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March 2024 – Wayne D. Taylor, along with an attorney from Boston, Massachusetts, co-presented a class titled “2024 Property Case Law Developments: Commercial Lines” at the Property & Liability Resource Bureau’s 2024 claims conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

March 2024 – Wayne D. Taylor served as a panelist regarding loss evaluation, including retention of and collaboration with experts, at the Risk Evaluation and Post-Loss Team Collaboration seminar hosted by Young & Associates in Gainesville, Georgia.

March 2024 – Wayne D. Taylor, along with his wife Nora, represented the Atlanta Region of the American Jewish Committee at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration sponsored by the Consul General of Ireland.

February 2024 – Wayne D. Taylor and Sarah M. MacKimm successfully obtained the dismissal of a bad faith claim in a lawsuit against Landmark American Insurance Company in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. The case involved a claim for insurance proceeds for damage purportedly caused by Hurricane Sally. Landmark asserted that much of the claimed damage resulted from causes that are excluded from coverage under the policy. The Court granted Landmark’s motion for summary judgment on the insured’s bad faith claim, finding Landmark possessed a reasonable and arguable basis for contesting the amount of the covered damage.

February 2024 – Wayne D. Taylor and Ann M. Landrum, on behalf of Landmark American Insurance Company, along with attorneys for three other insurers, defeated an insured’s petition for a writ of certiorari in response to a unanimous ruling from the Georgia Court of Appeals affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking coverage for lost business income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and shut-down orders issued by federal, state and local governments. The Court of Appeals had held that insurance coverage for “direct physical loss of or damage to” property does not extend to the intangible harm caused by COVID-19 or by a declaration of public emergency issued in its wake. According to the appeals court, direct physical loss always involves a tangible change to a property under Georgia law.

February 2024 – Arthur J. Park and Caitlin L. Amick successfully obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of their client in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The slip-and-fall case will no longer include claims for surgical expenses, lost wages, punitive damages, or attorney’s fees.

February 2024 – Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP is proud to announce Wayne D. Taylor has has once again been selected as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in Georgia in the 2024 edition of Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage. Selection is based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

February 2024 – Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP is proud to announce the Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2024.

2024 Georgia Super Lawyers:

Edward C. Bresee, William D. Harrison, John R. Lowery, John L. McKinley, and Wayne D. Taylor

2024 Georgia Rising Stars:

Caitlin L. Amick, Sean E. Boyd, Sarah M. MacKimm, and Arthur J. Park

January 2024 – Partner Arthur J. Park has been selected as one of the Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators in the State of Georgia for 2024. The selection was based on exceptional legal achievements, professional experience, significant case results, and peer reputation. Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of litigators in the United States will ever receive this award, making it the premier litigation achievement for civil defense trial lawyers throughout the nation.

January 2024 – Wayne D. Taylor has been elected the President of the Windstorm Insurance Network. The Windstorm Insurance Network is an educational forum for the windstorm insurance claims industry.

January 2024 – Wayne D. Taylor served as a co-instructor for the WIND Umpire Certification Course and the Umpire Re-Certification Course at the 2024 Windstorm Insurance Network’s Annual WIND Conference in Orlando, Florida.

December 2023 – MFL lawyers Lawrence B. Domenico and James G. Coyle represented the Seller’s in this anchor transaction for the historic English Avenue neighborhood.

November 2023 – The firm is pleased to announce that Sarah M. MacKimm is now a partner of the firm. Sarah’s intellect and dedication to her law practice raise the bar for all of us. We welcome Sarah to the firm’s partnership and we are excited to watch Sarah’s achievements in the coming years.

October 2023 – Lawrence B. Domenico was a presenter at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul’s “Holy Living Holy Dying: A Future Planning Workshop” on October 21, 2023. Larry spoke about basic estate planning and probate issues to 50 parishioners of the church.

September 2023 – Arthur J. Park, Sarah M. MacKimm, and Caitlin L. Amick successfully obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of their client in the State Court of DeKalb County. The Court granted the firm’s Daubert motion to exclude plaintiff’s expert on medical causation and then dismissed the claim for wrongful death. Only the personal injury claim will proceed.

September 2023 – Partner Arthur J. Park represented the firm at the 2023 AIA Open at Bear’s Best Atlanta. Sixty members of the Aviation Insurance Association from across the country participated in this year’s golf tournament. To the surprise of no one, Arthur’s team did not win.

August 2023 – Partner Arthur J. Park served as a panelist on the Strafford CLE entitled “Personal Injuries from Aviation Incidents: Navigating FAA Regs, NTSB Investigations, Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and More.” Mr. Park was joined on the panel by Marc Howard of Pope & Howard in Atlanta, Garry Montanari of Michaelis Montanari & Johnson in California, and Evan Katin-Borland of Kreindler & Kreindler in New York. A recording of the CLE is available at https://www.straffordpub.com/products/personal-injuries-from-aviation-incidents-navigating-faa-regs-ntsb-investigations-jurisdiction-choice-of-law-and-more-2023-08-29.

August 2023 Tameika A. Jackson joined The Honorable Gail S. Tusan, Senior Judge, Superior Courts of Georgia, to jointly present at the inaugural In-House Attorney Symposium. The Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office sponsored the symposium on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. Judge Tusan and Ms. Jackson led a discussion on the topic of Alternative Solutions to Traditional Prosecution, in which they engaged with Fulton County prosecutors in an interactive discussion about non-traditional sentencing options for misdemeanor and low-level offenders.

August 2023 – Wayne D. Taylor and Ann M. Landrum, on behalf of Landmark American Insurance Company, along with attorneys for three other insurers, obtained a unanimous ruling from the Georgia Court of Appeals affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking coverage for lost business income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and shut-down orders issued by federal, state and local governments. The appeals court held that insurance coverage for “direct physical loss of or damage to” property does not extend to the intangible harm caused by COVID-19 or by a declaration of public emergency issued in its wake. According to the appeals court, direct physical loss always involves a tangible change to a property under Georgia law.

August 2023 – The following Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP attorneys have been listed in the 30th edition of The Best Lawyers in America and the 4th edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America:

2024 The Best Lawyers in America

Deborah S. Cameron – Commercial Litigation; Wayne D. Taylor – Litigation – Insurance; Jessica C. Lawrence – Litigation – Labor and Employment; Sean E. Boyd – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Edward C. Bresee Jr. – Personal Injury Litigation- Defendants

2024 The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch

Sarah M. MacKimm – Insurance Law; Caitlin L. Amick – Medical Malpractice Law- Defendants; Kent J. Miller – Medical Malpractice Law- Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation- Defendants

Congratulations MFL Best Lawyers!

July 2023 – As part of the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion program, partner Arthur Park attended the Southeastern Minority Job Fair on July 13, 2023, interviewing sixteen exceptional candidates from seven different law schools across the region.

March 2023 Real Estate Partner Andy Meyer represented the City of Dunwoody in successfully closing the sale of two medical buildings to a subsidiary of Emory Healthcare for over $7.7 million! This deal was a true testament to perseverance, as it took nearly three years to close due to various challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic and a ground lease expiration. Despite the hurdles, the City of Dunwoody was able to relocate tenants, pick up where they left off, and finally close the deal.

March 2023 – The firm is pleased to announce the hiring of Racquel Richards as an associate. Ms. Richards graduated from the Elon University School of Law in 2017 and also worked in-house at a leading insurance company before joining MFL.

March 2023 – After a successful oral argument, partner Arthur Park and associate Caitlin Amick obtained a favorable ruling for their client in a wrongful death case pending in Georgia, with the judge granting the defendant’s motion to bifurcate the negligent hiring claim, limiting the testimony of plaintiff’s expert, and denying plaintiffs’ motion for sanctions.

March 2023 – Wayne Taylor, along with an attorney from Boston, Massachusetts, co-presented a class titled “2023 Property Case Law Developments: Commercial Lines” at the Property and Liability Research Bureau’s 2023 Claims Conference in Orlando, Florida.

March 2023 – The firm proudly co-sponsored the 57th Annual SMU Air Law Symposium in Irving, Texas, which is the largest aviation CLE conference in the nation.

February 2023 – Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP is proud to announce the Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2023. Congratulations!!!

2023 Georgia Super Lawyers:

Mickey Bresee, William Harrison, John Lowery, John McKinley, and Wayne Taylor

2023 Georgia Rising Stars:

Sean Boyd, Andrew Capobianco, Sarah MacKimm, Arthur Park, and Michelle Sherman

January 2023 The firm is excited to announce the election of Deborah Cameron as the managing partner for 2023. Joining her on the management committee are Larry Domenico, John McKinley, Andrew Capobianco, and Arthur Park.

January 2023 – Wayne Taylor has been elected the President-Elect of the Windstorm Insurance Network. The Windstorm Insurance Network is an educational forum for the windstorm insurance claims industry.

January 2023 – Wayne Taylor served as a co-instructor for the WIND Umpire Certification Course and the Umpire Re-Certification Course at the 2023 Windstorm Insurance Network’s 24th Annual WIND Conference in Orlando, Florida.

January 2023 Wayne Taylor, Michelle Sherman, and Sarah MacKimm obtained an order granting summary judgment in favor of State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Company in the State Court of Clayton County, Georgia. This matter involved a claim by the insured for coverage under a property insurance policy issued by State Auto for damages allegedly suffered as a result of a failed water line and a plumbing leak. Not only did plaintiff bring claims for breach of contract and bad faith against State Auto, but plaintiff also asserted claims for personal injury as a result of the claimed property damages. In granting State Auto’s motion for summary judgment, plaintiff failed to present any evidence showing that the claimed damages resulted from a covered cause of loss after State Auto showed presented expert testimony that the damages were caused by excluded settlement. Therefore, plaintiff’s other claims alleging bad faith claim handling and damages for personal injury also were dismissed.

January 2023 – The firm is excited to welcome Ms. Xiaolu Xu, a second-year student at the Emory University School Law, as our spring intern.

January 2023 After handling oral argument in the Northern District of Georgia this summer, Caitlin Amick obtained a favorable ruling for her client in which the judge granted in part the defendant’s motion to exclude expert testimony and denied all of the plaintiff’s motions.

January 2023 Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP has once again been honored to be included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Book of Lists. MFL has been named amongst the top 50 Largest Law Firms in Atlanta, and in the 10 Fastest-Growing Law Firms by Revenue Growth.

December 2022 The firm is excited to announce the hiring of Nicole Simpson as an associate. Ms. Simpson graduated from Temple University School of Law in 2015 and has previous experience at other defense firms in the Atlanta area before joining Mozley Finlayson & Loggins. The future is bright!

November 2022 – Wayne Taylor and Anne Landrum, on behalf of Landmark American Insurance Company, along with attorneys for three other insurers, obtained the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking coverage for lost business income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and shut-down orders issued by federal, state and local governments in the Fulton Superior Court, Business Case Division. The court held that the coronavirus cannot cause “direct physical loss of or damage to” property as required by the policies. Because there was no actual change or alteration in the property, there was no coverage for lost business income caused by the shut-down orders issued as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

November 2022 Caitlin Amick was a lecturer at a continuing education event geared toward social workers, counselors, and other helping professionals looking to start their own small businesses. Ms. Amick’s presentation focused on practical steps designed to help reduce risk. Topics covered included how to choose the proper business entity, vital terms for formalization documents, financial best practices, insurance coverage considerations, and handling non-compete agreements.

September 2022 – Wayne Taylor, Anne Landrum, and Michelle Sherman obtained summary judgment in favor of Landmark American Insurance Company in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. The insured automobile dealership filed suit for breach of contract and bad faith for failing to pay for hail and wind damages to its vehicles following a storm under an open lot insurance policy. The policy obligated Landmark to pay “only the actual cost to the insured” of repairs actually performed. All of the vehicles were repaired after the storm. The insured refused to provide documentation establishing the actual cost of the repairs, and sought instead to recover the amount of an estimate of the repair costs. The court found the insured was limited to recovering the actual cost of the repairs incurred, and because the insured could not establish that amount, entered summary judgment in favor of Landmark.

August 2022 – Wayne Taylor once again has been selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Coverage Litigation. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

August 2022 – Wayne Taylor, along with another attorney from Orlando, Florida, instructed a day-long training workshop on the procedures and pitfalls of the appraisal process under a first-party insurance policy to the Appraisal Practice Group of Engle Martin & Associates, Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

July 2022 – John McKinley, Bridgette Eckerson, and Caitlin Amick successfully moved to exclude the opinion testimony of a plaintiff’s sole expert witness in a foodborne illness case pending in Georgia federal court. As a result of the successful Daubert motion, and after hearing an oral argument from Bridgette Eckerson, the court dismissed all of the plaintiff’s claims at the summary judgment phase.

July 2022 – In a wrongful death lawsuit, partner Arthur Park successfully defended a maintenance company that worked on the engine of the airplane about two months prior to the crash. A dismissal was obtained without disbursing any settlement funds.

July 2022 Wayne Taylor and Anne Landrum obtained summary judgment in favor of Rockhill Insurance Company in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The insured filed suit for breach of contract for failing to pay for wind damage to the roof, windows, and other parts of a commercial residential building as a result of Hurricane Irma. An appraisal award subsequently was entered, which did not include the cost of “matching,” which the court described as “the cost of maintaining the aesthetic uniformity of the affected structures post-repairs.” The insured wanted the claim returned to the appraisal panel to calculate the cost to replace undamaged parts of the building to ensure they visibly “matched” the repaired parts. The magistrate judge found the insurance policy’s plain language disclaimed any responsibility to ensure uniformity between replaced parts and undamaged parts. In other words, the policy did not require payment to ensure the undamaged parts “matched” the damaged parts after repairs were completed. The district judge agreed, adopted the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation, and entered summary judgment in favor of Rockhill.

June 2022 – In a medical malpractice suit, John Lowery, Arthur Park, and Caitlin Amick obtained favorable rulings on a motion for partial summary judgment and Daubert motion to exclude certain opinions of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses. One of their clients was granted summary judgment in full, the punitive damages claim was dismissed, and one expert was prohibited from testifying on the cause of death.

May 2022 – Wayne Taylor and Sarah MacKimm obtained an order granting summary judgment on behalf of Covington Specialty Insurance Company in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. This matter involved a claim by the insured for coverage under an insurance policy issued by Covington for damages suffered as a result of a fire that occurred on April 4, 2020. However, the policy had been canceled, effective 12:01 a.m. on April 4, 2020, at the request of the insured’s premium finance company because the insured failed to make his insurance premium payments. The court ruled that the premium finance company had the authority under the finance agreement it had with the insured to cancel the policy. Because the fire occurred after the date and time of the policy’s cancellation requested by the premium finance company, the court found there was no coverage in effect at the time of the fire.

May 2022 – Wayne Taylor and Sarah MacKimm co-presented a class on recent case law developments in First-Party Property Insurance Coverage law at the RSUI Group 2022 First-Party Property Claims Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia

April 2022 – Wayne Taylor, along with an attorney from Boston, Massachusetts, co-presented a class titled “2022 Property Case Law Developments: Commercial Lines” at the Property and Liability Research Bureau’s 2022 Claims Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

February 2022 – Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP is proud to announce the Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2022. Congratulations!!!

2022 Georgia Super Lawyers:

Mickey Bresee, Robert Finlayson II, C. David Hailey, William D. Harrison, John Lowery. John McKinley, and Wayne D. Taylor

2022 Georgia Rising Stars:

Sean Boyd, Richard Bruno, Andrew Capobianco, Sarah M. MacKimm, Arthur Park, and Michelle Sherman

February 2022 – Wayne Taylor and Elizabeth Salinas obtained an order granting a motion for summary judgment from an Orange County, Florida court on behalf of Federal Insurance Company. This matter involved a claim for the cost of mold testing and an assessment report brought by a third-party vendor under an assignment of benefits by the insured. The court held that mold testing and assessment reports did not qualify as “direct physical loss of or damage to” the insured property, which is required for coverage under the policy. This ruling now is being utilized as a precedent for the large number of claims demanding payment for diagnostic testing.

February 2022 – Wayne Taylor once again has been selected as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in Georgia in the 2022 edition of Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage. Selection is based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

January 2022 Wayne Taylor and Anne Landrum obtained an order from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida on behalf of Landmark American Insurance Company, granting its motion to dismiss. The case involved a claim by the owners of restaurants in Florida and Alabama for loss of business income they claim they suffered when civil authorities ordered all non-essential businesses to close or modify their operations to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The court ruled that “economic losses resulting from state and local governmental orders closing businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19 are not covered under [an ‘all-risk’ policy] because such losses were not caused by the direct physical loss of or damage to the insured property.”

January 2022 – Wayne Taylor has been elected the Vice President of the Windstorm Insurance Network. The Windstorm Insurance Network is an educational forum for the windstorm insurance claims industry.

January 2022 –Wayne Taylor served as a co-instructor for the WIND Umpire Certification Course and the Umpire Re-Certification Course at the 2022 Windstorm Insurance Network’s 23rd Annual WIND Conference in Orlando, Florida.

January 2022 – Wayne Taylor served as a co-instructor for the WIND Appraiser Certification Course and the Appraiser Re-Certification Course at the 2022 Windstorm Insurance Network’s 23rd Annual WIND Conference in Orlando, Florida.

January 2022 – Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP is proud to announce that the firm has been included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Book of Lists. MFL has been named 40th Largest Law Firm in Atlanta, 9th Fastest-Growing Law Firm by Revenue Growth, and 5th Fastest-Growing Law Firms by Attorney Growth.

September 2021Wayne Taylor and Anne Landrum obtained an order granting a motion for judgment on the pleadings from the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on behalf of Covington Specialty Insurance Company. This matter involved a claim by an insured for coverage under the Covington policy for lost business income as a result of governmental orders temporarily closing its business to combat the spread of Covid-19. The court held that loss of business income as a result of Covid-19 did not constitute “direct physical loss of or damage to” property as required for coverage under the policy. The court also held that the policy’s Pathogenic or Biological or Chemical Materials exclusion precluded coverage for the insured’s loss of business income caused by Covid-19.

August 2021 – Wayne Taylor once again has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Litigation. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

July 2021 – Partner Andrew Meyer is representing the City of Dunwoody on selling medical facility properties for more than $7 million.

July 2021 – Partner Arthur Park has joined the Amicus Committee of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA). The committee drafts amicus curiae briefs as a “friend of the court” on key civil issues pending in Georgia’s appellate courts.

June 2021Wayne Taylor and Anne Landrum obtained an order from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma on behalf of Covington Specialty Insurance Company, granting its motion for judgment on the pleadings. This case involved a claim by an insured business owner that claimed a loss of business income when governmental authorities ordered its business closed temporarily to combat the spread of Covid-19. The insured sought coverage under the Covington policy for lost business income under the Business Income (and Extra Expense) coverage provision and the Action of Civil Authority coverage provision of the commercial property insurance policy issued by Covington. The court held that loss of business income as a result of Covid-19 did not constitute “direct physical loss of or damage to” property as required for coverage under the policy. The court also found that the temporary deprivation of the use of property was insufficient to show “direct physical loss” of property. The court held further that the policy’s coverage exclusion for Pathogenic or Biological or Chemical Materials precluded coverage for lost business income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

June 2021Jay Rawls and Richard Bruno obtained summary judgment i