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At the annual NBA LAW Day luncheon on May 3, Bone McAllester Norton was honored to receive the 2019 Leadership Award from Nashville Bar Association (NBA)’s Diversity Committee, the bar’s highest level of recognition for contributions that bolster diversity and professional success.
“From the firm’s beginnings, diversity has been a key pillar to our professional and ethical belief system. We are committed to treating all people with whom we have contact—clients, employees, adversaries, the public, and each other—with the highest level of dignity, civility and respect,” said Bone McAllester Norton President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone. “I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Nashville Bar Association for this honor, as well as each of our attorneys who uphold this belief system, both in law and community engagement. Together, we can take great pride in this honor as we continue to strive toward diversity and equality across our great city.”
Each year, the firm hosts an Annual Fellowship Breakfast on Martin Luther King Day that has become an important community outreach across Nashville. The breakfast is typically attended by 500 to 600 leaders in the Nashville community. In 2019, the Annual Fellow Breakfast was held at the new Tennessee State Museum and featured a short-film produced by the firm entitled, “Perspectives”.
For more information about the Nashville Bar Association, visit its website.
Stephen Zralek, a Member of Bone McAllester Norton, recently led a team that obtained a unanimous jury verdict for a homebuilder when a competing homebuilder, its owner and a realtor infringed the copyright in our client's original architectural work known as the Brentwood II. At the conclusion of the four-day trial in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client, Singletary Construction, LLC, finding all three defendants liable for copyright infringement, and awarding all of their profits from the infringement to Singletary Construction.
When the contract between Singletary Construction and a homebuyer fell through on the purchase and sale of the Brentwood II, the buyer's realtor instructed a competing homebuilder to "build the same home" in the very same subdivision, and to even "match" photographs of the Brentwood II. She went so far as to put these instructions in the contract with the competing homebuilder. For its part, the competing homebuilder examined photographs of the Brentwood II, utilized the same cabinet designer to "match" the Brentwood II's layout, and copied both the overall layout and arrangement of rooms, even down to details as minute as the wainscoting, crown molding, and trim around return air vents. The realtor was held contributorily liable because she knowingly induced the infringement, and the owner of the competing homebuilder was held vicariously liable because he supervised the infringement and received a direct financial benefit from it.
To read the Judgment, click here.
Bone McAllester Norton is honored to be the recipient of Lipscomb University’s 2019 Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service for its legal and philanthropic efforts in greater Nashville. The firm was specifically recognized for our work on behalf of the Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) program students Cyntoia Brown and Michelle Martin. This award is given each year to a member of the Lipscomb community who exhibits an exemplary spirit of public service in honor of Mary Morris, a Lipscomb College of Education faculty member who lost her battle with cancer in 2005.
On April 18, the firm was recognized during an award reception with the Morris family and past award recipients at Lipscomb University’s Ezell Chapel. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium which the firm donated to the LIFE program. The LIFE program allows for inmates at the Tennessee Prison for Women to take college classes through Lipscomb University. Traditional undergraduate students join the women in class; both groups of students work towards an Associates Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or a Master’s Degree.
“From your work with Cyntoia and Michelle to the MLK Day Breakfast to the countless ways your firm has created and sustained a culture of service to our community, your work is exactly the kind of work this award is meant to honor,” said Randy Spivey, academic director of the Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice and Society at Lipscomb University.
For more information about Lipscomb University’s LIFE Program, visit their website.
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.
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 Koju.
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.
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.
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.
Bone 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 www.TAGAlliances.com.
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.
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.Bone McAllester Norton attorney
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.
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.Bone McAllester Norton attorney
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.
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
Stacey Garrett Koju and James Lowe
William Hankins, Larry Beckwith and Stacey Garrett Koju
Charles W. Bone
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.
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!
(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.
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.Bone McAllester Norton attorney
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 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.
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.
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.Bone McAllester Norton attorney
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.
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.Bone McAllester Norton attorney
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.
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.