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Anne Martin Speaks at Employment Law Seminar

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

Attorney Michael Norton of Bone McAllester Norton Creates Unique Stamp Art

The 21 art works in our lobby were all hand crafted by Michael Norton, one of the name members of our law firm. Each collage is created using only United States postage stamps. Mr. Norton designs each work, and each stamp or portion of a stamp is individually glued into place and the work is finished with multiple coats of clear acrylic.

Mr. Norton’s unique works of art have won several art competitions. Two of his works were selected for display at the Northwest Art Center in Minot, North Dakota, as part of the 2011 Americas Paperworks competition. His works will again be exhibited as a one person show at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee May 2013 through July 2013.

On average, the works each require approximately 400 to 500 stamps, and have been known to require more than 1,000 stamps to complete. Mr. Norton acquires most of the stamps as unsorted bulk purchases of used stamps. Currently, he has over 100,000 stamps available for future projects.

 

Bone McAllester Norton to sponsor Conexión Américas breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to sponsor Conexión Américas as the organization celebrates its 10 year anniversary at the annual breakfast on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Charles W. Bone co-chaired the annual breakfast in 2010, and Stephen Zralek co-chaired it in 2011 and is currently serving on the board of directors.

Every year, more than 2,500 Latino individuals and their families turn to Conexión Américas for assistance in achieving their American Dream. This year’s annual cafecito breakfast will feature Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a powerful speaker and nationally recognized leader. Conexión Américas celebrates the 10th Anniversary of empowering Latino families in Middle Tennessee with a festive, inspiring morning gathering.

Wednesday, May

30th 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Attorney Anne Martin speaks at Society for Human Resource Management Conference

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

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

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 LMBC and in cooperation with the Entrepreneur Center. The second panel in a three-series event is called "Financing Your Company" and the panel of experts will cover everything from seed and angel investing to private equity.
Bonelaw attorney, Charles Robert Bone is a panelist. He concentrates his 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.
We invite you to attend.
Tuesday, May 15th

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Registration 7:30 - 8:00 am
Breakfast & Panel Discussion 8:00 - 9:00 am
Ticket Price: $40
 
Charles Robert and the other leading experts will share tips on how get financing for your company at every stage of business. The event is designed to give entrepreneurs and business owners the advantages they need to succeed and will feature inspirational ideas, practical takeaways, and the best tools for growing their  businesses.

BMN Attorney Rob Pinson Speaks at Lorman Seminar

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

 

BMN Participates in Country Music Marathon to raise money for Gilda's Club

Fourteen Bone Law attorneys and staff members joined Gilda’s Gang this year to raise money for Gilda’s Club by running the St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The group trained together and sponsored numerous fundraisers over the past few months, and raised more than $5,000 for this amazing cause! One of the firm’s paralegals was part of a group leading the runners by carrying sponsor P.F. Chang’s 30-foot dragon.

Sheri Jacobs, who practices environmental law, serves on the Board of Directors for Gilda’s Club Nashville, and led our enthusiastic group of runners and walkers. Sheri is passionate about Gilda’s mission, which is to provide a gathering place and free programs to build social and emotional support to anyone

touched by cancer in Middle Tennessee. Sheri said, and we all agree, “We are so proud of our Gilda’s Gang Team for their hard work, dedication and accomplishment in finishing the Country Music Half Marathon or Full Marathon.”

Visit our Facebook Page to see pictures of the gang!

BMN Paralegal to run with the PF Chang's Dragon in the Music City Marathon

This weekend is the Music City Marathon and Bone McAllester Norton is proud to have a great group running to raise money for Gilda's Gang along with one of our paralegals who is running with the PF Chang's Dragon!

The Rock n Roll Marathon series introduced the dragon in Arizona, as PF Chang's is a sponsor of this series and this is the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese Zodiak. Vicki Schmidt is an avid runner and is a member of the Nashville Striders running group, where she applied to be a dragon runner. She is one of ten lucky runners who will be carrying the large dragon as they race with the crowd.

As with most things these days, the Dragon has its own Facebook Page and will be posting pictures and video of the race on Saturday. Good luck to everyone participating!

Tucker Herndon and James Mackler Named in Nashville Post's Law Leaders Rising List

Law Leaders Rising

A strong group of young attorneys is making its mark on Nashville’s legal scene.

Published January 10, 2012

by Philip Nannie

Nashville has long been respected for its legal community, a business sector often defined by seasoned law professionals with stellar resumes and, in some cases, national notoriety. And for years, that community was defined in large part by men who earned their JDs at the Nashville School of Law, the University of Tennessee or Vanderbilt University.

However, Nashville’s impressive array of attorneys would not be as noteworthy without a cadre of young guns, often 20- and 30-somethings making major names for themselves. They have attended law schools throughout the nation, they have interesting legal specialties and they are — like the city in which they practice — far more diverse than their peers of a generation or even a mere 10 years ago.

In an attempt to highlight the best of this strong crop of fast-rising legal stars, Nashville Post interviewed dozens of local attorneys to solicit feedback. Based on the pros’ recommendations and our own research, we whittled down an impressive pool of dozens of candidates to the arbitrary number of 21. We did not include partners unless they started their own firms and we sought out a mix of industry specialists and emerging all-rounders. Together, they make up Nashville Post’s first Law Leaders Rising list.

Congratulations to Tucker Herndon and James Mackler:

Tucker HerndonMember
Bone McAllester Norton

Comments like “outstanding young lawyer,” “amazing worth ethic” and “effective leader” are a mere sampling of what folks around here think of the 2008 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. And, despite Herndon’s relative few years in the legal trenches, we consistently heard people say they were surprised to learn how young he was upon meeting him. Nevertheless, Herndon has impressed. His law practice centers on commercial lending, creditors’ rights, foreclosure and general real estate law. And, he has earned a unique reputation as the local “go to” attorney for expertise in alcohol beverage licensing and the regulatory and compliance aspects of that area of the law.

James MacklerMember
Bone McAllester Norton

Mackler, a New York City native, Duke University graduate and alumnus of the University of Washington School of Law, was contentedly practicing law in Denver before Sept. 11, 2001, changed his world — and a little more than most. Inspired by those events, Mackler walked away from the Denver law practice he’d spent seven years building and, by an amazingly circuitous route, found himself in the cockpit of a Blackhawk helicopter with the 101st Airborne serving missions in Iraq.

After an intense one-year deployment, Mackler returned to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps office, serving as legal advisor there, before relocating to Nashville in 2011 and affiliating with the Bone McAllester firm.

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Will Cheek discusses unpaid fees for liquor licenses with Channel 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Many bar owners in Nashville are receiving a letter in the mail from the Davidson County Clerk's office. The letter states they owe unpaid fees for their liquor license.

"It's just shy of $4,000, no real explanation as to why we did not receive a bill the previous year. Just hey, pay us for three years," explained Andrew Brace, manager of Hooters in downtown Nashville. Brace received the letter dated March 2, 2012 last week and contacted his corporate office about the fee of $3600 that was listed on the letter.  "It appears from reading the letter that we missed something, or we did something wrong. That's not the case." Brace said.
Bars in Nashville are required to pay an annual tax, which is described as a liquor license. "It looks like the county clerk failed to notice out this tax for several years and what they're doing is they're trying to play catch up," said attorney William Cheek. Cheek represents several bar owners who have received the letter from the clerk's office. "We've been telling people, hold off on paying it, see if the city can work this out because we don't think they can charge for multiply years at once," Cheek said.
Cheek noticed this might become a problem a year ago. "So I called down to the county clerk's office and speak to a nice person down there who says our computer's broken and we haven't been able to print the letters out, so they haven't been going out," he said. Cheek questioned the validity of the letter request payment for back taxes."Metro didn't send out tax notices and to me that means they made the decision not to charge the tax," Cheek added.

Read the entire story and see the video here

Nashville Pros Teach Entrepreneurs How to Beat the Odds

Nashville Business Journal by Chris Silva, Staff Reporter


Know your market. Eat, breathe and live it every day. Observe the room and be ready to adapt to your audience. Keep focused and don't broaden your concept too much.

These were just a few kernels of advice doled out by experts this morning during a Nashville Business Journal entrepreneur panel at the downtown Renaissance Hotel.

With resources like the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the entrepreneurship centers at Belmont University, Vanderbilt   and other institutions, local business leaders feel Nashville is on course toward becoming one of the top destinations in the U.S. to start a company.

But with most new ventures failing in the first five years, how does an entrepreneur ensure his or her idea survives beyond the start-up phase?

"Have a real customer (and) choose your partners carefully," said Beth Chase, president and CEO of C3 Consulting. "A business partnership is like a marriage without the sex."

Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center, said it's vital for entrepreneurs to have a clear focus and make sure they're not trying to solve the world's problems in one application.

"If you're not careful, you get so deep in the weeds and build products that no one cares about," Burcham said.

If you're starting a business, you must be prepared to be the first one in the office in the morning and the one taking the garbage to the dumpster when you're leaving, said Mark Montgomery, founder of FLO{thinkery}, a new company he formed to help new businesses get going and existing businesses grow.

"You have to really want it bad. It lives with you all the time," Montgomery said. "Great entrepreneurs lead by example. If you're going to be (one), you've got to be willing to take the trash out."

Trace Blankenship, an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, rounded out the four-person panel.

When seeking out advisers, Blankenship suggested start-ups seek out people who don’t spew "over realism," are in tune with the business model and who are thinking about new possibilities during off-hours.

Burcham said body language is very important when meeting with mentors and potential investors, and said entrepreneurs should know their audience and “read” a room so they can adapt if the environment is potentially hostile.

Said Chase, "A lot of entrepreneurs aren't great sales people, but you've got to be able to look at your market and understand it."

February 2012 Newsletter Features Entrepreneur Panel Series

Bone McAllester Norton to serve as a sponsor with the Nashville Business Journal to present its 2012 Entrepreneur Panel Series in cooperation with the Entrepreneur Center.   To read the rest of our newsletter, click here.

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

Congratulations go out to Stacey Garrett on this incredible honor!

 

Women of Legend & Merit


Celebrating the Power of Women


2012 HONOREES

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

ATHLETICS

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

BUSINESS

Mignon Francois, owner, The Cupcake Collection;

COMMUNITY SERVICE

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

EDUCATION

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

LEADERSHIP

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

LEGAL

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

MEDIA

Paula Lovell, president, Lovell Communications.

Learn more about the event here

 

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

Congratulations go out to Stacey Garrett on this incredible honor!

 

Women of Legend & Merit

Celebrating the Power of Women

2012 HONOREES

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

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

BUSINESS
Mignon Francois, owner, The Cupcake Collection;

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

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

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

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

MEDIA
Paula Lovell, president, Lovell Communications.

Learn more about the event here
 

James Mackler listed on 2012's Forty under 40 list

Congratulations are in order for the Nashville Business Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2012. We are so proud of our own James Mackler for making this year's list! The following 40 winners, first named during a reveal party Tuesday night at Nashville City Club were deemed to be making a difference in their companies and community by a panel of judges. All of the winners will be profiled in a special section of the March 9 edition of the Nashville Business Journal, with individual profiles following throughout the year. See the entire list here.  

James Mackler listed on 2012's Forty under 40 list

Congratulations are in order for the Nashville Business Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2012. We are so proud of our own James Mackler for making this year's list! The following 40 winners, first named during a reveal party Tuesday night at Nashville City Club were deemed to be making a difference in their companies and community by a panel of judges. All of the winners will be profiled in a special section of the March 9 edition of the Nashville Business Journal, with individual profiles following throughout the year. See the entire list here.  

Three Days in January Made Copyright History

Stephen J. Zralek © 2012

Three days in January 2012 witnessed some of the most important events in recent history in the world of copyright.

On January 18, the Supreme Court issued Golan v. Holder, which held that Congress is empowered remove works like the symphony classic Peter and the Wolf from the public domain in the United States, preventing orchestras, musicians and others from using these works unless they get permission and pay a license fee to the copyright holders.

On the same day, the technology community mobilized millions of people to voice their disagreement with SOPA and PIPA, two bills supported by the entertainment industry that were designed to fight online piracy. After blackouts by Wikipedia and protests encouraged by tech giants like Google, by January 19 most members of Congress had withdrawn their support for both bills.

On January 20, the United States arrested Kim Dotcom. He was arrested in Auckland, New Zealand for a file-sharing site called Megaupload.com that was based in Hong Kong. The site allegedly generated over $175 million by illegally copying and distributing music, movies and other copyrighted material without authorization.

What does all of this tell us? Three important things.

First, protection of our country’s intellectual property relies on international cooperation. For us to arrest Mr. Dotcom, who is alleged to have stolen millions from American content creators, we needed the help of authorities in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Which is where Golan v. Holder comes in: no one likes hearing that Peter and the Wolf and other classics have fallen out of the public domain and back into exclusive ownership, but for our country to benefit from international copyright treaties, we also must abide by them. International treaties are what prompted Congress to pull certain works out of the public domain, and what prompted the Supreme Court to reach the conclusion it reached in that lawsuit.

Second, if we didn’t recognize it before the rise and fall of SOPA and PIPA, there’s no denying the tension between content creators and content providers; between the entertainment industry and the technology industry. Our technology is intertwined with our entertainment and our content, so we need these camps to work together. Unfortunately for now, the tension is insurmountable: technology camps want free flow of information while content creators want protection for their original works. Ultimately, these two teams will have to reach a compromise, and Congress cannot ignore the need to protect American intellectual property from online international piracy, like the theft allegedly coordinated by Mr. Dotcom.

Finally, the online protests of SOPA and PIPA mobilized a new segment of concerned citizens. Google claims it gathered over seven million signatures in 24 hours in opposition to the bills. The implications of that statistic are simultaneously infinite, impressive and intimidating.

Susan R. High-McAuley Appointed to Hendersonville Chamber Board

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

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

Susan R. High-McAuley Appointed to Hendersonville Chamber Board

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

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

January 2012 Newsletter Features Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Breakfast

On Monday, January 16, 2012, Bone McAllester Norton will host its eleventh annual Fellowship Breakfast to celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To read the rest of our newsletter click here.