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 individuals, businesses, and governmental entities. As lead counsel, he has tried jury trials in federal court, circuit court, and county court. He has also tried bench trials as lead counsel in chancery court and circuit court. And he has served as lead counsel in arbitration proceedings. Taylor has handled appeals in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mississippi Supreme Court, and Mississippi Court of Appeals – including providing oral argument on multiple occasions in appellate courts.
Taylor is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has been listed as a Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star in business litigation since 2011. Taylor was named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist for the United States on three separate occasions.
His pro bono activities have included trying cases to verdict pro bono, engaging in pro bono service on behalf of bar associations, promoting pro bono service for the Appellate Practice Section of the Mississippi Bar Association, and volunteering for various types of free legal clinics 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: Handled numerous types of claims that have included antitrust, fraud, theft of trade secrets, ADA cases, breach of contract, dissolution of corporate entity, professional liability, breach of non-compete agreements, and breach of government contracts.
CONSTRUCTION: Tried construction cases to verdict on behalf of construction clients and have 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: Tried cases to verdict involving breach of contract and fraud, and have also handled zoning litigation, and the set aside of conveyances.
BANKING LITIGATION: Represented local, regional, national, and foreign financial institutions. Such cases have included breach of loan purchase contracts with other lenders, release of funds to alleged wrongful beneficiary, 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: Handled 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: Handled cases that have involved 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, a natural gas explosion, the cave-in of a construction trench, and claims arising under the Mississippi Tort Claims Act.
ENERGY LITIGATION: Handled cases involving breaches of leasehold interest, natural gas leaks, breach of contract with distributor, and other energy matters.
ESTATE LITIGATION: Handled cases involving undue influence, lack of competency, will contest, accounting / inventory, reimbursement of expenses, and probate of claims.
FIRST AMENDMENT: Handled 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: Handled the appeal of tax assessments from counties and the Mississippi Department of Revenue to Mississippi’s state courts and represented governmental entity concerning an exemption for certain leaseholders from taxation.
INSURANCE COVERAGE / BAD FAITH: Represented both insureds and insurers in coverage claims and actions – including bad faith suits.
INJUNCTIVE RELIEF: Represented clients at hearings on temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.
- 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), 2005
- J.D., University of Mississippi, Cum Laude (Mississippi Law Journal, Phi Delta Phi, Phelps Dunbar scholar, Mitchell McNutt scholar), 2008
- 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
- School Board member for the Pascagoula-Gautier School District
- 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 summary judgment for a healthcare company that withdrew from closing on the acquisition of another healthcare company; the plaintiffs alleged millions of dollars in damages.
- Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed jury verdict for subcontractor in rare case where subcontractor was able to recover directly from owner of the development.
- Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for lender in alleged wrongful foreclosure case.
- Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Department of Revenue to tax a large material supplier for numerous financial transactions that the Court ultimately held were not the responsibility of the supplier.
- Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for hotel / casino in case involving allegations of false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
- Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed summary judgment for a church diocese related to how donations were used to build a church.
- Directed verdict for a notary in a case involving the allegation that the notary unknowingly notarized 18 fraudulent deeds.
- Jury verdict for defendant involved in an automobile accident.
- Directed verdict for a covenant community in case involving allegations of fraud.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 State Court 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)
- History of the Constitution, Biloxi Rotary Club (December 2019)
Honors & Awards
- Mid-South© Rising Stars: Business Litigation
- AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
- Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist for the United States
- THREE BRUNINI ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED BY BENCHMARK LITIGATION 40 & UNDER HOT LIST
- Brunini Recognized by Super Lawyers
- Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 4 Brunini Attorneys on its 40 & Under Hot List
- 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers
- Jones, McNeel and Drinkwater Obtain Summary Judgment in Significant Lender Liability Case
- Brunini’s 2014 Super Lawyers