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  • Charles Robert Bone

    Member | President and CEO | Attorney

    Nashville City Center
    511 Union Street - Suite 1000
    Nashville, TN 37219

    P: (615) 238-6394
    F: (615) 238-6394

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Charles Robert Bone concentrates his law practice in the areas of economic development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, offices and directors and governmental entities, including serving as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He has also represented clients in various complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts across Tennessee.

Charles Robert is known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice. According to the Nashville Business Journal, Charles Robert "hails from one of Nashville's most prominent legal and political families" and represents "some of the splashiest names in town" and connects "many of the city's power players."

Charles Robert says the best part about being a lawyer is helping people solve what seem like insurmountable problems or helping business owners implement their vision. He serves as President & CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. In addition to his law practice, Charles Robert has been instrumental in developing several Tennessee-based companies as an entrepreneur, investor and board member, including as a founder of Phoenix Boats (Winchester, Tennessee), the Southern Steak & Oyster restaurant and Acme Feed & Seed. He also serves as a partner in and on the investment committee for the Tennessee Angel Fund, a statewide co-investment fund and on the local board of directors for ServisFirst Bank.


Representative transactions include multiple private placements/exempt offerings (debt and equity) and multiple sales of closely held companies to public companies, including representing the Smoky Mountain Property Management Group, consisting of a collection of companies and brands, in their sale to Wyndham Vacation Rentals, and Quality Liaison Services of North America in its sale to TRP Capital Partners. In addition, Charles Robert has been instrumental in assisting with acquisition, capitalization and/or private placement of more than fifteen restaurants and holding companies.

Representative economic development matters include representing investors and developers such as Southwest Value Partners in its redevelopment of the former LifeWay Campus into Nashville Yards, a 15-acre development spanning the western edge of downtown Nashville, stretching from Broadway past Church Street. The project is one of the largest redevelopment projects in the history of downtown Nashville.

Professional Recognition and Activities


  • Most Admired CEO, 2016, Nashville Business Journal
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow, 2016
  • Nashville Administrative/ Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Best of the Bar, 2014, 2016 Nashville Business Journal
  • In Charge list, Nashville Post, 2010-2011
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Mid-South Rising Star, Super Lawyers


  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Young Presidents' Organization: Member
  • Nashville's Agenda: Member
  • Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Urban Development (MDHA): Former Chair and Commissioner
  • Cheekwood: Board Member, Executive Committee and Secretary
  • Entrepreneur’s Organization: Member
  • Tennessee Governor’s Prayer Breakfast: Citizen’s Committee Member
  • Leadership Tennessee, Class Member, 2015
  • Oak Hill School Annual Fund: Chair, 2013-2014
  • March of Dimes March for Babies Walk: Chair, 2014
  • Family & Children’s Services Winter Lights: Honorary Co-Chair, 2014

About Charles

Charles Robert is an avid runner, entrepreneur at heart, has a passion for politics and public service. Despite being a lawyer, he finds himself regularly manipulated and overrun by his four children ranging in ages from 11 years old to 18 years old.

Practice Areas


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2000
  • Rhodes College, B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2001