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John L. Taylor, Jr. is the President of Chorey, Taylor & Feil and is chairman of the firm's Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group, which is the largest practice group in the firm.


He started his legal career as a Captain in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps, where he served from 1972 through 1975. Following his service in the Marine Corps, John returned to Atlanta and became a member of what is now Troutman & Sanders, a general practice law firm in Atlanta. He and two of his colleagues, Tom Chorey and Otto Feil, founded the firm that would become Chorey, Taylor & Feil.


John has extensive experience as a courtroom lawyer, and represents multi-national and domestic entities.  John has represented clients in cases in a number of states and many state and federal courts.  He successfully represented the petitioner before the United States Supreme Court in the case of James Beam Distillery v. Georgia, a case seeking refunds of excise taxes.

In addition, he has appeared before numerous administrative agencies.


In addition to his practice in general litigation, John maintains his specialty in dealer/distributor relations. In addition to litigating disputes in this area, he counsels clients in regulated and non-regulated industries with respect to distribution systems, and the impact of state and federal law on the distribution process. John has served as distribution counsel to a number of domestic and foreign companies.


John is also active in the firm's alcohol beverage practice, representing clients in federal, state and international matters concerning the licensing, taxation, distribution, advertising and marketing of alcoholic beverages. John has extensive experience representing primarily supplier and wholesaler-tier industry members in all aspects of alcohol beverage distribution. In addition to preparing and negotiating distribution contracts, John's litigation skills permit him to handle alcohol distributor and supplier terminations in states with and without alcohol beverage franchise laws. He has experience in litigating issues including wholesaler/supplier relations, rights to new products and brand extensions, approval/disapproval of changes in wholesaler and supplier ownership, as well as other significant distribution issues.


Practice areas

  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Administrative Law: 30%
  3. Entertainment: 30%

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  • John Lloyd Watkins

    John Taylor is extremely well-known and respected in the Atlanta legal community. I consider him a mentor, as do many other lawyers in the Altanta community. He combines great experience with common sense. He is an outstanding lawyer.


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    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Chorey, Taylor & Feil, A Professional Corporation

3399 Peachtree Road, NE
Suite 1700, The Lenox Building
Atlanta, GA, 30326-1148


GAInactive Member in Good Standing 197107/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Executive EditorEmory Law Journal1971
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderChorey, Taylor & Feil, A Professional Corporation1979 - Present
N/ATroutman Sanders1975 - 1979
CaptainStaff Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps1972 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing AttorneysMember2006 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1971 - Present
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Georgia Association of Marine Corps LawyersMemberN/A
Emory Law School Alumni AssociationMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers SectionPresidentN/A
Atlanta Bar AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory UniversityLawN/A1971
Emory UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wine, Beer & Spirits LawWholesaler Wars - The Empire Strikes Back2008
Wine, Beer & Spirits SuperConferenceFocus on Spirits; View from a Wholesaler2007
Wine, Beer & Spirits LawThe Wholesaler’s Perspective - What’s Going on Behind the Vines?2006