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Nashvillian Selected to U.S. – Japanese Leadership Program

Bone McAllester Norton’s Patrick Baird Chosen as Delegate in TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program

Nashville, Tenn.—(May 11, 2015) Patrick Baird, an international specialist at the Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, will represent the city and the firm as a delegate in the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program. As one of 10 Americans chosen, he will travel to Japan in July, and together, the group will engage in conversations and initiatives aimed at furthering U.S. – Japanese relations.

“Patrick is an extremely bright, motivated individual with a strong background in international relations,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. “He will be a valuable representative not only of our firm but of Nashville. We could not be more pleased to have someone of Patrick’s caliber accepted into this worthwhile program.”

The TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, in its third year, is geared toward young professionals age 35 and younger with experience in both the public and private sectors and having an interest in U.S. – Japanese relations. TOMODACHI began out of support for Japan’s recovery from the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Mitsui & Co., one of the largest public companies in Japan, has co-sponsored this program since its inception, which is a partnership between the U.S. – Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Baird will travel to Sendai and Tokyo for meetings with leadership in the public and private sectors this July. The trip enables delegates to gain a greater understanding of multicultural America and the unique qualities of Japanese society, further strengthening the bridge between the two cultures. This year’s program will focus on innovation, new technology and industrial development and how all three play a part in the U.S. – Japanese cooperation.

Baird is a 2011 graduate of Babson College, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration focused on real estate. He joined Bone McAllester Norton in 2014 after spending nearly three years with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. His expertise lies in international expansion and market entry strategy-to-execution, international development, investment advisory, corporate restructuring, entrepreneurial and business development and non-profit sustainability planning.

For more information on the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. program, visit For more information on Bone McAllester Norton, visit

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, 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, visit

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