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A former prosecutor in the Savannah District Attorney's Office, I became a criminal defense trial attorney in 2004, based in the Golden Isles. A dedicated trial lawyer over the past fifteen years, I have have spent more hours inside the Superior, State and Federal courtrooms of south Georgia than most attorneys. I have tried more than fifty felony cases in front of juries, including eight Murder trials.


Admitted to the Southern District of Georgia in 2002, I am well-versed in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, have defeated Federal Probation recommendations for sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act, and have Federal jury trial experience, including a $40Million+ RICO criminal case.


I have appellate experience in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States District Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, including numerous published and cited cases.


I am dedicated to providing the best legal representation possible to protect your interests and to do everything I can to ensure that Justice prevails in your case.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    15 years
  2. Family: 25%
    8 years



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Contact info

Law Office of Michael Chad Taylor

Post Office Box 20092
St. Simons Island, GA, 31522


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199911/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Police instructor Std Field Sobriety TestSavannah Chatham County Metro Police2004
Instructor/PresenterGeorgia ICLE2003
Instructor/PanelistGeorgia ICLE2002
Distinguished studentInstitute on World Legal Problems1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding Partner and Trial AttorneyLaw Office of Michael Chad Taylor2012 - Present
Chief Assistant Circuit DefenderBrunswick Judicial Circuit Defender2004 - 2012
Assistant District AttorneyEastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office2001 - 2004
Assistant District AttorneyWaycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office2000 - 2001
AssociateLaw Offices of F. Robert Raley1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Savannah Bar AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Georgia v. Moses WalkerJury verdict of not guilty returned on all counts.
Carroll v. State, 293 Ga.App. 721 (Georgia Court of Appeals 2008)Jury's verdict of guilty overturned on appeal.
State v. Jones, 303 Ga. App. 337 (Georgia Court of Appeals 2010)Case dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia Child Support Enforcement Prosecutor's ManualGeorgia Child Support Enforcement Prosecuting Attorney's Forms2004
State of Georgia Child Support Enforcement Policy Manual1941 Sailors' and Soldiers' Civil Relief Act Policy2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of InnsbruckInternational LawCertifiate of Completion; Distinguished Student1997
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Savannah - Chatham County Police DepartmentStandard Field Sobriety Test2004
Georgia CSE Winter ConferenceUse of Media in Child Support Enforcement2003
Georgia CSE Winter Conference1941 Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act2002