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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.


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10th Annual Fellowship Breakfast Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 17, 2011, over 450 people joined Bone McAllester Norton at our tenth annual Fellowship Breakfast to celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


 The celebration was held at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville and featured the Fisk Jubilee Singers as our entertainment.


Bone McAllester Norton's annual Fellowship Breakfast is the firm's most honored tradition.  We founded Bone McAllester Norton in 2002 as a new firm, to put into practice a set of core principles and values to which we are unfailingly committed. We adopted the phrase “Law – Life – Passion” as a shorthand way of expressing those principles. One value about which the firm is passionate is diversity.  We believe that we have created a law firm that reflects the diversity of our clients – people of different idealistic, socioeconomic, educational, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds - and which reflects the core commitments firm founders Charles W. Bone and Stacey A. Garrett made on the day the firm was created.  Rather than simply closing our offices on the MLK holiday, we decided to honor Dr. King’s memory by inviting a few family members, friends and clients to join us for breakfast.  We spend this time together to reflect upon Dr. King, his legacy, and the contributions he made to our world and to each of us personally.


This year, we were honored to have the two time Grammy-Nominated Fisk Jubilee Singers as our entertainment. In 1871, the original Jubilee Singers introduced "slave songs" to the world. Today, the Fisk Jubilee Singers continue the tradition of singing the Negro spiritual around the world sharing this rich culture while preserving this unique music.


Following the Fisk Jubilee Singers, we opened the floor and encouraged comments by anyone who wished to talk about Dr. King's legacy.  Previous Fellowship Breakfasts have featured prominent civil rights champions Dr. E. Rip Patton, Diane Nash, John Seigenthaler and Mike Cody.


We invite you to view:
About the Fisk Jubilee Singers
Video of the Life and Legacy of Dr. King
Slideshow of our 2011 Fellowship Breakfast


 

Paz Haynes Participates in Nationally Recognized Law Day Program

To commemorate Law Day in 2010, the Nashville Bar Association (NBA) produced a program commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Student Movement's lunch counter Sit-Ins.


  These Sit-Ins were a seminal event in the advancement of the Nashville community, and the civil rights movement nationwide.  The NBA's presentation honored the "Counsel for the Children" -- the local lawyers who defended the student demonstrators during the Sit-Ins -- with a mock trial involving several distinguished members of the Nashville bench and bar.

Paz Haynes was one of the producers of the program, and served as moderator for a panel discussion after the mock trial.  Two of the "Counsel for the Children," retired Tennessee Supreme Court justice Adolpho A. Birch and trial lawyer George E. ("Citizen") Barrett, shared their experiences and reflections on the Sit-Ins, the trials, and the lawyers and judges involved in these historic events.  The event was filmed to be shared and enjoyed by generations of lawyers.  The "Counsel for the Children" program recently received national acclaim when the NBA received a 2010 Law Day Outstanding Activity Award from the American Bar Association.

Bone McAllester Norton was a sponsor of the "Counsel for the Children" program.  "I was honored to participate in such a memorable and important program for the Nashville Bar,” said Paz. “Through its sponsorship of 'Counsel for the Children', our Firm has ensured that the program will be preserved and appreciated for years to come."


 

Marty Cook Goes “Back to School”

Marty Cook and Bone McAllester Norton have partnered with Nannie Berry Elementary School in Hendersonville, Tennessee and our client “COMPASS” (Community Outreach Making Partners At Sumner Schools) for several years.


 COMPASS’ emphasis is to develop partnerships between the business community and Sumner County Public Schools to improve student success.


Marty served as President of the COMPASS Board of Directors and has led Bone McAllester Norton’s involvement at Nannie Berry Elementary School in many different ways. Recently, Bone McAllester Norton participated in the “School Back Pack” program which provided food for less fortunate students at Nannie Berry Elementary over the holidays.  Bone McAllester Norton has also led COMPASS’ school supply drive at the start of each school year and provided tutors in classrooms. We are pleased to have been involved in several incentive programs for the students at Nannie Berry, where prizes such as bikes and buckets of gifts were presented to students who exhibited excellent character. Bone McAllester Norton provides and prepares academic certificates at the end of the school year acknowledging students for their accomplishments over the past year. Marty has been influential in encouraging other businesses in the Hendersonville area to partner in these endeavors.


 

Marty Cook Goes “Back to School”

Marty Cook and Bone McAllester Norton have partnered with Nannie Berry Elementary School in Hendersonville, Tennessee and our client “COMPASS” (Community Outreach Making Partners At Sumner Schools) for several years.

 COMPASS’ emphasis is to develop partnerships between the business community and Sumner County Public Schools to improve student success.

Marty served as President of the COMPASS Board of Directors and has led Bone McAllester Norton’s involvement at Nannie Berry Elementary School in many different ways. Recently, Bone McAllester Norton participated in the “School Back Pack” program which provided food for less fortunate students at Nannie Berry Elementary over the holidays.  Bone McAllester Norton has also led COMPASS’ school supply drive at the start of each school year and provided tutors in classrooms. We are pleased to have been involved in several incentive programs for the students at Nannie Berry, where prizes such as bikes and buckets of gifts were presented to students who exhibited excellent character. Bone McAllester Norton provides and prepares academic certificates at the end of the school year acknowledging students for their accomplishments over the past year. Marty has been influential in encouraging other businesses in the Hendersonville area to partner in these endeavors.

 

Charles Bone Named One of Sumner County’s Top 30 Most Influential People

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that Charles Bone has been named one of Sumner’s 2010 Most Influential People.


Featured in the Tennessean, this list “reflects the diversity and variety of those who stand out as genuine movers and shakers in and around Sumner.”  No vote or survey was taken rather the editorial staff of The Hendersonville Star News, The News Examiner and Sumner A.M. selected these influential people that “one, either live in or work in, (or both), Sumer County and, two, that what they do touches the lives of many others.”


Charles Bone is currently active with the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, as well as many other civic and charitable organizations.


Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Charles Bone on this well-deserved recognition.

Charles Bone Named One of Sumner County’s Top 30 Most Influential People

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that Charles Bone has been named one of Sumner’s 2010 Most Influential People.

Featured in the Tennessean, this list “reflects the diversity and variety of those who stand out as genuine movers and shakers in and around Sumner.”  No vote or survey was taken rather the editorial staff of The Hendersonville Star News, The News Examiner and Sumner A.M. selected these influential people that “one, either live in or work in, (or both), Sumer County and, two, that what they do touches the lives of many others.”

Charles Bone is currently active with the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, as well as many other civic and charitable organizations.

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Charles Bone on this well-deserved recognition.

Congratulations to Dean Institute Award Winner Trace Blankenship

Bone McAllester Norton Chairman Charles W. Bone and attorney Trace Blankenship congratulate Jack O. Bovender Jr. on receiving Lipscomb University’s first annual Dean Institute Award for Corporate Governance and Integrity.


“Jack Bovender is a perfect example of the type of leader we had in mind when Charles Bone, Trace Blankenship and I established the Dean Institute in 2008,” said Turney Stevens, dean of the Lipscomb University College of Business.


The Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity at Lipscomb University is a national forum for integrating best practices in governance with integrity and faith to benefit public and private company executives, board members and other top-tier corporate leaders. The institute seeks to address the root issues at play, namely, how character and integrity inform the decisions, actions, culture and performance of corporations.


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Congratulations to Dean Institute Award Winner Trace Blankenship

Bone McAllester Norton Chairman Charles W. Bone and attorney Trace Blankenship congratulate Jack O. Bovender Jr. on receiving Lipscomb University’s first annual Dean Institute Award for Corporate Governance and Integrity.

“Jack Bovender is a perfect example of the type of leader we had in mind when Charles Bone, Trace Blankenship and I established the Dean Institute in 2008,” said Turney Stevens, dean of the Lipscomb University College of Business.

The Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity at Lipscomb University is a national forum for integrating best practices in governance with integrity and faith to benefit public and private company executives, board members and other top-tier corporate leaders. The institute seeks to address the root issues at play, namely, how character and integrity inform the decisions, actions, culture and performance of corporations.

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November 2010 Newsletter Features New Attorney, Anne Sumpter Arney

Bone McAllester Norton is thrilled to welcome Anne Sumpter Arney to the firm.  To read the rest of our newsletter click here.

Artrageous Benefits Nashville CARES

This years Broadway-style event Artrageous® 23: Gems & Jewels, the annual fundraiser for Nashville CARES which supports HIV/AIDS education, will take place on November 13, 2010 with participating art galleries donating 10 percent of its sales to Nashville CARES.


A few words from Bone McAllester Norton attorney and Artrageous Corporate Sponsorship Chair, Anne Martin:


“Founded in 1987 as a benefit for Nashville CARES, Artrageous has raised more than $2 million for the support of AIDS/HIV education and services in Middle Tennessee.  A group of Nashville's most prominent gallery owners began the event as a response to the AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on the arts community. Artrageous attracts the most diverse mix of glamorous partygoers from across the nation, and was named "Best Charity Event" of 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 by the Nashville Scene Reader's Poll.  Bone McAllester Norton is proud to be a corporate sponsor for Artrageous this year and a number of its attorneys have taken leadership in organizing the event this year and in the past, and look forward to attending.”


Bone McAllester Norton attorney Will Cheek is general counsel to Artrageous and provides legal help at no cost.



 

Anne Arney Adds Healthcare Expertise to Bone McAllester Norton

Anne Sumpter Arney, an experienced attorney in health care law, has become a partner of Bone McAllester Norton, Chairman Charles W. Bone announced today.


“Anne is one of the leading Nashville attorneys in health care law, and we are pleased to have her expertise and guidance in this area,” Mr. Bone said.  “Nashville is recognized nationally and internationally as a health care industry mecca with a local impact of nearly $30 billion and over 200,000 jobs.  We’re privileged to have Anne’s leadership in this ever-growing field.”


Ms. Arney has been practicing law for nearly 30 years, serving clients in general business and the health care industry.  Ms. Arney represents clients in matters ranging from general corporate to complex transactions.  She has extensive experience with the health care industry, representing businesses and health care providers in corporate, operational, and regulatory matters.


“I look forward to practicing law with Bone McAllester and Norton,” Ms. Arney said.  “I have had the opportunity to work with many of the attorneys at the firm and I know the high quality of services they provide to their clients.”


Ms. Arney is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Foundations.  She serves on the Board of the Nashville Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Health Law and the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiner’s Committee on Physician’s Assistants.


She has been a guest speaker on the topics of health care and corporate law for industry and professional associations and has authored a number of articles for medical and legal publications.


A native of Livingston, Overton County, Tennessee, Ms. Arney is an alumna of Vanderbilt University where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in English.  She received her law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia.


She is married to Steven L. Gilpatrick.


 

Anne Arney Adds Healthcare Expertise to Bone McAllester Norton

Anne Sumpter Arney, an experienced attorney in health care law, has become a partner of Bone McAllester Norton, Chairman Charles W. Bone announced today.

“Anne is one of the leading Nashville attorneys in health care law, and we are pleased to have her expertise and guidance in this area,” Mr. Bone said.  “Nashville is recognized nationally and internationally as a health care industry mecca with a local impact of nearly $30 billion and over 200,000 jobs.  We’re privileged to have Anne’s leadership in this ever-growing field.”

Ms. Arney has been practicing law for nearly 30 years, serving clients in general business and the health care industry.  Ms. Arney represents clients in matters ranging from general corporate to complex transactions.  She has extensive experience with the health care industry, representing businesses and health care providers in corporate, operational, and regulatory matters.

“I look forward to practicing law with Bone McAllester and Norton,” Ms. Arney said.  “I have had the opportunity to work with many of the attorneys at the firm and I know the high quality of services they provide to their clients.”

Ms. Arney is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Foundations.  She serves on the Board of the Nashville Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Health Law and the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiner’s Committee on Physician’s Assistants.

She has been a guest speaker on the topics of health care and corporate law for industry and professional associations and has authored a number of articles for medical and legal publications.

A native of Livingston, Overton County, Tennessee, Ms. Arney is an alumna of Vanderbilt University where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in English.  She received her law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia.

She is married to Steven L. Gilpatrick.

 

Charles Bone, Charles Robert Bone, John Branham and Will Cheek recognized in Nashville Post's 2010 "In Charge" List

Nashville Post magazine launched its inaugural issue by featuring the 2010 “In Charge” list of “businesspeople and community leaders who are writing Music City’s success story.”   Among those recognized in the March/April edition as “making things happen in the Nashville area” are four Bone McAllester Norton attorneys.


As a leading authority on “gun ownership issues” and as “one of the city’s most well-rounded attorneys,” Will Cheek was named to the Nonprofits list.

Recognized for his legal career and as a “major player in Tennessee Democratic politics,” Charles Bone was named to the Legal list.

“A political force behind the scenes,” Charles Robert Bone was named to the Government / Politics list.

Recognized for his civil litigation practice,” John Branham was named to the Legal list.

Charles Bone, Charles Robert Bone, John Branham and Will Cheek recognized in Nashville Post's 2010 "In Charge" List

Nashville Post magazine launched its inaugural issue by featuring the 2010 “In Charge” list of “businesspeople and community leaders who are writing Music City’s success story.”   Among those recognized in the March/April edition as “making things happen in the Nashville area” are four Bone McAllester Norton attorneys.

As a leading authority on “gun ownership issues” and as “one of the city’s most well-rounded attorneys,” Will Cheek was named to the Nonprofits list.

Recognized for his legal career and as a “major player in Tennessee Democratic politics,” Charles Bone was named to the Legal list.

“A political force behind the scenes,” Charles Robert Bone was named to the Government / Politics list.

Recognized for his civil litigation practice,” John Branham was named to the Legal list.

Bone McAllester Norton Wins $1.55M Jury Verdict in Plaintiff’s Case

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys David Briley, John Branham and Charles Robert Bone prevailed at trial for the parents of an 18-month old boy who were denied the opportunity to see their son after he died suddenly in June 2008 while with a caregiver.

The jury awarded a verdict of punitive damages in the amount of $1.25 million and $300,000 in compensatory damages against Forensic Medical Management Services PLC, the firm that handles medical-examiner duties for Metro Nashville.

 

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Bone McAllester Norton Wins $1.55M Jury Verdict in Plaintiff’s Case

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys David Briley, John Branham and Charles Robert Bone prevailed at trial for the parents of an 18-month old boy who were denied the opportunity to see their son after he died suddenly in June 2008 while with a caregiver.

 The jury awarded a verdict of punitive damages in the amount of $1.25 million and $300,000 in compensatory damages against Forensic Medical Management Services PLC, the firm that handles medical-examiner duties for Metro Nashville.

Click here to read the full article.

 

Charles W. Bone Featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s “Lessons from the Great Recession” Series

Community matters: Bone says leadership carries on beyond the bottom line


Nashville Business Journal "Lessons from the Great Recession"
October 29, 2010
By Brian Reisinger


Charles W. Bone started practicing law in a small office in Gallatin’s historic downtown, believed to be where President Andrew Jackson first hung his shingle as a country lawyer.


“I think that’s a lie,” Bone joked, still relishing the thought.


From those beginnings, the 64-year-old has built a career in law and local politics that has fueled change in the region and left him with a clear view of what matters in a battered economy. From a conference room overlooking downtown Nashville at his law firm Bone McAllester Norton – the ninth largest in the Nashville market – Bone took stock of the economy and Middle Tennessee’ future.


Two years out from the severe deepening of the Great Recession, Bone talked about the importance of reaching beyond what’s right in front of you. That can mean brokering a common goal or drawing a line on a controversial issue. The point is to take action.


His lessons:


1.  What’s good for your neighbor is good for you.


It wasn’t always as easy for Bone to make people sit up and listen as it is today.


One of his first prominent gigs was as attorney for Sumner County, a position that left him feeling Middle Tennessee was too fragmented in its thinking about economic development. He aimed to change that.


“What frustrated me ... was the lack of attention we got from Nashville,” Bone said.


He reached out to area leaders, building relationships and pushing common goals. Today, for instance, he’s a major force in the efforts of Mayor Karl Dean and others to pursue regional transit options.


From Bone’s perspective, Nashville isn’t competing with Franklin for corporate relocations or economic development projects. It’s competing with Austin, Texas, or Charlotte, N.C., and trying to make the world notice, he said.


That means moves like Jackson National Life Insurance Co. of Michigan expanding to Franklin or Nashville’s new Music City Center are a boon for everyone.  They provide jobs at the most critical time, he said, even if other parts of Middle Tennessee feel they’d better benefit from their own new company or project.


If that argument seems to have momentum among some leaders, it’s not for lack of players in government and economic development who think their particular area deserves more love. That, after all, is how it started out in Sumner County for Bone.


2.  Diversify your business.


Bone started as the proverbial “country lawyer” taking criminal cases, litigation and whatever else came his way. The high-rise office hasn’t changed his philosophy.


“My practice has been very diversified,” Bone said.


Therein lies a lesson that many business people value: Diversify your products, services or clients so you’ve got several streams of income. If one stumbles because of a change in the market, another may sustain you, even in an environment in which almost everyone is making less money.


From his roots as an attorney and official in Sumner County, Bone joined other firms and eventually started his own with colleagues in 2002. Bone’s practice has served bankers, entrepreneurs and nonprofits, and major clients of the firm include Fisk University.


Of course, many firms in the area pitch their range of services – arguing that they can meet a client’s every need – while others promote specialties. In general, law firms have found litigation and other work is sustaining them while the number and size of deals has languished in the poor economy.


With about 30 lawyers in his firm, Bone argues that his people can meet almost every need at a fair value. The point is to find a blend that works.


3.  Focus on community.


Community outreach may sound like what you do with your spare time, or money.


For Bone, it’s central to bolstering the regional economy – and it’s not always a feel-good pursuit.


He says it’s “amazing” to see all the varied nonprofits that help the area, with clear evidence in the flood response. Helping “people in great turmoil,” he said, improves their lives and in turn benefits everybody else participating in the same regional economy.


The same goes for issues fewer agree on. Bone thinks it’s important to oppose “English-only” workplace laws or Arizona-style immigration reform.


Those are economic development issues,” he said.


Bone joins other business leaders in opposing those proposals, but legislators pursuing such efforts have argued they protect business interests. In a way, Bone is used to a bit of political tumbling; he’s a Democrat, often serving clients who may be wary of his party’s intentions despite the pro-business work of some moderates locally.


Charles Bone
Age:
64
Title: Chairman
Company:  Bone McAllester Norton
Career highlights:  Attorney with various firms; Sumner County attorney; past president, Sumner County Bar Association; past member, Nashville Bar Association board of directors.


About the series
The Nashville Business Journal is talking to some of the most respected business leaders in Nashville about their most valuable business lessons learned from the Great Recession. 

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)


 

Push for “Tylers Law” After Lawsuit Victory

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys David Briley, John Branham and Charles Robert Bone prevailed at trial for Don and Sarah Sinclair, the parents of an 18-month old boy who were denied the opportunity to see their son after he died suddenly in June 2008 while with a caregiver.

The jury awarded a verdict of punitive damages in the amount of $1.25 million and $300,000 in compensatory damages against Forensic Medical Management Services PLC, the firm that handles medical-examiner duties for Metro Nashville.

Along with four of the twelve jurors, Bone McAllester Norton is pushing to pass “Tylers Law,” a law to ensure no family is ever denied the opportunity to see their deceased child.  This follows a Florida law which guarantees a family the right to see their child after death and before autopsy.

"The circumstances indicated that there was no reason to prevent the parents from seeing their son," said David Briley.

"It's unfortunate that you have to change the law to impose common sense on people. Families need to make that visual connection and begin the process of healing and putting things in order. That's very important. It happened. But to them it is still not real. It's not real until they actually see their son."

 

NewsChannel5.com ran a story, "Lawsuit Victory Could Pave the Way for New State Law," on this case.