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Wayne Taylor is an AV rated trial lawyer who joined Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP (www.mfllaw.com) as a partner in 1995.  For the past 30 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 truck carrier liability, warehouseman's legal liability, and jewelers block.  Mr. Taylor 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.  He 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 tornados, the 2011 Alabama tornados, Superstorm Sandy in 2012.  


 


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 claims totaling more than $100 million in Florida.  Mr. Taylor is a trained  and certified mediator, specializing in insurance coverage, and an umpire certified by the Windstorm Insurance Network.
 

Mr. Talor is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.  Mr. Taylor also is a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America.  He was recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Insurance Coverage by SuperLawyers Magazine in 2014 and 2015, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Coverage Litigation in 2016.  Mr. Taylor is the co-author of "Unique Coverage Issues in Flood Losses," published in the Winter 2013 issue of Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, 48 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. 619 (2013).  Mr. Taylor is also 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.  In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Cousel and the Litigation Counsel of America, Mr. Taylor is a WIND Fellow of the Windstorm Insurance Network.  He  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.  Mr. Taylor has served on the faculty of the Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques for the past few years.  He has also served as a faculty member at the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Litigation Boot Camp.  He also has experience in the management of his law firm, having served on its Management Committee, and chaired the firm's marketing committee.


Mr. Taylor graduated from Emory University in 1982, with two bachelors degrees, and Emory Law School in 1985.  Mr. Taylor was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1985.  He is a memeber of the American, Federal and Atlanta Bar Associations.  He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Inc. and the Windstorm Insurance Network. 


 

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  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Insurance: 35%
  3. Insurance Fraud: 15%
  4. Defective Products: 10%

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  • Alan Y. Saltzman

    I have known Wayne Taylor for well over 15 years. Wayne cares a great deal about all of his clients. He is detail oriented, a careful listener, able to handle complex litigation and he knows his way around the courtroom. His ethical standards are beyond reproach and he will work hard to exceed his client's expectations. I heartily recommend him.

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  • Janet L. Brown

    Wayne and I have worked as co counsel for certain insurance clients. I have found him to be a dedicated and diligent lawyer, with a great knowledge of property insurance coverage issues. I recommend him highly.”

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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP

One Premier Plaza, Suite 900
5605 Glenridge Drive
Atlanta, GA, 30342

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198501/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer in Insurance Coverage LitigationBest Lawyers in America2016
Georgia's Top Rated LawyersAmerican Lawyer Magazine2014
Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance LawAmerican Lawyer Magazine2014
WIND FellowWindstorm Insurance Network2014
Honorable Mention, Attorneys to Watch in 2014Attorney at Law Magazine2014
Top Rated Lawyers in LitigationAmerican Lawyer Magazine2014
Super Lawyer in Insurance CoverageSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2014
Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance Law and CoverageAmerican Lawyer Magazine2013
Georgia's Top Rated LawyersAmerican Lawyer Magazine2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
FellowAmerican College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel2012
Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance LawAmerican Lawyer Magazine2012
Georgia's Top Rated LawyersAmerican Lawyer Magazine2012
Who's Who among Executives, Professionals and EntrepreneursCambridge2011
Who's Who WorldwideStrathmore's2011
Worldwide Registry of Who's WhoWorldwide Registry2011
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
Who's Who in the South and SouthwestMarquis1999
Who's Who in American LawMarquis1998
Merit Scholarship RecipientEmory University School of Law1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP1995 - Present
Of CounselGorby & Reeves1994 - 1995
ShareholderMcKenzie, Martin, Taylor & McConnaughey, P.C.1991 - 1994
PartnerMcKenzie & McPhail1985 - 1991
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Loss Executives AssociationAssociate Member2013 - Present
Windstorm Insurance NetworkMember2010 - Present
Georgia Defense Lawyer's AssociationMember2007 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Aetna Casualty and Surety Insurance Company v. Honey Bear Brand, Inc.Summary judgment granted to property insurer
Guaranty Service Corporation v. American Employers Insurance CompanyJury verdict in favor of property insurer affirmed
Timothy A. McCord v. Hartford Casualty Insurance CompanySummary judgment granted to liability insurer affirmed
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (ABA)Unique Coverage Issues in Flood Losses2013
Claims AdvisorDamage Occurring from Theft of Copper: Is the Damage Covered as Vandalism or Excluded as Theft2011
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (ABA)Defective and Corrosive Drywall: Analyzing First-Party Coverage Issues2011
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Emory University School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Emory University School of LawHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Windstorm Insurance Network 16th Annual WIND ConferenceCo-Instructor, Insurance appraisal Umpire Re-certification Course2015
Windstorm Insurance Network 16th Annual WIND ConferenceCo-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course2015
Property & Liability Resource Bureau Annual Claims ConferenceCo-Presenter, Property Case Law Developments2015
Lloyd's Marketing Association SeminarCo-Presenter, First-Party Property Insurance Issues arising from Catastrophic Losses2015
Georgia State University School of LawGuest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First-Party Property Insurance Policy2015
Georgia Association of Public Adjusters Spring ConferenceCo-Presenter, Point/Counter-point - Update on Appraisal and Insurable Interest Principals of Property Insurance Procedures for the Public Adjuster2015
Emory University School of LawFaculty Member, Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques2015
Windstorm Insurance Network 15th Annual WIND ConferenceCo-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course2014
RSUI Group 2014 Property insurance Claims SeminarPresenter, The Appraisal Process under a First-Party Property Insurance policy2014
Property & Liability Resource Bureau Large Loss ConferenceCo-Presenter, The Perils, Pitfalls & Successes of the Insurance Appraisal Process2014
Insurance Law Class, Atlanta's John Marshall Law SchoolGuest Professor, Insurable Interest Under a First-Party Property Insurance Policy2014
Insurance industry SeminarCo-Presenter, First-Party Property Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Losses2014
Emory University School of LawFaculty Member, Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques2014
American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel 2014 Insurance Law SymposiumCo-Presenter, The Government Comes Knocking: Do You Know Where Your D & O Coverage Is?2014
ACE North American ClaimsPresenter, The Appraisal Process Under a First-Party Property Insurance Policy2014
ACE North American ClaimsCo-Presenter, First-Property Insurance Issues for Catastrophic Losses2014
2014 Property & Liability Resource Bureau Annual Claims ConferenceCo-Presenter, Water Exclusions: Property Coverage2014
Windstorm Insurance Network 14th Annual WIND ConferenceCo-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Advanced Umpire Re-Certification Course2013
Windstorm Insurance Network 14th Annual WIND ConferenceCo-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course2013
RSUI Group 2013 Property Insurance Claims SeminarCo-Presenter, Water Exclusions Under First-Party Property Insurance Policy2013
Property Loss Research Bureau Annual Claims ConferenceCo-Presenter, Water Exclusion: Property Coverage2013
Property Insurance Industry SeminarCo-Instructor, First-Party Coverage Issues Arising from Major Storm Losses2013
Property & Liability Research Bureau Large Loss ConferenceCo-Presenter, Effect of Multiple Windstorm Events on the Insured's Claim2013
Insurance Law Class, Georgia State University School of LawGuest Lecturer, Policy Conditions and Insurable Interest Under a Property Insurance Policy2013
Insurance Law Class, Atlanta's John Marshall Law SchoolGuest Lecturer, Insurable Interest Under a First-Party Property Insurance Policy2013
Windstorm Insurance Network 13th Annual WIND ConferenceCo-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Advanced Umpire Re-Certification Course2012
Windstorm Insurance Network 13th Annual WIND ConferenceCo-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course2012
RSUI Group 2012 Property Claims SeminarCo-Presenter, Discovery of Electronically Stored Information2012
Property Loss Research Bureau Claims ConferenceCo-Presenter, Water Exclusion: Property Coverage2012
Insurance Law Class, Atlanta's John Marshall School of LawGuest Lecturer, Insurable Interest and Insurable Value Under a Property Insurance Policy2012
Allied World Assurance CompanyPresenter, The Relationship Between Excess Liability Insurers and Their Outside Monitoring/Coverage Counsel2012
ACE Group of Insurance CompaniesCo-Presenter, First-Party Property Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Losses2012
4th Annual Windstorm Insurance Network Regional WIND SymposiumCo-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course2012
Windstorm Insurance Network 12th Annual WIND ConferenceCo-Presenter, Handling Large Commercial Losses: Challenges, Expectations and Considerations2011
RSUI Group 2011 Property Claims SeminarPresenter, Coverage for Vandalism and the Application of the Theft Exclusion in Connection with Claims for Copper Thefts2011
Property Loss Research Bureau Claims ConferenceCo-Presenter, Unique Coverage Issues in Flood Losses2011
Property Insurance Industry SeminarCo-Instructor, First-Party Property Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Losses2011
Markel Insurance Company Lunch'N Learn Property Insurance SeminarCo-Instructor, Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Catastrophic Property Losses2011
Insurance Law Class, Georgia State University School of LawGuest Lecturer, Insurable Interest and Duties of the Insured Following a Loss Under a First-Party Property Insurance Policy2011
3rd Annual Windstorm Insurance Network Regional WIND SymposiumCo-Instructor, Insurance Appraisal Umpire Certification Course2011
RSUI Group 2010 Property Claims SeminarInstructor, Evaluating First-Party Coverage for Property Damages Caused by Chinese Drywall2010
National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Litigation Boot CampTrial Instructor2010
In-house SeminarCo-Instructor, First-party Coverage Issues That Arise Due to Property Damages Due to Hurricanes and Other Catastrophes2010