Attorney Brandon R. Meredith Joins Bone McAllester Norton in Sumner County

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Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to welcome our newest attorney, Brandon R. Meredith, to our Sumner County office. He brings with him 13 years of experience in civil litigation. A 2007 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law, Brandon is a skilled attorney with a focus on the areas of real estate, landlord and tenant law, estate planning and administration, estate litigation, construction, boundary lines, and other land use matters. Brandon will provide our clients with exemplary service and fresh ideas. 

Brandon also has deep ties to the community, having served as president of the Sumner County Bar Association from 2014–2015.

Stacey Garrett Koju Named Board Chair of the National Museum of African American Music in Dedication Ceremony

Stacey Garrett Koju Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalBone McAllester Norton founding member and attorney Stacey Garrett Koju was named the museum’s board chair at the dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM), which fell on the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth.

In introducing Stacey in her new role, NMAAM President and CEO H. Beecher Hicks III described Stacey as “a consistent force on our board for years” and noted that her “steady presence and important voice, her leadership, and guidance have been vital in our museum’s success.”

Stacey will take over the role from Kevin Lavender, executive vice president and head of Commercial Banking for Fifth Third Bancorp. Upon her acceptance of the role, Stacey declared her hope that the museum will “continuously be a voice when it comes to preserving and celebrating the many genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans.”

Bone Law Attorney Knight Lancaster to Present at TSCPA June Meeting

B Knight Lancaster Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalBone McAllester Norton attorney Knight Lancaster is hosting a webinar for the Tennessee Society of CPAs on June 22 called “Succession and Exit Planning for Closely Held Businesses.” He will be joined by Nashville CPA CJ Blankenship, demonstrating the common overlap between law and accounting and the importance of collaboration between the two fields in order to best serve clients.

Knight Lancaster’s prior experience as a practicing CPA and credit analyst for a financial institution positions him well to understand and communicate with clients, their CPA firm and financial advisers. His unique skill set allows him to excel in evaluating circumstances, planning for a desired outcome and executing the plan while remaining cognizant of the overall objectives.

CJ Blankenship is the President of the Nashville Chapter of the TSCPA and managing partner at Blankenship CPA Group, PLLC, and consults with clients and the BCPAG team on the most challenging tax, accounting, management and financial matters. He has over 20 years of management experience in a variety of industries and service sectors and had worked at two top 10 national firms prior to joining the firm in 2007. 

The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants is the state professional association for certified public accountants who are principally employed or reside in Tennessee. The society’s membership is comprised of more than 10,000 members in industry, government, business, education and public accounting. With more than 100 years of service to the accounting profession, TSCPA acts on behalf of its members and provides support, enabling its members to perform quality professional services while serving the public interest.

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Five Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys named “Best of the Bar”

We are proud to share that five of our attorneys have been named to Nashville Business Journal’s 2021 Best of the Bar. Congratulations to James Crumlin (Labor & Employment), Paz Haynes (Litigation & Dispute), Stacey Garrett Koju (Corporate & Securities), Andrea Perry (Real Estate) and Stephen Zralek (Litigation & Dispute) on receiving this honor. Best of the Bar is an annual recognition of Nashville’s top attorneys, as voted on by their peers within the industry. Bone McAllester Norton is proud to be consistently recognized for providing our city with exemplary legal counsel, and we look forward to continuing this work. Learn more about our attorneys here:


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Bone Law Attorney Knight Lancaster Elected to Board of Directors for Nashville’s Young Leaders Council

B Knight Lancaster Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalBone McAllester Norton attorney Knight Lancaster was recently elected to the board of directors for Nashville’s Young Leaders Council.  

Founded in 1985, the Young Leaders Council works to train individuals to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations and make a difference in the community by replenishing the volunteer leadership base.

As a dual CPA and attorney, Knight uses his unique skillset to help clients with mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. He is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Mandy Strickland Floyd for The Tennessean: An employer’s guide to COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Mandy Strickland Floyd Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalNow that the COVID-19 vaccine is available for all adults, employers should know what rights they have when it comes to developing a vaccine distribution policy for employees.  Bone law attorney Mandy Strickland Floyd shared with The Tennessean tips for broaching the subject while keeping employees safe.

Read the story here: Start planning now: An employer's guide to COVID-19 vaccine distribution for their employees | Opinion.

Bone McAllester Norton’s Loren Mulraine To Present at TBA Intellectual Property Law Forum

Loren E Mulraine Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalJoin Bone Law attorney Loren Mulraine on Thursday, April 22, 2021, for the Tennessee Bar Association’s upcoming panel, “Intellectual Property Law Forum 2021: Taking IP Law Back to the Future.”

The forum will cover the effects of the recent pandemic-driven technological evolution. Panelists will examine developments in the law of patentable subject matter, local patent rules and venue, ethical obligations in a virtual world, the IP of NFTs, the Trademark Modernization Act, and copyright protection for useful articles.

Loren will present on Day 2 of this multiday, live virtual event to discuss how copyright protection applies at the intersection of creative works and utilitarian items. He will be joined by fellow Nashville-based attorneys Adelee Traylor of Butler Snow, LLP, A.J. Bahou of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, and Brandee Boyd of Butler Snow, Memphis.  

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions. For those who are unable to attend the program live, recordings of the sessions will be available to purchase in the TBA course catalog. 

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Attorney Sam McAllester Pens Article on “Principles of Preparedness” for Bankruptcy in The Tennessee Banker

Sam J McAllester III Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexWith Chapter 11 filings on the rise amid an ongoing pandemic, Tennessee businesses and creditors face a murky future.

In a newly published Tennessee Banker article, Sam McAllester introduces the “principles of preparedness” for these creditors to consider to protect themselves against potential bankruptcies. McAllester’s seven tips include correcting document issues immediately, ways to strengthen position, monitoring troubled accounts, methods to improve borrower interactions and more. You can read more about the “principles of preparedness” in The Tennessee Banker:

Sam brings four decades of experience in banking and financial services, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, and more. 

Bone Law Attorney James Crumlin Elected Vice Chair of American Baptist College’s Board of Trustees

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalBone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin was recently elected vice chair of American Baptist College’s board of trustees.

American Baptist College is a local Historically Black College or University (HBCU) that has produced several prominent civil rights leaders, like Dr. Bernard Lafayette, the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Rep. John Lewis, James Bevel and many more.

James, who has served on the university’s board since 2015, practices labor and employment law, business and corporate law, and entertainment and media law, with a focus on litigation and dispute resolution. James’ dedication as an attorney is rivaled only by his passion for the Nashville community. In addition to his role at American Baptist College, James has served on the boards for a number of community organizations, including Growth Enterprises Nashville, Inc., Nashville Cares, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and many others.

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Attorney I’Ashea Myles Recognized as Trailblazer by Nashville Business Journal’s 2021 Women of Influence Awards

ILM HeadshotCongratulations to Bone McAllester Norton attorney I’Ashea L. Myles for being named one of the Nashville Business Journal's Women of Influence 2021 and a trailblazer in her industry! For 15 years, this award has honored women in the community for their leadership, philanthropy and ability to encourage and inspire.

Nominations are submitted by the public and decided on by an independent panel of judges made up of past Women of Influence winners. The list includes women who hold leadership roles at various top companies or own their own businesses and make a difference in Music City.

I'Ashea focuses her practice on construction law, real estate law, employment law and commercial business law, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, jury and bench trials in both federal and state court. She was the recipient of the 2018 Murfreesboro Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 award and has been a fellow of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Construction Law since 2018.

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Bone Law Attorney Loren Mulraine Participates in a Symposium with the U.S. Copyright Office

Loren E Mulraine Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalLoren Mulraine, Bone McAllester Norton counsel and faculty professor and advisor for the Entertainment Law Journal at Belmont, recently partnered with the U.S. Copyright Office to put on a symposium on “Songwriting and the Law: What Attorneys, Songwriters and Publishers Need to Know about the Music Modernization Act.”

The virtual event consisted of three panels covering a variety of topics under the scope of copyrighting and the music industry. Loren discussed how recent changes to copyright law, the MMA and the MLC’s creation will affect different aspects of the legal profession. The event ended with a keynote speech given by Regan Smith, the U.S. Copyright Office General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, who provided an update from the Copyright Office, next steps for the MMA and potential policy issues that could affect the industry in the years to come.

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Bone Law Attorney I’Ashea L. Myles Selected for 2021 Nashville Emerging Leaders Program

IAshea Myles Dihigo Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalBone McAllester Norton attorney I’Ashea L. Myles has been chosen to participate in the 2021 Nashville Emerging Leaders (NEL). This is an annual, 11-week leadership training program for talented young professionals who aim to shape and advance Nashville’s future. I’Ashea was selected as one of approximately 30 participants across the entire city.

I’Ashea is an expert in dispute resolution, particularly in the areas of construction, real estate, employment, and commercial business law. Clients trust her with every step of the resolution process, including mediation, arbitration, and jury and bench trials in both federal and state courts. She also has extensive experience in liquor licensing and development of commercial and residential property.

I’Ashea is passionate about equal justice for all and improving the community, particularly through volunteer legal clinics. She serves on the board of directors for the Napier Looby Bar Association, Elevated Development and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Lawyers’ Association for Women.  She is a Diversity Fellow with the Construction Law Forum of the American Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, National Association of Women in Construction and many more.

Read more on the NEL program website,

Bone Law Attorney Mandy Strickland Floyd Named to Nashville Business Journal’s 2021 40 Under 40 Awards

Mandy Strickland Floyd Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalBone McAllester Norton attorney Mandy Strickland Floyd has been selected as a winner of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2021 40 Under 40 Awards. This annual award recognizes local professionals under the age of 40 for their impact on the Nashville community and business sectors.

Mandy, who returned to our firm following two years with the ACLU of Tennessee, is a passionate civil litigator in the fields of labor and employment law, constitutional and civil rights, education law, and more. Mandy has also previously clerked for the Honorable Richard H. Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, where she first honed her exemplary appellate expertise. It is her extensive and varied experience that makes Mandy such a dynamic representative to shape the future of Nashville’s legal industry.

Mandy also serves her community through a variety of roles for professional organizations. She is a dedicated member of the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, Tennessee Bar Association, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court and more. One of her passions is the Lawyers’ Association for Women, where she has served as the treasurer, co-chair of the diversity committee, and newsletter editor. Mandy is also a certified chocolatier and owned a small artisan chocolate shop prior to her legal career.

Read more about this award and the full list of honorees on the Nashville Business Journal’s website.

The Tennessean Publishes Stephen Zralek’s guest column “Small Connections Mean More in 2020”

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalThe Tennessean recently published a guest column by Bone McAllester Norton partner Stephen Zralek.  In it, Stephen shares how the pandemic has helped him encourage his kids to not just make a great day, but to “make a great day for someone else.”  He also shares how the pandemic has given him time to reflect on his calling as a lawyer.  “I see it as a sacred trust.”  He explains that while he can’t guarantee the outcome of a particular lawsuit, he can guarantee that “I hear them and I’m fighting for them.”  He shares: “I want to be their partner for a long time, not just this one case.”  Read the full story on The Tennessean’s website: here.

Stephen Zralek has practiced law for over 20 years.  He is a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Clients seek Stephen’s advice as a result of his experience in the courtroom, his creative problem solving, his tenacity and his engaging approach. His personal philosophy is “Do great work, and take care of people.”

Seven Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Star List

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers for their outstanding work and law practice in Tennessee. Charles Robert Bone, John P. Branham, Sharon O. Jacobs, Sam J. McAllester III, Edward M. Yarbrough and Stephen J. Zralek were named in the Mid-South Super Lawyer category. I’Ashea L. Myles was also recognized as a Mid-South Rising Star.

“We are proud to be included by Super Lawyers this year on both of these lists,” said President and CEO Charles Robert Bone. “My colleagues and I are committed to serving our clients and the Greater Nashville community. It is a great honor to see our attorneys’ hard work recognized by such a prestigious organization.”

Each year, Super Lawyers creates a list of top lawyers in Tennessee through a selective process. Clients turn to this list every year to ensure they are working with some of the best lawyers the state has to offer. These Bone McAllester Norton lawyers work with a wide range of clients in over 20 different practice areas across Tennessee and the United States.

Charles Robert Bone, the firm’s President and CEO, is known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice.

John P. Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice areas include business litigation and personal injury litigation.

Sharon O. Jacobs is an experienced environmental lawyer and litigator who represents companies and local governments in administrative, regulatory, environmental, zoning, land use and municipal law. She has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Sam J. McAllester III is a founder and vice chairman of the firm and has represented banks, financial institutions and other lenders for over 40 years as a leader in the firm’s bankruptcy practice. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Edward M. Yarbrough, former U.S. attorney for Middle Tennessee, has provided high level legal representation and counsel to clients in the Middle Tennessee area for over 45 years. His experience includes government investigations, dispute resolution, and civil and criminal litigation. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Stephen J. Zralek is a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. He has spent over two decades helping clients resolve complex legal disputes.

I’Ashea L. Myles regularly handles matters related to the construction and development of both commercial and residential property. She is committed to building a better future for her community through advocacy and the promotion of equal justice.

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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Stephen Zralek and Shea Hasenauer Deliver Unanimous Jury Verdict for Client

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates its client, Landmark Homes of Tennessee, on a recent victory.  Attorneys Stephen Zralek and Shea Hasenauer represented Landmark in a two-day jury trial, which occurred in person during the pandemic – a rarity these days.  Our attorneys persuaded the jury to deliver a unanimous verdict for Landmark on its five claims, including breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, professional negligence, negligence and unjust enrichment.  Bonelaw paralegal Jennifer Trapp rounded out the team, helping bring home the win.

Stephen has dedicated his career to helping clients resolve and avoid complex disputes involving class actions, copyrights, trademarks, patents, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation and domain disputes, as well as disputes in the business and entertainment arenas.

Shea focuses his legal practice on business litigation. He has experience in multiple practice areas, including trade secrets, products liability, class actions, and appellate practice. His interest in business transactions provides him with critical knowledge on matters related to business litigation for his clients.

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Bone McAllester Welcomes Attorney Quan Poole to Land Use and Zoning Practice

Quan M Poole Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional IndexQuan Poole has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC as its newest attorney. He is a seasoned litigator who brings with him seven years of legal experience in land use, economic development and public health.

At Bone McAllester Norton, Poole will leverage his litigation experience and grow his practice in land use and zoning alongside Doug Sloan, advising clients on building permits, land subdivision, and assuring zoning legislation compliance with local, state and federal law.

“Quan has had an impressive legal career, and we are excited to see his continued success as a valuable addition to our team,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “Quan’s skills as a trial attorney and expertise in the areas of economic development, zoning and land use will be great assets to our clients.”

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Poole served as an assistant metropolitan attorney with the Land Use and Economic Development team at the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. During his time with Metro, Poole advised the Planning Department, Board of Zoning Appeals and Metro Public Health Department, among other departments. He also advised the Metro Codes Department on short-term rental property regulations and handled their enforcement in Environmental Court.

Prior to working for Metro, Poole was an assistant public defender for Shelby County Government. There, he was assigned to the office’s vertical representation team and handled all aspects of client representation from arraignment to trial. Throughout his litigation career, Poole has won multiple bench trials in General Sessions and Circuit Court, negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of the Metropolitan Government, and obtained favorable verdicts in Criminal Court jury trials.

“I’m proud and honored to join Bone McAllester Norton’s team of dedicated attorneys. I’ve always regarded them as strong leaders in Middle Tennessee’s legal community,” Poole said. “The firm has set the standard for land use and zoning practice, and I couldn’t be more excited to help our clients achieve their goals with such a prestigious firm.”

In addition to his work at Bone McAllester Norton, Poole is a member of the Nashville Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Napier-Looby Bar Association and is a graduate of the Young Leaders Council. He participated in the Nashville Bar Foundation’s Leadership Forum in 2019, the Gideon’s Promise Fellowship and the New Memphis Institute Embark Fellowship. He also served as a Memphis Grizzlies Scholars’ mentor in 2017.

Stephen Zralek Co-Chairs Panel for Leadership Nashville Alumni Association on Children’s Literacy

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalIntellectual property, business and entertainment dispute attorney Stephen Zralek recently co-chaired a blue-ribbon panel for the Leadership Nashville Alumni Association. The panel was moderated by Lisa Wiltshire (Executive Director & Founder of Early Learning Collaborative) and featured well-respected education professionals Aliya Washington Smith (MNPS Director of Elementary Literacy), Sharon Roberts (Chief K-12 Impact Officer of SCORE) and Lagra Newman (Founder and Head of School at Purpose Prep), a for a discussion on the negative impact of school disruption on children’s literacy. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conversations around childhood education and literacy are more important than ever as students face new challenges in their schooling.

Stephen’s clients turn to him because of his experience in the courtroom, his creative problem solving and his engaging approach. Stephen lives by his personal philosophy of “Do great work and take care of people.”

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Employment and Labor Attorney James Crumlin Hosts Discussion on Discrimination Within the Recruiting Process for Tennessee Recruiters

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalEmployment and labor attorney James Crumlin recently hosted a discussion for the Tennessee Recruiters Association, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Recruiting: Avoiding Discrimination.” During the virtual discussion, James expanded upon the implicit biases candidates often face and explored ways in which recruiters can work toward racial equality. Amid an ongoing pandemic, shifting work environments and a fluctuating job market, James’ counsel on reducing discrimination while hiring is more essential than ever.

“Certain questions are off limits,” James said. “Properly navigating and avoiding sensitive areas during the interview process will protect recruiters and employers from liability.”

As a well-known Nashville attorney, James concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, litigation and dispute resolution, and entertainment and media law. He is also a member of the recently formed civil rights practice at Bone McAllester Norton. His experience includes union and non-union arbitration and all forms of employment discrimination litigation. He also serves as outside general counsel for several small and midsize businesses in the Nashville area.


Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Successfully Aid Construction Client in Davidson County Chancery Court

Attorneys Marty Cook and Colten Jones of our Hendersonville office recently secured a significant victory for a construction company. Cook and Jones helped one of the company’s employees successfully defend a motion for a temporary injunction in Davidson County Chancery Court.

Our client, a local company that provides private and commercial construction and repair services throughout the country, had recently hired an employee who had been discharged from another company in the same field. The opposing company alleged that this violated the employee’s non-compete clause, which they argued was still enforceable under Tennessee law. As a result, the competitor sought significant money damages in addition to the injunction. However, due to Cook’s and Jones’ expertise, the client was able to preserve its worker’s employment in a quick but meaningful victory.

Both Cook and Jones focus a significant part of their practices on business and corporate law.

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