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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

511 Union St Ste 1600
Nashville, TN, 37219

Practice areas


  1. Trademark: 40%
    12 years
  2. Copyright: 40%
    12 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    19 years

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  • Thomas Blaine Dixon

    Stephen is incredibly talented and dedicated. He is a go-to resource in trademark and copyright law.


    Thomas Dixon Consumer protection Attorney
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  • James Evan Mackler

    Stephen is an incredible resource to me when I confront issues involving intellectual property, including trademark and copyright infringement.


    James Mackler Aviation Attorney
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America - Copyright LawThe Best Lawyers in America2015
Best of the Bar: Chosen by Fellow Nashville AttorneysNashville Business Journal2014
SuperLawyer MidSouthSuperLawyers2014
Best of the Bar: Chosen by Fellow Nashville AttorneysNashville Business Journal2013
SuperLawyer MidSouthSuperLawyers2013
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale Hubbell2012
SuperLawyer Mid-SouthSuperLawyers2012
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale Hubbell2011
SuperLawyer Mid-SouthSuperLawyers2011
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale Hubbell2010
Best of the Bar: Chosen by Fellow Nashville AttorneysNashville Business Journal2010
Best of the Bar: Copyright & Trademark LitigationNashville Business Journal2009
Rising Star -- Nashville Leader Under 40Nashville Business Journal2008
Best of the Bar: Campaign FinanceNashville Business Journal2007
Member of ClassTennessee Bar Association Leadership Law2007
Member of ClassYoung Leaders Class, Frist Foundation1999
Dean's Citation for Outstanding ContributionsUniversity of Tennessee1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberBone McAllester Norton PLLC2004 - Present
AttorneyWaller Lansden Dortch & Davis2002 - 2003
AttorneyWyatt Tarrant & Combs1998 - 2002
Judicial ClerkHon. Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., US District Judge1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Copyright Society of the SouthMember2012 - Present
Conexion AmericasCo-Chair of Annual Fundraiser2011 - Present
Conexion AmericasExecutive Committee member2010 - Present
Conexion AmericasChair of Fundraising Committee2010 - Present
Connexion AmericasBoard Member2009 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionVice Chair2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Copyright Litigation CommitteeVice Chair2008 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2007 - Present
International Trademark AssociationMember2007 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Intellectual Property CommitteeMember2006 - Present
Nashville Bar Association, Intellectual Property CommitteeMember2006 - Present
Nashville Bar Association, Federal Court CommitteeMember2002 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Bar Association Copyright Litigation CommitteeChair2011 - 2012
Family & Children's ServiceBoard Chair2007 - 2008
Tennessee Bar Association, Access to Justice CommitteeMember1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association v. National Walking Horse Association, 528 F. Supp. 2d 772N/A
Documentary Channel v. PyxixN/A
Sieveking v. Doe, No. 10C4912 (Circuit Court of Tennessee)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
USA TodayLawyer looks back at landmark 2 Live Crew case (Quoted In)2014
Nashville Business JournalWhat to Expect if Tracy Challenges Outcome (Quoted In)2014
The TennesseanDavidson County Election Commission Rescinds Citizenship Review Plan (quoted in)2013
YoungEntrepreneur.com6 Ways to Protect Your Digital Brand (quoted in)2013
Managing IPGoogle Faces Hard Road after Chin Certifies Authors Guild Class Action (Quoted in)2012
WKRN News Channel 2Attorney Warns of Copyright Infringement through Pinterest (Interviewed)2012
The TennesseanWaterCooler group Gets Insider View of Nashville (featured in)2012
Physician Newsletter via Bonelaw.comOnline Physician Review Sites: Fighting Back to Protect your Reputation2011
The TennesseanRace is On to Recapture Copyrights2011
TheExpressive.comAnonymous Online Defamation: Fighting Back to Protect Yourself & Your Business2011
The TennesseanNashville Council Candidates Tweet for Votes (quoted in)2011
The TennesseanAmerican Dream Continues to Draw People Here2011
Managing Intellectual PropertyMixed Reaction to YouTube's Copyright Video (quoted in)2011
TheExpressive.comWant to Limit Liability against Copyright Infringement Claims when Hosting User Content on your Website?2011
Business Law Today (an ABA publication)New Legislation Renews Conflict between Content Creators and Content Distributors (quoted in article by Jon Garon)2011
The City PaperRoberts drops challenge of Metro Council election results (quoted in)2011
Managing IPGoogle Won't Give Up Yet (Quoted in)2011
VegasInc.Missed deadline potentially costly for Righthaven (referenced in)2011
The Expressive.comNinth Circuit Offers Best Guidance on Copyright Registration Requirement to Initiate Copyright Litigation2010
Nashville Bar JournalTop 10 List for Deposing Corporate Representatives2010
Bonelaw.comSupreme Court's Landmark Corporate Campaign Finance Decision2010
Quoted in The TennesseanTN Campaigns May Soon Feel Impact of Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Corporate Ads2010
Quoted in Managing Intellectual PropertySupreme Court Takes Narrow Approach to Copyright Registration2010
TheExpressive.comArists' Rights & the Law2010
TheExpressive.comIn Long-Awaited Move, President Obama Appoints IP Czar2009
TheExpressive.comMiddle District of Tennessee Adopts Narrow Approach to Copyright Registration -- For the Time Being2009
TheExpressive.comThe More Interactive Your Website, the More Likely Your Business Can Be Forced to Defend Lawsuits in Other States2009
The TennesseanCrafton Should be Held Accountable for his Actions2009
Landslide (published by the ABA IP Section)The PRO-IP Act: Another Weapon Against a Failing Economy2009
Tennessee Bar JournalCall Off the US Marshalls: e-Discovery Clash Heats up in the Sixth Circuit2008
The TennesseanPRO-IP Act Protects Copyrights2008
Nashville Business JournalRising Star: Stephen Zralek2008
Tennessee Bar JournalCleaning Up: Can New Ethics Law Make State Government Spotless2006
Nashville Business JournalExamining Your Campaign Finance Options2004
Nashville Business JournalCampaign Finance Primer for Lawyers Advising Businesses on Making Political Contributions2004
Tennessee Law ReviewCivil Rights -- Section 1982 -- Expanding Protection to Include Non-Owner Users of Property1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Xavier UniversityUniversity Scholars Program: Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Oxford University: Oriel CollegePolitics, Philosophy, and EconomicsStudy Abroad, 1993N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
“Watch Your Back: Preventing Brand Thievery”KEEN Digital Summit2013
“The Ethical Campaign: Maintaining Ethics and Professionalism in Electioneering”Ethical Campaigns2013
Your Small Business Resource: First FridaySocial Media2013
Running for Office 2013 - Tennessee Campaign EthicsCampaign Finance2013
Relevant, the Un-ConferenceApps and Future of E-Discovery2013
Managing a Social Media Nightmare - Panel DiscussionSocial Media2013
M. Lee Smith webinarCopyright Fair Use2013
Lipscomb University's Master of Arts ProgramMedia Law2013
Arts & Business Council of the Nashville Chamber of CommerceFair Use in Copyright2013
Advanced Federal Court Practice Insider TipsExtrordinary Relief2013
TN IP Lawyers Association (TIPLA)Updates on Copyright Fair Use2012
This Week in Law -- IP Issues in technologyThis Week in Law -- IP Issues in technology2012
Tennessee Bar AssociationScary Things in Intellectual Property: Social Media Panel2012
Podcamp NashvilleCopyright Issues in Pinterest2012
Nashville Association of Legal SecretariesThe Joy and Pain of Social Media2012
BarCamp 2012Laughs & Likes: Using User Generated Content (UGC) and Comedy to Drive Business & Build Excitement2012
BarCamp 2012All is Fair (Use) in Love & Copyright2012
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Division III CopyrightsCopyright Litigation: Finding Anonymous Copyright Infringers2012
American Bar Association Annual MeetingCopyright Fair Use: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest One of All2012
WKRN News Channel 2Online Reputation Management2011
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolSecrets of Rainmaking & Business Development2011
Thompson ReutersHow are Nashville Litigators Leveraging Technology?2011
Tennessee Paralegal AssociationMinimizing Risks Clients Face Using Social Media2011
Tennessee Bar Association LawTechSocial Media Legal Issues from the Client's Perspective2011
Tennessee Bar AssociationStaying Out of Hot Water: Minimizing Risks Clients Face in the Social Media World2011
Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South, Inc. Trade ShowJailbirds Don't Tweet: The Smart, Sane and Legal Approach to Social Media2011
Podcast: Fluxe Digital MarketingPodcast: What you Need to Know about Social Media Law2011
PodCamp 2011"Kill All the Lawyers": Legal & Marketing Aspects of Social Media2011
Nashville Bar Journal Crash Course in Social MediaLegal Issues in Using Social Media2011
Nashville Bar Association, Intellectual Property CommitteeLessons from Righthaven in Copyright Litigation2011
Mind Your Own Music Business TV InterviewRecapturing Copyrights2011
Lipscomb University's Leadership and Civility in the Digital AgeDigital Citizenship and the First Amendment:2011
Indy Connect, Inc.Social Media Legal Issues for the Music Industry2011
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC Client & Friend EventEmbracing Technology: Using Digital, Mobile & Interactive to Creative New Revenue Streams2011
Arts & Business Council's Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsThree's Company: Artists, Social Media & The Law2011
AccelerantJailbirds Don't Tweet: How to Build a Social Media Campaign That Won’t Land You In Legal Hot Water2011
WaterCooler Young Entrepreneur Networking GroupSearch Engine Optimization (host and coordinator)2010
WaterCoolerSocial Media for Young Entrepreneurs (Host and Coordinator)2010
CLE sponsored by ABA Copyright Litigation CommitteeTermination of Transfer Rights 101 -- Copyrights (moderator)2010
BarCampNashville 2010CYA 101: How to Avoid a Lawsuit When Using Social Media2010
Art Heroes Radio ShowArtists' Rights & The Law2010
Nashville Bar Ass'n Federal Courts CommitteeAdvanced Topics in Federal Court Practice (Moderator & Producer)2009
Young Leaders Opening ClassSucceeding on a Non-Profit Board2008
NBA Intellectual Property CommitteeE-discovery Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure2006
Davidson County Judges' Monthly MeetingCampaign Finance for Judges2006
Campaign Finance for CorporationsCampaign Finance for Corporations2006
TN Democratic House Caucus RetreatCampaign Finance: Serious Business2005
NBA Continuing Legal EducationImpolite Dinner Conversation: Let's Talk Money & Politics2005
Vanderbilt University Virtual SchoolHow are Modern Political Campaigns Financed2004
Tennessee UnionsCampaign Finance for Unions2004
Tennessee Democratic PartyCampaign Finance Primer2004
Waller Lansden seminar for EmployersUnderstanding & Applying the ADA2003