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.”

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 McAllester Norton Announces Civil Rights Law Practice Area

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has formally added a civil rights law practice area to our wide range of legal services. In doing so, we hope to contribute to a stronger community and region by helping ensure equal rights for all.

This practice area builds upon decades of work in the civil rights realm, including founder Charles W. Bone’s involvement in the successful efforts to obtain clemency for Cyntoia Brown. Available services include employment discrimination, housing and land use discrimination, Title IX discrimination, law enforcement accountability and compliance guidance, and internal investigations.

Learn more about our new practice area and participating attorneys here: Civil Rights Law.

Bone McAllester Norton Hosts 19th Annual MLK Breakfast

More than 1,000 civic and community leaders came together to kick-off Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Bone McAllester Norton’s annual MLK Day Breakfast. 

This event – now in its 19th year – was started with the goal of bringing the community together each year to celebrate, reflect and remind us of the importance of Dr. King’s message and renew the city’s commitment to the social justice issues he fought so hard for. 

“Dr. King’s message is in so many ways just as relevant today as it was 50+ years ago. As a law firm, but also as active members in this community, we believe fiercely that we have a responsibility to not just remember his legacy but push each other to keep thinking and talking about its relevance against the backdrop of present-day issues and challenges,” said Bone McAllester Norton PLLC co-founder, Stacey Garrett Koju.

This year’s event broke a 19-year record of attendance and brought a standing-room only crowd to hear longtime civil rights advocate and current Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins and Cyntoia Brown-Long. Brown-Long is an author, speaker and advocate for criminal justice reform and victims of sex trafficking. She was also a client of Bone McAllester Norton, who led the legal fight that resulted in her freedom being granted by former Governor Bill Haslam last year. She recently released a book, “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System,” which earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination. 

“In so many ways Cyntoia’s story is a present-day manifestation of Dr. King’s message. Listening to her story challenges us to think about, remember, and celebrate the messages he preached about forgiveness, love, justice, redemption, faith and service,” said Dinkins. “As the passage of time takes us further away from the days of Dr. King, it is so important that we make ourselves constantly reimagine the meaning of his words in today’s context. Talking to Cyntoia today did that in an incredibly moving way.”

“What a great opportunity today was to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy but also to talk about how we can each carry forth his message in our own lives today. I have been given an extraordinary second chance. I am deeply grateful to Bone McAllester, former Governor Bill Haslam, and the many others who stepped forward to help me tell my own story and get a second chance at life,” said Brown-Long. “I’m committed, now to standing on the backs of the giants like Martin Luther King, Jr. to ensure we carry his legacy forth – that we give voice to those who need it most and that we inspire others to listen more intently to what they have to say and act on it.”

“What makes a great law firm isn’t only top-flight lawyers, but also a steadfast commitment to the community in which we practice,” said co-founder and chairman Charles W. Bone. “From the day we opened the doors of Bone McAllester Norton, we’ve maintained a dual commitment to legal excellence and community as our compass. This event to honor Dr. King’s legacy is an important part of that, as was our work to free Cyntoia Brown-Long.”

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a Nashville law firm with nearly 45 attorneys with an extensive range of practices and experiences including expertise in litigation, banking and commercial lending, corporate and securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, entertainment and environmental matters. In addition to their legal expertise, the firm has also steadfastly committed itself to a range of community initiatives, including among other things, their 19-year support of the annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast.

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Bone McAllester Norton Hosts ISOA Women’s Executive Roundtable

On March 20,Bone McAllester Norton hosted the 2019 Women’s Executive Roundtable (WERT) with the Interdenominational Services Organization of America (ISOA). The informal luncheon experience provided 35 local college students and young professionals an opportunity to meet with successful female business leaders. The event was led by four speakers and six ISOA board members, including Bone McAllester Norton attorney and Board Chair, Stacey Garrett KojuStacey Garrett Koju Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexStacey Garrett Koju Attorney & Board Chair at Bone McAllester Norton

Founded in 1990 by Dr. Millicent Lownes-Jackson, the Dean of the College of Business at Tennessee State University, ISOA is a community-based, volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3), economic development organization whosemission is to empower women, youth and aspiring professionals for business and entrepreneurial success on the global economic platform. ISOA’s programs and operations are overseen by a dynamic board of directors composed of accomplished professionals from all walks of life who volunteer their time and share their expertise and experiences to empower others. 

To learn more about ISOA, visit theirwebsite.

Nashville Post Names Four Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys to “In Charge 2019”

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to share four attorneys are named to Nashville Post’s “In Charge 2019,” the 10th annual compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top businesses, political and civic leaders.

The firm’s founder and chairman Charles W. Bone, founding member Stacey Garrett Koju and attorney Ed Yarborough are included on the “In Charge – Legal” list, and President and CEO Charles Robert Bone is included on the “In Charge — Development” list.

The firm is honored to be recognized alongside the diverse and inspiring individuals who help our city thrive.

For the full list, visit Nashville Post’s website.

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Three BoneLaw Attorneys Featured in the Nashville’s Post’s annual In Charge List

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Charles W. Bone, Stacey Garrett Koju, and Ed Yarbrough, were featured in the Nashville Post’s annual In Charge list for 2018. The Post highlights Middle Tennessee’s top business, political, and civic leaders. They say, “The women and men found on our list…represent the best of the best—and always are ‘in charge.’”

Charles W. Bone, Founder and Chairman, represents clients on matters ranging from M&A to financial institutions and government relations. The Post also highlighted Bone’s pro bono efforts on behalf of TN Inmate Cyntoia Brown.

Stacey Garrett Koju, Founding member and chair of the firm’s Board of Directors, concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate transactions, labor and employment law, and higher education. Koju says she is driven by her law partners and the firm’s staff who truly embody the firm’s motto, Law. Life. Passion.

Ed Yarbrough, Member, was noted for his criminal defense and government investigations practice at Bonelaw. Yarbrough is well known for his service as U.S. attorney and assistant district attorney.

You can find the complete list of lawyers, judges, and managers for In Charge - legal 2018 here

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Recognized as Healthcare Leaders

In January’s Nashville Medical News magazine, “2018 In Charge Health Care,” Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey Garrett Koju are recognized as leaders – “leaders who keep Music City’s $84 billion healthcare industry humming along.”

Anne Sumpter Arney Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexAnne Sumpter ArneyWith over 30 years of experience, Anne Arney continues to work with healthcare companies and medical professionals on a wide variety of legal matters. She advises her healthcare clients on business law and transactional issues, as well as assisting them in navigating ever-changing healthcare laws and regulations. Anne regularly counsels both healthcare and non-healthcare entrepreneurs who are seeking to start, grow, operate, and sell their businesses. She publishes the “Physicians’ Legal Update” newsletter to help her clients stayed informed on legal matters.

Stacey Garrett Koju Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexStacey Garrett KojuStacey Garrett Koju is a founding member of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and serves as the chair of the firm’s board of directors. Stacey concentrates her practice in the areas of healthcare, higher education, labor and employment, and corporate transactions. Stacey’s clients include physicians, medical practice groups, and other healthcare entities. She is currently a board member of Abe’s Garden, National Museum of African American Music, and Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., and also serves as chair of Leadership Tennessee’s Advisory Council.

We are grateful for the hard work and service Anne Arney and Stacey Koju provide to Bone McAllester Norton and the Nashville community.

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Nashville Post's InCharge List is out

We are honored to have several of our attorneys and clients on the Nashville Post's annual InCharge List for 2016.

The InCharge List recognizes individuals in the business community who have made contributions to their business sector, that in turn, keep Nashville thriving and growing.  The list makers, who have been hand-selected by the Nashville Post editorial staff, are over 400 of Nashville's business elite in over 20 categories of business.  It is the premier who's who list and a great reference tool!

As the Nashville Post puts it "The 448 women and men on our list, the Post's Seventh, represent the best of the best - and are always 'in charge'."

The Bone McAllester Norton attorneys featured on this list were honored last night at the InCharge Event held at the Nashville Public Library.






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Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey Garrett Koju named to Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare 2016

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Anne Sumpter Arney and Stacey Garrett Koju have been named to the 2016 Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare list.  This list includes a wealth of impressive leaders impacting the education and training of the next generation of providers.

These leaders across the healthcare spectrum are working together to incite positive change in the medical community.  Thank you and congratulations!

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit