on this incredible honor!

 

Women of Legend & Merit


Celebrating the Power of Women


2012 HONOREES

This year the Women of Legend and Merit Award will honor seven women in various categories. They are:

ATHLETICS

Catana Starks, Ed.D., the first African-American woman to coach a men's NCAA Division I golf team and retired university professor;

BUSINESS

Mignon Francois, owner, The Cupcake Collection;

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Mary Carver-Patrick, entrepreneur, retired educator and active volunteer;

EDUCATION

Karen Brown Dunlap, Ph.D., president of The Poynter Institute;

LEADERSHIP

Sharon Gentry, Ed.D., Metropolitan Nashville Public School Board member, District 1 and health care IT manager, HCA;

LEGAL

Stacey A. Garrett, founding member and board chair of Bone McAllester Norton;

MEDIA

Paula Lovell, president, Lovell Communications.

Learn more about the event here

 

Stacey Garrett honored at this year's Women of Legend and Merit Awards dinner

Congratulations go out to Stacey Garrett on this incredible honor!

 

Women of Legend & Merit

Celebrating the Power of Women

2012 HONOREES

This year the Women of Legend and Merit Award will honor seven women in various categories. They are:

ATHLETICS
Catana Starks, Ed.D., the first African-American woman to coach a men's NCAA Division I golf team and retired university professor;

BUSINESS
Mignon Francois, owner, The Cupcake Collection;

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Mary Carver-Patrick, entrepreneur, retired educator and active volunteer;

EDUCATION
Karen Brown Dunlap, Ph.D., president of The Poynter Institute;

LEADERSHIP
Sharon Gentry, Ed.D., Metropolitan Nashville Public School Board member, District 1 and health care IT manager, HCA;

LEGAL
Stacey A. Garrett, founding member and board chair of Bone McAllester Norton;

MEDIA
Paula Lovell, president, Lovell Communications.

Learn more about the event here
 

Susan R. High-McAuley Appointed to Hendersonville Chamber Board

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Susan R. High-McAuley was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce as Legal Counsel. The Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce is an organization that strives to connect, support, promote, and advocate for businesses in the Hendersonville Area.

Bone McAllester Norton is thrilled to congratulate Susan on her new role in the community.

Susan R. High-McAuley Appointed to Hendersonville Chamber Board

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Susan R. High-McAuley was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce as Legal Counsel. The Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce is an organization that strives to connect, support, promote, and advocate for businesses in the Hendersonville Area.

Bone McAllester Norton is thrilled to congratulate Susan on her new role in the community.

Attorney Andrea Perry Wins ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

Congratulations to Andrea Perry on being named a 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Leader!


The Nashville ATHENA Award Program is proud to sponsor the ATHENA Young Professional
Leadership Award. This international award recognizes emerging women leaders across professional
sectors for exemplary leadership. It actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting,
developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential, and helping to
create balance in leadership worldwide. It honors women between the ages of 25 and 40 who excel in
their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role
model for young women.


 

 

Attorney Andrea Perry Wins ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

Congratulations to Andrea Perry on being named a 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Leader!

The Nashville ATHENA Award Program is proud to sponsor the ATHENA Young Professional
Leadership Award. This international award recognizes emerging women leaders across professional
sectors for exemplary leadership. It actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting,
developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential, and helping to
create balance in leadership worldwide. It honors women between the ages of 25 and 40 who excel in
their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role
model for young women.

 
 

Will Cheek named to Board of Directors of The DISTRICT

Attorney Will Cheek was recently named to the Board of Directors for The DISTRICT.


Geographically, The DISTRICT consists of three of downtown Nashville's National Register Historic Districts: 2nd Avenue, Broadway and Printer’s Alley. Organizationally, it is a partnership of the business community, property owners, preservationists, non-profits and government agencies with an interest in downtown Nashville.


 

Will Cheek named to Board of Directors of The DISTRICT

Attorney Will Cheek was recently named to the Board of Directors for The DISTRICT.

Geographically, The DISTRICT consists of three of downtown Nashville's National Register Historic Districts: 2nd Avenue, Broadway and Printer’s Alley. Organizationally, it is a partnership of the business community, property owners, preservationists, non-profits and government agencies with an interest in downtown Nashville.

 

Bluegrass Underground: PBS Series Features Concerts Out Of A Cave

Attorney Stephanie Taylor represents Todd Squared Production


By CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press


CUMBERLAND CAVERNS, Tenn. — In decades of ceaseless touring, bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley thought he'd played in every venue imaginable.


Then he got an invite to play a "Bluegrass Underground" show earlier this year.


Read the entire article here.


 

Stephen Zralek to Discuss Laws of Social Media

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek will discuss the laws of social media for "Digital Citizenship and the First Amendment: The final segment of Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age," a series moderated by former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.


This event features Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center as he joins Deborah Taylor Tate for a discussion of the tenets of the First Amendment – religion, speech, press, assembly and petition – and how all have been affected in a digital world. Stephen Zralek will also join the conversation to discuss the evolving laws of social media, including defamation, marketing to children and employment issues.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 6 p.m.
Mullican Television Studio, Ezell Center, Lipscomb University
RSVP to Leah Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (615) 966-6155


 

James A. Crumlin, Jr. to Present at TBA’s Introduction to Trial Practice

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin, Jr. is one of twelve speakers presenting at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Introduction to Trial Practice program on March 31, 2011.


 This CLE is designed to recreate a “real” trial experience with seasoned lawyers. Attendees will observe key aspects of a basic trial including voir dire, direct and cross examination of an expert, and other areas often left out of law school curriculum.


Click here for more details and to register for this program.


 

Stephen Zralek to Present "Legal Issues in Social Media"

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek will present “Legal Issues in Social Media” at the Nashville Business Journal’s Crash Course on Social Media half-day seminar held Wednesday, March 30 at Lipscomb University Shamblin Theater.


Discussions will include how to create, implement and measure a successful social presence for your business and coaching for building a social media marketing plan.


Click here to register.


 

Rob Pinson to Present Top 10 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Rob Pinson will present the Top 10 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies on November 18th from 8:30am – 10:30am.


  This event is designed for business owners and hosted by KraftCPAs, Accelerent and Bone McAllester Norton.


Topics Include (but not limited to)
• Best ways to take cash out of the company
• Rules for related party deductions
• Research & development tax credits you might have overlooked
• Accelerated depreciation options and strategies
• Using retirement plans to their full tax benefit potential
• Tennessee state tax issues and opportunities
• Update on new and/or expiring tax legislation
• The pros and cons of Roth IRA conversions this year
• Gifting strategies to avoid taxation
• Making charitable contributions from retirement plans


Location: KraftCPAs’ Nashville Office, 555 Great Circle Road (Metro Center)


 

Trace Blankenship Presented "Private Placements in Tennessee: Anatomy of an Early-Stage Investment"

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Trace Blankenship presented a webcast titled “Private Placements in Tennessee: Anatomy of an Early-State Investment” for the Tennessee Bar Association on October 13, 2010.


Here is a description of the presentation:


As opportunities continue to increase for Tennessee companies to pursue and obtain capital investments, the company’s management and advisers have much to consider as they structure and document the investment.  This session is designed to provide an overview of what exemptions are available under the federal and state securities laws for Tennessee companies obtaining capital from outside investors and what risks need to be considered, along with practical guidance for how to properly document the investment transaction.  Join Trace Blankenship, a securities and M&A attorney at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee, in this session to hear about the changing legal landscape for raising capital and best practices for companies considering a private placement offering in Tennessee.