Taylor B. McNeel
Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
Defamation / First Amendment / Media
Personal Injury, Mass Torts, and Product Liability
Taylor B. McNeel
The majority of Taylor’s practice involves high-stakes litigation for businesses and governmental entities as plaintiffs and defendants. As lead counsel, he has successfully tried jury trials and bench trials to verdict. He has also taken the lead on appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mississippi Supreme Court, and Mississippi Court of Appeals.
Taylor has been listed as a Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star in business litigation since 2011. Further, he is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. In 2017, Taylor was named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist for the United States.
Taylor has also represented individuals, churches, and other non-profits. He has tried a jury trial and a bench trial pro bono, and he has been active with pro bono matters for the Appellate Practice Section of the Mississippi Bar Association and with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Taylor and his wife, Jessica, have one daughter, Mollie, and one son, John Taylor.
Areas of Litigation Practice
COMMERCIAL 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.
- B.B.A., University of Mississippi, Cum Laude (Senior Class President, Jones Foundation Scholar, Athletic Association Honor Roll, Student Body Director of Student Services, Campus Favorite)
- J.D., University of Mississippi, Cum Laude (Mississippi Law Journal, Phi Delta Phi, Phelps Dunbar scholar, Mitchell McNutt scholar)
- Mississippi (2008)
- United States District Courts of Mississippi (2008)
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2008)
- United States Supreme Court (2012)
Community & Professional Activities
- General Counsel for Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority (2015 – 2017)
- Mississippi Bar Association (Chairman of Pro Bono Committee for the Appellate Practice Section (2014), Director for the Young Lawyers’ Division (2011 – 2013), Disaster Legal Assistance Coordinator (2014), Executive Committee of Appellate Practice Section (2016-2018)
- Harrison County Bar Association, President (2018)
- Jackson County Bar Association
- Biloxi Rotary Club, President (2013 – 2014)
- Leadership Jackson County, Class of 2010
- Ambassador for Champions Tour Gulf Resort Golf Classic (2014 – 2015)
- Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, Board Member (2012 – 2014)
- Main Street of Biloxi Association, Board Member (2010 – 2013)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, East Harrison County Board Member (2009 – 2013)
- Coast Young Professionals, Policy and Government Committee (2009 – 2010)
- Red Cross, Young Professionals Advisory Council (2009 – 2010)
- American Inns of Court
- National Institute of Trial Advocacy (graduate of Trial Academy)
- Fifth Circuit Bar Association
- Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed jury verdict for subcontractor in rare case where subcontractor was able to recover directly from owner of the development. 231 So. 3d 989 (Miss. 2017).
- Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for lender in alleged wrongful foreclosure case. 225 So. 3d 571 (Miss. Ct. App. 2017).
- Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed summary judgment for supplier where the supplier was taxed for materials that were not the responsibility of the supply company, but were instead the responsibility of contractors. 192 So. 3d 942 (Miss. 2016).
- Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in malicious prosecution case. 566 Fed. Appx. 344 (5th Cir. 2014)
- Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed summary judgment for church accused of diverting donations for a different purpose. 142 So. 3d 407 (Miss. 2014)
- Directed verdict for defendant in case involving allegation that defendant was part of a scheme to defraud plaintiff out of 18 separate properties. Jackson County, Mississippi, Cause No. 2008-2406-CB
- Jury verdict for defendant involved in an automobile accident. Winston County, Mississippi, Cause No. 2010-0044-CV
- Directed verdict for developer accused of fraudulently inducing investor into purchase and sale agreement. Harrison County, Mississippi, Cause No. 14-1442(1)
- Federal court granted summary judgment for national lenders in case where plaintiff claimed that Mississippi law prohibited the pooling and selling of mortgages as carried out by the national lenders. 2013 WL 8702700 (S.D. Miss. 2013)
- State court granted English bank’s motion to dismiss and dismissed Arizona investor’s claim that English Bank breached multi-million dollar forward sale contract. Harrison County, Mississippi, Cause No. 05-02137(1)
- State court granted summary judgment on multi-million dollar guaranty. Harrison County, Mississippi, Cause No. A2402-09-195
- Federal court granted banking client’s summary judgment where the owner of a petroleum company defrauded a bank out of millions by fraudulently inflating accounts receivables. 2013 WL 30136 (S.D. Miss. 2013)
- State court granted national investment company’s summary judgment in suit involving allegation that investment company negligently distributed funds to the wrong beneficiary. 2013 WL 8940409
- Argued antitrust case to the Fifth Circuit that involved one of the only cases to ever address the Sherman and Clayton Act’s interstate commerce requirement. 658 F.3d 500 (5th Cir. Miss. 2011)
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)
- Insight into Mississippi’s Judicial Appointment Process, Fifth Annual Appellate Practice Section CLE at the Supreme Court of Mississippi, Moderator (April 21, 2017)
- Appellate practice tips, David Galyon Memorial CLE,(May 4, 2018)
Honors & Awards
- Mid-South© Rising Stars: Business Litigation
- AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
- Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist for the United States