In The News

Charles Robert Bone appointed President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton

Charles Robert BoneCharles Robert BoneNASHVILLE – Charles Robert Bone has been named President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville’s sixth largest law firm. The board of directors of the firm elected Mr. Bone to his new role, which was previously held by the late founding member, Mike Norton. Charles W. Bone continues as Chairman of the firm, and Sam J. McAllester III will continue serving as Vice Chairman.

“Charles Robert is a perfect fit to lead the firm,” said Stacey Garrett Koju, founding Member and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Bone McAllester Norton.  “He is an active community leader and business person, well-known throughout Tennessee, and he is an effective collaborator.  We look forward to his leadership at the firm.”

Earlier this year, Mayor Megan Barry appointed Charles Robert Bone to the board of directors of MDHA, the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency.

Mr. Bone was the featured “Attorney of the Month” for the inaugural issue of Attorney at Law Magazine’s Middle Tennessee edition in 2015.  In recent years, he has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America©; Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal; In Charge, Nashville Post; Top 40 Under 40, The Tennessean; Top 10 Influences for Tennessee, Campaigns and Elections; and Mid-South Super Lawyers among many others.

He concentrates his law practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities, including serving as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He also has represented clients in various complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts across Tennessee.

Mr. Bone has been instrumental in developing several Tennessee-based companies as an entrepreneur, investor and board member, including as a founder of Phoenix Boats (Winchester, Tennessee), the Southern Steak & Oyster restaurant and Acme Feed & Seed.

He serves a number of non-profit and civic organizations, including Hands on Nashville, Oasis Center, Best Buddies, and Discover Madison.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and his Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. A Middle Tennessee native and seventh-generation Tennessean, Mr. Bone is married with four children.

For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner County, and Williamson County of Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 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, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Where Is My Wine in Grocery Stores, Protecting Your Copyright & More

Bone McAllester Norton has important updates and announcements to share with you, our valued clients and friends, in our latest newsletter. Click here to read the latest on wine in grocery stores, which of our attorneys were named "Best Lawyers" and the advice Stephen Zralek gives about protecting your copyright.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 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 www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2014 List

Twelve attorneys with the firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC have been named to the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2014, and three have been honored on the “Lawyer of the Year” list for Nashville.

The Best Lawyers In America list for 2014 includes attorneys covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the list.

Attorneys who make the list of “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Ed Yarbrough was awarded the “Lawyer of the Year” for Nashville Criminal Defense:  White-Collar.  He was named to the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for the categories of Criminal Defense Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense White Collar and DWI/DUI Defense.  Ed Yarbrough is a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee appointed by President George W. Bush.  He practices Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Anne C. Martin was recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for her work in Litigation, Labor and Employment.  She was selected for the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for Employment Law and Litigation Law, Labor and Employment.   Ms. Martin is a commercial litigation and employment lawyer, representing both employers and employees. She has been widely published in the areas of employment law and has served as a guest lecturer at the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship.

John P. Branham, a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, was given the “Lawyer of the Year” Nashville award for his service in Personal Injury Litigation/Plaintiffs.  He made the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for Personal Injury Litigation Law.  In addition to his practice, Mr. Branham has conducted numerous CLE programs, including for the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville School of Law, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, PESI and the National Business Institute.

Additional Bone McAllester Norton attorneys who made the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list include:

  • Trace Blankenship was selected for the list in the category of Banking and Finance Law.  Mr. Blankenship advises chief executives, boards of directors and entrepreneurs on strategy, execution and legal requirements of significant business transactions and ownership decisions.

  • Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, serves as a classic “Trusted Adviser” to clients seeking advice on corporate and litigation issues.  He was named to the list for Administrative/Regulatory Law.

  • Charles Robert Bone also made the list for Administrative/Regulatory Law.  His expertise is in the areas of transactions, corporate governance and advising governmental entities, officers and directors, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Larry W.  Bridgesmith was selected for Employment Law and Labor Law.  Mr. Bridgesmith has more than 30 years of legal experience in dispute resolution and innovative workplace strategies.

  • William T. Cheek III is the only Tennessee attorney named Best Lawyers in America for Food and Beverage Law. He leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Team and provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice.  He also was named to the list for Non-Profit/Charities Law.

  • Paul W. Kruse, recognized in the categories of Copyright Law and Trademark Law, helps clients protect their trademarks with high quality, creative and comprehensive services, including trademark clearance, registration and policing.

  • Sam J. McAllester III practices in the areas of commercial lending, commercial loan documentation, the issuance of title insurance policies, bankruptcy and financial consultations.  He was named to the list for Banking and Finance Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor       Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

  • C. Michael Norton also made the list for Banking and Finance Law.  Mr. Norton concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, municipal bonds, corporate, securities, regulatory and state and local tax.

  • Jack F. Stringham II, an attorney advising in commercial loan transactions, real estate, banking regulation, venture capital and business matters for corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, was named to the list for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law.


About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has 36 lawyers with offices in Nashville and in Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing a wide range of legal services. We offer representation for commercial lending, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, intellectual property, entertainment and environmental matters, along with a full breadth of legal services ordinarily required by businesses and entrepreneurial individuals. For more information, visit http://www.bonelaw.com/.

Mike Norton’s Postage Stamp Collages on Display at Appalachian Center for Craft

Bone McAllester Norton president and attorney C. Michael Norton has a talent outside of practicing law: creating colorful collages from postage stamps. More than 10 of his collages are now on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tenn. A collector of stamps, Norton is able to utilize every color of the rainbow in the collages, which have a variety of designs and patterns. The exhibit will be on display May 28 – July 16, 2013.

For more information about the exhibit, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 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 www.bonelaw.com.

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.