Tennessee Human Rights Commission features Stacey Garrett at 2010 Employment Discrimination Law Seminar

As a featured speaker, Stacey Garrett will present at the Tennessee Human Rights Commission’s 2010 Employment Discrimination Law Seminar in Nashville on June 17.

Attorneys Stacey Garrett and James Mackler Participate in Special Olympics Over the Edge Event

Attorneys Stacey Garrett and James Mackler rappelled over the Nashville City Center Building on Friday to raise money for the Special Olympics. They each descended over 400 feet to a crowd of onlookers below.

To learn more about this event, visit the Special Olympics site.

To see pictures of James and Stacey, visit our Facebook page.

Bluegrass Underground: PBS Series Features Concerts Out Of A Cave

Attorney Stephanie Taylor represents Todd Squared Production

By CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press

CUMBERLAND CAVERNS, Tenn. — In decades of ceaseless touring, bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley thought he'd played in every venue imaginable.

Then he got an invite to play a "Bluegrass Underground" show earlier this year.

Read the entire article here.


Stephanie Taylor and Rob Pinson speak to International Bluegrass Music Association

Moderator: Richard Tucker

Panelists: R.J. Stillwell, Sound Healthcare; Greg Cahill, Foundation for Bluegrass Music; Stephanie Taylor, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC; Rob Pinson, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Even though you may be a young artist or sideman, it’s not too early to think about taking care of yourself when it comes to estate planning, health, accident and life insurance, instrument insurance and retirement. For those of you approaching middle age and beyond, have you given any thought as to who you’d like to be beneficiaries of your lifetime in bluegrass, including how you would like to be remembered in the bluegrass world?  What will be your legacy, your way to keep “the circle unbroken.…”  Join our discussion this afternoon to think carefully about planning your future.


Can that post get me fired? The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media and Employment Law

Join us for our interactive panel to learn about common concerns with Employment Law, Human Resources and  Social Media.

Friday, September 16th 8 am-9:30 am

Complimentary breakfast at 8 am

Panel begins promptly at 8:30 am

Nashville City Center

511 Union Street, Suite 1600

Our speakers include Employment Law attorneys James Crumlin and Keith Dennen of Bone McAllester Norton, along with Lynn Hutson, the Director of Human Resource Services at XMi. We look forward to educating you on the impact of  social media on all aspects of employment law and will leave you with some ideas to protect you and your employees.

Stephen Zralek speaks to PPAMS Mid-South

Jailbirds Don't Tweet: The Smart, Sane, and Legal Approach to Social Media

Social media is changing everyday.  Whether you are a pro or novice, there's always something new.  Come to the PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow and learn:

  • How to avoid liability when making online product endorsements and marketing to children

  • The three features of successful content

  • What to include in a social media policy for employees

  • Real world examples

  • Practical ideas to spice up your own social media strategy

  • Issues surrounding privacy

  • Practical steps to shield against claims of defamation and copyright infringement when using social media

SEMINAR: Jailbirds Don't Tweet: The Smart, Sane, and Legal Approach to Social Media

Sponsored by Bulova

Date/Time: Monday, August 8, 2011 · 12:30am - 2:00pm

Location: Broadlands A

Speaker: Steven Zralek (Bone, McAllester, Norton), Amanda O'Brien (The Harmon Group)


Bone McAllester Norton Hosts Technology Panel

Attorney Stephen Zralek gathered a panel of Nashville's finest business owners and interactive experts to discuss how technology can lead to a new revenue stream for companies for an invitation only breakfast event.

Panelists included:
David A. Owens is professor of the practice of management at Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management, where he focuses on entrepreneurship. Specializing in innovation and new product development, he is known as a dynamic speaker and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He provides consulting services for a wide range of clients around the world,  including NASA, The Smithsonian, Nissan LEAF, Gibson Music, TVA, Cisco and LEGO, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,  and NPR’s Marketplace. Prior to his time at Vanderbilt, David was the CEO of Griffin Technology in Nashville.

Nicholas Holland is Founder of centresource, an interactive agency in Nashville, which was recently named the 46th fastest growing inner-city firm in the United States. Centresource's motto is to "build, brand and boost" and they help businesses look at their overall strategy and find new ways to make or save money through interactive media.
Before starting centresource, Nicholas worked as a Risk Analyst, which provided a foundation in business analysis and that has been invaluable to operations and financial management.

Carter Hopkins, a recent college graduate, co-founded CityStreak. Finding his way from Shreveport, Louisiana, Carter occasionally finds his roots with his thick Cajun accent.  When he can be understood, he is most likely talking wild ideas about traveling the country or passionately pursuing life. Described by some as a combination of "Groupon" and the "Amazing Race," CityStreak already has an amazing following after launching just a few months ago. Their mission is to connect people with each other to make memories and have a blast in their city. Come hear how two young entrepreneurs turned a dream into a thriving business that's built on a digital platform.

Parker Polidor is the Founder of Cell Journalist, which provides a real-time, hyper local content platform to 150+ local TV stations and newspapers.  Prior to Cell Journalist, Parker, an inveterate entrepreneur, started and later sold Mountain Valet, the first parking management company in Vermont serving ski resorts. Mountain Valet grew from three employees and one account to seven locations with over 40 employees across three states. Parker has traveled to 37 countries and participated in humanitarian trips to Asia and Central Africa.


CommunityNashville Names Charles Bone as Honoree for 40th Annual Human Relations Award Dinner

Bone McAllester Norton founder and chairman, Charles Bone was honored for making a difference at the 40th Annual CommunityNashville Human Relations Award Dinner.  He was honored along with Ellen and John Tighe, Rev. Neely Williams, Gail Kerr and the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

The dinner raised money for the CommunityNashville Building Bridges Program at Oasis Center, which helps youth learn about themselves, to respect others and to understand the root causes of prejudice.

"The annual Human Relations Award Dinner is one of the biggest and most important events in our city recognizing outstanding individuals whose commitment to human rights makes Nashville a better place for all of us," said co-chair Art Rebrovick.


CommunityNashville Names Charles Bone as Honoree for 40th Annual Human Relations Award Dinner

Bone McAllester Norton founder and chairman, Charles Bone was honored for making a difference at the 40th Annual CommunityNashville Human Relations Award Dinner.  He was honored along with Ellen and John Tighe, Rev. Neely Williams, Gail Kerr and the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

The dinner raised money for the CommunityNashville Building Bridges Program at Oasis Center, which helps youth learn about themselves, to respect others and to understand the root causes of prejudice.

"The annual Human Relations Award Dinner is one of the biggest and most important events in our city recognizing outstanding individuals whose commitment to human rights makes Nashville a better place for all of us," said co-chair Art Rebrovick.


Bone McAllester Norton Sponsors Youth Life Learning Centers Girls Benefit Luncheon

Bone McAllester Norton is a sponsor for this year's luncheon.

Youth Life would like to invite all leaders in the community to be a role model to young, at-risk girls at our upcoming Women and Girls Benefit Luncheon on July 28th with keynote speaker, Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Beckah Shae as musical guest.  Register now and win giveaways in various ways including Trivia Thursdays.

Women and Girls Benefit Luncheon
July 28, 2011 11:00AM - 1:30PM
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Youth Life Foundation of Tennessee (YLFT) is hosting its first Women and Girls Benefit Luncheon, and welcomes Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as the event’s keynote speaker and Beckah Shae as musical entertainment.

Based in Nashville, the Youth Life Foundation of Tennessee (YLFT) operates the Youth Life Learning Centers, after-school academics for at-risk youth in Nashville and Memphis, and in Jacksonville, Fla. through a partnership with the Boselli Foundation. With a staff of certified teachers and community volunteers, Youth Life provides educational support in academics, character development and service learning for children who live in inner-city neighborhoods. To learn more, visit www.yllc.org.

Lipscomb University, Allen Arena
One University Park Drive
Nashville TN 37204


Jailbirds Don't Tweet

Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Avenue North, Nashville

Stephen Zralek, and the Harmon Group, will present "Jailbirds Don’t Tweet:

How to Build a Social Media Campaign That Won’t Land You In Legal Hot Water”.

Click here to RSVP. When creating your login, please note that you are a guest of Bone McAllester Norton.

Complimentary light breakfast will be served.

Parking is available at the Commerce Garage on

3rd and Commerce.

James Crumlin to Present at the Nashville Business Journal’s “HR Summit for a Changing Workplace”

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James Crumlin, along with five other panelists, will present challenges and demands for everyone, from the board and CEO to the entry-level employees at the Nashville Business Journal’s “HR Summit for a Changing Workplace.”

The breakfast and panel discussion will take place beginning at 7:30am on Tuesday, May 17 at the Hutton Hotel.

Click here for more details and to register.


WaterCooler Networking Event to Feature Conexión Américas

The next WaterCooler event is set for Monday, May 9, 2011 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Conexión Américas.  Co-hosted by Stephen Zralek of Bone McAllester Norton, Renata Soto of Conexión Américas and Wade Munday, WaterCooler is an open invitation, informal networking group for young entrepreneurs.

This month we're headed to Conexión Américas, where we'll hear from Renata Soto, its co-founder (and our great friend and co-founder of WaterCooler).  An example of social entrepreneurialism, Conexión has the mission of "promoting the social, economic and civic advancement of Latino families in Middle Tennessee."  Founded in 2002, it is the "go-to" Latino organization in Nashville, and seen as the authority on Latino issues by civic and business leaders in our community.  Our visit to Conexión Américas comes just after the recent census revealed that over 10% of Nashville's population is Hispanic, and that Nashville has the fastest-growing Latino population of any major city in the country.

We'll also hear from Karla Ruiz, a graduate of Conexión’s small business program, who recently launched her own catering company, and we'll get to taste some of her tapas inspired from her native Mexico.  Karla previously worked at Martha's at the Plantation and at Fido.  If you've been to the West Nashville Farmer's Market in recent weeks, Karla is the one with the long line of folks dying to taste her food.

Around 6:30, we'll head two blocks over to Tavern (on Broadway near 19th) for drinks and more time to catch up.

If you can make it, please let us know by sending an rsvp to Kristi no later than Friday, May 6.

WHO:   Renata Soto, executive director of Conexión Américas, & Karla Ruiz, graduate
WHEN:  Monday, May 9 from  5:30 to 6:30 PM
WHERE: Conexion Americas, 800 18th Ave. South

WaterCooler is an informal networking group for young entrepreneurs in their 20s, 30s and 40s that meets (almost) every month for drinks, networking and the chance to hear vibrant speakers on a variety of topics.  There is no official membership and no dues -- just come when the speaker interests you or you want to meet some new people in Nashville.

WaterCooler began in September 2009 and has featured the following speakers/topics:

April 2011: Darek Bell & Andrew Webber (Corsair Distillery)
March 2011: Mark Rowan (Griffin Technology)
January 2011: Scott Witherow (Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co): Tour & Tasting
November 2010: Linus Hall (Yazoo Brewing Company): Tour & Tasting
October 2010: Christine Madella (WKRN): "Molding Your Image in a 24/7 World"
September 2010: Ed Nash (Oxford Fine Arts): "The Art of Buying Fine Art"
July 2010: Alan Young (Armor Concepts LLC): "Secrets of Starting a Successful Company"
June 2010: Laura Creekmore (Creekmore Consulting): "Using Social Media as a Young Entrepreneur"
April 2010: Networking for WaterCooler attendees
March 2010: Sid Chambless (Nashville Capital Network): "Investment Capital for Young Entrepreneurs"
February 2010: Bob Bernstein (Bongo Java)/Jose Gonzalez (Belmont): "Entrepreneurship with Heart"
January 2010: Freddie O'Connell (SearchViz): "Search Engine Optimization"
December 2009: Becca Stevens (Magdalene/Thistle Farms): "Walking in Gratitude"
November 2009: Chris Ferrell (SouthComm): "The Changing Delivery of Information"
October 2009: Clint Smith (Emma): "The Art of Everyday Innovation"
September 2009: Kimberly Pace (Owen School): "Personal Marketing"


Bone McAllester Norton Hosts Tennessee Bankers Association "Day on the Hill" Luncheon

Cheeseburgers in paradise?  What do Jimmy Buffett and a group of bankers and lawyers have in common?

Our financial institutions team hosted banking professionals from across the state at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in downtown Nashville a few weeks ago as part of their annual “Day on the Hill” event.  As a proud associate member of the Tennessee Bankers Association and committed legal partner in the Tennessee banking community, Bone McAllester Norton enjoyed supporting this annual program as the luncheon sponsor for the second year.

Held annually, the “Day on the Hill” program is organized by the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Young Bankers Division to provide an opportunity for current and future leaders from banks across the state to explore the inner workings of the Tennessee legislative process.  Trace Blankenship, one of our attorneys who advises bank executives and boards of directors on strategic transactions and regulatory matters, emceed the event, which featured a keynote address from the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, Greg Gonzales, and remarks about Tennessee’s banking industry from the law firm’s chairman, Charles W. Bone.  Several attorneys from our financial institutions team described “Eleven Things That Could Keep a Banker Awake at Night” (and some hair-raising stories to illustrate) including Jack Stringham, Charles Robert Bone, David Anthony, Andrea Perry, Johnny Garrett, Rob Pinson and Tucker Herndon.  Tracie Lomax, immediate past president of the Young Bankers Division, and Jay England, incoming president, welcomed the group, and officials of the Tennessee Bankers Association, Tim Amos, Colin Barrett, Amy Smith, were responsible for organizing the “Day on the Hill” event.


Stephen Zralek to Discuss Laws of Social Media

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek will discuss the laws of social media for "Digital Citizenship and the First Amendment: The final segment of Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age," a series moderated by former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.

This event features Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center as he joins Deborah Taylor Tate for a discussion of the tenets of the First Amendment – religion, speech, press, assembly and petition – and how all have been affected in a digital world. Stephen Zralek will also join the conversation to discuss the evolving laws of social media, including defamation, marketing to children and employment issues.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 6 p.m.
Mullican Television Studio, Ezell Center, Lipscomb University
RSVP to Leah Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (615) 966-6155


James A. Crumlin, Jr. to Present at TBA’s Introduction to Trial Practice

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin, Jr. is one of twelve speakers presenting at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Introduction to Trial Practice program on March 31, 2011.

 This CLE is designed to recreate a “real” trial experience with seasoned lawyers. Attendees will observe key aspects of a basic trial including voir dire, direct and cross examination of an expert, and other areas often left out of law school curriculum.

Click here for more details and to register for this program.


Stephen Zralek to Present "Legal Issues in Social Media"

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek will present “Legal Issues in Social Media” at the Nashville Business Journal’s Crash Course on Social Media half-day seminar held Wednesday, March 30 at Lipscomb University Shamblin Theater.

Discussions will include how to create, implement and measure a successful social presence for your business and coaching for building a social media marketing plan.

Click here to register.


10th Annual Fellowship Breakfast Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 17, 2011, over 450 people joined Bone McAllester Norton at our tenth annual Fellowship Breakfast to celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 The celebration was held at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville and featured the Fisk Jubilee Singers as our entertainment.

Bone McAllester Norton's annual Fellowship Breakfast is the firm's most honored tradition.  We founded Bone McAllester Norton in 2002 as a new firm, to put into practice a set of core principles and values to which we are unfailingly committed. We adopted the phrase “Law – Life – Passion” as a shorthand way of expressing those principles. One value about which the firm is passionate is diversity.  We believe that we have created a law firm that reflects the diversity of our clients – people of different idealistic, socioeconomic, educational, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds - and which reflects the core commitments firm founders Charles W. Bone and Stacey A. Garrett made on the day the firm was created.  Rather than simply closing our offices on the MLK holiday, we decided to honor Dr. King’s memory by inviting a few family members, friends and clients to join us for breakfast.  We spend this time together to reflect upon Dr. King, his legacy, and the contributions he made to our world and to each of us personally.

This year, we were honored to have the two time Grammy-Nominated Fisk Jubilee Singers as our entertainment. In 1871, the original Jubilee Singers introduced "slave songs" to the world. Today, the Fisk Jubilee Singers continue the tradition of singing the Negro spiritual around the world sharing this rich culture while preserving this unique music.

Following the Fisk Jubilee Singers, we opened the floor and encouraged comments by anyone who wished to talk about Dr. King's legacy.  Previous Fellowship Breakfasts have featured prominent civil rights champions Dr. E. Rip Patton, Diane Nash, John Seigenthaler and Mike Cody.

We invite you to view:
About the Fisk Jubilee Singers
Video of the Life and Legacy of Dr. King
Slideshow of our 2011 Fellowship Breakfast


Paz Haynes Participates in Nationally Recognized Law Day Program

To commemorate Law Day in 2010, the Nashville Bar Association (NBA) produced a program commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Student Movement's lunch counter Sit-Ins.

  These Sit-Ins were a seminal event in the advancement of the Nashville community, and the civil rights movement nationwide.  The NBA's presentation honored the "Counsel for the Children" -- the local lawyers who defended the student demonstrators during the Sit-Ins -- with a mock trial involving several distinguished members of the Nashville bench and bar.

Paz Haynes was one of the producers of the program, and served as moderator for a panel discussion after the mock trial.  Two of the "Counsel for the Children," retired Tennessee Supreme Court justice Adolpho A. Birch and trial lawyer George E. ("Citizen") Barrett, shared their experiences and reflections on the Sit-Ins, the trials, and the lawyers and judges involved in these historic events.  The event was filmed to be shared and enjoyed by generations of lawyers.  The "Counsel for the Children" program recently received national acclaim when the NBA received a 2010 Law Day Outstanding Activity Award from the American Bar Association.

Bone McAllester Norton was a sponsor of the "Counsel for the Children" program.  "I was honored to participate in such a memorable and important program for the Nashville Bar,” said Paz. “Through its sponsorship of 'Counsel for the Children', our Firm has ensured that the program will be preserved and appreciated for years to come."


Artrageous Benefits Nashville CARES

This years Broadway-style event Artrageous® 23: Gems & Jewels, the annual fundraiser for Nashville CARES which supports HIV/AIDS education, will take place on November 13, 2010 with participating art galleries donating 10 percent of its sales to Nashville CARES.

A few words from Bone McAllester Norton attorney and Artrageous Corporate Sponsorship Chair, Anne Martin:

“Founded in 1987 as a benefit for Nashville CARES, Artrageous has raised more than $2 million for the support of AIDS/HIV education and services in Middle Tennessee.  A group of Nashville's most prominent gallery owners began the event as a response to the AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on the arts community. Artrageous attracts the most diverse mix of glamorous partygoers from across the nation, and was named "Best Charity Event" of 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 by the Nashville Scene Reader's Poll.  Bone McAllester Norton is proud to be a corporate sponsor for Artrageous this year and a number of its attorneys have taken leadership in organizing the event this year and in the past, and look forward to attending.”

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Will Cheek is general counsel to Artrageous and provides legal help at no cost.