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Bonelaw Congratulates 19 Clients on the New Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Tennessee is the home of numerous world renowned distilleries and many of them turn to Bone McAllester Norton for legal guidance.

Recently opened by The Tennessee Distillers Guild, a membership organization consisting of Tennessee distilleries, the Tennessee Whisky Trail consists of a 25-stop distillery tour across the state of Tennessee. Of those 25 stops, 19 turn to Bone McAllester Norton’s alcohol beverage team for their legal needs and advice.

Bonelaw’s premier team of Will Cheek, Rob Pinson and Tayo Atanda lead the industry in all areas of alcohol beverage law in Tennessee.

To read more about how to map your visits across the Tennessee Whiskey Trail follow this link - http://www.tnwhiskeytrail.com.

Bonelaw Advises Majority of Top Ten Distilleries to See in Tennessee

Tennessee is the home of numerous world renowned distilleries many of them turn to Bone McAllester Norton for legal guidance. In a recently released list of top Tennessee distilleries everyone should see, Will Cheek and Rob Pinson, two of the state’s premier alcohol and beverage attorneys, count nine out of ten among those they represent. Bone McAllester Norton is leading the industry in Tennessee for providing federal, state and local licensing and regulatory compliance.

You can read more about Tennessee’s not to miss distillery tours, at this link http://styleblueprint.com/nashville/everyday/tennessee-distilleries

Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge, Welcome to West Nashville!

Happy to see client Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge in The Tennessean's Taste: The Five Best Taco Joints in Nashville.

That's one thing about us Nashvillians - we like our tacos almost as much as we like our barbecue.

This is a Waxstone Group restaurant headed up by Jonathan Waxman, a nationally known culinary genius.  Bajo Sexto offers a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine.  The pato tacos are to die for!  We did not have the courage to try the chapulines.  But if you do, please let us know how they are.  We hear roasted grasshoppers are great toasted with a little lime.

(And no one says they taste like chicken...)

To read the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

 

BoneLaw Attorney Rob Pinson discusses Nonprofit Candidate Endorsement


Bone McAllester Norton attorney Rob Pinson discusses general tax-exempt status of nonprofits and the rules and regulations associated with such organizations.

If you are a nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status you are not allowed to endorse candidates or participate in any campaigns for elective public office.  This includes not sharing opinions or offering voting suggestions or advice.

To watch/read News 2's Nick Caloway's story, click here.

Rob Pinson is an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton. He concentrates his practice in the field of alcoholic beverage law, with an emphasis on the manufacturing tier. Rob represents numerous distilleries, wineries and breweries across the United States and is pro bono counsel to the Tennessee Distillers’ Guild. Rob also represents clients in business law, tax law, and campaign finance law. Rob offers an impressive track record when it comes to navigating the complexities of the alcoholic beverage laws as well as state and federal taxes.

It's An Exciting Day for Wine and Grocery Stores in Tennessee

It is hard not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this day.  Even as I left for work this morning the traffic at my local Kroger was heavier.  We've heard several reports from our co-workers that there wasn't even parking available at Trader Joes this morning in Green Hills!

 Two Buck ChuckTwo Buck ChuckRumor has it that if you're looking for some Two Buck Chuck, you might be out of luck today.

Looks like The Tennessean has done a great job regaling the timeline of this morning's sales across the mid-state.  To read the article, click here.

Drink responsibly of course, and enjoy this historic day!

From all the attorneys, legal assistants and paralegals here at Bone McAllester Norton who have worked tirelessly through the licensing process we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Ryman Hospitality Believes in Nashville

We have all heard how Nashville is the "IT" city.  According to VP of Research, Garrett Harper at the Nashville Chamber of Commerce,  71 people move to the Nashville region each day.

Our client, the Ryman Hospitality Properties is banking on that.  In the last couple of years they have poured over $30 million into renovations and purchases in downtown Nashville.

Just last week the announcement was made that Ryman Hospitality purchased 114 Second Avenue North and plans to turn that location into a new entertainment venue.

To read the entire article in The Tennessean, click here.

 

Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival - September 24-25, 2016

We are so excited to see the lineup for this fall's Pilgrimage Festival.  A client of BoneLaw, this event is in its second year and slated to be better than the first.

The Tennessean has a great article about what the planners learned from the inaugural event and changed made as a result.  To read the article, click here.

An excerpt from the article:

What's new for year 2?

We talked to Pilgrimage Festival co-founders Kevin Griffin and Brandt Wood about what's new and improved about Pilgrimage in its second year:

It'll be easier to get a beverage: "We're putting a few more bars in, because people came thirsty," says Wood. "We noticed some (long) beer lines, and we were called out on it. We are going to fix that by adding more bartenders, more bars and the same great selection of craft beer, wine and spirits. We weren't sure how robust it needed to be, and it was impressive. People came out to party."

Griffin had to be talked into booking his own band, Better Than Ezra: "I didn't want it to be, 'Hey! I started a festival, and I'm playing!'" Griffin explains. "You know? In a spot (on the lineup) that's too high. I didn't want to give anybody any ammo (to criticize the festival), because I wanted to have a purity of the whole thing. This is what this (festival) is about. It's not about my performing career. But so many people said, 'We want you to play,' and I can get my band cheap."  Read more. . . 

Old Forge Distillery Celebrates History with a Focus on the Future

In the spring of 2013, a huge change to liquor laws in Tennessee happened, allowing once prohibited distilleries across the state to finally open. Long before then, though, distillers and those interested in the craft had dreams of producing spirits, mainly moonshine. The masterminds behind Old Forge Distillery, located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., were some of those lobbying for the new legislation.

Prior to 2013, only a handful of distilleries existed in Tennessee, and many of those were located in a few isolated clusters. When the legislation passed, though, provisions governing where distilleries may be located were loosened, opening the floodgates to moonshine enthusiasts. Distilleries could now open in areas with premier tourist attractions, where liquor could be sold in both restaurants and liquor stores, and where distilling had historically taken place (though distilling sites have to be listed with the National Register of Historic Places and have to possess a record of distilling). Pigeon Forge, a popular vacation destination in East Tennessee, was one city that became eligible for a distillery under the 2013 law. When the Old Forge guys approached Bone McAllester Norton PLLC attorney Robert D. Pinson, who focuses his Alcoholic Beverage Law practice on laws for distilleries, this law was still being lobbied. They knew they would have to wait to open, which they chose to do. What they did not do, though, was sit on their laurels.

“We knew there was a wave in this industry that was heating up, and we wanted to jump on it,” said Kris Tatum, general manager of Old Forge Distillery.

Without any formal knowledge or experience in the spirits business, they did know one thing: They wanted their moonshine to be different. Old Forge’s 1830 Original is entirely handmade because they want you to taste the various grain flavors – corn, wheat and/or rye.  Many of their flavors are Grain Neutral Spirits (GNS), liquor distilled up to 95 percent alcohol by volume to ensure maximum flavorlessness of grain. Old Forge wants you to taste the specific flavor on the label and not the grain used to make it.

“Since we really did not know much, we turned to other distilleries in Tennessee, who helped us tremendously before we opened. We have become a brotherhood. There is just great camaraderie among us,” Tatum said. They also visited with those in the industry in cities like Chicago and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Louisville, Ky., became their second home. There, attendees can collaborate with experts on everything from creating to prototyping and distilling spirits of all kinds. It was there they learned the science behind what they wanted to make.

After the legislation passed in 2013, they went straight to work, constructing Old Forge in a historic barn that housed a farm supply store more than 100 years ago. Old Forge is named after the iron forge that brought about the Pigeon Forge community. Every aspect of their spirits is done by hand, including grains grown right on their land.

“We are very open about our process, and we have a personable aspect about our distillery,” Tatum said. “When visitors come here, they get a little show. They see the entire process from start to finish—mash being put into a still, the product running through bottling spouts and the labels being put on the bottles. We have fun doing what we do, and I think that shows when folks come to see us.”

That personable aspect is one of the differentiating factors between Old Forge and other distilleries. Not only does Head Distiller Keener Shanton, a hometown guy turned-distiller-from-firefighter, craft the spirits while answering questions and explaining what he does while he’s working, he also teams with local bartenders to find out the kinds of products they want. . .and then he heads back to the distillery to make those very things. Everyone at Old Forge is also committed to educating their consumers. They want people to know what they are drinking and why it tastes the way it does.

Old Forge Distillery opened June 27, 2014. Since then, more than a million visitors have walked through their doors. They currently offer nine varieties of moonshine, including 1830 Original, made from pure mountain spring water and grains ground at the Old Mill next door to the distillery, as well as six flavored moonshines inspired by the recipes from The Old Mill Kitchens. Tennessee Roots is a line of innovative 80-proof, small-batch spirits they are working on releasing next. Old Forge’s line can be found in liquor stores in Knoxville and Chattanooga now. Tatum and his team are working to get distribution in middle and eastern Kentucky, as well as in Nashville, soon.

“I love what I do,” Tatum said. “We are experiencing history in the distilling business. From the law that passed that allowed us to open, to what’s on the horizon, we are on the cusp of something big with what we can do with Tennessee whiskey. It’s an exciting time.”

Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Attorneys Weigh in on Confusion of Tennessee’s Liquor Laws

William T. Cheek III and Robert D. Pinson, of Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law practice, are featured in an article on MetroPulse.com regarding the confusion of liquor laws in Tennessee. Title 57 outlines the state’s mandates on all things alcohol-related, and, as the article points out, anyone in the industry finds the rules confusing, contradictory and in need of a redo.

“I would love to rewrite all of Title 57,” Pinson told the reporter. “I think that’s something that a lot of people want, but no one wants to do the work.” One area in particular that needs a revise, Pinson said, is the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s budget. “If they had more staff, there wouldn’t just be more enforcement, they could offer more education so maybe there would be less confusion over some of these laws.”

 

 

 

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.

Rob Pinson will Present in “Shine and Wine” CLE

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Robert D. Pinson has been selected as a panelist to address the latest in alcohol and wine legislation at the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2014 Convention. “Shine and Wine” will address the latest in the wine in grocery stores legislation, as well as an insider’s look at the rules surrounding the craft distilling of moonshine. Joining Rob are Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, Sen. Doug Overby, R-Maryville and two attorneys from Gullet Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC.

The TBA’s convention takes place this Wednesday through Saturday in Gatlinburg. “Shine and Wine” is slated from 2 to 5:15 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at the Park Vista Hotel.

Rob concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, tax law, estate planning, Alcoholic Beverage Law and campaign finance law.

More information on the convention, 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.

Rob Pinson, Anne Martin will Speak at Restaurant CLE

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Robert D. Pinson and Anne C. Martin are scheduled speakers at a CLE focusing on the business and law of restaurants that the Tennessee Bar Association is holding next month. “Restaurant CLE: Serving Up Success at the Corner of Law and Food” will take place Friday, June 27 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. This CLE is designed for business lawyers and will cover everything from business formation and taxes to licensing and employment law in the restaurant industry.

Rob, one of Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Law attorneys, will present “The Business of Restaurants” from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and then will join Ginna Winfree, the assistant director at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, for “Liquor License” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Anne, a prominent Labor & Employment Law attorney, will present on HR-related issues from noon to 1 p.m.

More information, 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.

From What Every HR Department Needs to Know to Restaurant Openings, Bonelaw Has the Latest Updates

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 about the impact a recent lawsuit could have on common severance agreement language, how our Alcoholic Beverage Law group opened two high-end restaurants in Memphis, awards and accolades our attorneys have been given and our involvement with Habitat for Humanity.

Alcoholic Beverage Group Files Applications for Three Distilleries in Sevier County

Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law group has filed distillery applications for three clients in Sevier County, ahead of a new law governing distilleries that takes effect Monday. According to The Mountain Press, Old Forge Distillery, Dumplin Creek Distillery and Ole Smoky Distillery plan to build in East Tennessee. The new law allows construction of distilleries with on-site sales, but cities and counties have 45 days to stop the construction, saying they don’t want distilleries in their jurisdictions. Because our clients filed their applications this week, they will be allowed to sell their product on-site, even if the local governments tried to opt out of the law.

The full article is posted below.

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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.

 


Alcoholic Beverage Law Group Participates in Discussions about Crack-Down on House-Infused Spirits

Last week, Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law group played a role in the discussions about the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC)'s announcement that house-infused spirits would be banned in Tennessee restaurants and bars. Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and national media outlets picked up the story and interviewed two of our attorneys, Will Cheek and Rob Pinson.

Below is a list of media outlets that covered the story with links to the articles, where available.

On Monday, the Tennessee ABC announced that enforcement against infused alcoholic beverages was being put on hold indefinitely. Stay up-to-date with all alcoholic beverage law happenings at LastCall.

 

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.

Bone McAllester Norton Takes a Cold Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics Tennessee

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Polar Plunge Nahsville 2013Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Polar Plunge Nahsville 2013Several Bone McAllester Norton attorneys participated in the 2013 Polar Plunge on February 16. The annual event, held at Percy Priest Lake every chilly February, raises money to support Special Olympics Tennessee athletes. Those who braved the frigid waters this year include Olatayo Atanda, James Mackler, Stacey Garrett and Rob Pinson. Nearly $50,000 was raised in this year’s plunge.  For more on the 2013 Polar Plunge Nashville event, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton Takes a Cold Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics Tennessee

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Several Bone McAllester Norton attorneys participated in the 2013 Polar Plunge on February 16. The annual event, held at Percy Priest Lake every chilly February, raises money to support Special Olympics Tennessee athletes. Those who braved the frigid waters this year include Olatayo Atanda, James Mackler, Stacey Garrett and Rob Pinson. Nearly $50,000 was raised in this year’s plunge.  For more on the 2013 Polar Plunge Nashville event, click here.

Attorney Rob Pinson Graduates From Tennessee Leadership Law Program

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Thirty-five attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Memphis last week.

Now in its ninth year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.

Bone McAllester Norton is excited to congratulate Rob on this achievement.

To read more, click here.

BMN Attorney Rob Pinson Speaks at Lorman Seminar

On May 4, 2012 attorney Rob Pinson spoke at a Lorman seminar regarding Tennessee Election Laws. Lorman Education Services offers a line of legal seminars designed for attorneys of varying experience levels and areas of practice. Lorman is a leading provider of continuing education seminars for a variety of industries in the United States and Canada.

 

Stephanie Taylor and Rob Pinson speak to International Bluegrass Music Association

Moderator: Richard Tucker


Panelists: R.J. Stillwell, Sound Healthcare; Greg Cahill, Foundation for Bluegrass Music; Stephanie Taylor, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC; Rob Pinson, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC


Even though you may be a young artist or sideman, it’s not too early to think about taking care of yourself when it comes to estate planning, health, accident and life insurance, instrument insurance and retirement. For those of you approaching middle age and beyond, have you given any thought as to who you’d like to be beneficiaries of your lifetime in bluegrass, including how you would like to be remembered in the bluegrass world?  What will be your legacy, your way to keep “the circle unbroken.…”  Join our discussion this afternoon to think carefully about planning your future.




 

August 2011 Newsletter Features Legislative Recap of Beer and Liquor Laws.

The Bone McAllester Norton Alcoholic Beverage Group has kindly published a legislative recap to help you stay aware of beer and liquor laws.  To read the rest of our newsletter click here.