Former U.S. Attorney changes law firms

Two others will help form criminal defense, governmental investigations team at Bone

The law firm of Bone McAllester Norton has launched a criminal defense and government investigations practice and by bringing on one of the most prominent attorneys in that field in Middle Tennessee.

Ed Yarbrough, former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, will join the firm on Aug. 1 along with current Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Little. Yarbrough and Little will join attorney James Mackler, a former senior trial counsel in the Judge Advocate General Corps, in a new practice focusing on criminal defense and governmental investigations.

“We are excited to have two attorneys of such prestige and caliber join our firm,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester. “Individually, they are each excellent lawyers. I have admired Ed's service to the community for years and am proud to now have him as a partner. Alex has vast experience that spans the globe. With the addition of Ed and Alex, they will enable us to serve clients facing any type of criminal matter or sensitive investigation, and to do so with a level and breadth of experience that is unique in Tennessee.”

Yarbrough (on left in photo) has practiced at the Nashville law firm of Walker Tipps & Malone since 2010. He was appointed U.S Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee in 2007 after working in private practice in Nashville for 31 years.

Yarbrough has tried more than 150 jury cases to verdict, including more than 40 homicide cases, and has both prosecuted and defended matters involving medical malpractice, personal injury torts, white collar criminal, wrongful death and public corruption in state and federal courts. He has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and received the Jack C. Norman Sr. award for excellence in the practice of criminal law from the Nashville Bar Association. In 2011, he was given the Tennessee Bar Association's first Criminal Justice Section Service Award.

Little, a native of Murfreesboro, began working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2007 in the District of Columbia before moving to Nashville in 2010. He has focused on cases involving national security, white-collar crime, violent crime and drugs.

Prior to his work for the Department of Justice, Little was a law clerk and consultant at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. There, he worked on the war crimes trial of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among others. He has also served as a political analyst/graduate fellow for the Central Intelligence Agency and as an assistant program coordinator for The Carter Center Conflict Resolution Program.

Little graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006 and from the University of North Carolina in 2001.