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Michael Leslie Taylor

Litigation Attorney at Saint Joseph, MO

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 5 years
    Missouri - MO 41 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2018
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    30%
    Represent clients in complex commercial cases, medical malpractice claims, personal injury actions and wrongful death lawsuits.

    42 years

  2. Personal injury
    30%

    42 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Represent clients in complex dissolution matters including high asset value property disputes and contested custody cases.

    42 years

  4. Family
    20%
    Same information as Divorce

    42 years

HI, MY NAME IS MIKE TAYLOR. I AM A TRIAL LAWYER WITH OVER 40 YEARS OF TRIAL EXPERIENCE. I CAN HELP.

I am a trial lawyer with extensive jury trial experience in state and federal courts. My practice is somewhat unique in that while I have considerable jury trial experience I also have extensive bench trial experience in the area of matrimonial law. My experience extends to a wide range of civil disputes, such as: medical malpractice, complex commercial cases, product liability claims, personal injury actions, wrongful death claims and complex divorce litigation, including disputes involving substanial marital estates and custody litigation.

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Location

Taylor, Siemens, Elliot, Creedy & Lyles, P.C.
3007 Frederick Ave.
Saint Joseph, MO, 64506

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Rusty | March 5, 2014
Incredible, Knowledgable, Hard-working Attorney
Mike Taylor represented me during my divorce and child custody case. I can not express how impressed I was with Mike and his practice. Mike's efforts, hard work and knowledge obtained me a very good outcome to my case. I would not hesitate to refer Mike to anyone going through a divorce or child custody case, especially a father.
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Posted by CA | May 12, 2014
Superb Counselor
Mike Taylor is a phenomenal counselor and attorney. For nearly five years now he has made me feel like the most important client he serves. His recommendations are as sound as his strategy is clear. Mike is open and honest about the probability of outcomes and the challenges we will likely face on the way to achieving them. He provides the best counsel possible, lets me make the decisions based on the risk involved, then sets out a plan to achieve the desired result. I cannot fathom a better attorney in this respect. Mike's preparation for and actions during a trial are simply superior. He leaves no stone unturned and expertly develops depositions and pre-trial strategies that demonstrate a mastery of the law and the legal system. I am absolutely pleased with every interaction I've had with Mike and his office over the years and I cannot imagine that I'd be in better hands anywhere else.
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Posted by Marina | November 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
dissolution
My good fortune was to hire Michael Taylor for my divorce. He is a superb lawyer, but much more - so caring and compassionate. When my case went to trial I was so proud to have him represent me. Understated, yet he made point after point. A few well chosen cross- examination questions and my ex's lies under oath were exposed. Somehow he got my ex's girlfriend to open up about her anger problems, her medications and her time in jail for assaulting the police. He did everything for me, getting me huge child support, maintenance, and money judgments beyond my expectations. He is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Taylor did a wonderful job handling my custody case. He listened thoroughly and empathetically. His experience is extremely valuable and I appreciated how he made such a daunting experience into something as simple and painless as possible.
Posted by Leesia | January 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Taylor
We contacted Michael Taylor after my husband was served papers to have his parental rights terminated. Everyone we talked to at the office was very professional and clear on exactly what information they needed from us for our case. The communication with him was awesome. We work not so normal hours and they kept us in the loop with emails and lots of documents in the mail. There were even a few times Mr. Taylor contacted us after office hours just to touch base with us. We were very surprised by that, but impressed. Going into our custody battle we didn’t have much hope for an outcome in our favor, but thanks to Michael Taylor and his associates we won our case. We definitely would recommend him to anyone looking for a great attorney.
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Posted by Valerie | December 2, 2014
A Compassionate and Honorable Attorney
I was in great need of a divorce and child custody attorney last spring. Mr. Taylor came HIGHLY recommended by both friends and family. Divorce is never an easy decision, but I was immensely confident in Mr. Taylor's reputation. There were so many times I was afraid, apprehensive, and distressed, but Mr. Taylor could always calm my fears. He was open about my options, what would happen in court, and how to handle negative confrontations with my ex. He was concerned with doing the right thing and always put the needs of my children first. The staff in his office was always kind and efficient in helping me when I called or came in. Mr. Taylor helped me make it through an emotional and difficult divorce and I was so appreciative of the results. I would highly recommend Mr. Taylor if you are facing a problematic divorce and issues of child custody. I am extremely glad I chose Mr. Taylor and have NO hesitation in enlisting his services in the future.
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Posted by Rodney | October 9, 2014
Extraordinary Attorney for Child Custody & Divorce
Michael is an extraordinary counselor and attorney as well as someone who I look up to and have a lot of respect for as a person. Divorce is something that no one is proud to be a part of, nor is it something that anyone foresees when getting married. It is a stressful time for most and in many cases a time in your life where trust is very limited. Michael represented me in a divorce and child custody case that involved a 5 year old little girl and two parents that sat logistically half way across the country. In finding counsel I don’t think I could have found a more consummate professional. Michael was always direct with me and never game false hope. His attention to detail was phenomenal and he always showed me compassion, understanding and honesty. His patience goes above and beyond and he is exceptional at explaining the law as it applies in easily-understood terms. I was very lucky to have someone like Mike represent me. His knowledge and conduct inspires confidence and admiration. I was a male fighting for custody of a little girl in a contentious divorce case with a very difficult uncompromising opposing attorney. Without Michael, I would have not been granted the time my daughter and I have together now nor would I have they type of relationship I have with her today. I am extremely grateful to have met Mr. Taylor professionally but I am also grateful to have met Michael personally.
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Posted by Scott | April 25, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Taylor was extremely helpful and instrumental in the adoption of our child. There was never a time during the adoption process that Mike would not fully explain why and how things were being done and progressing. It was a blessing to have an attorney that was truly happy for our family and to be a part of our experience. I cannot thank Mike enough for everything he did. I will recommend Mike to any of my friends and family that may need legal expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2014
Impressive Attorney
Mike Taylor represented me for my divorce and child custody case. Obviously these are very emotional and stressful situations. My wife had filed while I was out of town and therefore I felt I was behind the eight ball. Following our initial meeting, he agreed to take my case and jumped into action. Here is what Mike accomplished for me: 1. Custody of my children 2. Kept my house 3. Counseled me so I wouldn't make the normal mistakes made in divorce 4. Stayed at least 1 step ahead of the opposing attorney 5. Advised me of what to expect as we moved thru the process 6. Returned my calls I have no reservations in a 5 Star rating of my attorney Mike Taylor. Subsequently, I have hired Mike and his firm for additional business services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Shareholder
  • Taylor Siemens Elliott Creedy & Lyle, P.C.
  • 2023 - Present
  • Partner/Shareholder
  • Murphy Taylor Siemens & Elliott P.C.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Watkins, Boulware, Lucas, Miner, Murphy & Taylor
  • 1989 - 2002
  • Partner
  • Watkins, Boulware, Lucas & Miner
  • 1985 - 1989
  • Associate
  • Watkins, Boulware, Lucus & Miner
  • 1982 - 1985
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Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Kansas
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Andrews vs. Andrews - Appeal
  • Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District ruled in favor of Mr. Taylor's client - the father.
  • Andrews vs. Andrews
  • After a contested trial Mother's motion to relocate with the minor children to Texas was denied and Mother was ordered to pay Father monthly child support of $1,113 .00 per month.
  • Heck vs. Heck
  • Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the favorable trial outcome achieved by Mr. Taylor.
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Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Bar Register of Preeminent AV Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Missouri - Kansas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigator
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys - Missouri
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Civil Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney in Missouri and Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyer
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Selected by peers for Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in American
  • 2017
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Missouri
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who
  • 2016
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Family Law Lawyer
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Family Law Attorneys
  • Ameican Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Missouri
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Family Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • AVVO 10.0 Superb Rating Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer - The Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • AVVO 10.0 Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Member
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2014
  • Member
  • Who's Who in America
  • 2014
  • Member
  • Who's Who in the World
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Missouri
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award
  • Missouri Bar Foundation
  • 1989
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Publications

  • The Missouri Bar - MoBarCLE 7th Addition - Family Law
  • Chapter 14 Tort Liability and the Family Relationship, Chapter 19 Discovery, Chapter 20 Trial Practice
  • 2019
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 20 Trial Practice 2014 Supplement
  • 2014
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 20 Trial Practice 7th Edition
  • 2012
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 19 Discovery 7th Edition
  • 2012
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 20 Trial Practice 2009 Supplement
  • 2009
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 19 Discovery 2009 Supplement
  • 2009
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 20 Trial Practice 6th Edition
  • 2004
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 19 Discovery 6th Edition
  • 2004
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 20 Trial Practice 5th Edition
  • N/A
  • Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 19 Discovery 5th Edition
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Second Annual Institute - An Advanced Seminar and Update on Family Law in Missouri
  • Evidence and Trial Tactics
  • 1997
  • Worker's Compensation: Cost Containment Strategies
  • How to Protect Yourself from Worker's Compensation and Discrimination Litigation
  • 1995
  • Worker's Compensation Strategies
  • How to Protect Your Business from Worker's Compensation Litigation
  • 1995
  • Missouri Chapter of AAML
  • Fee Agreements
  • 1995
  • Eighth Annual Family Law Institute
  • Denial of Irretrievable Breakdown
  • 1995
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce in Kansas
  • Ethical Considerations
  • 1994
  • Divorce Recovery - "Out of the Ashes Rises Hope for the Future
  • Divorce in the 1990's
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (12)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Taylor is a superb trial attorney. Prior to joining his law firm, I tried several cases against him. I can easily say that he has mastered the art of litigation. He has extensive experience trying multi-million dollar divorce cases. I am honored to now try cases with him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I confidently endorse Mr. Taylor. His thorough answers on this forum are true testament to his vast experience and acute analysis of the scenarios presented by individuals posting a question on this site. He is caring and proficient in his assessment and his answers are very helpful."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Other
"Mike and I have worked together for the last ten years and have been partners for the last three. He is a phenomenal trial lawyer that has the ability to successfully persuade judges and juries alike. I have seen him take on a number of difficult cases and achieve justice for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer for legal matters in Missouri."