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Stephen Zralek celebrates victory with Stand For Children

Stephen ZralekStephen ZralekBone McAllester lawyer Stephen Zralek celebrated a victory with his client Stand for Children on December 8, 2016 after persuading the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance to unanimously dismiss a complaint that had been filed against the organization. After a thorough and detailed examination of the evidence, the Registry concluded that the complaint was based on incorrect assumptions and that the concrete evidence showed no campaign finance violations. This victory allows our client, a non-profit with deep roots going back almost 20 years in Nashville, to get back to its mission of ensuring every child in this city receives a great public education.

To read more about the victory, please visit one of these numerous media outlets:

  • Tennessean - Stand for Children Cleared of illegal campaign coordination allegations - Read
  • Nashville Scene - State Board Dimisses Election Finance Claims Against Stand for Children - Read
  • WPLN - Tennessee Election Watchdogs Drop Fines Against Stand For Children Campaign - Listen
  • News Channel 5 - Registry Clears Stand For Children and School Board Candidates - Watch
  • WSMV News Channel 4 - Stand for Children, 4 ex-candidates, cleared of wrongdoing by campaign finance officials - Watch

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Bonelaw’s Charles Robert Bone Named to Nashville Business Journal’s “Power 100”

Charles Robert BoneCharles Robert BoneFor a second year, Bonelaw President and CEO Charles Robert Bone was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s Power 100. The list recognizes the Nashville-area leaders who have the greatest impact and influence on the region’s business scene. A board member for the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, Bone also continues to serve as general counsel to the Convention Center Authority. Also noted was his recent representation of the investment group that bought the LifeWay Christian Resources’ 15-acre downtown campus. The $125 million transaction was among the largest real estate deals in recent Nashville history.

You can review the full Power 100 list here.

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Bone McAllester Norton Ranks High with U.S. News Best Law Firms

Bone McAllester Norton continues to earn top recognition in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report & Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” rankings—a comprehensive survey of America's top law firms—with 20 overall practice rankings. Bonelaw added several new rankings, including Healthcare, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisition, Environmental, and Securitization and Structured Finance. The survey also resulted in 14 individual rankings for Bonelaw attorneys, 10 of those ranked in more than one practice area.

Practice rankings include:

The U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Bone McAllester Norton is also pleased to announce Anne C. Martin was named Best Lawyers© “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Labor and Employment. Anne Martin has been a member of Best Lawyers since 2007 and a “Lawyer of the Year” since 2013. Only one attorney in the Nashville area is named “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor and Employment. Anne advocates for employees wrongly treated by employers and also advises employers how to comply with complex federal and state employment laws.

“We are pleased to have so many of our attorneys named to Best Lawyers in their areas of practice” said Charles W. Bone, Chairman, Bone McAllester Norton.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The attorneys included in the 2017 The Best Lawyers in America list are:

Trace Blankenship

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Non-Profit / 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

William T. Cheek III

  • Food and Beverage Law
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law

Glen A. Civitts

  • Corporate Law
  • Healthcare 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

  • Best Lawyers© Lawyer of the Year 2017
  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Sam J. McAllester III

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Jack F. Stringham II

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

Edward M. Yarbrough

  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • DUI/DWI Defense

Stephen J. Zralek

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Alex Little talks with FOX News on Clinton Email Probe

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Alex Little appeared Saturday, October 29th on FOX News talking to Neil Cavuto about the legal impact of the most recent Hillary Clinton email probe by the FBI. Little, a former prosecutor and a member of Bonelaw’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice, said, “I think the entire statement is unprecedented, the letter, his subsequent email to the FBI is unprecedented. It’s entirely impossible to know what led Director Comey to do this without him saying more, I think he’s going to have to say more.”

https://youtu.be/-i0_khppIAs

Bonelaw’s Stephen Zralek featured speaker at upcoming Happy, Healthy Lawyers CLE

Stephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonStephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonOn December 15, 2016, Bonelaw’s Stephen Zralek will be a featured speaker at the Happy, Healthy Lawyers CLE presented by The Language of Joy.

In this 6 hour dual credit (general + ethics) CLE, attorneys will learn valuable skills and tools designed to help them improve their well-being, satisfaction and client service. 

Topics include:

    • Goal Setting 
    • Time Management 
    • Understanding Personalities 
    • Positive Psychology 
    • Confidence and Client Compassion 

Although designed for attorneys, this training will help any professional stay focused and productive, communicate better with colleagues, clients and opposing counsel, and better manage stress and difficult situations. 

For more information or to register, please click this link.


 

 

Bonelaw Advises Majority of Top Ten Distilleries to See in Tennessee

Tennessee is the home of numerous world renowned distilleries many of them turn to Bone McAllester Norton for legal guidance. In a recently released list of top Tennessee distilleries everyone should see, Will Cheek and Rob Pinson, two of the state’s premier alcohol and beverage attorneys, count nine out of ten among those they represent. Bone McAllester Norton is leading the industry in Tennessee for providing federal, state and local licensing and regulatory compliance.

You can read more about Tennessee’s not to miss distillery tours, at this link http://styleblueprint.com/nashville/everyday/tennessee-distilleries

David Anthony and Mandy Strickland Floyd honored by Tennessee Supreme Court as an ‘Attorney for Justice’

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that David M. Anthony and Mandy Strickland Floyd have been honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court in recognition of their pro bono work. 

David M Anthony Bone McAllaster Norton“We are tremendously proud of our attorneys who work to make access to justice a reality,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “Both David and Mandy are effective, passionate advocate for their clients. We congratulate them for their dedication to the legal profession and service to the citizens of Tennessee.”

David M. Anthony concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, construction and lien litigation

Mandy Strickland Floyd Bone McAllester NortonMandy Strickland Floyd concentrates her law practice in the areas of labor and employment, victim’s rights, litigation and dispute resolution, and appellate law.

Join us for the Business Studio Legal Series!

Throughout the month of October Bone McAllester Norton is partnering with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for their Business Studio Legal Series. The series is designed to shape the legal plan for business of all sizes. 

Dates and topics include: 

October 7: Protecting your business relationships, goods and services 

Sean Kirk will teach you how to negotiate contracts that protect your business relationships with suppliers, vendors, customers and others. Register here.

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October 13: Permitting for events and alcohol service

Learn best practices with Rob Pinson while partnering with breweries, distilleries and wineries as well as the most frequently asked questions small businesses have when working with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Register here.

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October 20: Benefiting from business structure

 Make sure your organization has the optimum business structure in this session with Chris Raybeck, especially as we approach the holidays and tax season. Register here.

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October 27: Labor and employment law for small business

Join us as Anne Martin guides small business owners and HR professionals through the labor and employment law world, covering a wide range of topics from harassment policies to maternity leave to changes in overtime. Register here.

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Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally represent Brentwood-based CEP, Inc., controlling shareholder of Fortune Industries, Inc., in sale to Oasis Outsourcing

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally represented Brentwood-based CEP, Inc. in its sale to Oasis Outsourcing, Inc. CEP, Inc. is the controlling shareholder of Fortune Industries, Inc. (OTCMKTS: FDVF), which CEP acquired in a management-led buyout in 2013. The transaction was structured as a merger, which was effective on September 16, 2016. Blankenship, along with Charles W. Bone, also represented CEP’s management team in the 2013 acquisition transaction.

Fortune Industries is a professional employer organization (PEO) group providing full-service human resources and employment-related services to its diverse client base throughout the country through Century II, Inc., Employer Solutions Group, Inc., and Professional Staff Management, Inc. Oasis Outsourcing is the nation’s largest privately-held PEO and currently serves almost 6,000 clients and more than 200,000 worksite employees nationwide. This transaction will add over 14,000 worksite employees in 47 states to the Oasis platform.

Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, served as lead counsel on this transaction. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities/venture funding/private placements and company governance and board strategy. Sarah Lodge Tally is an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton and assisted with the transaction. Sarah’s practice is focused on corporate matters advising in strategy and execution of complex transactions.

To read our client’s press release, click here.
To read an article about the transaction in the Nashville Post, click here.

Women's Equality Day

President Barack Obama designated an historic home of the U.S. women's Suffrage movement as a national monument.  He said he looks forward to a time when girls are astonished that a female had never occupied the Oval Office.  AP (April 12)

All American women vote because 48 states ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Today a group of Bone McAllester Norton attorneys went to Centennial Park to celebrate "Women's Equality Day."  A monument to the suffragists' victory was unveiled in Centennial Park this morning.  It was sculpted by Nashville's own Alan LeQuire and features women who were actually in Nashville at the time the bill was effecting this monumental change.

The event was attended by several dignitaries including the mayors from Nashville, Knoxville, Clarksville and Memphis.

L to R: Andrea Perry, Mandy Floyd, Susan Neal Williams, Anne Sumpter Arney, Anne Martin, Sheri Jacobs and Raquel BellamyL to R: Andrea Perry, Mandy Floyd, Susan Neal Williams, Anne Sumpter Arney, Anne Martin, Sheri Jacobs and Raquel Bellamy