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Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Andrea Perry Co-chairs 2019 Lawyers’ Association for Women Symposium

Andrea P Perry Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexLawyers’ Association for Women (LAW) recently hosted the 2019 Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium in Nashville. Established to advance women within the legal profession, the symposium works to expand the dialogue among women lawyers. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Andrea P. Perry co-chaired this year's event, which explored what it takes to be a female lawyer and how to effect change. Following the symposium, Andrea was featured in LAW’s October newsletter where she shared her experience co-chairing along with the progress she has witnessed within the community.

“The 2019 Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium was a vehicle to bring women together to unite, be a part of the change, and discuss and bring solutions to the table,” Andrea said. “Some of the fantastic progress I have seen from women-led initiatives includes the development of assignment systems in firms so that quality assignments are not left to implicit bias or chance. These systems have been highly useful in advancing opportunities for female lawyers.”

Bone McAllester Norton is committed to influencing positive change within the Nashville community. We are proud of all of the hard work our attorneys do to enhance and make a difference within the legal profession.

For more information about the Marion Griffin Women’s Symposium awards, visit the LAW website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney I'Ashea Myles-Dihigo Attends ABA Construction Law Forum

IAshea with District Court Judge Benita PearsonThe Honorable Benita Pearson and I'Ashea Myles-DihigoBone McAllester Norton attorney, I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo attended the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law where she had the opportunity to speak with prominent District Court Judge, the Honorable Benita Y. Pearson. This forum focused on the importance of diversity and inclusion within the profession, while empowering the industry through education and leadership.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Charles Robert Bone President CEO Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexPresident and CEO, Charles Robert BoneBone McAllester Norton PLLC is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and two have been named Rising Stars.

 “We are honored to receive this recognition from Super Lawyers,” said President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone. “Our firm is rooted in the commitment and expertise our attorneys bring to their work every day. We know that our colleagues are passionate about their clients and the greater Nashville community, and it’s really special when they are also recognized by such a prestigious organization for their hard work.”

Super Lawyers is a rating service that for more than 25 years has selected the nation’s premier attorneys from more than 70 practice areas. The comprehensive multiphase selection process involves statewide surveys, independent research, peer evaluations and independent research. Only 5% of attorneys from each state are recognized on the Super Lawyers list and only 2.5% of attorneys from each state are recognized on the Rising Stars list.


This year’s super lawyers include:

Charles Robert Bone, the firm’s president and CEO who is known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice. He also serves as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

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

John P. Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice areas include business litigation and personal injury litigation. His trial practice also includes legal malpractice defense.

David M. Anthony is a skilled attorney who represents banks, businesses, and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, and lien litigation.

Sharon O. Jacobs is an experienced environmental lawyer and litigator who represents companies, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations in administrative, regulatory, environmental, zoning, land use and municipal law. She has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Edward M. Yarbrough former U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee has provided quality 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 been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

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

This year’s rising stars include:

Raquel L. Bellamy is a dedicated advocate who has defended and advanced immigrant rights for individuals from over 60 countries. She has a wide range of experience in civil and criminal litigation and advises clients concerning business, entertainment, and employment disputes.

I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo is a practiced attorney who 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.

Tennessee Business Court Panel Discussion on November 4th with Stephen Zralek

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexMake plans to attend the Tennessee Business Court panel discussion with Chancellor Anne Martin on Monday, Nov. 4. The discussion will feature Bone McAllester Norton’s own Stephen Zralek, along with Nashville attorneys Erin Palmer Polly, Tim Warnock and Brigid Carpenter, and will be moderated by Hon. W. Neal McBrayer, Court of Appeals.

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently assigned Chancellor Martin to hear cases for the Business Court Pilot Project, effective Nov. 1. Originally established in 2015, the Business Court Pilot Project is designed for Tennessee businesses and citizens with complex or unique questions regarding business law, according to the Supreme Court’s announcement.

Chancellor Martin is a former Bone McAllester Norton attorney, where she concentrated in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.

Stephen Zralek has spent over two decades helping clients resolve complex disputes involving class actions, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation, domain disputes, and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas.

Event details:

Monday, Nov. 4, noon

Jury Assembly Room

Davidson County Historic Metro Courthouse

1 Public Square, Nashville

Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes David Briley Back to the Firm’s Nashville Office

C David Briley Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexFormer Nashville Mayor David Briley will relaunch his law practice at Bone McAllester Norton beginning on Nov. 1.

“David Briley brings not only his skills as a lawyer with a strong professional track record, but also his deep understanding of our city, and the issues and the challenges we face in the public, private and nonprofit sectors,” said Bone McAllester Norton CEO Charles Robert Bone. “Our firm is deeply involved in the civic fabric of Nashville, and he will be an invaluable resource for all of our attorneys. We could not be happier about David’s return to our firm.”

Briley practiced law from 2007-2018 at Bone McAllester Norton, where he was engaged primarily in civil, commercial and class-action litigation. He represented his clients in a variety of matters in state and federal court in both Tennessee and California, including wage and hour claims asserted by employees, securities class-action litigation, and civil litigation. He will continue to concentrate in those areas and will also advise clients on administrative and regulatory issues throughout the state upon his return to the firm.

Briley is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and previously served on the board of directors for the Housing Fund and Sister Cities of Nashville. Briley earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctorate at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes Attorney Knight Lancaster to the Firm's Nashville Office

B Knight Lancaster Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton welcomes a new corporate attorney to its Nashville office.

“We are pleased to welcome Knight to Bone McAllester,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “We are eager to see the passion in young attorneys that will help grow our corporate law practice and provide fresh perspectives to our clients. Knight’s experience in finance makes him a great addition to our expanding team of attorneys.”

Knight Lancaster joins Bone McAllester Norton after graduating from the Belmont University School of Law with both a Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree in business administration. At Bone McAllester Norton, his legal practice is focused in business and corporate law, banking and financial services, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, entrepreneurial and emerging business law, and real estate.

Charles Robert Bone Named to Nashville Business Journal's 2019 Power 100: Connectors List

Charles Robert Bone President CEO Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton President and CEO Charles Robert Bone was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s Power 100: Connectors list for the fifth year in a row.

The Power 100 is the NBJ’s list of the most influential people in Nashville’s business scene, and it is divided into six categories: Connectors, Dealmakers, Disruptors, Heavy Hitters, Industry Giants and Trendsetters. Those listed in the Connector category are the people who know everyone and specialize in bringing people together to create positive change in Nashville’s business sector.

Bone concentrates his law practice in the areas of economic development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers 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 is known for providing his clients with good judgment, strategic counsel and practical advice.

The complete Power 100 list will be published in the Nov. 22 edition of the NBJ, and the Connectors list can be found here:

Stephen Zralek Joins Invitation-Only International Association of Defense Counsel

Stephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexStephen Zralek, veteran attorney and member of Bone McAllester Norton, has been accepted as a member of the preeminent invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).  IADC helps its members develop skills, professionalism and camaraderie to better serve their clients, the civil justice system and the legal profession. This prestigious group is comprised of the world’s leading lawyers, with members representing many companies listed in the FORTUNE 500.

Stephen has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property and business litigator, helping clients resolve complex disputes in the business and creative arenas, as well as class actions. He serves on the board of directors of the Nashville Bar Association and the Sexual Assault Center, as well as the board of trustees of St. Bernard Academy.  He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, and previously chaired the ABA’s Copyright Litigation Committee as well as the boards of Conexión Américas, Nashville for All of Us, and Family & Children’s Service.

For more information on the IADC, visit

Bone McAllester Norton Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Sam McAllester and Glen Civitts along with Sherryl Sanders volunteered their time this week with Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. This project is focused in the north Nashville neighborhood of Park Preserve and aims to address the affordable housing challenges facing the city. 

Sam McAllester is currently part of the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board of Directors and a Member of the Finance Committee.

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Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes Two Attorneys to Nashville Office

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has welcomed attorneys Mandy Strickland Floyd and Jack Spencer to the firm’s Nashville office.  

“We are thrilled that Mandy has decided to return to Bone McAllester. She and Jack are great additions to our practice,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “The expertise and passion they bring to their roles will help us continue to provide our clients with strategic solutions and optimal service.” 

Mandy Strickland Floyd Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexFloyd returns to Bone McAllester Norton following two years of service with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nashville (ACLU-TN), where she worked as a staff attorney focused on constitutional and civil rights issues. Prior to her position at ACLU-TN, she worked at Bone McAllester Norton and as a law clerk to the Hon. Richard H. Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. In her career, Floyd has represented clients in appeals before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She will concentrate her Bone McAllester Norton practice in litigation and dispute resolution, education law, labor and employment law, and appellate practice. In addition to her litigation work, Floyd is actively involved in the industry through memberships with the Nashville Bar Association, Lawyers’ Association for Women, Tennessee Bar Association, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court and Napier Looby Bar Association. She also has been recognized as a recipient of the Tennessee Supreme Court Pro Bono Attorney for Justice Award and nominee for the ATHENA Nashville Young Professional Leadership Award. She earned her law degree from the University of Memphis in 2012.

John M Jack Spencer Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional index

Spencer joins Bone McAllester Norton after clerking for the Hon. William R. Sawyer at the Federal Bankruptcy Court Middle District in Alabama. In his new role, Spencer will be concentrating his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, litigation and dispute resolution. A recent graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law, Spencer previously served as an intern in the civil rights and claims division of the Tennessee State Attorney General’s Office. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association and American Bankruptcy Institute.

Bone Attorney Trace Blankenship Moderates Risk Management Panel

Trace Blankenship Member General Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexWhat happens when you wake up and your company is in the headlines? Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, moderated a panel for the Nashville chapter of the Private Directors Association at Lipscomb University about enterprise risk management and the top things that keep a company’s board of directors awake at night. The panel of local corporate board members discussed unexpected risks.

At Bone McAllester Norton, Blankenship regularly advises chief executives, senior management, boards of directors and entrepreneurs on strategy, execution and legal requirements of significant business transactions, complex leadership and ownership decisions, and day-to-day operations. His practice is focused in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity and corporate governance/board functionality.

Latitude, Bone McAllester Norton to Host Diversity CLE Seminar on October 1

Please join us at the Bone McAllester Norton office Tuesday, Oct. 1, as Latitude hosts a CLE seminar titled “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Legal Team.” Look forward to discussions surrounding common questions including “What does ‘diverse’ mean, and how does it look in 2019?” and “What are the legal guidelines relating to recruiting, interviewing and hiring?”

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Bone Attorney James Crumlin Offers Insight on Workplace Age Discrimination

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin wrote a column for the Nashville Business Journal called “Age discrimination: Advice from a Nashville attorney on keeping a level playing field.” In the feature, Crumlin offers his insight and advice about how to navigate and prevent age discrimination in the workplace.

Crumlin addresses a steady rise of age discrimination lawsuits and provides the steps companies should take to make sure they are not a part of a larger, cultural problem. At Bone McAllester Norton, he practices labor and employment law, helping his clients navigate the corporate legal landscape and avoid damaging mistakes.

To read his column, visit the Nashville Business Journal’s website.

Charles W. Bone Addresses End Slavery Tennessee’s Brentwood Chapter

CWB End Slavery TN ArticleRecently, Bone McAllester Norton founder and chairman Charles W. Bone was the featured speaker at the End Slavery Tennessee “A Voice for the Oppressed” benefit dinner. Nearly 50 people gathered at the Brentwood Country Club to hear Bone’s story about representing Cyntoia Brown.

Bone represented Brown in her bid for clemency after an original conviction of first-degree murder and life imprisonment. After 15 years served, and nearly 10 years of work by her pro bono legal team, Brown was released on parole in August of this year by the decision of Governor Haslam when he granted clemency for Brown. 

End Slavery Tennessee’s mission is to promote the healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in our state with a vision of creating a slave-free Tennessee.

Read more on the event here, and for more information on End Slavery Tennessee, visit its website.

Bone Attorney James Crumlin Leads Free Workouts at the State Capitol

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexIn addition to working for Bone McAllester Norton, attorney James Crumlin spends his Monday and Thursday evenings motivating Nashvillians to improve their lives through fitness. His free workouts on the grounds of the State Capitol have become increasingly popular, with as many as 100 people showing up for each session.

“I just want to see people healthy, on the road or on the path to getting healthy,” James told WSMV in a recent interview.

We’re proud to have a team member who strives to improve people’s lives both in and outside of our firm. To read the full story, visit WSMV’s website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America©

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to announce 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America© across 28 distinct practice areas. In addition, Glen A. Civitts was named the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Securitization and Structured Finance Law.

For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers® has identified the leading attorneys and law firms in the United States and 70 countries worldwide. The methodology behind Best Lawyers’ selection is based upon an extensive peer-review process and Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

This year’s list recognizes attorneys David Anthony, Anne Sumpter Arney, Trace Blankenship, Charles Robert Bone, Charles W. Bone, John P. Branham, Glen A. Civitts, William J. Haynes III, Sharon O. Jacobs, Paul W. Kruse, Sam J. McAllester III, Robert G. McDowell, Andrea P. Perry, Christopher Raybeck, Jack F. Stringham II, Edward M. Yarbrough and Stephen J. Zralek in the firm’s Nashville office as well as attorney Marshall Cook in the firm’s Hendersonville office for the following practice areas:

  • Anne Sumpter Arney
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    • Health Care Law
  • Trace Blankenship
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Charles Robert Bone
    • Administrative / Regulatory Law
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Glen A. Civitts
    • Corporate Law
    • Health Care Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Real Estate Law
    • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Marshall Cook
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Sam J. McAllester III
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization 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

Best Lawyers featuring Bone McAllester Norton

Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes Attorney Doug Sloan to the Firm's Nashville Office

J Douglas Doug Sloan III Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexIndustry veteran Doug Sloan is bringing his legal expertise to Bone McAllester Norton PLLC to lead the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice. He comes to the firm with more than 15 years of experience in government relations and land use and zoning regulations.

Most recently, Sloan served as the Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at the Metro Nashville Airport Authority, during a time when BNA embarked on a $1.2 billion expansion.

“As Nashville’s real estate market continues to grow, having Doug as a part of our team is a great situation for us and our clients,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “He brings a wealth of knowledge in development and strategic city planning, and his expertise in land use and zoning allows us to grow an important practice at our firm. Doug will be a huge asset for our clients and our entire team.”

A native Nashvillian, Sloan is best known locally for seeing Nashville through immense growth during his tenure leading the Metro Planning Department. He also served in the Office of Mayor Karl Dean, where he managed land purchases for Nashville after the 2010 flood and as liaison to the Tennessee General Assembly for the city. He advised a variety of Metropolitan Government departments throughout his career, including Codes, Planning, Public Works and Water services.

“I’ve admired Bone McAllester Norton’s work for a long time, and it’s an honor to join a firm of this caliber,” Sloan said. “I am looking forward to serving as a resource for real estate professionals and developers in the Nashville area and continuing to play a role in this city’s long-term and responsible growth.”

Bone McAllester Norton’s Land Use and Zoning practice group will represent a diverse set of clients, including commercial developers, property owners, home builders, small and large businesses in various industries, banks, and governmental agencies. The firm also deals with all types of land use and zoning litigation, in consultation with the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. Attorneys in this group have substantial hands-on experience in rezoning, compliance with zoning overlay requirements, public–private partnerships and increasing entitlements in highly regulated zoning districts.

Sloan earned his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his J.D. from Nashville School of Law.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Raquel Bellamy Attends Equal Chance for Education’s Annual Salsa for Scholarships

Raquel L Bellamy Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexOn July 1, Bone McAllester Norton attorney Raquel Bellamy joined nearly 400 supporters, scholars and allies of Equal Chance for Education (ECE) for the nonprofit’s Salsa for Scholarships reception. The third annual event was held at the Plaza Mariachi and awarded college scholarships to 86 students who are not eligible for student loans or financial aid because of their legal status.  

ECE was founded in 2014 to enable opportunities for higher education for without regard for race, religion, or nationality. The nonprofit has since supported more than 300 Tennessee students at 15 colleges and universities, including 34 graduates. Next fall, ECE will enroll students at Trevecca, Cumberland, University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University, Milligan, Maryville, East Tennessee State University, and Carson Newman. Bellamy currently serves on ECE’s Board of Directors.

For more information about Equal Chance for Education, visit its website.

Bone Attorney James Crumlin, Jr. Offers Legal Advice for Office Internships in Nashville Business Journal

James A Crumlin Jr Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin, Jr. is a featured guest columnist in Nashville Business Journal. In his article titled “School’s out, interns are in: Office internship advice from a Nashville attorney,” Crumlin offers key points for employers to keep in mind when selecting and onboarding summer interns.

Crumlin concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law, where he counsels management on issues arising from the employment relationship. He helps clients including Tennessee-based businesses, entrepreneurs and start-up ventures to navigate the corporate legal landscape and avoid costly mistakes. His experience includes business formation and strategy, funding and investor relations, contracts, employment compliance issues, risk management, litigation and dispute resolution. He also serves as outside general counsel for several small and midsize businesses. 

To read the column, visit the Nashville Business Journal’s website.

Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes Attorney Courtney Lutz to the Firm’s Nashville Office

Courtney Lutz Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today the hiring of attorney Courtney Lutz in the firm’s Nashville office. Lutz focuses her legal practice on commercial litigation, with broad previous experience in the areas of business disputes, personal injury, legal and medical malpractice, premises liability, entertainment law, criminal defense and highly contested divorces. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Prior to joining Bone McAllester Norton, Lutz practiced at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, where she represented both large corporations and small businesses in personal injury and professional liability lawsuits. She also represented attorneys and healthcare professionals in malpractice actions.

“Courtney’s passion for litigation, ability to connect with clients and deep breadth of experience in successfully managing and resolving cases in multiple practice areas makes her an outstanding addition to our firm,” said Charles Robert Bone, president and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton. “We look forward to supporting Courtney as she embarks on the next chapter of her career at Bone McAllester Norton.”

Lutz received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Music Business, magna cum laude, from Belmont University in Nashville, and also earned her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Belmont. While in law school, she served as the Vice President of Appellate Advocacy for the university’s Board of Advocates, and was the Executive Articles Editor of the Belmont Law Review. Lutz also worked as a legal intern for both the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the 16th District Attorney General’s Office.

A native of Madisonville, Ky., Lutz is also an avid musician. When not practicing law, she sings gospel music with her family band, The Childress Family, across the Southeastern U.S.