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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Charles Robert Bone President CEO Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexPresident and CEO, Charles Robert BoneBone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and two have been named Rising Stars.

 “We are honored to receive this recognition from Super Lawyers,” said President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone. “Our firm is rooted in the commitment and expertise our attorneys bring to their work every day. We know that our colleagues are passionate about their clients and the greater Nashville community, and it’s really special when they are also recognized by such a prestigious organization for their hard work.”

Super Lawyers is a rating service that for more than 25 years has selected the nation’s premier attorneys from more than 70 practice areas. The comprehensive multiphase selection process involves statewide surveys, independent research, peer evaluations and independent research. Only 5% of attorneys from each state are recognized on the Super Lawyers list and only 2.5% of attorneys from each state are recognized on the Rising Stars list.

 

This year’s super lawyers include:

Charles Robert Bone, the firm’s president and CEO who is known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice. He also serves as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Sam J. McAllester III is the founder and vice chairman of the firm and has represented banks, financial institutions and other lenders for over 40 years. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

John P. Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice areas include business litigation and personal injury litigation. His trial practice also includes legal malpractice defense.

David M. Anthony is a skilled attorney who represents banks, businesses, and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, and lien litigation.

Sharon O. Jacobs is an experienced environmental 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 M. Yarbrough former U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee has provided quality legal representation and counsel to clients in the Middle Tennessee area for over 45 years. His experience includes government investigations, dispute resolution and civil and criminal litigation. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Stephen J. Zralek is a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Stephen has spent over two decades helping clients resolve complex legal disputes.

This year’s rising stars include:

Raquel L. Bellamy is a dedicated advocate who has defended and advanced immigrant rights for individuals from over 60 countries. She has a wide range of experience in civil and criminal litigation and advises clients concerning business, entertainment, and employment disputes.

I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo is a practiced attorney who regularly handles matters related to the construction and development of both commercial and residential property. She is committed to building a better future for her community through advocacy and the promotion of equal justice.

Tennessee Business Court Panel Discussion on November 4th with Stephen Zralek

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexMake plans to attend the Tennessee Business Court panel discussion with Chancellor Anne Martin on Monday, Nov. 4. The discussion will feature Bone McAllester Norton’s own Stephen Zralek, along with Nashville attorneys Erin Palmer Polly, Tim Warnock and Brigid Carpenter, and will be moderated by Hon. W. Neal McBrayer, Court of Appeals.

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently assigned Chancellor Martin to hear cases for the Business Court Pilot Project, effective Nov. 1. Originally established in 2015, the Business Court Pilot Project is designed for Tennessee businesses and citizens with complex or unique questions regarding business law, according to the Supreme Court’s announcement.

Chancellor Martin is a former Bone McAllester Norton attorney, where she concentrated in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.

Stephen Zralek has spent over two decades helping clients resolve complex disputes involving class actions, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation, domain disputes, and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas.

Event details:

Monday, Nov. 4, noon

Jury Assembly Room

Davidson County Historic Metro Courthouse

1 Public Square, Nashville

Stephen Zralek Joins Invitation-Only International Association of Defense Counsel

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexStephen Zralek, veteran attorney and member of Bone McAllester Norton, has been accepted as a member of the preeminent invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).  IADC helps its members develop skills, professionalism and camaraderie to better serve their clients, the civil justice system and the legal profession. This prestigious group is comprised of the world’s leading lawyers, with members representing many companies listed in the FORTUNE 500.

Stephen has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property and business litigator, helping clients resolve complex disputes in the business and creative arenas, as well as class actions. He serves on the board of directors of the Nashville Bar Association and the Sexual Assault Center, as well as the board of trustees of St. Bernard Academy.  He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, and previously chaired the ABA’s Copyright Litigation Committee as well as the boards of Conexión Américas, Nashville for All of Us, and Family & Children’s Service.

For more information on the IADC, visit www.iadclaw.org.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America©

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to announce 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America© across 28 distinct practice areas. In addition, Glen A. Civitts was named the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Securitization and Structured Finance Law.

For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers® has identified the leading attorneys and law firms in the United States and 70 countries worldwide. The methodology behind Best Lawyers’ selection is based upon an extensive peer-review process and Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

This year’s list recognizes attorneys David Anthony, Anne Sumpter Arney, Trace Blankenship, Charles Robert Bone, Charles W. Bone, John P. Branham, Glen A. Civitts, William J. Haynes III, Sharon O. Jacobs, Paul W. Kruse, Sam J. McAllester III, Robert G. McDowell, Andrea P. Perry, Christopher Raybeck, Jack F. Stringham II, Edward M. Yarbrough and Stephen J. Zralek in the firm’s Nashville office as well as attorney Marshall Cook in the firm’s Hendersonville office for the following practice areas:

  • 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
  • Glen A. Civitts
    • Corporate Law
    • Health Care Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Real Estate Law
    • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Marshall Cook
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Sam J. McAllester III
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Edward M. Yarbrough
    • Criminal Defense: General Practice
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    • DUI/DWI Defense
  • Stephen J. Zralek
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Copyright Law
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Best Lawyers featuring Bone McAllester Norton

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to 2019 Best of the Bar

NASHVILLE (June 18, 2019) — Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is honored to announce four of the firm’s attorneys have been named to Nashville Business Journal’s 2019 Best of the Bar, a prestigious list that recognizes leading legal professionals from across Middle Tennessee.

Attorneys David Anthony, Anne Sumpter Arney, Andrea Perry and Stephen Zralek were selected for their respective practice areas of Bankruptcy, Health Care, Real Estate and Intellectual Property.

Designed to determine which attorneys are considered best by their peers, award recipients were selected through a public nomination process, followed by due diligence from the Nashville Business Journal.

David M Anthony Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexDavid M Anthony Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton

David Anthony represents banks, businesses and individuals in commercial litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts throughout Middle Tennessee. In one of 2018’s most newsworthy local Bankruptcy Court cases, Anthony represented a large Nashville car dealership in its purchase of all assets of another regional dealership, including eight separate locations and over 400 vehicles. At the end of 2018, Anthony was one of three lawyers considered by Governor Bill Haslam for appointment to serve as Chancellor for the Davidson County Courts. In addition, Anthony facilitates the law firm’s volunteer efforts with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee. In 2018, he was named an Attorney for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Anne Sumpter Arney Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexAnne Sumpter Arney Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton

Anne Sumpter Arney has more than 30 years of experience working with many Nashville healthcare companies and medical professionals. She advises her clients on matters related to business law and transactional issues, and assists healthcare clients in navigating ever-changing healthcare laws and regulations.

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Andrea Perry concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate and commercial lending, regularly handling matters related to the conveyance, acquisition and development of commercial property. She also represents financial institutions and borrowers in loan transactions involving all types of collateral and projects. Recently, Perry assisted the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s (AMEC) sale of its historic property in downtown Nashville in excess of $21 million to Circle South Development, LLC. In addition, Perry also practices corporate law and serves as general counsel to a number of prominent businesses in Nashville.

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexStephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton

Stephen Zralek has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property and business litigator, helping clients resolve complex disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets and non-compete violations in the business and entertainment arenas. He recently won both a copyright infringement jury trial in U.S. District Court and a trademark infringement trial in the Tennessee Business Court. In 2019, Mayor David Briley appointed him to the Music City Music Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Bar Association and the Sexual Assault Center, as well as the Board of Ambassadors for Conexión Américas.

In May 2019, Nashville Business Journal honored the legal professionals in a special print publication and online. The honorees will also be celebrated at an awards reception at City Winery on Tuesday, June 18.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Attend Conexión Américas’ Annual Cafecito Breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Charles W Bone, Stephen Zralek and Raquel Bellamy recently attended "Cafecito: A Cup of Coffee for Conexión Américas” breakfast reception. The annual event was held at Music City Center and benefited the nonprofit organization’s mission to help Latino families realize their aspirations for social and economic advancement through their integration into the Middle Tennessee community.

Conexión Américas was founded in 2002 to address some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities created by recent demographic changes in the Greater Nashville region as an increasing number of Latino families move to Tennessee in search of a better life. Raquel Bellamy currently serves on the board for Conexión Américas, while Stephen Zralek is a former board president. Zralek served as chair of the Cafecito in 2011 and Charles W. Bone served as co-chair of Cafecito in 2010.

For more information about Conexión Américas, visit its website.

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Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek and Team Prevail in Copyright Trial

Stephen Zralek, a Member of Bone McAllester Norton, recently led a team that obtained a unanimous jury verdict for a homebuilder when a competing homebuilder, its owner and a realtor infringed the copyright in our client's original architectural work known as the Brentwood II.  At the conclusion of the four-day trial in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client, Singletary Construction, LLC, finding all three defendants liable for copyright infringement, and awarding all of their profits from the infringement to Singletary Construction.

When the contract between Singletary Construction and a homebuyer fell through on the purchase and sale of the Brentwood II, the buyer's realtor instructed a competing homebuilder to "build the same home" in the very same subdivision, and to even "match" photographs of the Brentwood II.  She went so far as to put these instructions in the contract with the competing homebuilder.  For its part, the competing homebuilder examined photographs of the Brentwood II, utilized the same cabinet designer to "match" the Brentwood II's layout, and copied both the overall layout and arrangement of rooms, even down to details as minute as the wainscoting, crown molding, and trim around return air vents.  The realtor was held contributorily liable because she knowingly induced the infringement, and the owner of the competing homebuilder was held vicariously liable because he supervised the infringement and received a direct financial benefit from it.

Joining Stephen in representing the firm's client were Bone McAllester attorneys Shea Hasenauer and Maria Campbell.  

To read the Judgment, click here.

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Bone McAllester Norton Supports the Sexual Assault Center’s inaugural 1-in-6 Breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek co-chaired the Sexual Assault Center’s inaugural 1-in-6 Breakfast, held on April 25, 2019 at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel to raise awareness and financial support for the 41-year old non-profit.  Over 300 guests attended, helping raise over $100,000 in contributions.  According to the Sexual Assault Center (SAC), one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday.  SAC's mission is to provide healing for children, adults and families affected by sexual assault and to end sexual violence through counseling, education and advocacy.  The event began with welcome remarks from Nashville Mayor David Briley, who used the opportunity to announce he is including $100,000 in direct appropriations funding for the SAC when he submits his budget to the Metro Council for the new fiscal year.  NBA All-Star and childhood sexual assault survivor, Kenny Anderson, who now serves as the head basketball coach for the firm’s client Fisk University, delivered the keynote address.  David Plazas, Opinion Editor at The Tennessean, served as the master of ceremonies.  Father Ryan High School's award-winning drumline kicked off the event.

Bone McAllester Norton was honored to serve as one of the sponsors for the breakfast, and the host committee included the firm’s Founder and Chairman Charles W. Bone, President and CEO Charles Robert Bone and attorneys Sam JacksonAndrea Perry and Ed Yarbrough, as well as many of the firm's clients and friends. 

To learn more about SAC or contribute to its important work, please visit its website

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

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

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

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

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

Bone McAllester Norton 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 Attorney Stephen Zralek Attends 2018 TAG Alliances Fall International Conference

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Stephen Zralek Speaking at the 2018 TAG Alliances Fall International Conference

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek attended the TAG Alliances Fall International Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia from Oct. 24 to 26.

Bone McAllester is the Tennessee law firm for TAGLaw, which is part of an international, multidisciplinary alliance of independent professional service firms. For more than 20 years, members like Zralek have leveraged the alliance’s global reach and local expertise of fellow like-minded firms to facilitate the international needs of their clients. With more than 290 member firms based in nearly 100 countries, TAG Alliances is one of the largest and most respected multidisciplinary alliances in the world.

A Nashville native, Zralek has practiced law since 1997 and clients continue to seek his advice, tenacity and engaging approach for litigation and protecting their creativity by resolving intellectual property, entertainment and business disputes.

To learn more about TAG Alliances, visit their website.

Bonelaw attorney Stephen Zralek is a panelist at the Americanafest

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonStephen J. Zralek AttorneyBone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek is speaking on the panel “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” at AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference on Sept. 12. The 19th annual gathering brings together legendary artists, rising stars, fans and industry vets to Nashville for six days of music and education.

Zralek, Nashville publishing attorney Nick Beaudoing and singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers (previously of the band Bearfoot) will discuss legal issues such as ownership of the masters, debts and copyrights that can follow a band breakup. Additionally, the panel will offer performing artists practical advice about striking out on their own. CLE credit will be available.

A Music City native, Zralek has practiced law since 1997 and clients continue to seek his advice, tenacity and engaging approach for litigation and protecting their creativity by resolving intellectual property, entertainment and business disputes.

Details:

Breaking Up is Hard to Do at AMERICANAFEST: 
Wednesday, 9/12/2018 
11:00am - 12:00pm 
Westin Hotel, Sobro III 
The Westin Nashville (807 Clark Pl, Nashville, TN) 
CLE credit available

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

Five Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Selected Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal

We are honored to announce five Bone McAllester Norton attorneys were selected to the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar class of 2018. On June 26, Anne Sumpter Arney, Trace Blankenship, Anne C. Martin, Andrea P. Perry, and Stephen Zralek were recognized as some of Nashville’s top legal minds and corporate counsel.

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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.

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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

For services details please visit:

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Non-Profits & Tax-Exemption

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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