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Paul Kruse named 2012 Trademark Lawyer of the Year

NASHVILLE – Paul W. Kruse, a partner at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year.

“We are extremely proud of Paul’s work and his accomplishments. He is very deserving of this recognition,” said Charles W. Bone, Chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “Paul is an exceptional attorney and an expert in his field. We’re glad to know that others recognize this as well.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, added: “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Paul W. Kruse on being selected as the ‘Nashville Best Lawyers Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012.”

Mr. Kruse has more than 20 years of experience in trademark counseling and litigation. While working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office early in his career, he examined over 4,400 trademark applications and has prosecuted countless applications as a private attorney since. Mr. Kruse has been consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers since 2006.

Mr. Kruse is an active member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Tennessee Bar Association having acted as Chair on more than one occasion. He is also a member of the Nashville Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his juris doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Will Cheek Quoted on Whiskey Distilleries in Tennessee

In 2010, Legislature passed a law allowing 43 Tennessee counties to manufacture whiskey.  This law was passed in hopes that new distilleries will work in conjunction with the established brands to create a draw for tourists to Tennessee.

Will Cheek told Westview, "It was seen as being a really strong barrier to starting up, particularly for a microdistillery where you really don't want to spend that much money and you don't have that many people,"

"Any changes to the state liquor laws are going to be very difficult," he said.

"What is happening now really lays the foundation for a whiskey trail that is similar to the bourbon trail that Kentucky has," Cheek said. "The bourbon trail is fairly successful, but what the bourbon trail lacks is an international brand. We know Maker's Mark and we know Wild Turkey, but those aren't big brands in Europe or China or Japan.”

"We've got Jack Daniel's and that might be the best-known brand of spirits worldwide. We have a real marquee that draws people, and if we could have a number of micro-distilleries that are available for touring and marketed properly, it could be really neat."

This story was picked up and repeated in papers like The Leaf Chronicle, The Daily Herald and other papers by the Associated Press.