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BoneLaw’s Mandy Strickland Floyd Nominated for 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

Attorney Mandy Strickland FloydAttorney Mandy Strickland Floyd

Congratulations to Bonelaw's Mandy Strickland Floyd for her nomination as a 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leader! This international award recognizes emerging women leaders across professional sectors for exemplary leadership. It actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential, and helping to create balance in leadership worldwide. It honors women between the ages of 25 and 40 who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role model for young women.

Prior to joining Bone McAllester Norton, Mandy served as the senior judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard H. Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. While at the firm, she has devoted substantial work to appellate cases focusing in the areas of victims’ rights and labor and employment law. Very committed to serving others, Mandy's pro bono efforts were recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court naming her as an Attorney for Justice.

In the community, Mandy is known for leading and volunteering for organizations that focus on combatting racism and providing a voice to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Mandy is active in the Lawyer’s Association for Women serving on their Diversity Committee Co-Chair, Newsletter Editor and as Treasurer. In addition she serves as a member of the Napier-Looby Bar Association (NLBA) student outreach committee and the Co-Chair of the NLBA Boys and Girls Law Camp, which organized a two day camp for middle school aged students. The Law Camp introduced these young students to the practice of law and culminated in an oral advocacy competition.

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Top 5 Immigration Tips for Employers

Raquel L. Bellamy, Immigration and Naturalization AttorneyRaquel L. Bellamy, Immigration and Naturalization Attorney

Unauthorized immigration is a hot topic these days. No matter what side of the debate you embrace, the fact remains that undocumented immigrants make up about five percent (5%) of the U.S. civilian labor force as reported by the Pew Research Center: Size of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Workforce Stable After the Great Recession.

Many employers receive falsified identity documents from unauthorized immigrants unable to qualify for work authorization, and thus unknowingly employ undocumented workers. Other employers intentionally hire undocumented immigrants to gain a competitive advantage by offering lower pay and fewer protections. In the most egregious scenarios, employers falsify records and participate in labor trafficking by recruiting and smuggling workers from abroad (a big no no!).

Regardless of the scenario, U.S. employers are scrambling to assess the consequences of heightened immigration enforcement priorities. Will employees leave en masse? What are employers' rights and responsibilities in the event of a workplace raid? These and other questions are plaguing employers across the U.S.

The latest immigration executive order has deputized state and local law enforcement authorities as ICE agents. We saw a similar frenzy about a decade ago when officers relied on "287(g) agreements" which permitted coordinated efforts between police and ICE officials. To put it mildly, the result was a complete mess.

As history is the best instructor, I have taken the lessons of the past to create the top five immigration tips for employers:

1. Anticipate increased auditing of records to verify I-9 compliance. Locate and organize your records to avoid costly delays. You should have a completed I-9 for each employee.

2. Prepare for the inevitable by conducting an internal audit, which will help you identify any I-9 compliance issues.

3. Consult a competent employment attorney regarding any potential liability for violations of I-9 regulations.

4. Train front office staff (receptionists, hostesses, etc.) on how to approach law enforcement officials who enter the premises to inquire about immigration violations. Know your rights to limit access of law enforcement officers.

5. Avoid discrimination based on national origin against potential employees. During the interview phase, limit your inquiry to whether the applicant is authorized to work in the United States and whether the applicant will require sponsorship to obtain work authorization. If an applicant or a current employee is confused about work authorization, you should encourage him/her to seek independent counsel.

6. I know I said 5, but who doesn't love a bonus? Show compassion for workers who are experiencing personal trauma as a result of the changes in immigration enforcement priorities. Even U.S. citizens may experience a high level of anxiety over the potential impact to their family members and friends. Be mindful of negative interactions between employees. Some of my clients have reported workplace harassment. In one instance, a worker was blackmailed by a co-worker who threatened to call ICE. Employers should be aware of any workplace intimidation and maintain a policy against bullying. Again, regardless of your position on the debate, we are all less safe when pockets of our population are particularly vulnerable.

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Raquel Bellamy Lends Her Immigration Law Experience to Nashville Bar Program

Raquel L. Bellamy, Immigration and Naturalization AttorneyRaquel L. Bellamy, Immigration and Naturalization Attorney

BoneLaw’s Raquel Bellamy is taking a lead role in producing, “What Immigration Attorneys Are Telling Their Terrified Clients”, a seminar hosted by the Nashville Bar Association on Wednesday, March 1st. Presenter Tricia Herzfeld, partner at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, will be discussing how to help educate those in the Nashville community about what to do when immigrants are encountered by law enforcement. This lunchtime meeting will include know your rights information, how to identify the need for an immigration lawyer, and how to assist immigrants you know with safety planning—because the best defense is a good offense.

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Where: Nashville Bar Association, 150 4th Avenue, North, Suite 1050

For more information on the seminar please click here

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BoneLaw Adds Maria Q. Campbell to its Litigation Team

Maria Q. Campbell - Attorney At LawMaria Q. Campbell - Attorney At Law

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that Maria Q. Campbell has joined the firm.

Maria is part of the firm’s litigation team focusing her practice in areas including employment, administrative and bankruptcy law. “We’re thrilled to welcome Maria to our Bone McAllester Norton team,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “Her diverse skills make her a terrific fit for our broad and vibrant litigation practice.”

Maria received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2015 and graduated with a B.A, cum laude, from The University of Southern California. Licensed to practice in California and Tennessee, Maria was one of the first to take advantage of Tennessee’s Military Spouse Licensing Law, enacted in early 2016, which grants a Tennessee law license to military spouses who are licensed in another state.

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Maria previously worked for firms in the greater Los Angeles region, including DLA Piper and Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.

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BoneLaw’s Anne C. Martin to Address Employment Issues in the Hospitality Industry

Anne C. Martin Attorney At LawAnne C. Martin Attorney At Law

Bonelaw attorney, Anne C. Martin, will speak at a seminar hosted and sponsored by Nashville Hospitality Providers on February 27, 2017 at Cabana Nashville. Nashville Hospitality Service Providers is an organization of professional vendors who provide products, services and resources to best serve the Nashville restaurant community.

A frequent speaker on employment law, during this discussion Anne will speak on important issues facing those in the restaurant industry today.

What: "Investing in your Employees" by Deb Wendorf (On Demand HR) and Anne Martin (Bone McAllester Norton PLLC)

When: Monday, February 27th from 2 - 4 p.m.

Where: Cabana Nashville (1910 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212)

For more information and to register, click here.

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Charles Robert Bone to Serve on Board of Directors for ServisFirst Bank

Charles Robert Bone - CEO & President Bone McAllester NortonCharles Robert Bone - CEO & President Bone McAllester NortonBonelaw’s President and CEO Charles Robert Bone will serve on the local board of directors for Birmingham, Alabama based ServisFirst Bank, a subsidiary of ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. According to local President Bradford Vieira the grand opening of the new Nashville headquarters located at 1801 West End Avenue, will give the bank over $400 million in local assets with 20 bankers on the ground covering Middle Tennessee. "We waited almost four years to put our board together and that was intentional” Vieira stated. “We waited for the right people. They have a strong commitment to the bank and share the same values that ServisFirst does."

With 22 branches covering five states, ServisFirst is a full-service commercial bank focused on commercial banking, correspondent banking, cash management, private banking and the professional consumer market, emphasizing competitive products, state of the art technology and a focus on quality service.

More information about the Nashville expansion can be found here - ServisFirst Bank Announces Nashville Headquarter.

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Major news sources continue to seek out Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little

Alex Little Attorney - Bone McAllester NortonAlex Little Attorney - Bone McAllester NortonMajor news sources continue to seek out Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little for his knowledge and opinion on current legal topics. On Sunday, January 29, Little appeared on Fox News to discuss the recent emergency orders issued by federal judges that blocked deportation of airport detainees. Later that day, The Tennessean published an editorial Little wrote, which questioned the silence of Tennessee’s Senators in response to President Trump’s actions. Little, a former federal prosecutor and a member of Bonelaw’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice, noted, “What is apparent is the administration issued this order with very little legal backing behind it and now they are going to have to get in front of a judge and sort of make up as they go what their legal arguments are.” After The Tennessean published Little’s editorial, Senators Alexander and Corker both issued statements about the executive order.

Also you can read The Tennessean article including Sen. Alexander’s and Sen. Corker’s - statements here - The cowardice of Republican partisanship.

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Andrea P. Perry Elected as Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow

Andrea Perry Partner Bone McAllester NortonAndrea Perry Partner Bone McAllester NortonBoneLaw’s Andrea P. Perry has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 841 attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 31 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. The introduction of new Fellows took place in January at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville. The Bar Foundation's purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant making program. That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $21,000,000 to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee. Andrea, a partner at Bone McAllester for more than 10 years, concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial lending, general corporate, entertainment and tax-exempt organizations. Andrea joins fellow BoneLaw partners Anne S. Arney, Charles W. Bone, Patricia J. Cottrell, James A. Crumlin, Jr., William J. (Paz) Hayes, III, Anne C. Martin, and Edward M. Yarbrough in receiving this prestigious honor.

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Ambassador Andrew Young delivers Keynote at 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Fellowship Breakfast.

Acclaimed leader returns to Nashville to discuss his experiences during the civil rights movement and challenged attendees to continue the push towards peace and justice throughout the world.

Nashville, Tenn. (January 17, 2017) - Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC recently hosted its 16th Annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Ambassador Andrew Young serving as keynote speaker. The event has been held annually to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Fellowship Breakfast 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Fellowship Breakfast

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A colleague and friend of Dr. King’s, Ambassador Young chairs the Andrew Young Foundation, is a former two-term mayor of Atlanta, Georgia Congressman, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is a global statesman, and lifelong advocate of building collaborative partnerships across socioeconomic lines and using public policy to transform societies for the greater good.

“Nashville is a leading city, where I learned from the non-violent teachings of people here – citizens and students during the civil rights movement,” said Young. “It is wonderful to be back in Music City again to celebrate and honor my friend Dr. King, as well as discuss our country’s current political landscape.  We must be hopeful for our incoming administration, reach out to people who have opposing views and work together to heal our country.”

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, welcomed Young during the program which also featured performances by The McCrary Sisters and Lawrence Thomison whose soulful sounds brought the audience to its feet.

In a post-event meeting, the two mayors had a chance to discuss Nashville, then and now, along with accepting a surprise call to Young from President-elect Donald Trump.

“I appreciated Ambassador Young giving me the opportunity to speak with President-elect Trump, and I intend to continue having an open dialogue with the Trump administration so that I may advocate for federal policies and programs that will keep Nashville moving forward,” said Mayor Megan Barry, the first female Mayor of Nashville. “Our city would not be where it is today without the vision, leadership and desire of people who came together to create a country that adopted tolerance and acceptance.”

Over 600 people attended the event, held at the Music City Center.

“We were honored to have Ambassador Young share his wealth of knowledge in pushing for a just society through his work with Dr. King, building a city or representing our country’s interests at an international level,” said Stacey Garrett Koju, founder and chairman of the board of directors for Bone. “The entire program - from the message to the music – was relevant, meaningful, and appropriate for us in multiple ways.”

Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce honors received by Bonelaw attorneys from the Nashville Bar Association.

Ed Yarbrough - Bone McAllester NortonAttorney Ed Yarbrough

At the Nashville Bar Association’s Annual Meeting this month, Ed Yarbrough and Andrea Perry each received The President’s Award in recognition of their extraordinary service, leadership and dedication to the Nashville Bar Association and to the city and people of Nashville. The award is considered one of the greatest honors given to a member of the Nashville Bar Association. In addition, Stephen Zralek has been elected to serve a four-year term on the NBA’s Board of Directors.

Yarbrough has been a successful trial lawyer in Nashville for more than 40 years. Well known for his past experience as a state and federal prosecutor, Yarbrough now focuses his practice on defending major criminal cases. He also helps clients with government investigations and handles civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. A former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, he is an award-winning lawyer, having been named Lawyer of the Year multiple times by U.S. News Best Lawyers in America, and recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Post and American College of Trial Lawyers for his work.

Andrea Perry Attorney Bone McAllester NortonAttorney Andrea Perry

Perry concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial lending, general corporate, entertainment and tax-exempt organizations. While an active member of the Nashville Bar since 2000, she has served in various roles including Immediate Past 2nd Vice-President of the NBA and Past Chair of the NBA High School Intern Program. Honors and recognition are nothing new to Perry, having been named to the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence, Best of the Bar and 40 Under 40 lists, as well as receiving an ATHENA Young Professionals Award from Cable, Nashville’s professional leadership organization for women.

Zralek has been a member of the Nashville Bar since for almost 20 years and has served throughout the years on the IP Committee, Federal Courts Committee and CLE Committee. In addition to his active intellectual property and business litigation practice, Zralek is a member of the 2014-15 class of Leadership Nashville, and has been recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers in America, as well as Mid-South and Tennessee Super Lawyers. He has also been named the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar going back to 2006.

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