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Taylor Day Named 6th Biggest Litigation Firm In Jacksonville

With 21 litigators, Taylor Day was recognized as the 6th largest litigation firm in Jacksonville in the 2018 Jacksonville Business Journal Book of Lists.  The Book of Lists is a listing of hundreds of the hottest area companies in their field by ranking.  The firm was also ranked 18th largest with respect to the total number of local attorneys.  Our local community is at the heart of our legal team. Many of our lawyers, support staff, and clients were born and raised in Jacksonville. We remain intricately involved in the affairs of our city and dedicated to the success of our local businesses.  Learn more about our litigation practice and how we can help your business succeed. 

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Shareholder, Christopher Mueller, Celebrates 8th Anniversary With Taylor Day

Congratulations to Christopher Mueller, who celebrates his 8 year anniversary with the Taylor Day.  Chris heads the firm’s construction practice and 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.  After several years being named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers, he was recognized in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for his outstanding work in the construction litigation field and named “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyer publication. To view his full bio or learn more about Taylor Day’s construction practice, visit www.TaylorDayLaw.com.

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Shareholder, John D. Osgathorpe, Presents At 2018 ALFA International Client Seminar

Successful litigation requires in-house and outside counsel to be synergistic teammates.  Yet because of their nature and “nurturing,” often litigators’ collaborative skills need some rehabilitation to excel as team members instead of operating as a thrown together team of all-stars. Shareholder John Osgathorpe joined ALFA International friends Ashley Kisner (Strasburger & Price), Cate Huff (Gentry Locke), Tamera deWild (O’Reilly Automotive) and Eric Cotton (DDR) to present at the 2018 ALFA International Seminar on Collaboration: Challenges, Benefits and Best Practices.  

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Taylor Day Continues Expanding As Attorney, Katherine A. Rafferty, Joins Legal Team

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our legal team, Katherine A. Rafferty.  Katherine earned her Bachelors of Science in 2010 from Florida State University, where she had the honor of interning with Florida’s Executive Office of the Governor. She received her Juris Doctor in 2013 from the University of Miami School of Law. Upon graduation, Katherine served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit, where she gained invaluable jury trial experience. Her current practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance coverage, bad faith and extra-contractual liability.  She has a wide-ranging civil defense background, including experience in the areas of personal injury and products liability, wrongful death, trucking and transportation, negligent security, coverage matters, construction, extra-contractual liability and bad faith. She is admitted to practice in the state court of Florida, and is licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida.  To view her complete bio or learn more about Taylor Day’s areas of practice, visit www.TaylorDayLaw.com.

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Taylor Day Welcomes Attorney Christina W. Williams

A Florida native, Christina is originally from Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Florida, followed by her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to joining Taylor Day, Christina clerked for the Honorable Marcia Morales Howard, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division. She then spent several years at a local insurance defense firm for several years representing insurance companies in several hundred Personal Injury Protection (PIP) lawsuits.  We are pleased to announce Christina has joined us as the newest member of the firm’s Personal Injury Protection legal team, headed by shareholder David Gagnon.  Our highly respected team of attorneys are known for their ability to deliver strategic and aggressive representation to nation-wide automobile insurance companies involved in PIP litigation. Click to view her full bio, or learn more about Taylor Day’s PIP practice.

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Construction Defect Claim Statute of Repose (HB 377) Clarified

Construction Defect Claim Statute of Repose (HB 377) Clarified

On June 14, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 377, making it law effective July 31, 2017. HB 377 relates to the 10-year statute of repose relative to construction defect claims. The statute repose is the absolute bar precluding claims for construction defects on projects 10-years-old or older. Specifically, Fla. Stat. §95.11(3)(c) states that, regardless of the latency of a defect, no claim for construction defects can be asserted if brought beyond ten (10) years of the latest of actual possession by the owner, issuance of a certificate of occupancy, abandonment of construction, or completion of the contract. “Completion of the contract” had, for many years, gone undefined and was the subject of much litigation and arguably opened the construction industry to claims beyond the ten (10) year statute of repose. Then, in 2015, a Florida Court in Cypress Fairway Condominium v. Bergeron Construction Co., Inc., 164 So.3d 706 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015) defined “completion of the contract” as the date the owner issued final payment. But what happens in cases where the owner endlessly negotiates final payment, refuses to make the final payment, or cannot make final payment? Arguably, the statute of repose would lag on and on to the detriment of the contractor in those circumstances. The Cypress Condominium case would also arguably allow unscrupulous owners to intentionally withhold final payment simply to extend the statute of repose on any potential defect claims.

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Mac Griffin Selected to Join the 2017 Associated Builders and Contractors NexGen Program

Mac Griffin Selected to Join the 2017 Associated Builders and Contractors NexGen Program

Jacksonville, FL — June 15, 2017 — McGuire “Mac” Griffin, attorney at Taylor, Day, Grimm & Boyd, was recently selected to join the 2017 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) NexGen Program for the Florida First Coast Chapter. NexGen helps to develop leadership skills for participants to put to use within their companies and ABC by providing education courses, leadership preparation, peer-to-peer networking, mentorship, and community involvement.

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Five Attorneys from Taylor Day Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Five Attorneys from Taylor Day Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Taylor, Day, Grimm & Boyd is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have been named to the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list and two to the 2017 Florida Rising Stars list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Florida are selected by Super Lawyers. Click the “Learn More” button below to see who from the firm made it to the lists!

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Giselle Girones Selected for Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy

Giselle Girones Selected for Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy

Jacksonville, FL — June 8, 2017 — The law firm of Taylor, Day, Grimm & Boyd is proud to announce that attorney Giselle Girones was selected to The Florida Bar’s 2017-2018 Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy. Each year, a select group of participants is chosen from applications sent to The Florida Bar to be appointed as Academy Fellows for its Leadership Academy. Only 31 attorneys in the state of Florida were selected for the 2017-2018 term, and Girones is one of three attorneys representing Jacksonville.

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The Slavin Defense’s Application to a Contractor’s Claims Against Its Subcontractors

The Slavin Defense’s Application to a Contractor’s Claims Against Its Subcontractors

Oftentimes, subcontractors raise the so-called Slavin Doctrine as an affirmative defense to third-party indemnity claims brought by general contractors in construction defect matters. Under the Slavin Doctrine, a contractor cannot be held liable for injuries sustained by third parties when the injuries occur after the contractor completed its work, the owner of the property accepted the contractor’s work, and the defects causing the injury were patent.1 Typically, subcontractors argue the Slavin Doctrine excuses a defective construction claim if the evidence concludes 1) a third party claims injury or damages after the work is complete, 2) the property owner accepted the contractor’s work, and 3) the defect causing the injury was apparent, or patent. For example, the Slavin Defense might be raised by a general contractor in response to a condominium association’s claim that the windows suffer from condensation and require repair or replacement, if it can be shown the developer accepted the windows and approved their installation, the contractor completed the work, and the condensation issue is apparent. However, oftentimes subcontractors, too, assert the defense against the general contractor that is seeking indemnity due to an owner’s claims of defective construction, arguing the elements of the defense are met and, therefore, the subcontractor is absolved of the claims brought by the general contractor.

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