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Wayne D. Taylor

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Partner
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: 404-845-1944
Fax: 404-250-9355
Email: wtaylor@mfllaw.com

Wayne Taylor is an AV-rated trial lawyer who joined the firm as a partner in 1995. Mr. Taylor maintains 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 Florida hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, the 2010 Oklahoma tornados, the 2011 Alabama tornados, Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Hurricane Matthew, and Hurricane Irma.

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. His 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 Counsel, a member of its Executive Board, and was the recipient of that organization’s Thomas F. Segalla Service Award at its 2016 annual conference. He also is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Taylor has been recognized as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2014, and he recently was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia.  Mr. Taylor also has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America for Insurance Coverage Litigation every year since 2016. In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel and the Litigation Counsel of America, Mr. Taylor is a WIND Fellow of the Windstorm Insurance Network, a member of its Board of Directors, and received the Presidential Recognition Award at its 2018 annual WIND conference. Mr. Taylor recently was named an Attorney to Watch in 2018 by Attorney at Law Magazine. 

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). He also 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 and internationally on a wide range of topics involving insurance coverage, bad faith and the investigation of suspected arson and fraudulent insurance claims. Mr. Taylor also has experience in the management of his firm, having served on its Management Committee and chaired the Firm Development Group, the firm’s marketing committee.

Practice Areas

Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
Subrogation

Bar Admissions

Georgia, 1985

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member
Atlanta Bar Association, Member
Defense Research Institute, Inc., Member
American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Fellow
Windstorm Insurance Network, Fellow
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Honors and Awards

Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia by Super Lawyers Magazine (Atlanta Magazine), 2018
Attorney to Watch in 2018, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2018
Presidential Recognition Award, Windstorm Insurance Network, 2018
Thomas F. Segalla Service Award, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, 2016
The Best Lawyers In America, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
Georgia Super Lawyer, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, 2012
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014
WIND Fellow, Windstorm Insurance Network, 2014
Honorable Mention, Attorneys to Watch in 2014, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2014
Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, 2013 – Present
Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance Law, 2012 – Present
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Attorney Rating, 2000 – Present
AVVO Superb 10.0 Attorney Rating
Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 – Present
Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, 1998 – Present
Worldwide Registry of Who’s Who, 2011 – Present
Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide, 2011 – Present
Top Rated Lawyers in Litigation, 2014 – Present
Top Ranked U.S. Executive, National Council of American Executives, 2014
Cambridge Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2011 – Present
Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1999 – Present

Community Involvement

American Jewish Committee

  • Southeast Atlanta Region Vice President, 2017 to present
  • Southeast Atlanta Region Board of Trustees Member, 2015 – 2017
  • Southeast Diplomatic Marathon Co-Chair, 2016
  • Southeast Atlanta Regional Board Development Committee Member, 2017 to present
  • Southeast Atlanta at 75: Bylaws Task Force Member, 2016 to present
  • Southeast Atlanta Regional Board Development Committee Member, 2017 to present
  • Southeast Atlanta at 75: Bylaws Task Force Member, 2016 to present

Temple Sinai

  • Board of Trustees Member, 1992 – 1994
  • Scholar in Residence Weekend Co-Chair, 2014
  • Leadership (Atidaynu) Training Program Co-Chair, 2012 – 2014

Pope High School Roller Hockey Program Director and Coach, 2003 – 2007

Marietta Mayhem Roller Hockey Travel Team Manager and Coach, 2001 – 2004

Hightower Trail Middle School Roller Hockey Program Director and Coach, 2001 – 2003

JCC Maccabi Games Team Atlanta Roller Hockey Coach, 2004

Glenbrooke Homeowners Association Treasurer, 1996 – 1998

East Cobb Civic Association Representative, 1998 – 1999

Congregation Etz Chaim

  • Board of Trustees Member, 1994 – 1996
  • Pre-School Board Chairman, 1995 – 1997
  • Fundraising Chairman, 1995

Atlanta Reform Synagogue Council Representative, 1993-1994

Metro Atlanta Conservative Synagogue Council Board Member, 1999 – 2000

Presentations/Seminars

  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Georgia State University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, September 2018
  • Faculty Member, Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Atlanta, GA, May 2018
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Re-Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 19th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2018
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Appraiser Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 19th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2018
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 19th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2018
  • Co-Presenter, When Worlds Collide – Recent Battles Over Appraisal, Property and Liability Resource Bureau 2017 Large Loss Conference, Fort Worth, TX, November 2017
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First-Party Property Insurance Policy, Georgia State University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, September 2017
  • Co-Instructor, Appraisal Process Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy Workshop, Engle Martin & Associates, Inc. Appraisal Practice Group, Atlanta, GA, May 2017
  • Faculty Member, Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Atlanta, GA, May 2017
  • Co-Presenter, Property Case Law Developments, Property & Liability Resource Bureau 2017 Claims Conference, Boston, MA, March 2017
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 18th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL February 2017
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Re-Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 18th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, February 2017
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Atlanta, GA, February 2017
  • Presenter, Recovery of Diminution in Value for Real Property Damage, Hurricane Matthew Stemming the Tide General Reinsurance Corporation Webinar, November 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, Insurable Interest Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Georgia State University School of Law, Atlanta, GA September 2016
  • Faculty Member, Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Atlanta, GA, May 2016
  • Co-Instructor, Appraisal Process Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy Workshop, Engle Martin & Associates, Inc. Appraisal Practice Group, Dallas, TX, April 2016
  • Co-Presenter, Property Case Law Developments, Property & Liability Resource Bureau 2016 Claims Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2016
  • Co-Presenter, First Party Property Insurance Issues, The Seminar Group Insurance Law Symposium, Atlanta, GA, March 2016
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Re-Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 17th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL 2016
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 17th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, February 2016
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under and a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Georgia State University’s School of Law, Atlanta, GA, February 2016.
  • Co-Presenter, Recent Developments in Property Case Law, RSUI Group Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, January 2016
  • Co-Presenter, Trials, Tribulations and Pitfalls of the Appraisal Process, Arch Insurance Group, Jersey City, NJ, December 2015
  • Co-Presenter, First Party Property Insurance Issues Arising from Catastrophic Losses, Lloyd’s Marketing Association, London, UK, June 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Point/Counter Point – Update on Appraisal and Insurable Interest Principals of Property Insurance Procedures for Public Adjuster, Georgia Association of Public Insurance Adjusters’ Spring Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2015
  • Faculty Member, Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Atlanta, GA, May 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Property Insurance Case Law Developments, Property & Liability Resource Bureau 2015 Claims Conference, Anaheim, CA 2015
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Georgia State University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, February 2015
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Re-Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 16th Annual WIND Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2015
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 16th Annual WIND Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, First Party Property Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Losses, Property Insurance Industry, Chicago, IL, December 2014
  • Presenter, Appraisal Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, RSUI Group Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, November 2014
  • Presenter, The Appraisal Process Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, ACE North American Claims, Alpharetta, GA, November 2014
  • Co-Presenter, The Perils, Pitfalls & Successes of the Insurance Appraisal Process, Property & Liability Resource Bureau 2014 Large Loss Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, October 2014
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Atlanta, GA, September 2014
  • Co-Presenter, First Party Property Insurance Coverage Issues from Catastrophic Losses, ACE North American Claims, Wilmington, DE, June 2014
  • Faculty Member, Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Atlanta, GA, May 2014
  • Co-Presenter, The Government Comes Knocking: Do You Know Where Your D&O Coverage Is?, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel 2014 Insurance Law Symposium, University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, MS, March 2014
  • Co-Presenter, Water Exclusions: Property Coverage, Property & Liability Resource Bureau 2014 Claims Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 15th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2014
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 14th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Effect of Multiple Windstorm Events on the Insured’s Damage Claim, Property & Liability Research Bureau 2013 Large Loss Conference, Boston, MA, October 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Water Exclusions Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, RSUI Group Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, August 2013
  • Co-Instructor, First Party Property Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Major Storm Losses, Property Insurance Industry Seminar, Stamford, CT, August 2013
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Atlanta’s John Marshall School of Law, Atlanta, GA, August 2013
  • Co-Presenter, First Party Property Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Losses, Property Insurance Industry, Chicago, IL, December 2014
  • Presenter, Appraisal Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, RSUI Group Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, November 2014
  • Presenter, The Appraisal Process Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, ACE North American Claims, Alpharetta, GA, November 2014
  • Co-Presenter, The Perils, Pitfalls & Successes of the Insurance Appraisal Process, Property & Liability Resource Bureau 2014 Large Loss Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, October 2014
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Atlanta, GA, September 2014
  • Co-Presenter, First Party Property Insurance Coverage Issues from Catastrophic Losses, ACE North American Claims, Wilmington, DE, June 2014
  • Faculty Member, Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Atlanta, GA, May 2014
  • Co-Presenter, The Government Comes Knocking: Do You Know Where Your D&O Coverage Is?, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel 2014 Insurance Law Symposium, University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, MS, March 2014
  • Co-Presenter, Water Exclusions: Property Coverage, Property & Liability Resource Bureau 2014 Claims Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 15th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2014
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 14th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Effect of Multiple Windstorm Events on the Insured’s Damage Claim, Property & Liability Research Bureau 2013 Large Loss Conference, Boston, MA, October 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Water Exclusions Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, RSUI Group Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, August 2013
  • Co-Instructor, First Party Property Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Major Storm Losses, Property Insurance Industry Seminar, Stamford, CT, August 2013
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Atlanta’s John Marshall School of Law, Atlanta, GA, August 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Water Exclusion: Property Coverage, Property Loss Research Bureau 2013 Claims Conference, Boston, MA, March 2013
  • Guest Professor, Policy Conditions and Insurable Interest Under a Property Insurance Policy, Georgia State University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, February 2013
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Re-Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 14th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2013
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest and Insurable Value Under a Property Insurance Policy, Atlanta’s John Marshall School of Law, Atlanta, GA, September 2012
  • Co-Presenter, First Party Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Losses, The ACE Group of Insurance Companies, Alpharetta, GA, August 2012
  • Co-Presenter, Discovery of Electronically Stored Information and its Pitfalls, RSUI Group Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, August 2012
  • Presenter, The Relationship Between Excess Liability Insurers and Their Outside Monitoring/Coverage Counsel, Allied World Assurance Company, Atlanta, GA, July 2012
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, 2012 Windstorm Insurance Network 4th Annual Regional WIND Symposium, Charlotte, NC, May 2012
  • Co-Presenter, Water Exclusion: Property Coverage, Property Loss Research Bureau 2012 Claims Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2012
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 13th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, February 2012
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Re-Certification Course, Windstorm Network 13th Annual WIND Conference, Orlando, FL, February 2012
  • Guest Professor, Insurable Interest and Duties of the Insured Following a Loss Under a First Party Property Insurance Policy, Georgia State University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, September 2011
  • Co-Instructor, First Party Property Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Losses, Property Insurance Industry Seminar, Boston, MA, June 2011
  • Presenter, Coverage for Vandalism and the Application of the Theft Exclusion in Connection with Claims for Copper Thefts, RSUI Group, Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, June 2011
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Property Losses, Markel Insurance Company, Richmond, VA, June 2011
  • Co-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course, Windstorm Insurance Network 3rd Annual Regional WIND Symposium, Atlanta, GA, May 2011
  • Co-Presenter, Unique Coverage Issues in Flood Losses, Property Loss Research Bureau 2011 Claims Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2011
  • Co-Presenter, Handling Large Commercial Losses: Challenges, Expectations and Considerations, Windstorm Insurance Network 12th Annual WIND Conference, Houston, TX, January 2011
  • Co-Instructor, First Party Coverage Issues that Arise from Property Damages Due to Hurricanes and Other Catastrophes, RSUI Group Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, October 2010
  • Instructor, Evaluating First Party Coverage for Property Damages Caused by Chinese Drywall, RSUI Group Annual Property Claims Seminar, Atlanta, GA, June 2010
  • Guest Instructor, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Litigation Boot Camp, Atlanta, GA, February 2010