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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 Helps with Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Home Build

Bone McAllester Norton Helps with Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Home Build Bone McAllester Norton Helps with Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Home Build

In October 2018, Bone McAllester Norton participated in Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s annual, eight-day home build to help a local hardworking family take steps toward a better life through the purchase of their own home.

Each build day covers a variety of construction tasks, from raising wall panels and installing windows on day one to finishing the landscaping on day eight. The firm donated the funds and manpower for day six, which included final painting and the installation of kitchen cabinets and countertops.

The homeowners, Gamal Ahmed and Elham Mohamed, have been living in Nashville since 2015 after leaving their home in Sudan due to war and violence. They attended Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership class and worked on the build site to earn a zero percent annual mortgage rate. They will live in their new home with their two young daughters.

From the firm’s beginning, the leaders at Bone McAllester Norton have valued creating a culture founded upon making a difference for good. Bone McAllester Norton’s attorneys partner with more than 130 local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. Sam McAllester, a founder and vice chairman of the law firm, has been a member of the Finance Community for Habitat since 2012 and currently serves as a member of Habitat’s Board of Directors in Nashville.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s homeownership program, visit their website.

James Crumlin Recognized for Best Free Community Workout in Nashville and Second Best Ambassador to Nashville’s Health and Fitness Community

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexJames A. Crumlin Jr.On January 3rd, 2018 Bone McAllester Norton’s attorney, James Crumlin was recognized for hosting the Best Free Community Workout in Nashville of 2017 by Nashville Fit Magazine. “Capitol Steps Workout” meets every Monday and Thursday at 6pm. Here you will find James leading a group through a challenging workout session that will push their limits. The participants form a community that keeps the group encouraged and ready for the challenge. All are welcome to join the fun, free of cost, no matter their skill level.

Crumlin was also recognized as the second Best Ambassador to Nashville’s Health and Fitness Community. When receiving the recognition, Crumlin said, “I am blessed beyond measure and so grateful for your continued support! There are SO many people to thank. I humbly thank and so appreciate everyone who helps/has helped with, attends/has attended the workouts over the last 5 ½ years. Without YOU, there would be no Capitol Steps Workout.”

We are proud of the many ways James serves and leads our community through Bone McAllester Norton and from the steps of the capitol building.

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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Recognized as Healthcare Leaders

In January’s Nashville Medical News magazine, “2018 In Charge Health Care,” Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey Garrett Koju are recognized as leaders – “leaders who keep Music City’s $84 billion healthcare industry humming along.”

Anne Sumpter Arney Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexAnne Sumpter ArneyWith over 30 years of experience, Anne Arney continues to work with healthcare companies and medical professionals on a wide variety of legal matters. She advises her healthcare clients on business law and transactional issues, as well as assisting them in navigating ever-changing healthcare laws and regulations. Anne regularly counsels both healthcare and non-healthcare entrepreneurs who are seeking to start, grow, operate, and sell their businesses. She publishes the “Physicians’ Legal Update” newsletter to help her clients stayed informed on legal matters.

Stacey Garrett Koju Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexStacey Garrett KojuStacey Garrett Koju is a founding member of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and serves as the chair of the firm’s board of directors. Stacey concentrates her practice in the areas of healthcare, higher education, labor and employment, and corporate transactions. Stacey’s clients include physicians, medical practice groups, and other healthcare entities. She is currently a board member of Abe’s Garden, National Museum of African American Music, and Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., and also serves as chair of Leadership Tennessee’s Advisory Council.

We are grateful for the hard work and service Anne Arney and Stacey Koju provide to Bone McAllester Norton and the Nashville community.

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Bone McAllester Norton Ranks High with U.S. News Best Law Firms

Bone McAllester Norton continues to earn top recognition in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report & Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” rankings—a comprehensive survey of America's top law firms—with 20 overall practice rankings. Bonelaw added several new rankings, including Healthcare, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisition, Environmental, and Securitization and Structured Finance. The survey also resulted in 14 individual rankings for Bonelaw attorneys, 10 of those ranked in more than one practice area.

Practice rankings include:

The U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Bone McAllester Norton is also pleased to announce Anne C. Martin was named Best Lawyers© “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Labor and Employment. 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.

Join us for the Business Studio Legal Series!

Throughout the month of October Bone McAllester Norton is partnering with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for their Business Studio Legal Series. The series is designed to shape the legal plan for business of all sizes. 

Dates and topics include: 

October 7: Protecting your business relationships, goods and services 

Sean Kirk will teach you how to negotiate contracts that protect your business relationships with suppliers, vendors, customers and others. Register here.

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October 13: Permitting for events and alcohol service

Learn best practices with Rob Pinson while partnering with breweries, distilleries and wineries as well as the most frequently asked questions small businesses have when working with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Register here.

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October 20: Benefiting from business structure

 Make sure your organization has the optimum business structure in this session with Chris Raybeck, especially as we approach the holidays and tax season. Register here.

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October 27: Labor and employment law for small business

Join us as Anne Martin guides small business owners and HR professionals through the labor and employment law world, covering a wide range of topics from harassment policies to maternity leave to changes in overtime. Register here.

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Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally represent Brentwood-based CEP, Inc., controlling shareholder of Fortune Industries, Inc., in sale to Oasis Outsourcing

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally represented Brentwood-based CEP, Inc. in its sale to Oasis Outsourcing, Inc. CEP, Inc. is the controlling shareholder of Fortune Industries, Inc. (OTCMKTS: FDVF), which CEP acquired in a management-led buyout in 2013. The transaction was structured as a merger, which was effective on September 16, 2016. Blankenship, along with Charles W. Bone, also represented CEP’s management team in the 2013 acquisition transaction.

Fortune Industries is a professional employer organization (PEO) group providing full-service human resources and employment-related services to its diverse client base throughout the country through Century II, Inc., Employer Solutions Group, Inc., and Professional Staff Management, Inc. Oasis Outsourcing is the nation’s largest privately-held PEO and currently serves almost 6,000 clients and more than 200,000 worksite employees nationwide. This transaction will add over 14,000 worksite employees in 47 states to the Oasis platform.

Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, served as lead counsel on this transaction. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities/venture funding/private placements and company governance and board strategy. Sarah Lodge Tally is an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton and assisted with the transaction. Sarah’s practice is focused on corporate matters advising in strategy and execution of complex transactions.

To read our client’s press release, click here.
To read an article about the transaction in the Nashville Post, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton Named to Top Workplace List

TWP_Tennessee_Portrait_2016_Gray_AWWe're honored to have made the list of The Tennessean's Top Workplaces!

Bone McAllester Norton has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplace honor by The Tennessean.  The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Workplace Dynamics, LLC.  Several aspects of workplace culture were measured with rankings and essay questions where data was compiled, compared and provided back to the firm for process improvement as well as training and retention programs.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

For the full article, click here.

Experienced Business Lawyer and Litigator Joins Bone McAllester Norton

W. Justin AdamsW. Justin AdamsNASHVILLE, TN –Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce the addition of W. Justin Adams. Justin Adams is an experienced business lawyer and litigator who represents companies and individuals in corporate, health care, and employment transactions and disputes, often in the role of outside general counsel. He also represents individuals in criminal and civil investigations.

As a business lawyer, Justin has served as outside general counsel to health care and other businesses, represented buyers and sellers in multi-million dollar health care transactions, and advised health care companies on Stark and Anti-Kickback issues. As a litigator, he has helped businesses and individuals win victories and negotiate favorable settlements in complex commercial, employment, and regulatory disputes as well as state and federal criminal cases and government investigations.

“Justin will be an enormous asset for our corporate, health care, employment, and dispute resolution groups,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “He has an impressive track record of advising businesses and individuals in a broad range of complex transactions and disputes.”

Justin holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School (2001, Order of the Coif) and a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South (1998, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Before beginning legal practice, he clerked for the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Justin practiced thirteen years with Trauger & Tuke, where he began his career and focused on corporate, healthcare, and employment law as well as civil litigation and criminal defense.

Charles Robert Bone appointed President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton

Charles Robert BoneCharles Robert BoneNASHVILLE – Charles Robert Bone has been named President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville’s sixth largest law firm. The board of directors of the firm elected Mr. Bone to his new role, which was previously held by the late founding member, Mike Norton. Charles W. Bone continues as Chairman of the firm, and Sam J. McAllester III will continue serving as Vice Chairman.

“Charles Robert is a perfect fit to lead the firm,” said Stacey Garrett Koju, founding Member and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Bone McAllester Norton.  “He is an active community leader and business person, well-known throughout Tennessee, and he is an effective collaborator.  We look forward to his leadership at the firm.”

Earlier this year, Mayor Megan Barry appointed Charles Robert Bone to the board of directors of MDHA, the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency.

Mr. Bone was the featured “Attorney of the Month” for the inaugural issue of Attorney at Law Magazine’s Middle Tennessee edition in 2015.  In recent years, he has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America©; Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal; In Charge, Nashville Post; Top 40 Under 40, The Tennessean; Top 10 Influences for Tennessee, Campaigns and Elections; and Mid-South Super Lawyers among many others.

He concentrates his law practice in the areas of 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 also has represented clients in various complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts across Tennessee.

Mr. Bone has been instrumental in developing several Tennessee-based companies as an entrepreneur, investor and board member, including as a founder of Phoenix Boats (Winchester, Tennessee), the Southern Steak & Oyster restaurant and Acme Feed & Seed.

He serves a number of non-profit and civic organizations, including Hands on Nashville, Oasis Center, Best Buddies, and Discover Madison.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and his Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. A Middle Tennessee native and seventh-generation Tennessean, Mr. Bone is married with four children.

For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner County, and Williamson County of Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

House of Alba presentation at The Frist Center

Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, the 19th Duke of Alba, was the guest of honor for the more than 140 works of art belonging to one of the most prominent noble families in the political and cultural history of Spain.  It is truly one of the most delightful collections in Europe - Nashville is honored to be the first city to host this collection outside of Spain.

For more information about the latest Frist Center exhibit, click here.

For the article in The Tennessean, click here.



 

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey Garrett Koju named to Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare 2016

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey Garrett Koju have been named to the 2016 Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare list.  This list includes a wealth of impressive leaders impacting the education and training of the next generation of providers.

These leaders across the healthcare spectrum are working together to incite positive change in the medical community.  Thank you and congratulations!

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

 

James Mackler Recognized on “Forty Under 40” List by Nashville Business Journal

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that James Mackler was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list.

The annual awards go to young professionals who are making a difference in their companies and their community in Middle Tennessee.

Click here* read James's profile featured in the Nashville Business Journal.

*A subscription is required to read the entire article.

James Mackler Recognized on “Forty Under 40” List by Nashville Business Journal

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that James Mackler was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list.

The annual awards go to young professionals who are making a difference in their companies and their community in Middle Tennessee.

Click here* read James's profile featured in the Nashville Business Journal.

*A subscription is required to read the entire article.

Bone McAllester Norton is Presenting Sponsor of the Nashville Business Journal’s Entrepreneur Panel Series

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Nashville Business Journal's 2012 Entrepreneur Panel Series, sponsored by LBMC in cooperation with the Entrepreneur Center. The second panel in a three-series event is called
"From Nowhere to Somewhere: How to Grow Your Business"
Taking an idea and creating a business plan is certainly challenging. Raising money is no easy task either. But executing the plan - actually launching a business and getting early momentum - is likely the most difficult challenge of all. We want to share the stories of success - and the difficulties - in executing a plan and successfully launching a new business in our community.
We invite you to attend.
Friday, November 16th


Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Registration 7:30 - 8:00 am
Breakfast & Panel Discussion 8:00 - 9:00 am
Ticket Price: $40
Sign Up Here
Bonelaw attorney, Charles Robert Bone, is a panelist. He concentrates his law practice in the areas of transactions, corporate governance and advising governmental entities, officers and directors, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
In addition to his law practice, Charles Robert has been instrumental in developing several Tennessee-based companies as an investor and board member.
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Attorney Will Cheek Co-Chairs High Rises and Honky Tonks Progressive Party

Will Cheek is co-chairing this year’s High Rises and Honky Tonks progressive party. Bone McAllester Norton is a sponsor.

The party starts Thursday October 25, at the historic Ryman Alley at 6 pm, travels to One Eleven, Nashville’s premier rooftop venue, and concludes with a silent auction and live music at the newly restored Silver Dollar Saloon.  Proceeds benefit The District, Downtown Nashville’s nonprofit association to promote, preserve and protect the businesses, residents and historic buildings on Lower Broad, Second Avenue and Printer’s Alley.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, click here.

 
 

Bone McAllester Norton Hosts Vanderbilt Homecoming Tailgate

BMN is excited to host a tailgate on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 2pm. Bring your gameday spirit and join us before the game for some BBQ and a drink. Look for the Bone McAllester Norton sign marking the tailgate spot located in Vandyville. We are tent #6 on Natchez Trace, next to the track, on the way to the stadium.

For more information contact Casey Savell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bone McAllester Norton Client Sam's Sports Bar Is One of America's Best Sports Bars

The Tennessean features Bone McAllester Norton client Sam's Sports Bar as one of America's Best Sports Bars. Congratulations to Sam Sanchez and his staff. Bone attorney Will Cheek worked closely with Sam's in the Guns and Bars litigation and Mr. Sanchez's testimony was key to the Court tossing out the 2009 law as being unconstitutional.

For the record, both Sam Sanchez and Will Cheek are strong proponents of the right to bear arms but believe that guns and alcohol do not mix.

 

Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use and User Generated Content at BarCamp

Stephen led a session called “All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright” where the audience looked at close calls and were the judge on what’s infringement and what’s fair use.  This session was designed as an intro to fair use for anyone who creates or posts content.

He also served on a panel with Rob Robinson, Nissan’s Senior Specialist for Social Media, called “Laughs & Likes: Using User-Generated Content and Comedy to Drive Business & Build Excitement,” where they looked at a real world example in which Nissan invited fans to submit ideas to promote the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, then partnered with The Second City comedy troupe to generate improv music videos.

BarCamp is a free, technology-focused “unconference” that is equal parts networking, knowledge-building and fun. BarCamp has become the premier technology and digital event in the city, bringing together the best minds and representations of the hottest companies in the digital, entrepreneurial and software industries, among others.

BMN Healthcare Practice Group Presents Panel Discussion about Life Stages of Estate and Tax Planning

The Nashville Academy of Medicine, Bone McAllester Norton and Regions Bank presented a panel discussion about The Life Stages of Estate and Tax Planning: What You Need to Know Before the End of 2012 on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:00pm at the University Club of Nashville.