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Wayne D. Taylor

Wayne D. Taylor

Partner since 1995
Atlanta, Georgia

Direct Contact: 404-845-1944

Wayne Taylor is an AV rated trial lawyer who joined the firm as a partner in 1995. For the past 29 years, Mr. Taylor has maintained a national practice representing insurers primarily in complex insurance coverage and bad faith matters, including commercial property and business interruption, bad faith and extra contractual litigation, excess and surplus lines coverage, builder's risk, boiler and machinery, suspected arson and fraudulent claims, Chinese drywall, domestic intrastate and interstate motor truck carrier liability, warehouseman's legal liability, and jewelers block. He has extensive experience in third-party liability coverage analysis and litigation, including general liability, environmental and complex torts, directors and officers, professional liability (errors and omissions), advertising injury and intellectual property, construction defects, and employment practices liability. Mr. Taylor has handled substantial property loss claims throughout the United States, including a number of claims related to major catastrophes such as September 11, 2001, the 2004 hurricanes in Florida, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, the 2010 Oklahoma tornadoes, and the 2011 Alabama tornadoes.

Mr. Taylor has handled claims related to real property of virtually every scale, ranging from homeowner's claims to claims on substantial shopping malls, hotels, manufacturing facilities, and major sports venues around the country. Mr. Taylor also provides representation to insurers in subrogation matters. Mr. Taylor's clients retain him on a regional and national basis, trusting his coverage counsel in major claims. Recent engagements include a claim of more than $16 million in New York and two hurricane related claims totaling more than $100 million in Florida. Mr. Taylor is a trained and certified mediator, specializing in insurance coverage disputes, and an umpire certified by The Windstorm Insurance Network.

Mr. Taylor is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. He was recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Insurance Coverage by SuperLawyers Magazine in 2014. Mr. Taylor is the co-author of "Unique Coverage Issues in Flood Losses," published in the winter 2013 issue of the "Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal," 48 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. 619 (2013). Mr. Taylor is the co-author of "Defective and Corrosive Drywall: Analyzing First-Party Coverage Issues," published in the Fall 2010 issue of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, 46 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. 63 (2011). In addition, Mr. Taylor co-authored "Damage Occurring from Theft of Copper: Is the Damage Covered as Vandalism or Excluded as Theft?," one of the featured articles published in the September 2011 online edition of Claims Advisor. Mr. Taylor lectures frequently to lawyers and insurance industry professionals throughout the country on a wide range of topics involving insurance coverage, bad faith and the investigation of suspected arson and fraudulent insurance claims. He also has experience in the management of the firm, having served on its Management Committee and chaired the Firm Development Group, the firm's marketing committee. Mr. Taylor was born in Rockledge, Florida, and has lived in Atlanta since graduating from Emory University.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Environmental and Complex Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Advertising Injury
  • Intellectual Property
  • Construction Defects
  • Employment Practices Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1985


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Emory University,
    • B.A. - 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc., Member
  • American Judicature Society, Member

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