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Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Speaks at the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonStephen J ZralekBone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek will speak on a panel at the Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) Leadership Forum for Professional Development on Dec. 5, 2018. Moderated by attorneys LaTonnsya Burney and Malaka Watson, the panel will discuss the interaction between litigation and transactional practices.

Established in 2014, the NBF Leadership Forum is an annual leadership program for 25 lawyers with three to eight years of experience. Each class of emerging leaders participates in nine monthly workshops focused on local legal and community issues.

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys support a wide range of community interests and activities. A Nashville native, Zralek has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial litigator and focuses his practice on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Zralek also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Bar Association.

For more information about the NBF Leadership Forum, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Suzanne Kessler Speaks at Nashville Bar Association 2018 Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute

Suzanne Kessler Of Counsel at Bone McAllester NortonSuzanne Kessler Of CounselBone McAllester Norton attorney Suzanne Kessler will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the legal processes and contracts involved in making documentary films during the annual Nashville Bar Association (NBA) Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2018. The NBA Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute is a one-day, information-packed CLE program with six sessions hosted by local attorneys and thought leaders.

Kessler's hour-long presentation titled “So I Want to Make a Documentary Film. Now What?" will offer legal insights into making a documentary film from start to finish. Using two documentaries as case studies, her presentation will cover a range of topics, such as life story rights acquisitions, personal releases, public domain materials, fundraising, production insurance issues and many more. 

As an entertainment and intellectual property law attorney, Kessler regularly provides counsel and consulting services to traditional and new media clients, including film and television production companies and independent producers. Kessler is also a documentary filmmaker, artist manager, music production company co-owner and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School, where she teaches IP licensing and entertainment law within the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

For more information and to register for the NBA Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute, visit their website.

Charles W. Bone Speaks at Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Summit

Bone McAllester Norton attorney and chairman, Charles W. Bone, spoke at the Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Summit on “Elevating Diverse Attorneys for Success” on March 1st, 2018. Bone has always believed in the necessity of creating a diverse team of attorneys and staff. He began his legal career during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Bone felt personally responsible to advocate for equal rights for diverse professionals.

Charles W. Bone speaking at the Nashville Bar Association's Diversity SummitCharles W. Bone speaking at the Nashville Bar Association's Diversity Summit

In 2002, Charles W. Bone and Stacey Garrett Koju began Bone McAllester Norton PLLC with a commitment to each other that the firm would be intentional about its diversity.  Koju, Bone McAllester Norton’s Board Chair, and Bone sought to create a firm that would reflect the belief that quality legal representation begins by first reflecting their clients and the communities they are from.

Bone shared how the firm intentionally closes on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day.  Our Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast is one way we provide our attorneys, staff, and communities with an opportunity to reflect upon where we were 50 years ago and where we need to be today. As a leading law firm in Nashville, we want to honor the leaders who came before us who fought for equality and the basic human rights of all individuals.

Bone, along with Junaid Odubeko, Audrey J. Anderson, and Saul Solomon, identified the importance of equipping diverse attorneys with mentors of the same race, providing current attorneys with the resources they need to be successful, and breaking down the social constraints of hiring young attorneys based solely upon grades.

When asked how young diverse professionals keep moving forward within a system that does not embrace diversity, Bone said, “With the direction the world is going, 5, 10, 15, 25 years from now things have to change. There is no choice. They will not be able to hold you back.”

Yarbrough Receives 2017 Nashville Bar Association CLE Excellence Award

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Edward M Yarbrough Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonEdward M. Yarbrough During the Nashville Bar Association’s 2017 annual celebration, Bonelaw’s Ed Yarbrough was honored with the prestigious CLE Excellence Award. The CLE Excellence Award identifies a Nashville Bar member who has demonstrated commitment to the NBA's mission. The Nashville Bar Association is dedicated to the continuation of quality legal education. Ed Yarbrough’s exceptional service to the NBA has paved the way for historical breakthrough for attorneys, community leaders, and civilians.

Yarbrough’s experience on the murder case of Marcia Trimble in 1975 played a key role in producing some of the 2017 CLE seminars. In addition, Mr. Yarbrough’s expertise heavily influenced the development of past programs regarding Baker v. Carr, HOFFA!, and Blanton. These seminars not only provide attorneys with the needed resources to enhance their legal practice and professionalism, but also educate our community on important historical legal events in Tennessee. The seminars are available for the public online.

“We are very thankful of the ways Mr. Yarbrough has supported and strengthened our CLE program at the Nashville Bar Association,” said Monica Mackie, Executive Director of the NBA.

For more than 40 years, Yarbrough has successfully led a trial law practice in Nashville. He is well known for his past experience as U.S. Attorney and as a state and federal prosecutor. Yarbrough now focuses his practice on criminal defense and government investigations, and handles civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants.

Raquel Bellamy Lends Her Immigration Law Experience to Nashville Bar Program

Raquel L. Bellamy, Immigration and Naturalization AttorneyRaquel L. Bellamy, Immigration and Naturalization Attorney

BoneLaw’s Raquel Bellamy is taking a lead role in producing, “What Immigration Attorneys Are Telling Their Terrified Clients”, a seminar hosted by the Nashville Bar Association on Wednesday, March 1st. Presenter Tricia Herzfeld, partner at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, will be discussing how to help educate those in the Nashville community about what to do when immigrants are encountered by law enforcement. This lunchtime meeting will include know your rights information, how to identify the need for an immigration lawyer, and how to assist immigrants you know with safety planning—because the best defense is a good offense.

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Where: Nashville Bar Association, 150 4th Avenue, North, Suite 1050

For more information on the seminar please click here

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Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce honors received by Bonelaw attorneys from the Nashville Bar Association.

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At the Nashville Bar Association’s Annual Meeting this month, Ed Yarbrough and Andrea Perry each received The President’s Award in recognition of their extraordinary service, leadership and dedication to the Nashville Bar Association and to the city and people of Nashville. The award is considered one of the greatest honors given to a member of the Nashville Bar Association. In addition, Stephen Zralek has been elected to serve a four-year term on the NBA’s Board of Directors.

Yarbrough has been a successful trial lawyer in Nashville for more than 40 years. Well known for his past experience as a state and federal prosecutor, Yarbrough now focuses his practice on defending major criminal cases. He also helps clients with government investigations and handles civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. A former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, he is an award-winning lawyer, having been named Lawyer of the Year multiple times by U.S. News Best Lawyers in America, and recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Post and American College of Trial Lawyers for his work.

Andrea Perry Attorney Bone McAllester NortonAttorney Andrea Perry

Perry concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial lending, general corporate, entertainment and tax-exempt organizations. While an active member of the Nashville Bar since 2000, she has served in various roles including Immediate Past 2nd Vice-President of the NBA and Past Chair of the NBA High School Intern Program. Honors and recognition are nothing new to Perry, having been named to the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence, Best of the Bar and 40 Under 40 lists, as well as receiving an ATHENA Young Professionals Award from Cable, Nashville’s professional leadership organization for women.

Zralek has been a member of the Nashville Bar since for almost 20 years and has served throughout the years on the IP Committee, Federal Courts Committee and CLE Committee. In addition to his active intellectual property and business litigation practice, Zralek is a member of the 2014-15 class of Leadership Nashville, and has been recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers in America, as well as Mid-South and Tennessee Super Lawyers. He has also been named the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar going back to 2006.

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New Fellows Inducted into the Nashville Bar Foundation

Nashville, TN – The Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) honored the 2016 Class of Fellows on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Hillwood

Country Club.

 

Among the honorees were the following Nashville attorneys:

Michael G. Abelow, Sherrard & Roe, PLC

Mary Beth Ausbrooks, Rothschild & Ausbrooks, PLLC

Laura B. Baker, Law Offices of John Day, PC

Charles Robert Bone, Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC

Samuel T. Bowman, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Paul Kent Bramlett, Bramlett Law Offices

C. David Briley, Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC

Matthew R. Burnstein, Waller

Jean Byassee, Dobbins, Venick, Kuhn & Byassee, PLLC

David Cañas, Thompson Burton, PLLC

James R. Cartiglia, Patterson Intellectual Property Law, PC

Catherine A. Caster, Centerstone

Robert F. Chapski, Lewis Thomason

Jennifer Gingery Cook, Webb Sanders, PLLC

Phillip F. Cramer, Sherrard & Roe, PLC

Alexander Davie, Riggs Davie, PLC

Ralph DeMarco, Rutherford & DeMarco

David N. Garst, Lewis Thomason

Lynda Motes Hill, Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Timothy T. Ishii, Law Offices of Timothy T. Ishii

Brendi Kaplan, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Suzanne Kessler, Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC

Ryan D. Levy, Patterson Intellectual Property Law, PC

James Mackler, Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Richard Manson, SourceMark, LLC

Rocky R. McElhaney, II, Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, PC

Austin L. McMullen, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Margaret Moore, Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC

Valerie Diden Moore, Butler Snow, LLP

Junaid Adetayo Odubeko, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Lea Carol Owen, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Jason M. Pannu, Lewis Thomason

Michelle Poss, Sobel, Poss & Moore, PLLC

Matt Potempa, Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC

Stephen H. Price, Burr & Forman, LLP

Scott A. Rhodes, White & Rhodes, PC

Marissa Moses Russ, MTR Family Law, PLLC

Peter C. Sales, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Carolyn W. Schott, Sherrard & Roe, PLC

Blaine H. Smith, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC

Eric W. Smith, Nissan North America, Inc.

Richard E. Spicer, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC

Nancy Wood Stabell, Wood Stabell Law Group

Camille Webb Steward, Nashville Electric Service

Richard F. Warren, Jr., Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Benjamin Whitehouse, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Benjamin E. Winters, Law Office of Benjamin E. Winters

Jessalyn H. Zeigler, Bass, Barry & Sims, PLC

 

The NBF also presented the David Rutherford Award to Ashley T. Wiltshire, Jr., former Director of the Legal Aid Society.  This award is given to a Fellow who exemplifies the memory and ideals of David Rutherford, which include professionalism, charitable contributions in the legal field and in the community as a whole, and the spirit of collegiality among bench and bar.

 

About the Nashville Bar Association

The Nashville Bar Association, established in 1831, is a professional organization serving the legal community of Nashville, Tennessee. The NBA—with almost 3,000 members—is the largest metropolitan bar association in Tennessee.

Bonelaw Attorney James Mackler will Make Presentation on How New and Changing Laws on Drones will Impact Your Clients

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler will speak at an upcoming Nashville Bar Association presentation on drones and how new and developing laws will impact clients. The lunch and learn program, “Drones: How New and Evolving Federal and State Laws on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will Impact Your Clients,” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Nashville Bar Association’s office in downtown Nashville. The course has been approved for 1.0 CLE hours.

James will discuss proposed legislation on drones and how it is expected to ban all use by civilian, except as specifically authorized, as well as how businesses and law enforcement are increasingly using the devices in ways that are outside of, or in violation of, the legal framework. Corporate counsel, civil rights attorneys, criminal defense, insurance defense and plaintiff attorneys, government attorneys and prosecutors are encouraged to attend.

James concentrates his practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation, where he has 15 years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal cases at the state, federal and military levels. He is the founder of Bonelaw’s unmanned aerial systems focus, the first of its kind in the region.

More information on the presentation, including how to register, can be found here.

 

 

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.

Stephen Zralek will Co-Present and Speak at a Nashville Bar Association CLE on Nov. 6

Bone McAllester Norton Stephen J. Zralek will co-present and serve as a panelist for a Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Nashville Bar Association on Wednesday, Nov. 6. “Advanced Federal Court Practice Insider Tips for Lawyers Practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee” will address how to conduct an effective meet and confer, handle an extraordinary relief claim and communicate with the press about your claim. Stephen’s panel, “Extraordinary Relief,” takes place from 2:40 to 3:40 p.m. and will include tips related to ex parte communications, temporary restraining order hearings and preliminary injunction hearings, filing documents under seal, impoundment and the use of U.S. Marshals.

The event takes place at the NBA’s Conference Center.

For more information, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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.

Anne Martin Will Give an Employment Law Update for the Nashville Bar Association’s 2013 Practice Institutes

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Anne C. Martin has been chosen to present an employment law update as part of the Nashville Bar Association’s 2013 “Back to School” Practice Institutes. “Employment Law Update: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” will include a comprehensive update on recent developments in labor and employment law, and Anne will provide an employer’s perspective on these developments. The presentation will take place Thursday, October 17 at the Nashville Bar Association’s office.

For more information, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 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

 

 

Trace Blankenship Elected to Serve as Treasurer and Ex-Officio Director of Nashville Bar Association

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates attorney Trace Blankenship on his election as treasurer and ex-officio director of the Nashville Bar Association. His election by the NBA board of directors for the 2013 term follows his service as assistant treasurer and treasurer-elect during 2012.

Congratulations, Trace, on this well deserved election.

Trace Blankenship Elected to Serve as Treasurer and Ex-Officio Director of Nashville Bar Association

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates attorney Trace Blankenship on his election as treasurer and ex-officio director of the Nashville Bar Association. His election by the NBA board of directors for the 2013 term follows his service as assistant treasurer and treasurer-elect during 2012.

Congratulations, Trace, on this well deserved election.

Paz Haynes Participates in Nationally Recognized Law Day Program

To commemorate Law Day in 2010, the Nashville Bar Association (NBA) produced a program commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Student Movement's lunch counter Sit-Ins.


  These Sit-Ins were a seminal event in the advancement of the Nashville community, and the civil rights movement nationwide.  The NBA's presentation honored the "Counsel for the Children" -- the local lawyers who defended the student demonstrators during the Sit-Ins -- with a mock trial involving several distinguished members of the Nashville bench and bar.

Paz Haynes was one of the producers of the program, and served as moderator for a panel discussion after the mock trial.  Two of the "Counsel for the Children," retired Tennessee Supreme Court justice Adolpho A. Birch and trial lawyer George E. ("Citizen") Barrett, shared their experiences and reflections on the Sit-Ins, the trials, and the lawyers and judges involved in these historic events.  The event was filmed to be shared and enjoyed by generations of lawyers.  The "Counsel for the Children" program recently received national acclaim when the NBA received a 2010 Law Day Outstanding Activity Award from the American Bar Association.

Bone McAllester Norton was a sponsor of the "Counsel for the Children" program.  "I was honored to participate in such a memorable and important program for the Nashville Bar,” said Paz. “Through its sponsorship of 'Counsel for the Children', our Firm has ensured that the program will be preserved and appreciated for years to come."


 

Paz Haynes to Moderate Panel for Law Day 2010: Defending Freedom in the Nashville Sit-In Trials

Presented by the Nashville Bar Association, Napier-Looby Bar Association and Nashville Bar Foundation, Law Day 2010 will be a special celebration of the attorneys who defended Nashville sit-in demonstrators on the 50th anniversary of the trials.


  The event titled “Law Day 2010: Defending Freedom in the Nashville Sit-In Trials” will feature a luncheon followed by a CLE panel presentation, “Civil Disobedience and the Rule of Law: The Nashville Sit-Ins and Lessons In Courage,” moderated by Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paz Haynes.


Details on the event and how to register are available at www.nashvillebar.org.