Areas of Practice
Firm Management Positions
Higher Education, Vice Chair
Honors and Awards
- Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law" by Chambers USA, 2011 to present
Memberships and Affiliations
Court appointed guardian ad litem, Delaware Office of Child Advocate
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Delaware Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Elected Member, Red Clay School District Board of Education, 1999 to 2005
J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2000, cum laude
- Associate Editor, Villanova Law Review
B.A., University of Delaware, 1997
James D. Taylor, Jr.
Jim Taylor represents institutional and corporate clients in all phases of litigation and risk management. He has served as first chair trial counsel, conducted arbitrations, depositions and mediations and regularly assists clients negotiate settlements, defend and assert claims and minimize the risk of costly and time-consuming litigation. He has appeared before every Delaware State and Federal court. He recently completed the University of Virginia's weeklong Trial Advocacy Institute and has lectured at seminars on Delaware's Freedom of Information Act and on the importance and use of electronic evidence in employment disputes.
A substantial portion of Jim's practice is devoted to counseling Delaware's largest university on employment matters, litigation, risk management and compliance, student discipline, Constitutional rights and countless other legal and regulatory issues.
Jim is deeply invested in Delaware's charter school movement, representing several charter schools, the state's umbrella charter school organization and a nonprofit corporation formed to assist charter schools in obtaining financing and services not otherwise available to them. His charter school representation has included appearances before the State Board of Education and the Department of Education, litigation involving the termination of for-profit management companies and service as underwriters' counsel to A.G. Edwards in the first conduit bond issuance to a Delaware charter school.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jim was a staff assistant to the late U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. He was also an intern for the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he worked directly with the committee's counsel and staff and assisted in the investigation and subsequent committee hearing of a deadly "friendly-fire" incident in the first Gulf War chaired by then-Senator Fred Thompson.
In addition to his state bar admission, Jim is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Among his recent cases, Jim has:
- Served as local counsel in two-week jury trial defending nation's largest nursing home provider against claims of professional negligence
- Served as first chair trial counsel and obtained a defense verdict against a mechanics’ lien claimant relating to the construction of a Courtyard by Marriott hotel at the University of Delaware
- Argued successfully for the dismissal of warranty claims in a malpractice action brought against the University of Delaware and its physical therapy clinic
- Represented the University of Delaware in a wrongful death action brought by parents of a deceased student
- Defended decisions by the University to discipline students and their groups, including fraternities and sororities
- Represented an association of Delaware Farm families and specific Kent County farmers in overturning legislative acts that would have greatly diminished the value of their properties
- Obtained an order authorizing Dover Downs to confiscate goods illegally sold on its property during the bi-annual NASCAR events held in Dover, Delaware
- Defended a nationally-known radio and television personality against claims brought by a Delaware resident who claimed that he was "invading" her home through the airways
- Served as local counsel on trade secret and intellectual property matters
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