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Charles W. Bone Featured as “Good Guys” Panelist at TLAW’s 2019 Empowerment Conference

Bone McAllester Norton Founder and Chairman Charles W. Bone was featured on the “Good Guys Panel Discussion: Making the Business Case for Diversity” at the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women (TLAW) fourth annual Empowerment Conference on March 28. Moderated by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby. Bone was joined by fellow “Good Guys” panelists Jeffery B. Jones, office managing shareholder of Florida-based Littler Mendelson, P.C. and David Billions, managing director of litigation at FedEx in Memphis.

Founded in 1989, TLAW is a statewide women’s bar association credited with significantly increasing the number of women on the bench and in other legal positions in Tennessee. TLAW’s two-day Empowerment Conference offers invaluable legal education, career development and networking opportunities, and was recognized by the National Conference of Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA) as the recipient of the NCWBA’s 2018 Outstanding Member Program Award for its groundbreaking work.

For more information about TLAW, visit its website.

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Bone McAllester Norton Hosts ISOA Women’s Executive Roundtable

On March 20,Bone McAllester Norton hosted the 2019 Women’s Executive Roundtable (WERT) with the Interdenominational Services Organization of America (ISOA). The informal luncheon experience provided 35 local college students and young professionals an opportunity to meet with successful female business leaders. The event was led by four speakers and six ISOA board members, including Bone McAllester Norton attorney and Board Chair, Stacey Garrett KojuStacey Garrett Koju Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexStacey Garrett Koju Attorney & Board Chair at Bone McAllester Norton

Founded in 1990 by Dr. Millicent Lownes-Jackson, the Dean of the College of Business at Tennessee State University, ISOA is a community-based, volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3), economic development organization whosemission is to empower women, youth and aspiring professionals for business and entrepreneurial success on the global economic platform. ISOA’s programs and operations are overseen by a dynamic board of directors composed of accomplished professionals from all walks of life who volunteer their time and share their expertise and experiences to empower others. 

To learn more about ISOA, visit theirwebsite.

Nashville Post Names Four Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys to “In Charge 2019”

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to share four attorneys are named to Nashville Post’s “In Charge 2019,” the 10th annual compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top businesses, political and civic leaders.

The firm’s founder and chairman Charles W. Bone, founding member Stacey Garrett Koju and attorney Ed Yarborough are included on the “In Charge – Legal” list, and President and CEO Charles Robert Bone is included on the “In Charge — Development” list.

The firm is honored to be recognized alongside the diverse and inspiring individuals who help our city thrive.

For the full list, visit Nashville Post’s website.


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Bone McAllester Norton Hosts Tennessee Bankers Association’s Young Bankers Division during Day on the Hill

On March 6, 2019, Bone McAllester Norton hosted the Young Bankers Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) for lunch and a panel discussion, led by Bone Law attorney Trace Blankenship, as part of their annual “Day on the Hill” at the Tennessee State Capitol.

Each March, the Young Bankers Division organizes this unique outing in conjunction with TBA’s government relations team. “Day on the Hill” encourages engagement in the political and regulatory process by providing an opportunity for bankers under the age of 40 to observe the General Assembly in session and meet with key legislators and staffers. Participants learn about the procedures of the state’s governing body, tour the Capitol and also attend committee sessions. 

The Young Bankers Division was established in 1960 to nurture the professional development of the state’s bank officers, and prepare them to become the industry’s next generation of leaders through professional development, advocacy and community involvement opportunities.

Trace Blankenship's practice is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/capital-raising transactions, securities regulation, and corporate governance/board strategy.   He has been named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2014 and was selected in 2017 and again in 2018 for the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.”  He’s a longtime member of the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Bank Lawyers Committee and was a contributing author of Director’s Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, published by the American Bar Association in 2017. Trace serves as general counsel and as a board member of the law firm.

To learn more about the Tennessee Bankers Association, visit their website.


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Bone Law’s Global Alliance TAGLaw Receives Distinguished Recognition by Chambers & Partners

TagLaw - A World Alliance of independent Law FirmsBone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that its international alliance, TAGLaw, has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners as “Elite”—the highest ranking awarded to legal networks and alliances. This is the sixth time TAGLaw has received the distinguished “Elite” designation since Chambers & Partners began ranking legal networks and alliances in 2013. TAGLaw is a global alliance of more than 160 leading independent law firms providing trusted legal services to companies including the Fortune 5000, leading small to medium companies, and high net worth individuals in more than 90 countries. With expertise in dozens of practice areas and countless industry sectors, TAGLaw offers significant capabilities to its members’ clients. When Bone McAllester clients need legal advice outside of Tennessee or the United States, they can quickly draw on the vast network and experience of other TAGLaw law firms, which are of a similar caliber. Our experience in working with other TAGLaw firms has been seamless and phenomenal. They routinely treat our clients as their own and provide the same level of service as we would, ourselves. Through TAGLaw, Bone McAllester Norton is ready to serve clients with local experts, regardless of where their business goals and legal challenges may take them. Learn more at

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Kee Bryant-McCormick Honored by Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce

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On Feb. 21, Bone McAllester Norton attorney Kee Bryant-McCormick was honored by the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce during its annual “Women Impacting The Community” awards luncheon. Bryant-McCormick received the 2019 Professional Impact Award in recognition of her service to several local civic and charitable organizations.

A member of the firm’s Sumner County office, Bryant-McCormick concentrates her practice in the areas of civil and criminal litigation, estate planning, probate, conservatorships, wills and trusts, business and corporate law, and special education law. She serves many professional organizations and non-profits, including the Rotary Club, Shalom Zone, League of Women Voters of Tennessee and the City of Hendersonville, among others.

The Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce is Sumner County’s largest COC, representing the interests of its more than 800 member businesses and 8,730 member employees throughout the area. For more information, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney James Crumlin, Jr. Offers Workplace Romance Advice in Nashville Business Journal

James A Crumlin Jr.James A Crumlin Jr.Bone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin, Jr. is a featured guest columnist on the Nashville Business Journal’s website. His article “Before asking 'Be Mine,' beware: Office romance advice from a Nashville lawyer” highlights several key items employers and employees should keep in mind as Valentine’s Day approaches, including reviewing company policies about employee relationships, creating consensual romance contracts and other tips for avoiding inappropriate conduct.

Crumlin concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law, where he counsels management on issues arising from the employment relationship. With experience in both union and non-union arbitration and all forms of employment discrimination litigation, his legal counsel is regularly sought out by companies who need assistance in navigating the corporate legal landscape. In addition to serving as outside general counsel for several small and midsize businesses, Crumlin also conducts in-house training sessions on compliance with the numerous federal and state laws affecting employers — from the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Fair Labor Standards Act to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

To read the column, visit the Nashville Business Journal’s website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney James Crumlin Featured on Nashville Public Radio

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional ImageJames A. Crumlin Jr.Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin Jr.’s biweekly “Capitol Steps Workout” was recently featured on Nashville Public Radio, part of the National Public Radio network. Every Monday and Thursday night at 6 p.m., Crumlin leads a group of workout warriors through a free, high intensity workout on the 90-step staircase of the Tennessee Capitol building.

Crumlin, who is a five-time Ironman finisher, started the workout group six and a half years ago and welcomes anyone to participate. In January of 2019, for the second straight year, Crumlin’s class was recognized by Nashville Fit Magazine as Nashville’s Best Free Community Workout in 2018. Check out the full story here.

Bone McAllester Norton hosted its 18th annual MLK Day Fellowship Breakfast on January 21

More than 600 civic and community leaders from across Nashville gathered as part of Bone McAllester Norton’s 18th Annual MLK Day Fellowship Breakfast on Monday, January 21, at the new Tennessee State Museum. The Fellowship Breakfast has become a centerpiece in Nashville’s annual remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and today was no exception.

Mayor David Briley, Ernest “Rip” Patton (one of the original Freedom Riders), Stacey Garrett Koju and Charles W. Bone, the firm's co-founders, were among the featured speakers. Aside from the speakers, this year’s event also served as the premiere screening of a new short film, titled Perspectives. The film was commissioned by Bone McAllester Norton in collaboration with Centric Screenworks, a Centric Entertainment Group company, and featured Nashville youth and their perspectives on privilege, prejudice and human dignity in today’s society.

The law firm also celebrated its recent success in helping Cyntoia Brown win her bid for clemency by sharing some of her thoughts about the present-day importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the importance of really listening to young people. The full text of her message shared this morning can be seen locally in The Tennessean and nationally in USA Today.

Premiere screening of Perspectives at this year's MLK Fellowship Breakfast

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Bone McAllester Norton Sponsors Hendersonville High School Basketball Games

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Bone McAllester Norton is a proud sponsor of Hendersonville High School basketball for the 2018-19 season! Last night, the Commandos boy’s varsity squad hosted Beech High School in the main gym. For the second consecutive year, our firm provided free T-shirts for players and cheerleaders to toss out to the crowd during the game.

Bone McAllester Norton Sponsors Hendersonville High School Basketball Games 1 Bone LawWhile 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!

Speaker Casada Names Representative Garrett Vice-Chairman Of House Judiciary Committee

Johnny C Garrett IVJohnny C Garrett IVBone Law's Johnny Garrett has been named Vice-Chairman Of House Judiciary Committee by Speaker Glen Casada. The Tennessee House of Republican's website released the following news on January 16, 2019.

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Johnny Garrett (R-Goodlettsville) Vice-Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. This is an honor rarely bestowed upon first-year lawmakers.

The 26-person House Judiciary Committee will be responsible for all criminal and civil laws; judicial proceedings; executors, administrators, wills, divorce, and other family matters; all proceedings related to the courts, and law enforcement issues.

“We have an extremely gifted group of freshman lawmakers, and Representative Garrett is one of our leaders,” said Speaker Casada. “I know he will bring a new energy and new ideas to the House Judiciary Committee, which will benefit our entire General Assembly and the citizens of Tennessee.”

“I am humbled that Speaker Casada has chosen me to serve as a leader of the House Judiciary Committee,” said Representative Garrett. “Tennessee has made remarkable progress building safe communities and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens in recent years. I am eager to get to work with my fellow committee members so that we can build upon these successful trends.”

Representative Garrett was officially sworn in to office on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. He will also serve as a member of the House Insurance Committee, as well as the House Civil Justice and Property & Casualty Subcommittees. Garrett lives in Goodletsville and represents Tennessee House District 45, which includes a portion of Sumner County.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Maria Campbell Recognized as a “Pro Bono Hero” by Tennessee Bar Association

Maria Q Campbell Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonMaria Q. CampbellBone McAllester Norton attorney Maria Campbell was recognized as a “Pro Bono Hero” in a list compiled by the Tennessee Bar Association’s (TBA) Access to Justice Committee in January 2019. According to the article, attorneys in the state reported performing an average of 53.1 hours of pro bono in 2016—the second highest rate among all states taking part in an American Bar Association survey.

As a litigation attorney and public interest advocate, Campbell gives her time to the Tennessee Justice Center’s TennCare Appeals project and Military Spouse JD Network. A California native, Campbell recently moved to Tennessee and has also become active in many local professional activities, including the TBA Young Lawyers Division’s Diversity Committee.

From the firm’s beginning, the leaders at Bone McAllester Norton have valued creating a culture founded upon making a difference for good. We are proud of the various ways the firm’s attorneys choose to serve the Nashville community.

To read the full article, visit Tennessee Bar Association’s website.

Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts

Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to partner annually with the Alive Monarch program, benefiting terminally ill children at Alive Hospice  to help make the holiday season a little brighter for a local family. Founded in Middle Tennessee in 1975, Alive Hospice is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization that provides compassionate end-of-life care, palliative care, bereavement support and community education.

Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts

Bone McAllester Norton Partners with Alive Hospice to Donate Holiday Gifts

This year, the firm collected gifts for a family with a 10-year-old daughter who has cancer. In addition to contributions from the firm’s attorneys and staff, the American Girl store at Coolsprings Galleria also generously donated gifts, as well as hosted a party at the store for the family and five of their daughter’s closest friends.

To learn more about Alive Hospice, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Speaks at the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonStephen J ZralekBone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek will speak on a panel at the Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) Leadership Forum for Professional Development on Dec. 5, 2018. Moderated by attorneys LaTonnsya Burney and Malaka Watson, the panel will discuss the interaction between litigation and transactional practices.

Established in 2014, the NBF Leadership Forum is an annual leadership program for 25 lawyers with three to eight years of experience. Each class of emerging leaders participates in nine monthly workshops focused on local legal and community issues.

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys support a wide range of community interests and activities. 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.

For more information about the NBF Leadership Forum, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Suzanne Kessler Speaks at Nashville Bar Association 2018 Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute

Suzanne Kessler Of Counsel at Bone McAllester NortonSuzanne Kessler Of CounselBone McAllester Norton attorney Suzanne Kessler will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the legal processes and contracts involved in making documentary films during the annual Nashville Bar Association (NBA) Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2018. The NBA Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute is a one-day, information-packed CLE program with six sessions hosted by local attorneys and thought leaders.

Kessler's hour-long presentation titled “So I Want to Make a Documentary Film. Now What?" will offer legal insights into making a documentary film from start to finish. Using two documentaries as case studies, her presentation will cover a range of topics, such as life story rights acquisitions, personal releases, public domain materials, fundraising, production insurance issues and many more. 

As an entertainment and intellectual property law attorney, Kessler regularly provides counsel and consulting services to traditional and new media clients, including film and television production companies and independent producers. Kessler is also a documentary filmmaker, artist manager, music production company co-owner and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School, where she teaches IP licensing and entertainment law within the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

For more information and to register for the NBA Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo Attends DRI’s Construction Law Boot Camp

IAshea Myles Dihigo Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalI'Ashea Myles DihigoBone McAllester Norton attorney I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo spoke at the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Construction Law Boot Camp in Chicago, Illinois on November 8, 2018.

Hosted by DRI’s Construction Law Committee, the one-day, in-depth workshop focused on the key aspects of construction claims and the litigation process. Alongside Alicia R. Kennon of Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP and Andrew K. Neito of SEA Consulting Limited PA, Myles-Dihigo presented “The End Game: How to Develop and Implement Your Resolution Strategy.” This seminar discussed strategies on how to narrow issues and resolve claims using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and if necessary, prepare for trial.

Myles-Dihigo focuses her practice on construction law, real estate law, employment law and commercial business law, with an emphasis on dispute resolution in both federal and state court.

Bone McAllester Norton Named to 2019 “Best Law Firms”

Charles Robert Bone  - President & CEO at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalCharles Robert BoneBone McAllester Norton for the 9th year in a row has been selected by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® to be named one of the “Best Law Firms” of 2019. The firm received multiple accolades at various levels, most notably are our “Tier 1 Rankings,” which include the following eight practice areas: Administrative/Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI Defense, Employment Law for individuals and Personal Injury Litigation for plaintiffs. The firm was also highly regarded in 17 other practice areas.

“Bone McAllester Norton is proud of the continued recognition our firm receives for providing world class legal services,” said firm President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone. “This honor is a direct result ofthe expertise, dedication and passion our attorneys have for their clients as well as the greater Nashville community.

”The U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and the review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 25th edition ofThe Best Lawyers in America for their respective practice area and geographical location. Bone McAllester Norton had 17 attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019 in 25 distinct practice areas.

Since the first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

About Bone McAllester Norton:
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is one of Nashville’s largest law firms with 20 distinct practice areas. The firm traces its roots back to 1978 when Charles W. Bone, Sam McAllester and Mike Norton first joined together to practice law. More than two decades later, in 2002, these layers along with Stacey Garrett Koju joined together to form Bone McAllester Norton. The firm has become known for their enthusiasm for the law, relentless dedication to clients and passionate commitment to the greater Nashville community. With offices located in Nashville, Hendersonville and Franklin, Tennessee, our attorneys work closely with clients on matters across the country. For more information about Bone McAllester Norton, visit

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Attends 2018 TAG Alliances Fall International Conference

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Speaking at the 2018 TAG Alliances Fall International Conference

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek attended the TAG Alliances Fall International Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia from Oct. 24 to 26.

Bone McAllester is the Tennessee law firm for TAGLaw, which is part of an international, multidisciplinary alliance of independent professional service firms. For more than 20 years, members like Zralek have leveraged the alliance’s global reach and local expertise of fellow like-minded firms to facilitate the international needs of their clients. With more than 290 member firms based in nearly 100 countries, TAG Alliances is one of the largest and most respected multidisciplinary alliances in the world.

A Nashville native, Zralek has practiced law since 1997 and clients continue to seek his advice, tenacity and engaging approach for litigation and protecting their creativity by resolving intellectual property, entertainment and business disputes.

To learn more about TAG Alliances, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton’s President and CEO Charles Robert Bone Selected New MDHA Chairman

Charles Robert Bone President & CEO at Bone McAllester NortonCharles Robert BoneBonelaw’s Charles Robert Bone was named Chairman of the Metro Development and Housing Agency (MDHA). 
Senior reporter Adam Sichko of the Nashville Business Journal takes a deeper dive with Bone to discuss his new appointment and MDHA’s new tax-increment financing (TIF) initiative. In the interview, “[Bone] describes the more prominent role he wants MDHA to embrace in addressing the shortage of affordable and workforce housing in Nashville, and his remarks also provide a window into how he will approach the coming debate about those developer incentives.” 

To read the complete interview, click here.

Bonelaw Attorney James Crumlin was Selected to Attend Lululemon Athletica’s Southeast Huddle Leadership/Empowerment Retreat

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonJames A. Crumlin Jr.Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin Jr. was honored to be one of 15 representatives selected to attend Lululemon Athletica’s Southeast Huddle Leadership / Empowerment Retreat. James and the selectees joined 10 Lululemon team members for a weekend filled with fitness and leadership seminars. In addition to attending the retreat, the selectees will serve as representatives to Lululemon headquarters on behalf of fitness communities throughout their states. James was one of three individuals selected from the state of Tennessee to represent our countless fitness communities. The selectees were chosen based upon their reputation in their respective fitness communities.

In January of 2018, James was recognized by Nashville Fit Magazine for leading Nashville’s best free workout class in 2017. Every Monday and Thursday night you will find James leading nearly a hundred community members through a high intensity workout at the steps of the Tennessee Capitol building. You can read more about the “Capitol Steps Workout” here. 

When reflecting upon the retreat, James said his three takeaways were,
“1. Be in the moment—Every moment is precious. It will never happen again.
2. Trust your process—Everyone is doing big things…
3. Follow your faith in God- He will lead you down your path. Just listen. You are right where
you are supposed to be. Your steps are ordered.”

For more information on Lululemon’s Southeast Huddle Leadership/Empowerment Retreat
please click here.