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Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes Jonathan Farmer to Nashville Office

Jonathan P Farmer Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexJonathan Farmer, former founding member of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. Jonathan brings over 20 years of experience and concentrates his practice on criminal defense and government investigations, personal injury, wrongful death, and civil litigation.

Jonathan’s leadership experience and litigation work in Nashville make him a great fit for our team,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to build his practice with us, and use his level of expertise to provide great work for his clients.”

Jonathan is a native Nashvillian and received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes Henry Leventis to the Firm’s Nashville Office

Henry C Leventis Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexFormer federal prosecutor and Director of Litigation for the United States Attorney’s Office in Nashville Henry Leventis has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.

“Henry’s wealth of knowledge and years of experience make him a tremendous asset to our team,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “His diverse perspective and deep litigation experience will help us continue to build upon our practice areas and better serve our clients.”

Leventis will join former United States Attorney Ed Yarbrough in Bone McAllester Norton’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice group. He will focus on white-collar criminal defense, civil government enforcement matters and internal investigations. 

Leventis earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and his J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

What To Do When the Feds Come Calling

By James Mackler

It is a harrowing yet increasingly common experience for healthcare providers to find themselves face-to-face with federal investigators. The U.S. Attorney’s office has announced that the investigation of healthcare fraud will continue to be one of its highest priorities. This means that you or your staff could literally have your relaxing evening at home interrupted by a knock on the door from a law enforcement agent. There are two key points to remember should you become the focus of an investigation: First, don’t talk to law enforcement agents without an attorney; second, preserve your documents but don’t alter them.

James Mackler is a member of Bone McAllester Norton’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations group. He is an experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor at the firm. James has this very simple advice for the moment you are first confronted by an investigator: “Do not talk to anyone until you speak with your own attorney.” Although this advice is very easy to give, it can be difficult to follow. Most law-abiding citizens want to cooperate with the authorities. Moreover, people tend to assume that if they refuse to answer questions, it will look like they have something to hide. This could not be further from the truth. The fact is that investigators and prosecutors respect and, to some extent, admire people who can think clearly enough to assert their right to counsel.

This is not to suggest that you should forever refuse to assist in a law enforcement investigation. The point is you need to make sure that your rights are protected. Even if you are being interviewed as a witness, there is always a chance that, as the investigation develops, a prosecutor might begin to see you as an accomplice. If you have retained counsel, your lawyer may be able to protect you ahead of time from this possibility. Although you have every right to refuse to answer questions, it is a crime to impede an investigation or lie to authorities. An attorney can also help you navigate these treacherous waters.

You may be tempted to start reviewing billing or treatment records to make sure your files are in good order in case they are ever subpoenaed. While it is fine to review your records, be careful to neither create nor destroy documents in response to an inquiry from law enforcement agents. In today’s digital age, nothing ever goes away completely. The best approach is to preserve what you have without making any changes. It is much easier for a good attorney to deal with records that might portray you in a bad light than it is to deal with allegations of evidence tampering or obstruction.

You are also likely to begin trying to figure out what is really behind the questioning. The chances are that you will be given little or no information by the investigating agent. Furthermore, the agent does not have to be truthful or forthcoming with you. You might be a potential witness or, worse, a potential target. The investigation might be civil in nature, or it might be leading toward criminal prosecution. The reality is that these distinctions don’t really matter in terms of your response.

Now if a law enforcement official shows up at your door, you have the perfect reply to the question, “Do you mind answering a few questions?”

With all sincerity, you can say, “I have no problem speaking with you, but my attorney has told me never to answer questions without talking to him first. I will get back in touch with you.”

Yarbrough and Little Join Bone McAllester Norton’s New Practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations

NASHVILLE – Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, today announced that attorneys Ed Yarbrough and Alex Little have joined the firm. They, along with current firm member James Mackler, are creating a new practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.

“Our new practice has been created to serve individuals and corporate clients facing criminal charges, investigations by federal and state authorities, regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance audits,” Bone said. “Ed is a seasoned veteran and a champion of the courtroom, and Alex brings extensive knowledge of criminal law and technology. Together, with James Mackler, their experience and proficiency will be essential to the strength of our new division.”

Ed Yarbrough is a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee appointed by President George W. Bush. He is an award-winning lawyer with more than 40 years of experience. He practices Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Yarbrough has tried more than 150 jury cases to verdict, including more than 40 homicide cases. He has served as both prosecuting attorney and defense attorney in matters involving white collar crime, wrongful death, personal injury, public corruption and a variety of criminal charges at the state and federal levels.

A former infantry lieutenant in the United Sates Army, Mr. Yarbrough’s desire to be on the front lines has served him well in his civil and criminal law practice. He has been recognized on numerous listings among the nation’s top lawyers, like SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and received the first Criminal Justice Section Service Award from the Tennessee Bar Association in 2011.

Alex Little is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he prosecuted cases involving national security, white collar crime, drugs and violent crime. As a former prosecutor, he draws on extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts to aggressively represent clients facing investigations or defending against criminal charges.

During his time with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Little developed a deep understanding of criminal law and technology, including the legal issues implicated by Title III wiretaps, GPS tracking, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), video surveillance and evidence obtained from social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Before his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Little worked on a broad range of foreign policy matters in the United States and abroad. He has served as a law clerk and consultant to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and as an adviser to former President Jimmy Carter in the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center. In those roles, he assisted in the development of the first indictments issued by the ICC for war crimes in Uganda, drafted intelligence briefings for senior U.S. policymakers and facilitated negotiations between governments and rebel groups in Africa.

Mr. Little also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, instructing a course on “The Law of Secrets and Lies,” which covers everything from perjury, defamation and fraud to the Espionage Act, grand jury secrecy and the Fourth Amendment.

James Mackler, attorney with Bone McAllester Norton and a former Senior Trial Counsel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, is a member of the newly created practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.

The practice, made up of a former U.S. Attorney, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a former JAG Corps attorney, provides clients with the broad courtroom and trial experience of these attorneys, their first-hand knowledge of how state and federal agencies investigate cases and the reputation they have built as strong advocates of their clients' interests.

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 35 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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 http://www.bonelaw.com.

Yarbrough and Little Join Bone McAllester Norton’s New Practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations

NASHVILLE – Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, today announced that attorneys Ed Yarbrough and Alex Little have joined the firm. They, along with current firm member James Mackler, are creating a new practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.

“Our new practice has been created to serve individuals and corporate clients facing criminal charges, investigations by federal and state authorities, regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance audits,” Bone said. “Ed is a seasoned veteran and a champion of the courtroom, and Alex brings extensive knowledge of criminal law and technology. Together, with James Mackler, their experience and proficiency will be essential to the strength of our new division.”

Ed Yarbrough is a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee appointed by President George W. Bush. He is an award-winning lawyer with more than 40 years of experience. He practices Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Yarbrough has tried more than 150 jury cases to verdict, including more than 40 homicide cases. He has served as both prosecuting attorney and defense attorney in matters involving white collar crime, wrongful death, personal injury, public corruption and a variety of criminal charges at the state and federal levels.

A former infantry lieutenant in the United Sates Army, Mr. Yarbrough’s desire to be on the front lines has served him well in his civil and criminal law practice. He has been recognized on numerous listings among the nation’s top lawyers, like SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and received the first Criminal Justice Section Service Award from the Tennessee Bar Association in 2011.

Alex Little is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he prosecuted cases involving national security, white collar crime, drugs and violent crime. As a former prosecutor, he draws on extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts to aggressively represent clients facing investigations or defending against criminal charges.

During his time with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Little developed a deep understanding of criminal law and technology, including the legal issues implicated by Title III wiretaps, GPS tracking, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), video surveillance and evidence obtained from social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Before his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Little worked on a broad range of foreign policy matters in the United States and abroad. He has served as a law clerk and consultant to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and as an adviser to former President Jimmy Carter in the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center. In those roles, he assisted in the development of the first indictments issued by the ICC for war crimes in Uganda, drafted intelligence briefings for senior U.S. policymakers and facilitated negotiations between governments and rebel groups in Africa.

Mr. Little also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, instructing a course on “The Law of Secrets and Lies,” which covers everything from perjury, defamation and fraud to the Espionage Act, grand jury secrecy and the Fourth Amendment.

James Mackler, attorney with Bone McAllester Norton and a former Senior Trial Counsel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, is a member of the newly created practice of Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.

The practice, made up of a former U.S. Attorney, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a former JAG Corps attorney, provides clients with the broad courtroom and trial experience of these attorneys, their first-hand knowledge of how state and federal agencies investigate cases and the reputation they have built as strong advocates of their clients' interests.

 
About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 35 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 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 http://www.bonelaw.com.