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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 to Host Forum for Minority Bankers, July 21

Minority bankers at the officer or managerial level are invited to the Freedmen Bankers Forum at Bone McAllester Norton on Tuesday, July 21. Ron Samuels, president, chairman and CEO of Avenue Bank, will present “The State of Banking and Insights on Career Development” as part of the program. Attendance is free.

The Freedmen Bankers Forum is dedicated to providing business development and collaboration opportunities for minority officers and managers in Middle Tennessee’s banking industry, through referrals, professional education and placement. Bone McAllester Norton is proud to produce this Forum.

Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 21

Location: Bone McAllester Norton (Nashville City Center, 511 Union Street, Suite 1600).

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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.

Dear Employer: Is Your Social Media Policy Legal?

by William J. (Paz) Haynes, III

Social media is a fact of modern life. Billions of people across the globe use a variety of platforms such a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to connect with family, friends and the world at large. Businesses have moved rapidly to capitalize on opportunities for growth in social media, but have also recognized the realities of social media in the everyday lives of their employees.

Recent studies indicate that most employers in the United States now have some form of social media policy and that employers are relaxing policies restricting social media use during business hours.

Even though attitudes are changing on social media in the workplace, employers still face burning questions in developing best practices related to social media.

1. What privacy rights do employees have in their social media use and content?

Access to social media is now linked to the traditional rights of privacy recognized in the Constitution, and state and federal laws are being created (an interpreted) to protect employees' privacy interests in the social media content.

Several states, including Tennessee, have passed laws making it illegal for employers to demand access to employees' social media passwords and "private" social media pages.

2. What interests, if any, does the employer have in monitoring or "policing" employee use?


Despite the increased privacy protections for social media, employers still have legitimate interests in monitoring social media content. Social media laws still recognize an employer's right to monitor social media activity created with employer property (phones, laptops, servers, etc.) and social media content that is tied to their "brand."

Employers also have a legitimate right to review social media content that perpetuates unlawful harassment or discrimination in the workplace.

3. How far can the employer go to regulate employees' social media conduct?


A series of recent decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hold that, under certain circumstances, social media content may qualify as "protected activity" under the National Labor Relations Act.

Those NLRB decisions have shed more light on the limits on employers when creating social media policies and how employers respond to social media activity by their workers.

4. What are the best social media practices in a changing digital and legal landscape?

The law of social media changes as rapidly as the nature of social media itself. In 2015, employers are best advised to create policies that properly balance their workers' rights to privacy and protected workplace activity against the employers' interests in protecting their brands, ensuring productivity, and addressing unlawful conduct in the workplace.

Are_Your_Social_Media_Policies_Legal_sqEmployers should seek out qualified legal counsel when reviewing and creating social media policies and practices.

I will be addressing these questions in greater detail in the Sterling Education Seminars' Fundamentals of Employment Law on August 11, 2015.

Paz Haynes & Bryan Pieper will Discuss Employment Law for Education Seminar

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys William J. (Paz) Haynes III  and Bryan E. Pieper will serve as presenters in an employment law program on August 12. Sterling Education Services' 10th annual “Employment Law: Beyond the Basics” continuing education seminar will provide information on emerging critical developments and updates, including FMLA and ADA issues, harassment and discrimination, FLSA/wage and hour crackdown, Obamacare and more.

Paz will present “Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace," addressing topics like the balance between employer’s right to know vs. employee’s privacy, wireless devices, use of social networking sites and the NLRB and social media. He concentrates his Nashville law practice in the areas of general business, labor and employment, administrative and commercial and civil litigation.

Bryan's session, "Termination Best Practices," will feature a discussion on legal considerations like the WARN Act and OWBPA; structuring severance and separation practices; RIF, layoffs and early retirement; and strategies for avoiding claims during terminations. He concentrates his practice in labor and employment law and litigation in Nashville.

HR professionals, business owners, managers, payroll professionals and labor and employment attorneys are encouraged to attend. Continuing education credits are available.

Get more information, including registration, here.

 

 

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.

William Haynes voted President of Christ the King School Board

Bone McAllester Norton attorney William "Paz" Haynes was recently voted President of the Christ the King School Board.  Congratulations Paz!