W. Morris Taylor

w morris taylorPhone: 314-725-7000

Fax: 314-725-7273

W. Morris Taylor is known as an aggressive trial lawyer with integrity. In his forty-five years of trial experience, W. Morris Taylor has tried literally hundreds of law suits for individuals and companies. He is not only a successful Plaintiff personal injury and legal malpractice attorney with numerous six and seven figure jury verdicts and settlements, but also a successful defense attorney with a history of defense verdicts on behalf of self-insured clients. W. Morris Taylor has achieved the highest "legal ability" and "ethical standards" ratings from the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory and is certified in civil trial advocacy and civil pretrial practice advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification - An American Bar Association Accredited Organization.

Mr. Taylor is an AV Preeminent rated trial attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Mr. Taylor has been selected as a member of the National Trial Lawyer Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers.

Mr. Taylor has been selected as a member of Missouri and Kansas SuperLawyers 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Super Lawyers is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers comprise 5% of licensed, active attorneys in the State of Missouri. Mr. Taylor was selected through a process that takes approximately nine months of peer review by other lawyers. The survey is sent to all lawyers in the state who have been in practice at least five years. In addition, Law and Politics researches the credentials of all nominees, assembles a blue ribbon review panel of leading attorneys in the practice area, then directly contacts lawyers and firm representatives, verifies data and conducts a good standing review of each candidate. Super Lawyers are assessed on a much broader range of factors then other "top" lawyer lists. Factors such as experience and primary practice, the number of cases handled, representative clients, major transactions and verdicts are among the areas of research to determine Super Lawyers.

Litigation Percentage:
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Missouri, 1970
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1971
U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1979
U.S. Tax Court, 1978

Education:
University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1970
  J.D.

Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, 1967
  B.A.
  Honors: Graduated with Honors

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past & Present):
Missouri Bar
American Bar Association (Past)
American Association of Trial Lawyers (Past)
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (Past)
National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy

State and Federal Mediator

Pro Bono Activities:
Overland Christian Church, 1980 - Present

Fraternities:
Alpha Tau Omega

Representative Cases

legal malpracticeCase Type: Legal Malpractice
award amountDamages: $15 million; Settlement: Confidential
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legal malpracticeCase Type: Legal Negligence
award amountSettlement: $6.8 million
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personal injuryCase Type: Personal Injury
award amountSettlement: $3.25 million
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wrongful deathCase Type: Wrongful Death
award amountSettlement: Confidential
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wrongful deathCase Type: Wrongful Death
award amountSettlement: $1.3 million
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personal injuryCase Type: Personal Injury
award amountVerdict: $500,000; Medical: $39,000
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wrongful deathCase Type: Wrongful Death
award amountSettlement: $565,000
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