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Mayor Appoints Chris Mueller To The Construction Trades Qualifying Board

Mayor Appoints Chris Mueller To The Construction Trades Qualifying Board

On August 14, 2018, the Jacksonville City Council confirmed the Mayor Lenny Curry’s appointment of Shareholder, Chris Mueller, to the Construction Trades Qualifying Board (CTQB). The CTQB, acting under the authority of Chapter 62 and Chapter 342, Municipal Ordinances, is charged with protecting the residents of the City of Jacksonville from unscrupulous or incompetent members of the construction industry. The Board ensures that the members of the construction industry in general building, residential, roofing, pool, sheet metal, electrical, heating/air-conditioning/refrigeration, plumbing, water treatment installations, irrigation, natural gas, pool subcontractors and carpentry subcontractors meet the competency, financial responsibility, credit and insurance threshold qualifications established under both City Ordinance and state law. Chris co-head’s Taylor Day’s construction law practice.  He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education in construction law, a distinction that is unique to less than 400 attorneys in the state.  Fellow Shareholder, Reed Grimm, also holds this distinction.    Learn more about the CTQB or view Resolution 2018-426.

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The Use of Underwriting in Claim Evaluation

The evaluation and acceptance of risk is an essential part of determining whether to issue an insurance policy, the amount of coverage, and the premium the insured should pay for the amount of coverage.  This article, written by Shareholder, Reed Grimm, discusses the significance of underwriting and its potential to impact claim denials.   A_Long_Fly_Ball_is_Still_an_Out_-_Grimm

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Taylor Day Teams Up with Berkshire Hathaway In 19th Annual Backpack Challenge

Taylor Day Teams Up with Berkshire Hathaway In 19th Annual Backpack Challenge

A very special thanks to all the Taylor Day attorneys and staff who, through their support and generosity, were able to fill 35 backpacks to be donated to the 19th Annual Backpack Challenge.  That is in addition to the sizeable box of teacher-related supplies collected for donation.  The drive was organized by attorney, Brandi Londrico, and donated to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (Avondale-Ortega), who spearhead’s the Backpack Challenge.  Last year, the drive donated over 1,000+ backpacks for distribution to students of all grade levels and this year’s goal was to beat that number.  We hope our donation helps them reach that goal!

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

The third article in a three-part series summarizes the current status of the law in each of the federal circuits with respect to whether sexual orientation and gender identity are considered to be protected statuses under Title VII, and also provides a listing of state laws specifically banning sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination. Click to view article. About ALFA International:  ALFA International firms are selected by a rigorous, invitation-only process, then carefully evaluated based on numerous factors, such as: Number and range of practice areas including litigation and trial experience; Quality and diversity of client base; Commitment to client service and diversity; Profiles of practice area leaders and other key lawyers; Reported cases, transactions and other matters; and Awards, recognitions and memberships received or maintained by key lawyers. ALFA International’s memberships are exclusive. Only one law firm represents the ALFA network in each metropolitan area, state, or country.   Taylor Day is proud to be the ALFA International representative firm for the Jacksonville area. Through their partnership, ALFA firms exchange non-privileged legal research, consult on trial and transaction strategies and facilitate the pooling of knowledge and resources to host multi-day, practice-specific educational seminars.  Taylor Day not only utilizes the resources available through ALFA International to assist clients with their litigation needs, irrespective of the jurisdiction the litigation arises, but to also educate clients on updated case law relevant and specific to their business practice. 

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Spotlight: Meet Taylor Day’s Firm Administrator

Managing administrative operations, supervising all non-attorney personnel, overseeing the Firm’s finance functions and supervising the facilities are just part of the daily responsibilities Taylor Day firm administrator, Debora Cates, undertakes. Now in her 12th year with the firm, she discusses her biggest challenges, accomplishments, facing her biggest fears and what’s next for this adventurous administrator.   What’s been the most rewarding thing you’ve accomplished here?  The most rewarding thing, I hope, I have accomplished would be my choices in hiring staff members.  We have the nicest group of people I have ever worked with as well as being professional and hardworking.   What’s been the most challenging part of your job? The most challenging part of my job is trying to keep everyone happy.  I know it is not possible, but it still bothers me when someone is disappointed. You recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica, where you tackled your fear of heights by zip-lining.  What made you decided to try that? I had three reasons: When the opportunity came up to zip-line I decided I wanted to do something brave because I could not think of anything brave that I had done in my life.  The one exception might be having a baby at age 44.   My Dad was in the 101st Airborne Division while stationed at the U.S. Army Base located near Fort Campbell, KY.  I was always so proud of him.  He was the bravest person I know.   I think he would have been proud of me zip-lining […]

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Defending Sexual Harassment Claims

With the recent wave of sexual harassment claims involving high profile public figures, and the extensive social and media coverage of this issue, is it possible any longer for employers and insurers to defend these claims successfully?  “Defending Sexual Harassment Claims,” the second article of a three-part series released by ALFA International and based on course materials from the 2018 ALFA International EPL & Professional Liability Seminar, explores current trends in sexual harassment litigation, the difficulty of “trying your case in the media,” and offers practical advice on dealing with this hot-button issue.   Click to view article. About ALFA International:   ALFA International firms are selected by a rigorous, invitation-only process, then carefully evaluated based on numerous factors, such as: Number and range of practice areas including litigation and trial experience; Quality and diversity of client base; Commitment to client service and diversity; Profiles of practice area leaders and other key lawyers; Reported cases, transactions and other matters; and Awards, recognitions and memberships received or maintained by key lawyers. ALFA International’s memberships are exclusive. Only one law firm represents the ALFA network in each metropolitan area, state, or country.   Taylor Day is proud to be the ALFA International representative firm for the Jacksonville area. Through their partnership, ALFA firms exchange non-privileged legal research, consult on trial and transaction strategies and facilitate the pooling of knowledge and resources to host multi-day, practice-specific educational seminars.  Taylor Day not only utilizes the resources available through ALFA International to assist clients with their litigation needs, irrespective of the jurisdiction the litigation arises, but to also educate […]

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The Interplay between the FMLA and ADA

ALFA International has released several articles based on course materials from the 2018 ALFA International EPL & Professional Liability Seminar.  Shareholder, Reed W. Grimm, moderated one of the panels discussing current trends and critical issues in Professional & Employment Practices Liability and Insurance.  Written by ALFA International Attorneys, these articles focus on timely and relevant topics regarding labor and employment.  The first article of the series, “The Interplay between the FMLA and ADA,” discusses the interplay between the FMLA and the ADA, and how employers can manage these complex laws.  It also addresses a few specific, complicated problems that employers face when responding to FMLA and ADA-related leave requests.  About ALFA International:   ALFA International firms are selected by a rigorous, invitation-only process, then carefully evaluated based on numerous factors, such as: Number and range of practice areas including litigation and trial experience; Quality and diversity of client base; Commitment to client service and diversity; Profiles of practice area leaders and other key lawyers; Reported cases, transactions and other matters; and Awards, recognitions and memberships received or maintained by key lawyers. ALFA International’s memberships are exclusive. Only one law firm represents the ALFA network in each metropolitan area, state, or country.   Taylor Day is proud to be the ALFA International representative firm for the Jacksonville area. Through their partnership, ALFA firms exchange non-privileged legal research, consult on trial and transaction strategies and facilitate the pooling of knowledge and resources to host multi-day, practice-specific educational seminars.  Taylor Day not only utilizes the resources […]

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Taylor Day Welcomes Michael J. Cox

Taylor Day Welcomes Michael J. Cox

Taylor Day is proud to announce the newest addition to the firm, Michael J. Cox.  Michael previously worked as a contract attorney for a nationwide veterans’ non-profit organization and as a litigation attorney for a large insurance defense firm.  Though his practice will focus on construction law, Michael has extensive litigation experience in a variety of practice areas, including premises liability, negligent security, legal malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, personal injury, real estate agent/broker errors and omissions, insurance agent/broker errors and omissions, non-profit law, legislative/governmental relations, and administrative law.  He is a tremendous addition to our great team and we welcome him to the firm! Learn more about Michael.

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ALFA International Publishes 2018 Construction Law Compendium

ALFA International Publishes 2018 Construction Law Compendium

ALFA International recently published their 2018 Construction Law Compendium, which covers various aspects of Florida construction law.  Selected to inclusion was an article written by Amanda Ingersoll.  Amanda is part of the Firm’s Construction Litigation Team and has represented clients at trial and at appellate level for claims associated with the planning and development of various projects including family residences, condominium developments, commercial buildings, and roadway projects.  View her complete bio. About ALFA International:  ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms. Founded in 1980, ALFA International was the first and continues to be one of the largest and strongest legal networks. With 150 members firms throughout the world, their 80 U.S. firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas. Their 70 international firms are located throughout Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Mexico and South America. ALFA International’s mission is to use relationships to provide high quality, cost-efficient legal services wherever clients need them. The ALFA International model enables members to use their local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions, often drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms. ALFA International clients benefit from a geographically comprehensive network of exceptional law firms and accomplished trial and business counsel. Member firms meet high standards to be part of the ALFA International network and are well respected by their peers in the legal and business community. Taylor Day is proud to be a member of this premier global network. ALFA_Compendium_2018-Florida

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Three Taylor Day Attorneys Selected For The 2018 Florida Super Lawyers List

Congratulations to Reed Grimm, Chris Mueller and Rhonda Boggess, who were selected for inclusion to the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.   Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

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