The High Cost of Failing to Comply

with HIPAA

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Anne Sumpter Arney wrote an article for Nashville Medical News earlier this month about an increase in fines and enforcement for HIPAA penalties, effective this September.

In order to avoid substantial penalties as a result of HIPAA violations, practitioners and their practices are well advised to monitor, assess and update their HIPAA policies and procedures regularly.

Effective HIPAA compliance can be time-consuming and usually begins with a written compliance plan, an audit of your practice to identify potential issues, training employees and ensuring that written business associate agreements are in place for those relationships that require them.

Olatayo O. Atanda Joins the Bonelaw Team 

Olatayo ("Tayo") O. Atanda has joined Bone McAllester Norton as the firm's newest attorney. Atanda, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, focuses his practice in Alcoholic Beverage LawEntrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Welcome aboard, Tayo!

Read more about Tayo's addition to the firm here.

How to Keep Employees' Smartphone Use                   out of Legal Jeopardy

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin, Jr. wrote an article for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce's June "HR Notes" enewsletter, outlining risks employers face in our bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work culture.

"In today's BYOD era, employees' use of their cell phones, on or off the clock, can make the company potentially liable for any laws broken using the device."

Read more about the risks and what companies can do to safeguard themselves here.

Bone McAllester Norton Begins Renovation  to Downtown Office

Bone McAllester Norton began a renovation to its office in downtown Nashville, located in the Nashville City Center, 511 Union Street, this week. The expansion and “face lift” will give the firm a larger, more versatile multi-purpose conference room with state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities; upgrades to other conference rooms and the reception area; and more space on the 18th floor of the building for attorneys and staff. 

“Our firm is now more than 10 years old, and we recognize the need to update and expand our space,” said  Sam J. McAllester, vice chairman and member of Bone McAllester Norton. "This construction project will allow us to host more events for clients and the community--events we haven't been able to take on in the past due to space constraints."

The cost of the construction is estimated at $375,000. Atlanta-based ASD is the architect on the project, and Nashville-based DWC Construction will be the contractor. Construction is expected to be finished by mid-September.

“As a law firm founded on attracting the best and the brightest attorneys and legal staff, this renovation will allow us to be able to add to our team in the future,” McAllester said. 

Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes the Return of First Tennessee Division

to Downtown Nashville!

On May 29, the Commercial Lending & Creditors' Rights group of Bone McAllester Norton welcomed the return of First Tennessee bank's special assets department to Nashville City Center in downtown Nashville. The group relocated from Brentwood earlier that month. 

Pictured here are Sam J. "Mac" McAllester, Dale Maxfield and Charles W. Bone.