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1968 to 2018: 50 Years Later—Who Are We Today?

Martin Luther KingToday 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

Avoiding Legal Hazards in the Construction Industry

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.

Marshall T Cook Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional IndexMarshall T. “Marty” Cook

Emily Harper Mack Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexEmily Harper Mack

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.

 

 

Three BoneLaw Attorneys Featured in the Nashville’s Post’s annual In Charge List

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

Baker Senior Lawyer Joins Bone McAllester Norton

Bob McDowell Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton Bob McDowell Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton For over 45 years, 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.

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.

Charles W. Bone Speaks at Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Summit

Bone McAllester Norton attorney and chairman, Charles W. Bone, spoke at the Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Summit on “Elevating Diverse Attorneys for Success” on March 1st, 2018. Bone has always believed in the necessity of creating a diverse team of attorneys and staff. He began his legal career during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Bone felt personally responsible to advocate for equal rights for diverse professionals.

Charles W. Bone speaking at the Nashville Bar Association's Diversity SummitCharles W. Bone speaking at the Nashville Bar Association's Diversity Summit

In 2002, Charles W. Bone and Stacey Garrett Koju began Bone McAllester Norton PLLC with a commitment to each other that the firm would be intentional about its diversity.  Koju, Bone McAllester Norton’s Board Chair, and Bone sought to create a firm that would reflect the belief that quality legal representation begins by first reflecting their clients and the communities they are from.

Bone shared how the firm intentionally closes on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day.  Our Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast is one way we provide our attorneys, staff, and communities with an opportunity to reflect upon where we were 50 years ago and where we need to be today. As a leading law firm in Nashville, we want to honor the leaders who came before us who fought for equality and the basic human rights of all individuals.

Bone, along with Junaid Odubeko, Audrey J. Anderson, and Saul Solomon, identified the importance of equipping diverse attorneys with mentors of the same race, providing current attorneys with the resources they need to be successful, and breaking down the social constraints of hiring young attorneys based solely upon grades.

When asked how young diverse professionals keep moving forward within a system that does not embrace diversity, Bone said, “With the direction the world is going, 5, 10, 15, 25 years from now things have to change. There is no choice. They will not be able to hold you back.”

Charles W. Bone Reads to First Grade Class at Robert Churchwell Magnet Elementary

Charles W Bone reads Dr. Seuss to Robert Churchwel Museum Magnet ElementaryCharles W. Bone reads Dr. Seuss to Robert Churchwel Museum Magnet Elementary

First grade teacher, Crystal Hicks, invited Bone McAllester Norton attorney, Charles W. Bone, to read to her class at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Bone read to the class of 18 students Oh the Places You Will Go. The children were eager to meet their special guest today.

We applaud Ms. Hicks for coordinating over 100 community members and leaders to read to the children this week alone. Bone was grateful for the opportunity to join Ms. Hicks in her efforts to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss.

 

Charles W. Bone Robert Certificate from Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary

 

Alex Little Named to Nashville Business Journal “40 Under 40”

Alex Little Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexWe are proud of Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little named one of Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 40 under 40 winners. This list distinguishes Nashville’s thriving men and women that strive to keep Music City business community successful and flourishing, and they’re under the age of 40. This is the 10th year the Nashville Business Journal has hosted this program and we are honored to be a part of it.

You can review the full class of 2018 40 under 40 list here.

Bone McAllester Norton Adds Two High Profile Litigators

Two highly accomplished local attorneys with clients across Tennessee have joined the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.

Samuel L. Jackson and Emily Harper Mack have renowned reputations and extensive experience providing quality legal representation to public and private school boards, universities, and other employers.

Samuel L Jackson Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexSamuel L. JacksonThey routinely advise education clients on a wide variety of legal matters, including Title IX compliance, internal and agency investigations, administrative proceedings, special education and disability accommodations, personnel concerns, student rights and discipline, along with other legal matters that are unique to educational institutions.

Sam and Emily also regularly represent public and private employers in federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies on a variety of claims. Their experience includes wrongful discharge, retaliation, discrimination and harassment. With this litigation background, Sam and Emily are seasoned at counseling employers on matters involving employee discipline, workplace investigations, leaves of absence, and other labor and employment issues.

Emily Harper Mack Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexEmily Harper Mack“We are thrilled to have Sam and Emily join our firm. Given their high quality work, client satisfaction, and community involvement, they are an ideal fit for what we are doing in Middle Tennessee and across Tennessee,” said Charles Robert Bone, President and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. Randy Frazier, the Director of Schools for the Weakley County Board of Education, a longtime client of Sam and Emily, said, “Our Board is excited that Sam Jackson and Emily Mack will continue to serve as our legal counsel with their new firm, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.

During my 9-year tenure as Director of Schools, Sam and Emily have represented our board in legal matters. They have displayed an expertise in all areas of school law. Their performance and service to our Board has been outstanding.”

Jackson and Mack practiced law together at Lewis Thomason in Nashville before joining Bone McAllester Norton.

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 McAllester has a long history of representing clients in the education arena, creating an exceptional synergy with Sam Jackson and Emily Mack’s law practice. Over the years, attorneys at the Bone firm have accumulated significant experience in representing school systems, private universities and colleges throughout Tennessee. Bone McAllester Norton focuses on 18 distinct practice areas, including litigation, banking and commercial lending, corporate and securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, labor and employment and environmental, along with a full breadth of legal services typically required by businesses and individuals.

Bone McAllester Norton Marquee Sponsor for Local Rivalry Hendersonville High School versus Station Camp Boys Basketball Game

BMN HHS v. StationCamp T shirt SponsorBone McAllester Norton PLLC was a marquee sponsor for the Hendersonville High School basketball game versus Station Camp on December 9 th . This local, rival game always draws a large crowd from the community including Bonelaw attorney Marty Cook whose son, Carson, is a member of the Hendersonville High School basketball team. Carson is a part-time employee at the Bone McAllester Norton Hendersonville office. Hendersonville Basketball t-shirts were printed for the game with the Bone McAllester Norton logo on the back.

The Hendersonville High School team wore the t-shirts during warm-ups. When the team roster was announced, the players tossed the t-shirts into the crowd. The cheerleaders also threw t-shirts into the crowd during timeouts. Throughout both the Varsity and Junior Varsity game, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC was featured on the scoreboard.

Bone McAllester Norton was proud to be the marquee sponsor for this local high school rivalry and we are always proud to support our local schools.

James Crumlin Recognized for Best Free Community Workout in Nashville and Second Best Ambassador to Nashville’s Health and Fitness Community

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexJames A. Crumlin Jr.On January 3rd, 2018 Bone McAllester Norton’s attorney, James Crumlin was recognized for hosting the Best Free Community Workout in Nashville of 2017 by Nashville Fit Magazine. “Capitol Steps Workout” meets every Monday and Thursday at 6pm. Here you will find James leading a group through a challenging workout session that will push their limits. The participants form a community that keeps the group encouraged and ready for the challenge. All are welcome to join the fun, free of cost, no matter their skill level.

Crumlin was also recognized as the second Best Ambassador to Nashville’s Health and Fitness Community. When receiving the recognition, Crumlin said, “I am blessed beyond measure and so grateful for your continued support! There are SO many people to thank. I humbly thank and so appreciate everyone who helps/has helped with, attends/has attended the workouts over the last 5 ½ years. Without YOU, there would be no Capitol Steps Workout.”

We are proud of the many ways James serves and leads our community through Bone McAllester Norton and from the steps of the capitol building.

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