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Taylor Day Gears Up For 2019 JBA Young Lawyers Section Chili Cook-Off

Since 2009, the YLS has hosted a Charity Chili Cook-Off to bring the legal community together. Join us tomorrow, February 16th, from 11:00 – 1:00 at the Riverside Arts Market (located at 715 Riverside Ave, under the I-95 overpass), for an afternoon of live music and delicious competition. This year, the Taylor Day team, “Taco ’bout Good Chili,” will be lead by Attorney, Ryan Reese, who is hard at work prepping his family’s award-winning recipe.  We will be located in booth 18.  ALL proceeds will benefit BEST BUDDIES, so be sure to come out to vote for your favorite chili and support a great cause!

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Taylor Day Continues Expanding, Welcome Third New Associate This Year

Taylor Day Continues Expanding, Welcome Third New Associate This Year

It is our pleasure to announce that John N. Kessenich has joined the firm. John began his career with the Office of the State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit in Bartow, Florida, prosecuting a wide range of criminal cases. He was later selected for the Economic Crimes Division, where he prosecuted high profile and complex white-collar offenses in addition to exploitation of the elderly offenses.   After working as an Assistant State Attorney, John accepting a position with a private civil litigation firm and practiced in a wide range of civil litigation areas, such as business litigation, personal injury litigation and first-party insurance litigation. Having relocated to Jacksonville, he now joins Taylor Day and will continue practicing in the areas of business litigation and bodily injury defense.      

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Get to know this week’s featured attorney, Victoria E. Armstrong.

Get to know this week’s featured attorney, Victoria E. Armstrong.

This week’s featured attorney is Victoria Armstrong.  An integral part of Taylor Day’s PIP Defense team, she recently released an article examining the question raised by the Fourth District regarding Sovereign Immunity Liability.  Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, we look back at how she came to be at Taylor Day. What made you decide to move to the U.S., specifically Florida? After taking the LSAT, I received surveys about what type of law I wanted to practice and where. After I completed the surveys, I started to receive literature from Florida Coastal. I toured the school with my Dad and decided I was moving to Florida.  What made you decide to stay in Florida once you graduated? Sun, sand and not having to scrape my car or shovel the driveway. I also love Jacksonville and have great friends here! You recently got engaged to your fiancé Jason.  How did the two of you meet? I went on a date with his roommate, who then introduced me to Jason. When not practicing law, what are some of your favorite past-times? Going to the beach, traveling and trying to keep up with book club.  If you weren’t practicing law, what else would you be doing? An interior designer/decorator.  If you’d like to learn more about Victoria and her dog Cali, view her online biography.

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Taylor Day Sponsors 2019 OneJax Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Taylor Day Sponsors 2019 OneJax Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Taylor Day is proud to be one of the sponsors for the 2019 OneJax Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, to be held Thursday, April 11th. This annual event honors individuals who have made a significant humanitarian contribution to their communities. OneJax is an interfaith organization dedicated to achieving civility, understanding and respect for all through education, dialogue and community-building. Learn more about OneJax by visiting https://www.unf.edu/onejax/.

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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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