President and CEO Charles Robert Bone

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TN Tribune) – Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce that their firm was recognized in all three of the individual award categories in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Trace Blankenship received the coveted Lawyer of the Year award for his work in nonprofit and charities law. This award is presented to one individual in a given geographical region and practice area in each edition.

“We are proud to have been recognized once again by the Best Lawyers, one of the top honors in the legal field,” said President and CEO Charles Robert Bone. “To be honored by our peers in the industry is inspiring and humbling. With one Lawyer of the Year, 21 Best Lawyers and two Ones to Watch, our firm has once again shown its unwavering dedication to Middle Tennessee.”

Each year, Best Lawyers names the top lawyers across the country purely through a peer review process by currently recognized attorneys. Best Lawyers has used this methodology for 30 years, and clients turn to their rankings to ensure they are working with the best of the best.

The recognized Bone McAllester Norton lawyers work with a wide range of clients in over 20 different practice areas across Tennessee and the United States.

“Lawyer of the Year” recipient Trace Blankenship was recognized for his nonprofit and charity law work in the Nashville area. This honor is given to the individual with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region.

The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch award recognizes lawyers who have been in private practice for fewer than 10 years. Bone McAllester Norton Ones to Watch recipients include Mandy Strickland Floyd, who was honored for her appellate practice and is in her second year on the list, and Courtney L. Lutz, who was acknowledged for her work in commercial litigation and is also in her second year on the list.

Other Bone McAllester Norton attorneys were named to the Best LawyersTM lists for the
Nashville and Hendersonville areas.

These attorneys include:


Nashville, Tenn.

  • Anne Sumpter Arney for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law and Health Care Law.
  • Trace Blankenship for Banking and Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Nonprofit / Charities Law.
  • Charles Robert Bone for Administrative / Regulatory Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships).
  • Charles W. Bone for Administrative and Regulatory Law.
  • John P. Branham for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.
  • C. David Briley for Government Relations Practice.
  • Glen A. Civitts for Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Real Estate Law, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law.
  • Jonathan P. Farmer for Criminal Defense: General Practice and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.
  • William J. Haynes III for Employment Law – Individuals.
  • Samuel L. Jackson for Employment Law – Management.
  • Sharon O. Jacobs for Environmental Law.
  • Paul W. Kruse for Copyright Law and Trademark Law.
  • Sam J. McAllester III for Banking and Finance Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
  • Robert G. McDowell for Administrative / Regulatory Law and Mediation.
  • Andrea P. Perry for Corporate Law, Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television and Real Estate Law.
  • Christopher Raybeck for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law.
  • Jack F. Stringham II for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law.
  • Edward M. Yarbrough for Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and DUI / DWI Defense.
  • Stephen J. Zralek for Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law and Litigation –Intellectual Property.

Hendersonville, Tenn.

  • Marshall T. Cook for Litigation – Construction and Litigation – Labor and Employment.
  • George J. Phillips for Corporate Law.