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Three Taylor Day Attorneys Appointed to the Chester Bedell Inn of Court

Three Taylor Day Attorneys Appointed to the Chester Bedell Inn of Court

Congratulations to Christina Williams, appointed to be a Barrister, and Katherine Rafferty and Michael Cox, who have been appointed as Associates to the Chester Bedell Inn of Court.  American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, the professionalism, and the legal ethics with which the bench and the bar perform their functions.  Joining fellow Barrister and Shareholder, Chris Muller, Christina will assist Associates of the Inn of Court in helping them become more effective advocates, with a keener ethical awareness, by providing them with the opportunity to learn side-by-side with the most experienced judges and lawyers in their communities.  Katherine and Michael will serve one-year terms and Christina will serve a three-year term. 

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Bo Boyd Named ALFA International Workers’ Comp Practice Group Chair

Bo Boyd Named ALFA International Workers’ Comp Practice Group Chair

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.

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Family, Fun & Football!

Family, Fun & Football!

On Saturday, August 25th, Taylor Day hosted it’s annual Family Day.  Family and friends joined in for some food, fun and games before heading over to TIAA Stadium.  It was a perfect night to root for our hometown team and the Jags delivered with a win over the Atlanta Falcons.  A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the festivities.  Go Jags!  #Duuuval

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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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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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State Farm Wins at 2nd DCA in PIP Payment Dispute

The 2nd DCA recently ruled in favor of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in a long-awaited decision!  In State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. MRI Associates of Tampa, Inc., d/b/a Park Place MRI, No. 2D16-4036 (Fla. 2nd DCA May 18, 2018), there was a dispute regarding how much should be paid for MRIs performed on State Farm insureds after motor vehicle accidents.  The case stems from 19 MRI claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents in 2013 where the insured had Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) coverage with State Farm.  State Farm paid the submitted bills pursuant to its policy language, which allows State Farm to limit the payments to the schedule of charges.  Despite the clear language of the policy, the MRI provider challenged the reduced charges, arguing that State Farm’s policy did not properly notify the insureds of its election to pay bills via the schedule of maximum charges. According to the opinion, “[t]he circuit court ruled that State Farm’s personal injury protection (PIP) policy failed to clearly and unambiguously elect to limit reimbursement payments to the schedule of maximum charges” described in the No-Fault statute.  The 2nd DCA reversed that holding, and found that the express language of State Farm’s PIP policy clearly and unambiguously elected to limit reimbursement payments for medical expenses to the schedule of maximum charges pursuant to the No-Fault statute. Although we are pleased the 2nd DCA took the correct position regarding State Farm’s policy language and an insurer’s right to limit reimbursement […]

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Meet Jackie Mereness

Never one to shy away from a good argument, joining her high school debate team was an easy choice. She went on to obtain a B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University, but there was never a doubt. “I loved debating and knew I wanted to be an attorney. I never considered anything else.” While in law school, Jackie served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Florida State Business Review and was also the founding president of the Business Law Society. After graduation, she became involved with several professional affiliations, including the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. There she reconnected with (and later married) fellow law student, Brett Mereness. Sharing her creative passion and sense of adventure, Jackie and Brett recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Iceland, where they travelled the infamous Ring Road, an 800-mile route that encircles the country. “It was a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Cell phone service was non-existent in many areas so you were forced to unplug. Some of the towns we stopped in had less than 200 residents and it really gave you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.” Jackie transfers her enthusiasm in learning about local culture to her clients, developing unique perspectives on each client’s situation and how best to advocate for them. Since joining the firm, Jackie has become an intricate part of Taylor Day’s Personal Injury Protection litigation team and utilizes her love of debate when conducting hearings, mediations and depositions, which she states is […]

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Taylor Day Hosts Seabreeze Elementary Students

Taylor Day Hosts Seabreeze Elementary Students

On Thursday, May 4th, 3rd grade Seabreeze Elementary students participated in the Jacksonville – Top to Bottom tour.   Lead by “Andrew Jackson” (fun fact: Jacksonville was named after him), students learned about the history of the River City while exploring a secret underground tunnel under Hogan and Forsyth street.  The students then had an opportunity to explore the “top” of Jacksonville as Taylor Day welcomed the students to tour the firm.  Among other fun history facts, students also learned that Aristotle, Plato, Sir Isaac Newton and Shakespeare all have their faces carved into the columns of the old public library building and how Jacksonville was once home to over 26 Hollywood movie companies.  

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It is Never Too Late To Get Started on a New Path To Success!

It is Never Too Late To Get Started on a New Path To Success!

Marsa’s “journey-to-attorney” definitively proves it is never too late to change your life.  Before obtaining her Juris Doctorate, she worked for more than 20 years as a paralegal.  Her love for writing and research, attention to detail and dedicated work ethic prompted strong encouragement from her then-boss and mentor to sit for the LSAT.  “He’s one of the good ones.  He embodied the type of attorney I wanted to be.” Marsa joined the firm immediately following her graduation in 1995 and has been valued member of the team since.  She focuses her practice on Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith, Personal Injury Protection, Professional & Medical Malpractice and Appeals.  She fondly recalls one of her most memorable cases was an appeal she co-counseled with founding member John Taylor, advocating for minors cheated out of insurance benefits by their “guardian.”  The case was decided by the Florida Supreme Court, based on her brief, on an issue previously not ruled upon in Florida law. In her more than 20+ years as an attorney, she continues advocating for her clients and inspiring those around her to find the courage to change their own life path. View her bio to learn more about Marsa or her areas of practice.

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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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