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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is proud to announce 10 of the firm’s attorneys were named 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers, and two of the firm’s attorneys were named Mid-South Rising Stars.

Charles Robert Bone - President & CEOCharles Robert Bone - President & CEOThe firm’s President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone, was recognized for his work in the mergers and acquisitions practice area, and Founder and Vice Chairman Sam McAllester was recognized for his work in banking law. Additionally, attorneys David Anthony, John Branham, James Crumlin, Sharon Jacobs, Edward Yarbrough and Stephen Zralek were recognized for their respective practice areas. Former Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Nashville Mayor David Briley and Chancellor Anne Martin, were also included.

Raquel Bellamy and Emily Mack were named Rising Stars, an award honoring attorneys under 40 years old and in practice for less than 10 years. Bellamy focuses her practice on immigration law and Mack focuses her practice on labor and employment, education law and victim's rights.

Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters business, and for more than 25 years, they have identified the top legal minds around the nation. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state, and the Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. 

Charles Robert Bone is the firm’s president and CEO. He concentrates his practice in the areas of economic development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities. He serves as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. 

Sam McAllester, III is a founder and vice chairman of the firm. For more than 40 years, he has represented banks, financial institutions and other lenders. He also represents his clients in the enforcement and collection of loans and realization against all types of collateral through workouts, restructures, bankruptcies, repossessions and foreclosures. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

David Anthony represents banks, businesses and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and lien litigation. He routinely appears in state, federal and bankruptcy courts throughout Tennessee.

John Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. His trial experience includes insurance defense and legal malpractice defense.

James Crumlin concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, litigation and dispute resolution, and entertainment and media law.

Sharon Jacobs focus her practice in the areas of environmental and administrative law. She is an experienced regulatory lawyer and litigator who represents companies, local governments and not-for-profit organizations in administrative, regulatory, environmental, zoning, land use and municipal law. She has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Edward Yarbrough a former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, has been a successful trial lawyer in Nashville for more than 40 years. Today, he focuses his practice on defending major criminal cases. He also helps clients with government investigations, personal injury, dispute resolution and civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Stephen Zralek is a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. He has spent more than two decades helping clients resolve complex disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas.

Raquel Bellamy is a dedicated advocate with a wide range of experience in civil and criminal litigation. She advises clients concerning business, entertainment and employment disputes. Raquel also advises individuals and corporations concerning immigration and nationality laws. She has defended and advanced immigrant rights for individuals from more than 50 countries.

Emily Mack focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment, education law and victim's rights. She represents public and private employers in federal and state courts, and in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies. She also represents public boards of education and private schools and universities across the state of Tennessee.

About Bone McAllester Norton

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is one of Nashville’s largest law firms with 20 distinct practice areas. The firm traces its roots back to 1978 when Charles W. Bone, Sam McAllester and Mike Norton first joined together to practice law. More than two decades later, in 2002, these lawyers along with Stacey Garret Koju joined together to form Bone McAllester Norton. The firm is known for their enthusiasm for the law, relentless dedication to clients and passionate commitment to the Nashville community. With offices located in Nashville, Hendersonville and Franklin, Tennessee, our attorneys work closely with clients on business and litigation matters across the country. For more information about Bone McAllester Norton, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce 17 of our attorneys have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 recognized 17 Bonelaw attorneys in 25 distinct practice areas to be leading attorneys in their fields. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers® has identified the leading attorneys and law firms in the United States and 70 countries worldwide. Best Lawyers has become one of the most widely trusted resources to locate attorneys with, “exceptional talent in an area of practice” (Best Lawyers). The methodology behind Best Lawyers’ selection is based upon an extensive peer review process because “Best Lawyers believes that the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are” (Best Lawyers).

Bone McAllester Norton is proud of the continued recognition our attorneys receive for providing excellent legal services. A complete list of recognized attorneys and respective practice areas is listed below:

Anne Sumpter Arney
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Health Care Law
Trace Blankenship
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
Charles Robert Bone
  • Administrative / Regulatory
  • Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs 
Charles W. Bone 
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
John P. Branham
  • Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs 
Glen A. Civitts
  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate Law,
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
William J. Haynes III
  • Employment Law- Individuals
Sharon O. Jacobs
  • Environmental Law
Paul W. Kruse
  • Copyright Law
  • Trademark Law
Anne C. Martin
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment
  • Law - 
  • Management
  • Litigation-L
  • abor and Employment
Sam J. McAllester III
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization law
Robert G. McDowell
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Arbitration Mediation
Andrea P. Perry
  • Real Estate Law
 Christopher Raybeck
  • Banking and Finance Law
Jack F. Stringham II
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
Edward M. Yarbrough
  • Criminal Defense: General Practic
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • DUI/DWI Defense
Stephen J. Zralek
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation- Intellectual Property

BoneLaw Attorneys win Tennessee Supreme Court Case

Legal Alert:  Tennessee Supreme Court Reverses Appeals Court Decision on Landfill Cleanup

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Sharon O. Jacobs and C. David Briley for the appellee, ACC, LLC.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a Court of Appeals decision concerning the cleanup of a landfill that has been discharging pollutants into a Maury County lake.

From 1981 to 1993, ACC, LLC operated a landfill in Maury County, Tennessee, where it disposed of aluminum recycling wastes from a local aluminum smelting plant.  Within a few years of becoming operational, the landfill began to discharge chlorides and ammonia into water that drained into a local lake. This discharge was in violation of the Water Quality Control Act and the Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Act.

Over several years, ACC worked with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) in an attempt to remedy the problem.  After a number of efforts proved unsuccessful, ACC and TDEC agreed that the best solution would be to remove the waste causing the pollution from the landfill site.  In 2011, ACC and TDEC entered into an administrative consent order requiring ACC to divert water from entering the landfill and, over a four-year period, remove the landfill waste. The order was filed in the Davidson County Chancery Court for approval.

StarLink Logistics Inc., a neighboring landowner, intervened in the Chancery Court proceeding and objected to the terms of the order.  StarLink was concerned that the discharge of pollutants from the landfill site onto its property would continue during the removal of the waste. Because the parties could not reach an agreement, the Chancery Court remanded the matter to the Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Control Board for a contested hearing.

On remand, ACC and TDEC negotiated a new order, which was presented to the Board for approval. After hearing testimony from a number of witnesses, the Board voted to approve the proposed order, agreeing that the best and most economically feasible option would be to remove the waste from the landfill site. The Court of Appeals reversed the Board’s decision, finding it to be arbitrary and capricious because it failed to fully consider the other options discussed at the hearing, such as having StarLink pay for pipes to divert the contaminated water.

In a unanimous opinion authored by Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee, the Supreme Court held that the Court of Appeals misapplied the appropriate standard for reviewing decisions of administrative agencies like the Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Control Board. Under the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, the decisions of the Board are to be afforded deference whenever it is acting within its area of specialized knowledge, experience, and expertise. As a result, Board decisions may only be overturned if the decision is shown to be in violation of constitutional or statutory provisions, in excess of the statutory authority of the agency, made upon unlawful procedure, arbitrary or capricious or characterized by abuse of discretion or clearly unwarranted exercise of discretion, or unsupported by substantial and material evidence.

In reversing the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court held that the Board’s decision did not fit within any of these criteria and thus should have been affirmed. The Court disagreed that the Board’s decision was arbitrary, capricious, and a clear error in judgment, explaining that the Board gave fair consideration to the diversion option and rejected it as a viable solution.  According to the Supreme Court, the search for another solution by the Court of Appeals was improper. The case will now return to the intermediate appellate court to decide other issues previously left unsettled.

Read the opinion in StarLink Logistics Inc. v. ACC, LLC, et al. authored by Chief Justice Lee.

Copied from:  TennesseeCourts.gov.

Update: U.S. EPA and U.S. Army Corp Announce Final Clean Water Rule Today

By Sharon O. Jacobs

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers announced the final rule revising the definition of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) regulatory term “waters of the United States.” The draft rule was previously discussed on March 27, 2014. The final rule includes eight categories of jurisdictional waters, maintains existing exemptions for certain categories of activities and waters, and adds additional exclusions for categories of waters not covered under the Act. This rule is projected to result in an increase in CWA jurisdiction and provide some clarification regarding which waters are covered by the CWA.

For the first time “tributary” and “tributaries,” “neighboring,” and “significant nexus” are defined in the new rule. The rule maintains existing exclusions for certain categories of waters and adds additional categorical exclusions that were previously applied by regulators. The rule recognizes jurisdiction for three basic categories: waters that are jurisdictional in all instances, waters that are excluded from jurisdiction, and a category of waters subject to a case-specific analysis to determine whether the water is jurisdictional.

Previous definitions of “waters of the United States” regulated all tributaries without qualification. The final rule defines “tributaries” as waters that are characterized by the presence of physical indicators of flow – bed and banks and ordinary high water mark – and that contribute flow directly or indirectly to a traditional navigable water, an interstate water, or the territorial seas. The rule states “adjacent waters” are “waters of the United States” and identifies three circumstances where waters will be “neighboring” and therefore “waters of the United States.” The rule also identifies certain waters that can be “waters of the United States,” where a case-specific determination finds a significant nexus between the water and traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, or the territorial seas.

The rule excludes certain waters, certain water features, groundwater, certain types of ditches, stormwater control features created in dry land and certain wastewater recycling structures created in dry land.

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EPA Expands Definition of Solid Waste

By Sharon O.  Jacobs
On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Administrator posted the final rule revising the definition of solid waste, also known as the DSW rule, expanding the definition of solid waste. In this new 2015 DSW rule, the EPA is imposing significant new regulatory requirements upon industry, pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, revising several recycling-related provisions and exclusions associated with the definition of solid waste.

The 122-page Federal Register notice includes changes of the current definition of solid waste, revised exclusions and lengthy explanations regarding the changes. The EPA estimates approximately 5,000 industrial facilities in 634 industries that handle roughly 1.5 million tons of hazardous secondary materials annually may be affected by the new rule. The facilities that will be affected most will be recyclers who handle metals and solvents. However, manufacturers of wood products, paper, printing, petroleum and coal products, chemicals, plastics, rubber products and nonmetallic mineral products will also be affected.

The rule affects certain types of hazardous secondary materials that are currently conditionally excluded from the definition of solid waste when reclaimed. There are six major regulatory areas that have been revised. The Federal Register summarizes those six areas, provides a brief overview and gives the EPA’s rationale for the changes.

More information about this rulemaking can be found here.

Super Lawyers Honors 15 Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys

Mid-South Super Lawyers List Includes Outstanding Attorneys with High-Degree of Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement

Nashville, Tenn.—(November 5, 2014) The 2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers ratings of outstanding lawyers was released today, and 15 Bone McAllester Norton attorneys were included. Eleven were named as Mid-South Super Lawyers, while four were included as Mid-South Rising Stars.

“Our attorneys pride themselves on a thorough understanding of our client’s objectives and then focus on coming to creative, strategic solutions,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. “I believe that’s why our peers have chosen more than a dozen of our attorneys for awards like this. We are grateful to them for observing the expertise and passion behind what we do.”

Mid-South Super Lawyers are selected through a multi-phased process, which includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The list is produced by Super Lawyers, a national rating service that includes more than 70 practice areas.

Super Lawyers also selects attorneys to be included in its Rising Stars list, which is compiled using the same requirements and selection process as the Super Lawyers list. However, to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for no more than 10 years.

The 11 Mid-South Super Lawyers are:

  • Charles Robert Bone, business litigation;

  • John P. Branham (of counsel), business litigation;

  • Larry W. Bridgesmith (of counsel), labor and employment law;

  • C. David Briley, personal injury: plaintiff;

  • James A. Crumlin, Jr., labor and employment law;

  • Sharon (Sheri) O. Jacobs, environmental law;

  • Anne C. Martin, employment litigation: defense;

  • Sam (Mac) J. McAllester, III, real estate law;

  • Bryan E. Pieper, business litigation;

  • Edward M. Yarbrough, criminal defense;

  • Stephen J. Zralek, intellectual property litigation.


The four Mid-South Rising Stars are:

  • David M. Anthony, bankruptcy law;

  • Alex Little, criminal defense;

  • Andrea P. Perry, real estate law;

  • Chris Raybeck, banking.


For more information about these awards, visit http://www.superlawyers.com/. For more information about Bone McAllester Norton, visit http://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 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 www.bonelaw.com.

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Final Rule for Cooling Water Intake Structures-Existing Electric Generating Plants and Factories

By Sharon O. Jacobs

On May 19, 2014, the U.S. EPA released the final regulation to the Clean Water Act that follows through on a settlement agreement where they agreed to issue regulations aimed at reducing injury and death to fish and aquatic life caused by cooling water systems at large power plants and factories. Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act requires National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for facilities with cooling water intake structures to ensure that the location, design, construction and capacity of the structures reflect the best technology available to minimize harmful impacts to the environment. The rule applies to facilities that use cooling water intake structures and have or require an NPDES permit.

Many industrial sectors are affected (see the definitions in 40 CFR 125.81, 125.91 and 125.131). The new rule covers roughly 1,065 existing facilities that are designed to withdraw at least 2 million gallons per day of cooling water. EPA estimates that 521 of these facilities are factories, and the other 544 are power plants.

  • • Existing facilities that withdraw at least 25 percent of their water from an adjacent waterbody exclusively for cooling purposes and have a design intake flow of greater than 2 million gallons per day are required to reduce fish impingement under the final rule. The owner or operator of the facility will be able to choose one of seven options for meeting best technology available requirements for reducing impingement.

  • • Facilities that withdraw large amounts of water--at least 125 million gallons per day--are required to conduct studies to help their permitting authority determine whether and what site-specific controls, if any, would be required. This process will include public input.

  • • New units that add electrical generation capacity at an existing facility are required to add technology that achieves one of two alternatives under the national best technology available standards for entrainment for new units at existing facilities. The two alternatives are explained in the regulation.


For more detailed information regarding the new Section 316(b) Clean Water Act rule, visit the Federal Register website.

New Federal Rule Proposes to Expand Jurisdiction of the Federal Clean Water Act

By Sharon O. Jacobs

On March 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly proposed a new rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule would expand EPA’s jurisdiction to waters that were previously not subject to EPA’s jurisdiction as “waters of the United States.” The new rule, if it becomes final, may allow the EPA or the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to expand its jurisdiction to small bodies of water on private property. Under the joint proposed rule, all natural and artificial tributaries and wetlands that are adjacent to or near larger downstream waters would also be subject to the federal CWA. The EPA and the Corps purportedly proposed the new rule in an effort to clarify the CWA program. However, the end result appears to be an expansion of the scope of “waters of the United States” protected under the CWA. Specifically, the proposed rule provides that under the CWA:

    • • Most seasonal and rain-dependent streams are protected.
    • • Wetlands, ponds and other waters near rivers and streams are protected.
    • • Other types of waters may have more uncertain connections with downstream water, and protection will be evaluated through a case-specific analysis of whether the connection is or is not significant.

The proposed rule defines “waters of the United States” as “traditional navigable waters; interstate waters, including interstate wetlands; the territorial seas; impoundments of traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, including interstate wetlands, the territorial seas and tributaries, as defined, of such waters; tributaries, as defined, of traditional navigable waters, interstate waters or the territorial seas; and adjacent waters, including adjacent wetlands.” In addition, the agencies propose that “other waters” (those not fitting in any of the above categories) could be determined to be “waters of the United States” through a case-specific showing that, either alone or in combination with similarly situated “other waters” in the region, they have a “significant nexus” to a traditional navigable water, interstate water or the territorial seas. However, at this time, the “significant nexus” has not been defined. The agencies seek public comments on alternate approaches to determine which waters are jurisdictional as “other waters.”

The proposed rule allows the EPA and the Corps to seek comment on a case-by-case basis on whether the aggregate effect of geographically isolated wetlands and other waters that “significantly” affect the physical, biological and chemical integrity of federally protected downstream waters are jurisdictional pursuant to the CWA. An interpretive rule was also included which clarifies that 53 specific conservation practices identified by the Agriculture Department's Natural Resources Conservation Service to protect or improve water quality won't be subject to dredge-and-fill permits under Section 404 of the CWA.

The agencies seek public comments on the proposed rule. Public comments will be accepted for 90 days after the date of the publication in the Federal Register. Because the rule alludes to other bodies of water, which could be regulated, it is important for the public to review the proposed rule carefully and provide comments. The rule is a game changer for small bodies of water if it becomes final.

The public should submit feedback by identifying Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880 using one of the following methods:

    • • Mail: Send the original and three copies of your comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880.

 

Winter 2013 Newsletter Features Super Lawyers, New Attorneys and an MLK Save-the-Date

2013 has been a tremendous year for Bone McAllester Norton, and we have you, our valued clients and friends, to thank. Our latest newsletter has important updates and announcements, including new attorneys and a save-the-date for our annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast.

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Twelve Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys are Named 2013 “Mid-South Super Lawyers”

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Nashville, TN – The 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers list was released today, and 12 Bone McAllester Norton PLLC attorneys were included. Eight have been named as Mid-South Super Lawyers, while four have been included as Mid-South Rising Stars.


Mid-South Super Lawyers are selected through a multi-phased process, which includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The list is produced by Super Lawyers, a national rating service that includes more than 70 practice areas.

Super Lawyers also selects attorneys to be included in the Rising Stars list, which is compiled using the same requirements and selection process as the Super Lawyers list. However, to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.

The eight attorneys named to the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers list include:


    • James A. Crumlin, Jr., who made the list for Employment & Labor. He concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, small and mid-sized business representation and corporate business litigation.

    • Sharon O. Jacobs, an attorney with environmental litigation experience at the federal, state and local levels, made the list for Environmental law.

    • Anne C. Martin was selected for Employment Litigation Defense. She is a commercial litigation and employment lawyer, representing both employers and employees.

    • Sam J. McAllester, III represents financial institutions and concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial lending, creditors’ rights and financial consultations. He was named to the list for Real Estate law.

    • Edward M. Yarbrough, a successful trial lawyer for more than 40 years, focuses his practice on defending major criminal cases, helps clients with government investigations and handles civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants.

    • Stephen J. Zralek made the Super Lawyers list for IP Litigation. Mr. Zralek assists clients with resolving sensitive, high-profile disputes through intellectual property litigation, business litigation and entertainment litigation.



Bone McAllester Norton’s two of-counsel attorneys also made the list:


    • John P. Branham, a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, made the list for Business Litigation.

    • Larry W. Bridgesmith was selected for the Super Lawyers list under Employment & Labor. Mr. Bridgesmith has more than 30 years of legal experience in dispute resolution and innovative workplace strategies.



The four attorneys with Bone McAllester Norton named to the 2013 Mid-South Rising Stars list include:

  • David M. Anthony, for Bankruptcy Law. Mr. Anthony concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, construction and lien litigation.

  • Charles Robert Bone, whose practice includes transactions, corporate governance, small businesses and entrepreneurs. He was selected to the list for Business Litigation.

  • Andrea P. Perry, for Real Estate Law. Ms. Perry also practices law in commercial lending, general corporate, entertainment and tax-exempt organizations.

  • Chris Raybeck, who represents clients in commercial real estate and commercial lending transactions, business acquisitions, company formation and governance matters. He made the list for Banking Law.


For more information about these awards and the law firm, visit www.bonelaw.com.

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 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, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. 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.

Norfolk Southern Receives Economic and Environmental Sustainability Award

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton client Norfolk Southern, who received an award last week from the Loudon County Economic Development Agency for its work in Lenoir City, Tennessee. The 2013 PEAK (Performance, Excellence, Achievement, Knowledge and Innovation) Award was presented to the transportation company for its remediation of the Lenoir Car Works site and their long-term economic partnership with Loudon County. Sharon (Sheri) Jacobs is proud to represent Norfolk Southern in this project and lead their team before the Tennessee environmental regulators.

 

 

 

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.




Are Your Wipes Clean? EPA Adopts Industrial Wipes Standard

By Sharon O. ("Sheri") Jacobs

On July 31, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to clarify how companies handle disposable and reusable solvent contaminated industrial wipes. This change will affect many businesses, from auto repair shops to large manufacturing facilities, by identifying requirements for handling solvent contaminated wipes in order to avoid hazardous waste rules, which would otherwise apply.

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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.

Sheri Jacobs Selected as 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Sharon O. Jacobs for her selection as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.

Sheri, an AV-rated, Best Lawyer and SuperLawyer, has been practicing environmental and administrative law, along with litigation and dispute resolution, for more than 20 years.

"We are proud but not surprised by Sheri's selection for this notable list," said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. "Her expertise with companies and local governments on compliance, sustainability and all facets of environmental law makes Sheri a trusted adviser and problem solver for all who work with her."

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.

Sheri Jacobs Selected as 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Sharon O. Jacobs for her selection as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.

Sheri, an AV-rated, Best Lawyer and SuperLawyer, has been practicing environmental and administrative law, along with litigation and dispute resolution, for more than 20 years.

"We are proud but not surprised by Sheri's selection for this notable list," said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. "Her expertise with companies and local governments on compliance, sustainability and all facets of environmental law makes Sheri a trusted adviser and problem solver for all who work with her."

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.

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek, Sam McAllester & Charles Robert Bone Recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek and Sam McAllester have been named Mid-South Super Lawyers, and Charles Robert Bone has been honored as a Mid-South Rising Star, in the 2011 editions.

Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honorees represent the top five percent of lawyers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Selections for the list are based on a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a regional survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics' attorney-led research staff, peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The Rising Star designation is awarded exclusively to top lawyers who are 40 years old and younger who have been in practice 10 years or fewer.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are considered leaders in their areas of practice: Ms. Jacobs is honored for her skill in environmental and administrative law; Ms. Martin, in employment and business litigation and defense; Mr. Zralek in intellectual property; Mr. McAllester, in real estate, bankruptcy and creditor and debtor rights; and Mr. Bone, in business litigation, personal injury plaintiff, general corporate, and mergers and acquisitions.

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek, Sam McAllester & Charles Robert Bone Recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek and Sam McAllester have been named Mid-South Super Lawyers, and Charles Robert Bone has been honored as a Mid-South Rising Star, in the 2011 editions.

Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honorees represent the top five percent of lawyers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Selections for the list are based on a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a regional survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics' attorney-led research staff, peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The Rising Star designation is awarded exclusively to top lawyers who are 40 years old and younger who have been in practice 10 years or fewer.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are considered leaders in their areas of practice: Ms. Jacobs is honored for her skill in environmental and administrative law; Ms. Martin, in employment and business litigation and defense; Mr. Zralek in intellectual property; Mr. McAllester, in real estate, bankruptcy and creditor and debtor rights; and Mr. Bone, in business litigation, personal injury plaintiff, general corporate, and mergers and acquisitions.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys, John Branham, Will Cheek & Sharon Jacobs, Named to "Nashville’s 101 Top Lawyers"

Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys, John Branham, Will Cheek and Sharon Jacobs, were recently selected by their peers and clients for inclusion in the Nashville Post’s "Nashville’s 101 Top Lawyers."


After months of confidentially hearing the frank opinions of local lawyers, judges and businesspeople about members of the local bar, the Nashville Post identified Nashville’s top lawyers. A special effort was made to identify attorneys who are not necessarily very good self-marketers but whom peers hold in high esteem.


Bone McAllester Norton congratulates:


John P. Branham for Litigation
William T. Cheek III for Corporate
Sharon O. Jacobs for Environmental


Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys, John Branham, Will Cheek & Sharon Jacobs, Named to "Nashville’s 101 Top Lawyers"

Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys, John Branham, Will Cheek and Sharon Jacobs, were recently selected by their peers and clients for inclusion in the Nashville Post’s "Nashville’s 101 Top Lawyers."

After months of confidentially hearing the frank opinions of local lawyers, judges and businesspeople about members of the local bar, the Nashville Post identified Nashville’s top lawyers. A special effort was made to identify attorneys who are not necessarily very good self-marketers but whom peers hold in high esteem.

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates:

John P. Branham for Litigation
William T. Cheek III for Corporate
Sharon O. Jacobs for Environmental