Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is proud to announce 10 of the firm’s attorneys were named 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers, and two of the firm’s attorneys were named Mid-South Rising Stars.

Charles Robert Bone - President & CEOCharles Robert Bone - President & CEOThe firm’s President and CEO, Charles Robert Bone, was recognized for his work in the mergers and acquisitions practice area, and Founder and Vice Chairman Sam McAllester was recognized for his work in banking law. Additionally, attorneys David Anthony, John Branham, James Crumlin, Sharon Jacobs, Edward Yarbrough and Stephen Zralek were recognized for their respective practice areas. Former Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Nashville Mayor David Briley and Chancellor Anne Martin, were also included.

Raquel Bellamy and Emily Mack were named Rising Stars, an award honoring attorneys under 40 years old and in practice for less than 10 years. Bellamy focuses her practice on immigration law and Mack focuses her practice on labor and employment, education law and victim's rights.

Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters business, and for more than 25 years, they have identified the top legal minds around the nation. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state, and the Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. 

Charles Robert Bone is the firm’s president and CEO. He concentrates his practice in the areas of economic development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities. He serves as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. 

Sam McAllester, III is a founder and vice chairman of the firm. For more than 40 years, he has represented banks, financial institutions and other lenders. He also represents his clients in the enforcement and collection of loans and realization against all types of collateral through workouts, restructures, bankruptcies, repossessions and foreclosures. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

David Anthony represents banks, businesses and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and lien litigation. He routinely appears in state, federal and bankruptcy courts throughout Tennessee.

John Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. His trial experience includes insurance defense and legal malpractice defense.

James Crumlin concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, litigation and dispute resolution, and entertainment and media law.

Sharon Jacobs focus her practice in the areas of environmental and administrative law. She is an experienced regulatory 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 Yarbrough a former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, has been a successful trial lawyer in Nashville for more than 40 years. Today, he focuses his practice on defending major criminal cases. He also helps clients with government investigations, personal injury, dispute resolution and civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. He has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2008.

Stephen Zralek is a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. He has spent more than two decades helping clients resolve complex disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas.

Raquel Bellamy is a dedicated advocate with a wide range of experience in civil and criminal litigation. She advises clients concerning business, entertainment and employment disputes. Raquel also advises individuals and corporations concerning immigration and nationality laws. She has defended and advanced immigrant rights for individuals from more than 50 countries.

Emily Mack focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment, education law and victim's rights. She represents public and private employers in federal and state courts, and in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies. She also represents public boards of education and private schools and universities across the state of Tennessee.

About Bone McAllester Norton

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is one of Nashville’s largest law firms with 20 distinct practice areas. The firm traces its roots back to 1978 when Charles W. Bone, Sam McAllester and Mike Norton first joined together to practice law. More than two decades later, in 2002, these lawyers along with Stacey Garret Koju joined together to form Bone McAllester Norton. The firm is known for their enthusiasm for the law, relentless dedication to clients and passionate commitment to the Nashville community. With offices located in Nashville, Hendersonville and Franklin, Tennessee, our attorneys work closely with clients on business and litigation matters across the country. For more information about Bone McAllester Norton, visit