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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For over twenty years now, Forest Hills Baptist Church has included a Posting the Colors ceremony in the worship service on the Sunday before the 4th of July. The tradition began with the church's choir director who hired soldiers from Ft. Campbell to perform at the church. He also recruited church member Command Sergeant Major Wayne Curry, a former member of the Third Infantry Battalion (The Old Guard) at the Arlington National Cemetery, to help him.
During the ceremony, Bone McAllester Norton attorney, Ed Yarbrough noticed the buff strap around Curry's arm, which signified he had been stationed at Arlington National Cemetery. As a member of Forest Hills and a former member of the Old Guard himself, Yarbrough asked if he could join the ceremony the following year. First Lieutenant Ed Yarbrough and Command Sgt. Major Wayne Curry have continued the tradition ever since.
Yarbrough began his time of service for the U.S. Military in the late 1960's. He was drafted out of law school in 1968 and enrolled in the Army in 1969. During this time, he attended Officer Candidate School and was assigned to serve at the Old Guard. He was later transferred to fight in the Vietnam War.
During his time of service, First Lt. Yarbrough received several medals; the two most important were the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. The Bronze Star is presented by direction of the President and honors a soldier who has distinguished himself by meritorious service. During Yarbrough's time in Vietnam, he "demonstrated great courage under fire" and "outstanding leadership in combat operations, which served as an excellent example and inspiration to the Vietnamese officers... Yarbrough's performance of duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service", according to the medal citation. When asked what he loves about the Posting the Colors ceremony, Yarbrough said, "I am very patriotic. I have always enjoyed my service in the Army and in particular the Old Guard. It was my duty to fight in Vietnam. I have stood at attention for the playing of the National Anthem many times and I still get a chill. It never gets old."
We are honored to have such a brave and notable veteran serve the clients of Bone McAllester Norton. Ed Yarbrough continues to lead with great faith, bravery, diligence, and integrity, inspiring all who come in contact with him.
Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 44th Annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast on March 13, 2018. Each year during the spring session of the Tennessee General Assembly, citizens are invited to gather to pray for our government officials and state leaders. Bonelaw attorneys Trace Blankenship and Andrea Perry served on the 2018 Citizens’ Committee and Charles R. Bone served on the 2018 Advisory Committee. Blankenship served as the Citizens’ Committee Chair in 2012.
This year’s breakfast featured, the Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, Mary Beth Chapman, President of Show hope, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Steven Curtis Chapman, Multi-Platinum Selling, GRAMMY and Dove Award-Winning Artist, and Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators’ Forward. Bonelaw President and CEO, Charles R. Bone says, “The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is always an inspiring event – allowing those serving in public office to put aside partisan differences and pray for our city, state and country. This year was equally inspiring and uplifting.” We are honored to participate in this notable occasion with so many community members and leaders around the state.
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.
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.
Bone McAllester Norton celebrated Staff Appreciation Day 2018 this week with an exceptionalBone McAllester Norton celebrated Staff Appreciation Day 2018 this week with an exceptionalprogram. This year’s theme for the day was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
As our staff members arrived for work, they were greeted with a poster in the lobby of the Nashville City Center, personally thanking each individual by name. The day unfolded gradually when each team member arrived at their desk to find their travel itinerary, which outlined their schedule for the day. At noon, the staff and attorneys from all of our offices came together for a cross-cultural lunch, hinting at the afternoon’s activities. Following the lunch, Charles R. Bone thanked the staff and invited everyone to join their respective Bone Law attorneys who would serve as their tour guides on the afternoon’s adventure.
The tour guides led the staff on a journey through the Bone Law offices to six different “countries”: Italy, France, the Philippines, Jamaica, Nepal, Argentina and South Africa. At each country, an attorney in costume awaited each tour group, welcoming the staff members with a traditional greeting and fun facts about the country. As each tour group left a country, gifts and treats were passed out as a sign of the firm’s appreciation. For example, in Italy the staff received cannolis and a sample bottle of Prosecco. Each group finished at “baggage claim”, where our pilots, Charles W. Bone, Sam McAllester and Marty Cook, personally thanked each team member for their hard work and dedication, and handed over their “luggage” containing a cash bonus, the final token of appreciation for the day.
Our firm is grateful for the hard work of our staff and their dedication to helping fulfill our firm’s passion to provide quality legal services to our clients. We couldn’t do it without them and we look forward to future “places we will go” with the help of our team.
Raquel Bellamy, and her husband, Chris Bellamy, were featured in the Nashville Bar Journal’s “Background Check” column. They were recognized as a “powerhouse attorney couple” and a “positive force in the legal community for years to come.” The column provided an overview of their individual stories, how the two met, and the work they do today.Bone McAllester Norton attorney,
The Bellamys are dedicated to providing excellent legal representation for all. We are proud of their hard work and the many ways they continue to serve the Nashville community.
Read article Nashville Bar Journal's "Background Check" here.
Today we continue to see how political, generational and cultural differences cause neighbors, citizens, friends, and family members to tune each other out and reject the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations that lead to acts of justice. We must ask ourselves, will we choose to be a people inspired by dreams of peace and equality? Amidst the violence, bitterness, and divisions, can we admit the ills of injustice even if we differ on the proper cure?
The year of 1968 was riddled with division, violence, and hatred. The loss of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be felt deeply tomorrow because the parallels between 1968 and 2018 are hard to ignore. The fight for economic and social justice continues, hinging upon our ability to intentionally embrace peace and civil discourse.
Tomorrow, April 4, 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Even while beset from all sides with doubt, Dr. King persisted in the pursuit of his Dream, and expanded his mission to find common ground for America’s brothers and sisters to live, work, and thrive. Together. He dedicated his life to challenge our Nation to achieve the goal of liberty and justice for all. Dr. King lost his life to a violent act of injustice that he fearlessly fought to eliminate in our Nation.
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC will commemorate this somber anniversary tomorrow with reflection on Dr. King’s life and with gratitude for his rich legacy, through prayer and charity. We will encourage the BMN family to devote some measure of time, talent or treasure to the community on April 4, 2018, in honor of Dr. King’s ministry and his Dream. We hope that you, our clients, colleagues, friends and fellow Americans, will do the same.
Peace and goodwill to you and yours,
BONE McALLESTER NORTON PLLC
Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Marty Cook and Emily Mack, spoke at the AMC Safety Consultants’ seminar on “Avoiding Legal Hazards in the Construction Industry” on March 8, 2018.
Cook and Mack highlighted key contract provisions that contractors need to be aware of and include in their agreements and discussed best practices for compliance with Tennessee’sretainage laws. They also focused on labor and employment issues facing employers in the construction industry. In particular, Cook and Mack discussed the risk of joint-employment relationships with contingent workers and ways to minimize joint-employer liability. They also discussed the interaction between employee drug testing policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act, particularly as it pertains to the use of prescription medication that may cause impairment by employees. The attorneys finished by addressing best practices for adopting clear policies, implementing consistent training, and maintaining appropriate documentation regrading workplace violence and harassment.
Cook is an attorney in the firm’s Sumner county office and focuses his practice in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution and real estate. Mack is an attorney in the firm’s Nashville office and focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment, education and general civil litigation.
Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Charles W. Bone, Stacey Garrett Koju, and Ed Yarbrough, were featured in the Nashville Post’s annual In Charge list for 2018. The Post highlights Middle Tennessee’s top business, political, and civic leaders. They say, “The women and men found on our list…represent the best of the best—and always are ‘in charge.’”
Charles W. Bone, Founder and Chairman, represents clients on matters ranging from M&A to financial institutions and government relations. The Post also highlighted Bone’s pro bono efforts on behalf of TN Inmate Cyntoia Brown.
Stacey Garrett Koju, Founding member and chair of the firm’s Board of Directors, concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate transactions, labor and employment law, and higher education. Koju says she is driven by her law partners and the firm’s staff who truly embody the firm’s motto, Law. Life. Passion.
Ed Yarbrough, Member, was noted for his criminal defense and government investigations practice at Bonelaw. Yarbrough is well known for his service as U.S. attorney and assistant district attorney.
You can find the complete list of lawyers, judges, and managers for In Charge - legal 2018 here
Mr. McDowell has provided quality legal representation and counsel to the Middle TN area. He routinely advises clients on matters related to finance and banking law, business dissolutions and acquisitions, business torts, construction law, and sales secured transactions at the federal, state, and local levels. Mr. McDowell regularly works with the State Executive Branch, and the Departments of Economic & Community Development, Finance & Administration, Transportation, Commerce & Insurance, Department of Health, Department of Financial Institutions, Comptroller of the Treasury, and several others.For over 45 years,
Mr. McDowell is widely respected for his legal expertise. Since 2005, Bob has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Arbitration and Mediation, and Administrative/Regulatory Law. Additionally, Bob has served as Tennessee’s Loss Prevention Coordinator on behalf of the Attorney’s Liability Assurance Society, Inc. (ALAS). From 1988-2017, he was former chair of the Fee Disputes Committee of the Nashville Bar Association. Bob also serves as Executive Council of the Litigation Section of the Tennessee Bar Association from 2016 to present. With his leadership and litigation background, Bob brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Bone McAllester Norton. Mr. McDowell will serve as Of Counsel at the firm. Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Mr. McDowell practiced law at Baker Donelson in Nashville.
Bone McAllester Norton, an entrepreneurial law firm of 40 attorneys with offices in Nashville, and Sumner and Williamson Counties, provides a wide range of legal services to its clients. Bone law focuses on 18 distinct practice areas, including litigation, banking and commercial lending, corporate and securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, labor and employmentand environmental, along with a full breadth of legal services typically required by businesses and individuals.