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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Spotlight Feature: Get To Know Our Newest Partner

Spotlight Feature: Get To Know Our Newest Partner

Yesterday, Taylor Day proudly announced our newest Partner, Nikki Poole. She is today’s spotlight focus. When Nikki’s not practicing law, this wife and mother of two enjoys spending time with her family outdoors. Read on to learn more about Taylor Day’s newest, and first, female partner. What led you to a legal career? As a child and young adult, I always liked to read and write and enjoyed school so I thought I would take a stab at law school. Fast forward 20 years and here I am. What has been your most interesting or memorable case and why? Cases under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore Act can be pretty interesting. However, in my first couple of years practicing, Bo and I handled a case under the Longshore Act that arose out of September 11. It was factually interesting and also provided me with a quick opportunity to learn numerous tasks from the stage of discovery all the way through an appeal. What are one or two things about you that most people don’t know? Most people already know this but I am a huge pop culture and music junkie and I love karaoke. Most people do not know that I spent time each week pricing and ordering food and planning menus for the Blessings in a Backpack program (through my church).

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Taylor Day Names New Partner

Taylor Day Names New Partner

Taylor, Day, Grimm & Boyd is pleased to announce Tara Nicole “Nikki” Poole has been named as the firm’s newest partner. Nikki has been an associate with the firm since she was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2002. In almost two decades of service at the firm, she has become an important part of the team and history of the firm. Nikki will continue her practice of litigation and defense of claims filed under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Congratulations!

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Misuse of the Declaratory Judgment Act: When Declaratory Judgment Actions are Brought in Conjunction with an Action for Breach of Contract

Misuse of the Declaratory Judgment Act: When Declaratory Judgment Actions are Brought in Conjunction with an Action for Breach of Contract

In situations where a plaintiff has asserted a cause of action against an insurance carrier for breach of the insurance contract and declaratory relief, the declaratory action is frequently based upon the same underlying facts and alternatively seeks a declaration that the contract was breached by the insurer. Thus, courts are left to make the same determination in the declaratory judgment action as the determination sought in the breach of contract action – whether or not the carrier breached the contract by denying coverage that was otherwise available.  Under Florida’s declaratory judgment act, [t]he circuit and county courts have jurisdiction within their respective jurisdictional amounts to declare rights, status, and other equitable or legal relations whether or not further relief is or could be claimed. No action or procedure is open to objection on the ground that a declaratory judgment is demanded. The court’s declaration may be either affirmative or negative in form and effect and such declaration has the force and effect of a final judgment. The court may render declaratory judgments on the existence, or nonexistence: (1) Of any immunity, power, privilege, or right; or (2) Of any fact upon which the existence or nonexistence of such immunity, power, privilege, or right does or may depend, whether such immunity, power, privilege, or right now exists or will arise in the future. Any person seeking a declaratory judgment may also demand additional, alternative, coercive, subsequent, or supplemental relief in the same action. § 86.011, Fla. Stat. However, “disputed questions […]

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2019 OneJax Humanitarian Awards

2019 OneJax Humanitarian Awards

Julia “JuJu” Taylor, wife of founding member John Taylor, was one of the honorees of last night’s 2019 OneJax Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, which honors individuals who have made a significant humanitarian contribution to their communities. In addition to being a sponsor, several of our attorneys were on hand to show their support, including John Osgathorpe, David Gagnon, Bo Boyd, Marsa Beck, Victoria Armstrong, Ryan Reese and Ryan Treulieb.

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Attorney Ryan Treulieb Participates in Citizenship Day

Attorney Ryan Treulieb Participates in Citizenship Day

This past weekend Attorney Ryan Treulieb participated in Citizenship Day, a community event that assists families applying for U.S. Citizenship. This annual event is organized by Florida Coastal School of Law, of which Ryan is an alumnus. Over a hundred people showed up to the event, with 40 different attorneys from various law firms, as well as some of the Florida Coastal law student participating. His wife Natalia, who immigrated from Brazil three years ago, also joined him to aid those needing a Spanish or Portuguese translator. Though the event is over, Ryan will continue helping the family pro bono through the rest of the process until they become U.S. citizens.

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Taylor Day Sponsors 6th Annual Run With A Mission

Taylor Day Sponsors 6th Annual Run With A Mission

Taylor Day is proud to be one of the sponsors for the 6th Annual FSM Run With A Mission. This event supports Faithful Servant Missions in providing for the needs of children in Costa Rica. Attorneys David Gagnon (and kids), Bo Boyd, Victoria Armstrong and Paralegal Clarissa Langford also participated in the Run. For more information on FSM, please visit www.fsm4u.org.

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Spotlight: Get to know Shareholder John Osgathorpe

Spotlight: Get to know Shareholder John Osgathorpe

In addition to serving as a Managing Partner, Shareholder John Osgathorpe also serves as Treasurer on ALFA International‘s Board of Directors, as Chair for the Business v. Business Subcommittee and on the Program Planning Committee for ALFA’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Selected as this month’s Featured Member, learn more about John, his career highlights and his interests outside the law. In his day-to-day legal practice, John represents companies and business owners in a broad variety of business and commercial disputes as well as torts litigation. The disputes range from straightforward contract or slip-and-fall litigation to complex fiduciary duty battles over private companies and catastrophic injury and death claims. John also assists clients in reasoning through their business relationships and action to place them in the strongest position available if litigation arises. Taylor Day’s cooperative cultural means John frequently assists other attorneys in the firm in matters as diverse as multi-party construction defects litigation, to associated accident claims, to claims arising under the longshore act. Interesting Career Highlight Interesting is, of course, relative, yet torts cases with “fun facts” from early in John’s legal career standout. A particularly memorable case involved a private label food supplier being sued when a customer bit into desiccated mouse in jar of freeze-dried peanuts (visualize furry Baby-Ruth candy bar minus one bite). In another case a big box retailer was sued when a cottonmouth snake bit a customer. The plaintiff was hospitalized for over 30 days and lost part of an appendage, but John’s team […]

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Board Certified in Construction Law, Shareholder Chris Muller Helps Others Obtain the Distinction

Board Certified in Construction Law, Shareholder Chris Muller Helps Others Obtain the Distinction

A distinction that is unique to less than 400 attorneys in the state, and one held by shareholders, Christopher Mueller and Reed Grimm, Board Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of an attorney’s competency and experience. The Florida Bar’s certification program is consistently recognized as a national leader among other state programs. This morning, Chris, whom last year was appointed by Mayor Lenny Curry to the Construction Trades Qualifying Board, taught a review course in Construction Insurance to attorneys seeking to obtain their Florida Bar board certification. This is Chris’ second year instructing the course.

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