Stephen Zralek Co-Chairs Panel for Leadership Nashville Alumni Association on Children’s Literacy

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalIntellectual property, business and entertainment dispute attorney Stephen Zralek recently co-chaired a blue-ribbon panel for the Leadership Nashville Alumni Association. The panel was moderated by Lisa Wiltshire (Executive Director & Founder of Early Learning Collaborative) and featured well-respected education professionals Aliya Washington Smith (MNPS Director of Elementary Literacy), Sharon Roberts (Chief K-12 Impact Officer of SCORE) and Lagra Newman (Founder and Head of School at Purpose Prep), a for a discussion on the negative impact of school disruption on children’s literacy. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conversations around childhood education and literacy are more important than ever as students face new challenges in their schooling.

Stephen’s clients turn to him because of his experience in the courtroom, his creative problem solving and his engaging approach. Stephen lives by his personal philosophy of “Do great work and take care of people.”

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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Successfully Aid Construction Client in Davidson County Chancery Court

Attorneys Marty Cook and Colten Jones of our Hendersonville office recently secured a significant victory for a construction company. Cook and Jones helped one of the company’s employees successfully defend a motion for a temporary injunction in Davidson County Chancery Court.

Our client, a local company that provides private and commercial construction and repair services throughout the country, had recently hired an employee who had been discharged from another company in the same field. The opposing company alleged that this violated the employee’s non-compete clause, which they argued was still enforceable under Tennessee law. As a result, the competitor sought significant money damages in addition to the injunction. However, due to Cook’s and Jones’ expertise, the client was able to preserve its worker’s employment in a quick but meaningful victory.

Both Cook and Jones focus a significant part of their practices on business and corporate law.

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Bone Law Attorney Paz Haynes To Present at Upcoming Nashville Bar Association CLE Seminar “TN Election Law”

William J Haynes Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexJoin Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paz Haynes on Tuesday, June 30, as he presents at a virtual CLE seminar called “TN Election Law,” hosted by the Nashville Bar Association. This can’t-miss panel will discuss why it is important for attorneys to familiarize themselves with the latest developments in Tennessee’s election laws.

This discussion includes updates on campaign financial disclosure requirements and insight from two attorney members of the Tennessee Registry Board. Additionally, the Board’s executive director will explain how the Board regulates and oversees these requirements and information on how elections will be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 containment efforts.

You can register for this event on the Nashville Bar Association’s website: Click here.

William J. “Paz” Haynes III concentrates his practice in business law. He has experience in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law, health care law, and commercial and civil litigation. In 2017, Paz was appointed to the Board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. He served as Board chairman from 2019–2020.

Bone Law Attorneys Stephen Zralek and Maria Campbell Discuss How COVID-19 Could Change Business Litigation in Recent Law360 Article

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced almost every court in the U.S. to cancel in-person hearings and postpone trials, lawyers are still actively representing business clients in court and arbitration.  Law360 recently published an article by attorneys Stephen Zralek and Maria Campbell where they predict how the pandemic will change business litigation long after the stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Stephen has dedicated his career as a commercial litigator to helping clients resolve complex disputes involving class actions, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation, domain disputes, and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas. He routinely appears in federal court, chancery court and the Tennessee Business Court, at both the trial and appellate levels.

Maria’s practice focuses on business litigation and labor employment law representing companies and individuals. She has extensive experience in matters concerning race discrimination, gender and pregnancy discrimination, FMLA violations, retaliatory discharge, FLSA noncompetition disputes, employment discrimination, and alternative dispute resolutions.

To read the full article on Law360 click here

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Bonelaw Client Studio Bank Takes Steps Towards Formation

Congratulations to our client, Studio Bank (In Organization), whose incorporators this week filed notice with the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions of its intent to apply for a banking charter.

Charles W. Bone, Trace Blankenship, and Chris Raybeck, members of Bone McAllester Norton’s Corporate and Banking/Financial Services teams, serve as corporate counsel to the new bank in organization and have been working closely with Aaron J. Dorn and the other founders for over a year on this exciting new chapter in the history of Tennessee’s banking industry. Among other things, the Bone McAllester team has provided guidance to the founders on strategic matters, board composition and governance, securities offerings and capitalization, and real estate negotiations. This is the first regulatory filing in the process of becoming a bank and opening their doors for business. Studio Bank (In Organization) would be the first true de novo headquartered in Nashville since 2008 – one that is not part of a corporate reorganization, merger or acquisition.

Bone McAllester Norton’s banking and financial services group has a diversified and comprehensive financial services practice representing all types of financial institutions and working with management on virtually any business issue that a financial institution may encounter. Our lawyers have been providing advice to banks, bank holding companies, mortgage companies, and all types of financial institutions throughout Tennessee and the southeast for some 40 years.

Learn more about our Banking and Financial Services group.

To read more about the future of Studio Bank (In Organization) click on these links:

Pat Emery and Matt Kisber among organizers of Nashville's Studio Bank", The Tennessean, August 24, 2017

It's official: Nashville's upstart bank files notice with regulators", Nashville Business Journal, August 24, 2017

Studio Bank founder rolls out big-name board", Nashville Post, August 24, 2017

Bonelaw President and CEO Charles Robert Bone Discusses Nashville Growth

Bone McAllester Norton President and CEO Charles Robert Bone spoke with NewsChannel 5 on Nashville being named by Forbes as the city with the highest job growth among the 70 largest labor markets in the United States.

Charles Robert Bone - Bonelaw President and CEOCharles Robert Bone - Bone McAllester Norton President and CEOBone noted the firm has benefited from being in the "it city" with lawyers wanting to work in Nashville, and they’ve had no problem finding people thanks to the great education provided at area universities such as Vanderbilt, and in addition to that, they say the city supports any idea that ushers in economic growth. "You go to the city with an idea or something that needs to be done, generally the answer is yes, let's try to figure out a way to make it happen" Bone explained. Bone went on to say "Nashville's been on an unbelievable run, and we've been honored and thrilled to kind of play a part of that and kind of rise with that same trajectory."

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Bone McAllester Norton Adds Entertainment Attorney Loren Mulraine

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today the addition of entertainment attorney and Belmont Law professor Loren E. Mulraine. He is the law firm’s 38th attorney.

“Loren is a dynamic attorney who brings unique experience from a career based in the entertainment industry and the college classroom,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “We look forward to sharing his depth of experience with our clients and sharing our firm’s full-service expertise with Loren’s clients.”

Mulraine will serve as Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton, where he will focus his practice on entertainment law, intellectual property and business and corporate law. He will continue in his role at Belmont University College of Law, teaching courses in Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Media Law and Intellectual Property Law.

In the entertainment industry, Mulraine’s client roster has included Grammy, Dove and Stellar award winners; gold, platinum and multi-platinum selling artists; producers and songwriters; entrepreneurs; filmmakers; and management companies. Mulraine himself is an independent recording gospel artist and songwriter.

Prior to joining Bone McAllester Norton, his professional career spanned from an on-air radio personality and music production to serving as a government contracts attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C.  He also previously was a full professor and chair of the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, where he taught for 14 years.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and the Howard University School of Law, Mulraine is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, National Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, The Recording Academy (Grammy-voting member) and the Gospel Music Association.

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