Taylor B. McNeel
Firm:
Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC
Phone:228-435-8312
Address: 727 Howard Avenue, Suite 401
Biloxi, MS 39530

Membership: Community & Professional Activities•General Counsel for Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority•Mississippi Bar Association (Chairman of Pro Bono Committee for the Appellate Practice Section (2014 - present), Director for the Young Lawyers' Division
University: University of Mississippi, B.B.A., cum laude Senior Class President, Jones Foundation Scholar, Athletic Association Honor Roll, Student Body Director of Student Services, Campus Favorite, University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude Mississippi L
Admitted: 2008, Mississippi; 2008, United States District Courts of Mississippi; 2008, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; 2012, United States Supreme Court
Biography: The majority of Taylor's practice is devoted to business litigation as he routinely represents businesses as plaintiffs and defendants. Taylor has trial and appellate experience in a wide range of matters. He has successfully tried cases to verdict, as lead counsel, in every type of state court in Mississippi. Further, Taylor has handled appeals in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mississippi Supreme Court, and Mississippi Court of Appeals. Taylor has obtained dozens of dismissals by dispositive motions. Taylor is regularly retained by businesses to file suit. Taylor has obtained over $10 million in jury verdicts, settlements, and summary judgments on behalf of businesses. While the bulk of his litigation practice is devoted to businesses, Taylor has also represented individuals, churches, universities, and other non-profits.Taylor also enjoys promoting economic development in Mississippi. Taylor serves as General Counsel for the Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority. In addition, Taylor has served on the Board of Directors for a local Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Association. Even though the majority of the practice is devoted to litigation, Taylor appears on behalf of businesses before governmental entities, drafts and negotiates contracts, and handles estate matters for business owners. Taylor has been active in pro bono matters as well. He is the current chairman of the Pro Bono Committee for the Appellate Practice Section of the Mississippi Bar Association, and he has handled pro bono matters for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, including preparing wills for first responders and obtaining guardianships. Taylor has also tried a jury trial and a bench trial pro bono. Taylor has been named a Mid-South Rising Star since 2011, and he is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. Taylor and his wife, Jessica, have one daughter, Mollie, and one son, John Taylor.Areas of Litigation PracticeCOMMERCIAL LITIGATION: Successfully represented numerous types of businesses and individuals in claims that have included antitrust, fraud, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, dissolution of corporate entity, professional liability, open account, breach of non-compete agreements, breach of government contracts.CONSTRUCTION: Successfully tried cases to jury verdict as lead counsel on behalf of construction clients, successfully moved to compel arbitration, and has negotiated favorable settlements for property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and architects in cases that have ranged from breach of contract to wrongful death.REAL ESTATE LITIGATION: Successfully tried cases to verdict involving breach of contract and fraud, and have also handled zoning litigation, and the set aside of conveyances.FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: Successfully represented local, regional, national, and foreign financial institutions. Such cases have included suits to collect on a guaranty or promissory note, suits to set aside a tax sale of property, breach of loan purchase contracts with other lenders, release of funds to alleged wrongful beneficiary, defending the validity of pooling and selling of loans, fraud claims against the borrower, alleged failure to renew flood insurance, and alleged improper servicing or renewal of loans.PREMISES LIABILITY: Successfully defended many premises liability suits including claims related to the following: slip and fall, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, food poisoning, and inadequate security. A number of these premises liability cases were dismissed by dispositive motions.PRODUCT LIABILITY: Successfully handled cases that have included alleged injuries from farming equipment, pharmaceuticals, asbestos, and formaldehyde.PERSONAL INJURY/WRONGFUL DEATH: Defense verdict on behalf of defendant involved in an automobile accident, other cases include dram shop liability, assisted living litigation, injuries from a natural gas explosion, injuries from the cave-in of a construction trench, and claims arising under the Mississippi Tort Claims Act.ENERGY LITIGATION: Successfully resolved cases involving breaches of leasehold interest, alleged injuries resulting from natural gas leaks, breach of contract with distributor, and defended claim that emissions from energy company increased Hurricane Katrina's intensity. ESTATE LITIGATION: Successfully handled cases involving undue influence, lack of competency, will contest, accounting / inventory, reimbursement of expenses, and probate of claims.FIRST AMENDMENT: Successfully defended a number of defamation suits against television stations and newspapers. Has experience in litigating requests for public records. Also has experience in representing churches with regard to the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses.TAX LITIGATION: Successfully appealed tax assessments from counties and the Mississippi Department of Revenue to Mississippi's state courts.INSURANCE COVERAGE / BAD FAITH: Successfully represented both insureds and insurers in coverage claims and actions - including bad faith suits.INJUNCTIVE RELIEF: Successfully represented clients at hearings on temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.COLLECTIONS: Successfully executed on judgments, located assets in numerous states, conducted judgment debtor examinations, and obtained favorable rulings at hearings to show cause.Honors & Awards•Mid-South Rising Stars: Civil Litigation Defense •AV rated by Martindale Hubbell News & Events•Brunini's 2014 Super Lawyers Speeches & Publications•The Litigator's Guide to Technology & Social Media in Civil Lawsuits, Barristers Educational Services Seminar (July 17, 2013). •Risky Business, Limiting Your Legal Liability, Panelist at the Southern Gaming Summit (May 7, 2015)