We have some exciting news to share with you. Today, we will announce that Bone McAllester Norton will merge with Spencer Fane, an Am Law 200 firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, and one of the nation’s fastest growing and most successful law firms with offices in 20 cities nationwide. We are all very excited about what this will bring in terms of continuing to grow our business and better serving our clients and community.

My dad joined Sam McAllester and Mike Norton to practice law in Nashville in 1978, and officially became Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in 2002. They saw a great opportunity at that time – the opportunity to create a firm that was decidedly different. They envisioned a firm that would attract extraordinary legal talent but also give back to the community in significant ways and be built around a culture of excellence and diversity that was unlike other firms. 

Many years later, we still see that extraordinary opportunity. While many firms have approached us looking to acquire or merge with us over the last 20 years, we have steadfastly said “no” each time because we wanted to preserve what we felt set Bone McAllester apart from others.

Spencer Fane felt dramatically different from the very first conversation.

Our two firms are incredibly similar on a number of fronts – our values, our culture and our approach to serving clients are the same. Importantly, we also share a long-term commitment on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as to serving our community. We would not be making this announcement today if we did not so closely align on these beliefs.

Together, we firmly believe this will be a powerful combination unmatched by others in Nashville. This is a very proud moment for us, and we are excited to celebrate it with you as we take this important step forward.


Charles Robert Bone

President and CEO, Bone McAllester Norton

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