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Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Conexión Américas’ Cafecito

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Conexión Américas’ Cafecito on April 13. Community members and leaders gathered together at the Music City Center to share a meal and hear about Conexión Américas’ victories, challenges, and dreams for our local Latino community. At Cafecito this year, Renata Soto, co-founder, highlighted one of the many questions they receive: where is the playground? On May 18, Casa Azafrán will be hosting the opening celebration of the new park, located off Nolensville Road in Nashville.

Raquel L Bellamy Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonRaquel L. Bellamy

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonStephen J. Zralek 

 

Charles W Bone Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonCharles W. Bone

Bonelaw attorney Raquel L. Bellamy serves on Conexión’s board of directors. Stephen Zralek serves on the Board of Ambassadors and Charles W. Bone is a former Cafecito chair from 2010.

Conexión’s mission is, “to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed.” Through Conexión over 8,000 individuals and families every year learn English, succeed in school, go to college, pay taxes, buy a home, start a business, protect our families, advocate, and so much more. We are honored to support the work of our neighbors at Casa Azafrán.

BoneLaw’s Stephen Zralek to speak on Recent United States Supreme Court Trademark and Copyright Cases

On May 19th BoneLaw attorney, Stephen Zralek, will participate in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2017 Entertainment & Sports Forum. Zralek is among a distinguished group of speakers for an afternoon discussion of some of the most cutting edge legal issues in the music and entertainment industry today.

Stephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonStephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonZralek will take a fresh look at two active cases pending before the United States Supreme Court, Lee v. Tam, the trademark case involving the constitutionality of the disparagement clause under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, and Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., the copyright infringement case involving whether certain designs on cheerleading uniforms are eligible for copyright protection, and discuss the far-reaching implications that the Court’s holding in both cases could have on the entertainment industry.

This panel will also briefly explore the constantly-shifting topic of copyright fair use and whether, and to what extent, Supreme Court review might provide much-needed guidance on this murky area of the law. This panel will highlight the recent Sixth and Ninth Circuit split involving sound recording sampling and discuss the likelihood of Supreme Court review and potential outcomes in light of the current state and composition of the Court.

To find out more on the event and to register to attend, please click this link.

Stephen Zralek celebrates victory with Stand For Children

Stephen ZralekStephen ZralekBone McAllester lawyer Stephen Zralek celebrated a victory with his client Stand for Children on December 8, 2016 after persuading the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance to unanimously dismiss a complaint that had been filed against the organization. After a thorough and detailed examination of the evidence, the Registry concluded that the complaint was based on incorrect assumptions and that the concrete evidence showed no campaign finance violations. This victory allows our client, a non-profit with deep roots going back almost 20 years in Nashville, to get back to its mission of ensuring every child in this city receives a great public education.

To read more about the victory, please visit one of these numerous media outlets:

  • Tennessean - Stand for Children Cleared of illegal campaign coordination allegations - Read
  • Nashville Scene - State Board Dimisses Election Finance Claims Against Stand for Children - Read
  • WPLN - Tennessee Election Watchdogs Drop Fines Against Stand For Children Campaign - Listen
  • News Channel 5 - Registry Clears Stand For Children and School Board Candidates - Watch
  • WSMV News Channel 4 - Stand for Children, 4 ex-candidates, cleared of wrongdoing by campaign finance officials - Watch

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Bonelaw’s Stephen Zralek featured speaker at upcoming Happy, Healthy Lawyers CLE

Stephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonStephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonOn December 15, 2016, Bonelaw’s Stephen Zralek will be a featured speaker at the Happy, Healthy Lawyers CLE presented by The Language of Joy.

In this 6 hour dual credit (general + ethics) CLE, attorneys will learn valuable skills and tools designed to help them improve their well-being, satisfaction and client service. 

Topics include:

    • Goal Setting 
    • Time Management 
    • Understanding Personalities 
    • Positive Psychology 
    • Confidence and Client Compassion 

Although designed for attorneys, this training will help any professional stay focused and productive, communicate better with colleagues, clients and opposing counsel, and better manage stress and difficult situations. 

For more information or to register, please click this link.


 

 

Exciting Updates for Bone McAllester’s Friend and Client, Conexión Américas

A long-time client and friend of Bone McAllester Norton, Conexión Américas, is celebrating exciting news. Three new members were elected to join its Board of Directors: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos; and HCA’s Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sherri Neal. At the same time, Bone McAllester attorney Stephen J. Zralek just completed a two-year term as President of the Board. Commenting about the new additions, he said: “These three new board members work hard every day to make Nashville a city that welcomes all people, and we are honored and humbled that all of them have agreed to join our board.”

Additionally, Gini Pupo-Walker, who has been a star board member and a long-time educator with Metro Nashville Public Schools, is joining the staff as the new Senior Director of Education Policy and Strategic Growth. Tara Lentz, who has been with at the agency for eight years and has been a key pillar in Conexión’s growth trajectory, is now Senior Director of Programs.

Meanwhile, early voting for Metro Nashville continues at Casa Azafrán through Saturday, September 5.

And a few tickets are still available for #TheLatinParty, where Conexión Américas will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at 7 p.m. on September 12 at The Cannery Ballroom. Bone McAllester congratulates Conexión Américas on all of these important developments.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 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.

 

“Best Lawyers” Accolades Given to Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys

List Includes 15 Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Nashville, Tenn.—(August 17, 2015) Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today that it is celebrating honors from the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Fifteen of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 list, and attorney Anne C. Martin has been chosen as “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for Employment Law – Management.

“We are so pleased that our peers recognized the work our attorneys do every day and the expertise they provide to their clients,” said Sam J. McAllester, vice chairman and member of Bone McAllester Norton. “Our entire firm is proud of each of the attorneys selected for the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

The Bonelaw attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 list are:

  • Trace Blankenship for the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Non-Profit/Charities Law

  • Charles W. Bone for the area of Administrative/Regulatory Law

  • Charles Robert Bone for the areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); and Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

  • John P. Branham for the area of Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

  • William T. Cheek III for the areas of Food and Beverage Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Will is the only listed lawyer for Food and Beverage Law in Tennessee.

  • William J. Haynes III for the area of Employment Law—Individuals

  • Sharon O. Jacobs for the area of Environmental Law

  • Paul W. Kruse for the areas of Copyright Law and Trademark Law

  • Anne C. Martin for the areas of Employment Law—Individuals; Employment Law—Management; and Litigation—Labor and Employment

  • Sam J. McAllester III for the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • Richard J. Nickels for Corporate Law

  • Jack F. Stringham II for the areas of Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law

  • Stephanie R. Taylor for Entertainment Law—Music

  • Edward M. Yarbrough for the areas of Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; and DUI/DWI Defense

  • and Stephen J. Zralek for the area of Copyright Law.


The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016 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, confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

For more information on Bone McAllester Norton and its attorneys, visit http://bonelaw.com.

ABOUT BONE MCALLESTER NORTON PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 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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Changing the Law for the George Jones Museum & 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 how one attorney helped change the law to open the George Jones Museum, accolades that our attorneys have received and the smack down on criminal attempts by minors to purchase alcohol.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 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.

Five Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Selected to Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar

Congratulations are in order to five Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, who have been selected to the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list, announced today: Anne Sumpter Arney, William T. Cheek, Anne C. Martin, Andrea P. Perry and Stephen J. Zralek.

The publication solicited nominees in three size categories, plus a corporate counsel category, and nominees voted on each other, determining the final selection of 85 attorneys.

They will be recognized in the June 19 print edition.

Click here to read more.

 

 

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 www.bonelaw.com.

Stephen Zralek Shares Top 10 Advice at Father Ryan’s Cum Laude Induction

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek recently spoke to the 2015 Cum Laude Society induction at his alma mater, Father Ryan High School. He shared his “top 10”pieces of advice with the honor students, including working in a restaurant, broadening perspectives by moving away, being of service to others and finding a champion.

In his litigation practice, Stephen helps clients resolve business, entertainment and intellectual property (IP) disputes. He has been recognized by his peers in Best Lawyers for copyright law and in SuperLawyers for IP litigation.

Click here to watch his speech.

 

 

 

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 www.bonelaw.com.

Stephen Zralek will Speak at Emma’s Marketing United Conference

Bone McAllester Norton copyright attorney and litigator Stephen J. Zralek will join a panel discussion at the upcoming Marketing United conference hosted by our client, email provider Emma, Inc.  The “must-attend conference for modern marketers” has a list of world-class experts and marketing innovators lined up as speakers, including Ann Handley from MarketingProfs, Brian Magida from Warby Parker, Pam Lewy from Mario Batali and Jeni Britton Bauer from Jeni’s Ice Cream.

Topics range from injecting comedy into marketing campaigns and optimizing emails for mobile to automation smarts for savvy retailers and leveraging social channels for every brand. Stephen will join other industry experts as a speaker at the conference.

Stephen helps clients from the technology, creative and entrepreneurial fields resolve business, entertainment and intellectual property disputes.

Marketing United takes place April 29 – May 1, 2015 in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 www.bonelaw.com.

Renata Soto, Conexion Americas Receive Presidential Visit & Tennessean Cover Story

Bone McAllester Norton client Conexion Americas and its co-founder and director, Renata Soto, were the feature story on the cover of yesterday’s Tennessean, in advance of President Obama’s visit. In the town hall meeting, the president highlighted his recent immigration actions, saying Nashville, including what Soto is doing, is getting it right.

Soto, originally from Costa Rica, got her first glimpse of helping refugees and immigrants when her mother became part of a solidarity movement that helped people displaced by civil war in Latin American countries. What she thought would be her path to helping others—through journalism—ended up not being her avenue to public service. She has become a leading voice on immigration not just in Music City but across the nation. Tennessean reporter Brad Schmitt interviewed Soto about her upbringing, how she met her husband and her feelings about the president’s visit.

Bonelaw attorney Stephen J. Zralek is the current chair of the board for Conexion Americas, and Will Cheek was legal counsel for the $3 million federal grant to purchase its new home, Casa Azafran.

Read the full article here.

 

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.

Anne Martin & Stephen Zralek Receive Additional Mid-South Super Lawyers Honors

Congratulations are in order to Anne C. Martin and Stephen J. Zralek, who have received additional honors from the 2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers list.

Anne was selected in the top 50 women attorneys list and the top 100 Tennessee attorneys list. Stephen was included in the top 100 Tennessee attorneys list and is the only one among the Top 100 whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation.

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. Only 5 percent of the nominated attorneys are named to the overall Super Lawyers list.

Anne concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law, representing both employers and employees. She represents many different companies and individuals with a variety of business problems.

Stephen helps individuals and business clients from the technology, creative and entrepreneurial fields resolve disputes through intellectual property litigation, business litigation and entertainment litigation. He is lead counsel in Marshall v. ESPN, a class action that alleges broadcasters and other defendants have unlawfully profited off the names and likenesses of college football and basketball players.

Click here for the full "Tennessee Top 100" list and here for the full "Mid-South Top 50 Women" list.

 

 

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.

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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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.

Stephen Zralek Weighs in on Tracy-DesJarlais Race with the Nashville Business Journal

Congressman Scott DesJarlais and state Sen. Jim Tracy are involved in a close victory for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District seat, and Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek, who practices in campaign law, spoke with the Nashville Business Journal today about what to expect if the outcome is challenged.

“A good place for candidates to look when challenging results is absentee ballots,” he said. DesJarlais has a 35-vote lead. Because this was an election in a party primary, a different avenue from what would happen in general elections will take place, should a contest follow.

“The Tracy-DesJarlais election and any contest arising out of that will be governed exclusively by the Tennessee Republican Party’s executive committee.”

Read the full story 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 Selected for Leadership Nashville

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek, who was chosen for Leadership Nashville’s 2014-15 program. Stephen will be among the 44-member class who will embark on a nine-month program designed to assist local community leaders in their roles as decision-makers. More than 215 people applied for the program.

Stephen focuses his Nashville law practice in intellectual property litigation, entertainment litigation and business litigation.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 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 Talks to USA Today about 2 Live Crew Copyright Infringement Case

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek was asked to weigh in on 20th anniversary of the seminal U.S. Supreme Court copyright infringement decision involving Roy Orbison and 2 Live Crew.  His opinion was included in a story with USA Today.

The case followed a lawsuit that Acuff-Rose, a publishing company in Nashville, filed against 2 Live Crew, a rap group, over the use of Roy Orbison’s song Oh, Pretty Woman.  After declining permission for 2 Live Crew to use the song in a parody, the rap group did it anyway, and the publishing company filed suit for copyright infringement.  U.S. District Judge Tom Wiseman, for whom Stephen clerked after law school, held that 2 Live Crew was not liable for copyright infringement because its parody constituted fair use.  The Sixth Circuit reversed, but the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with Judge Wiseman and held that just because the parody was for a commercial purpose did not deprive 2 Live Crew from asserting fair use. As Stephen explained to the reporter, “To me, the Campbell v. Acuff-Rose case is still the gold standard when it comes to fair use.”

Stephen is an AV-rated, SuperLawyer who helps individuals and business clients from the technology, creative and entrepreneurial fields resolve disputes through intellectual property litigation, business litigation and entertainment litigation.

To read the story, click 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.

Bone McAllester Norton’s Charles Robert Bone, Will Cheek, Anne Martin and Stephen Zralek Selected to Nashville Business Journal’s "Best of the Bar"

Congratulations are in order to four Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, who have been selected to the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list, announced today: Charles Robert Bone, William T. Cheek III, Anne C. Martin and Stephen J. Zralek. The publication solicited nominees in three size categories, plus a corporate counsel category, and nominees voted on each other, determining the final selection of 80 attorneys.

They will be recognized during a reception on June 26 at the Nashville City Club.

Click here to read more.

 

 

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 Leads Two Iconic American Brands to Victory

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., maker of the infamous MoonPie products, and Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., which distributes RC Cola, for their recent major legal victory at the Tennessee Court of Appeals. This ruling affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction based on complete preemption by the Copyright Act. Attorney Stephen J. Zralek represented the successful parties in this appeal.

The case involved a black-and-white photograph of an unidentified young boy used for more than 30 years to market MoonPie. He asserted that use of his image violated his right of publicity, but our firm successfully argued that the real dispute was over use of the photograph and that any dispute over the photograph was governed by and preempted by federal copyright law.

More information about this victory can be found on Stephen’s blog, TheExpressive, where he explains the case in his entry titled “Magnolia Trees, Mint Juleps, MoonPies & RC Colas.”

 

 

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 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 Client Honored as a Nashville Technology Council Awards Finalist

Bone McAllester Norton client Emma has been named as a finalist in the 5th annual Nashville Technology Council Awards, to be held at a ceremony on January 30, 2014. The email marketing company, based in Nashville, has been nominated for “Company of the Year.” The Nashville Technology Council was formed in 1999 and has become known worldwide as a leading technology company, dedicated to connecting, developing and promoting Middle Tennessee’s rich community of developers and technology entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and institutions.

Congratulations, Emma, on this great honor and best of luck in the awards!

 

 

 

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.