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Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek and Team Prevail in Copyright Trial

Stephen Zralek, a Member of Bone McAllester Norton, recently led a team that obtained a unanimous jury verdict for a homebuilder when a competing homebuilder, its owner and a realtor infringed the copyright in our client's original architectural work known as the Brentwood II.  At the conclusion of the four-day trial in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client, Singletary Construction, LLC, finding all three defendants liable for copyright infringement, and awarding all of their profits from the infringement to Singletary Construction.

When the contract between Singletary Construction and a homebuyer fell through on the purchase and sale of the Brentwood II, the buyer's realtor instructed a competing homebuilder to "build the same home" in the very same subdivision, and to even "match" photographs of the Brentwood II.  She went so far as to put these instructions in the contract with the competing homebuilder.  For its part, the competing homebuilder examined photographs of the Brentwood II, utilized the same cabinet designer to "match" the Brentwood II's layout, and copied both the overall layout and arrangement of rooms, even down to details as minute as the wainscoting, crown molding, and trim around return air vents.  The realtor was held contributorily liable because she knowingly induced the infringement, and the owner of the competing homebuilder was held vicariously liable because he supervised the infringement and received a direct financial benefit from it.

Joining Stephen in representing the firm's client were Bone McAllester attorneys Shea Hasenauer and Maria Campbell.  

To read the Judgment, click here.

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Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Maria Campbell Recognized as a “Pro Bono Hero” by Tennessee Bar Association

Maria Q Campbell Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonMaria Q. CampbellBone McAllester Norton attorney Maria Campbell was recognized as a “Pro Bono Hero” in a list compiled by the Tennessee Bar Association’s (TBA) Access to Justice Committee in January 2019. According to the article, attorneys in the state reported performing an average of 53.1 hours of pro bono in 2016—the second highest rate among all states taking part in an American Bar Association survey.

As a litigation attorney and public interest advocate, Campbell gives her time to the Tennessee Justice Center’s TennCare Appeals project and Military Spouse JD Network. A California native, Campbell recently moved to Tennessee and has also become active in many local professional activities, including the TBA Young Lawyers Division’s Diversity Committee.

From the firm’s beginning, the leaders at Bone McAllester Norton have valued creating a culture founded upon making a difference for good. We are proud of the various ways the firm’s attorneys choose to serve the Nashville community.

To read the full article, visit Tennessee Bar Association’s website.

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Maria Campbell selected as ABA Innovation Fellow

Maria Q Campbell Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonMaria Q. Campbell AttorneyBone McAllester Norton attorney Maria Campbell has been selected as an Innovation Fellow by the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation, one of six fellowships offered by the center. In this role, she will be working with the Military Spouse JD Network to help make it easier for attorney spouses of military service members to find opportunities to practice law and contribute to their communities. Formed in 2011 by two military spouses, MSJDN advocates for licensing accommodations for military spouses, including bar membership without additional examination, as well opportunities to network with other military spouses with Juris Doctor degrees.

As one of the first to take advantage of Tennessee’s Military Spouse Licensing Law, enacted in early 2016 to grant a Tennessee law license to military spouses who are licensed in another state, Campbell is a public interest advocate and litigation attorney with a focus on business disputes and advising nonprofits. In addition to her work with Bone McAllester Norton, she serves as the communications director for Military Spouse JD Network and co-chair for the events committee of Women for Tennessee’s Future.

For more information about ABA’s Center for Innovation, visit their website.

BoneLaw Adds Maria Q. Campbell to its Litigation Team

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that Maria Q. Campbell has joined the firm.

Maria is part of the firm’s litigation team focusing her practice in areas including employment, administrative and bankruptcy law. “We’re thrilled to welcome Maria to our Bone McAllester Norton team,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “Her diverse skills make her a terrific fit for our broad and vibrant litigation practice.”

Maria received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2015 and graduated with a B.A, cum laude, from The University of Southern California. Licensed to practice in California and Tennessee, Maria was one of the first to take advantage of Tennessee’s Military Spouse Licensing Law, enacted in early 2016, which grants a Tennessee law license to military spouses who are licensed in another state.

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Maria previously worked for firms in the greater Los Angeles region, including DLA Piper and Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.

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