Rayford H. Taylor

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  • Of Counsel at Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (219 Attorneys)
  • 191 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 2900, Atlanta, GA 30303-1775
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Rayford H. Taylor is Of Counsel in the HBS Atlanta, Jacksonville and Tallahassee offices. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from Florida State University School of Law where he also served on the Board of Directors for several years.

After completing law school, he was in private practice with Taylor, Brion, Buker and Green, P.A. He was recruited to head the CLE Division of The Florida Bar and served in that position for three years, then was promoted to serve as the Bar’s General and Legislative Counsel. Mr. Taylor was responsible for lobbying for and coordinating all legislative issues involving the Bar, its sections and committees and the legal profession in Florida. As General Counsel, he was responsible for coordinating and consulting on all litigation involving the Bar.

During his time at The Florida Bar, the Florida Supreme Court approved the creation of an advanced certification program for attorneys in multiple areas of the law. Mr. Taylor was responsible for the establishment, organization and operation of those programs until leaving the Bar to enter into private practice.

Mr. Taylor was a founding and managing partner of Stiles, Taylor and Grace, P.A., a Florida based firm representing the business and insurance community. He represented clients before the Florida Legislature, the courts and various state agencies, as well handling workers compensation cases throughout North Florida. He opened and managed that firm’s first branch office in Tallahassee and subsequently its Atlanta office from 2002 through 2010.

In 2011, Mr. Taylor joined Casey Gilson, LLC, to focus entirely on workers compensation defense and appellate practice. During this time, he represented clients throughout both Georgia and Florida. He joined Hall, Booth, Smith in 2016 to continue this type of representation.

Mr. Taylor has handled over 200 appeals before the Florida Supreme court, the Georgia Supreme Court and all five appellate district courts in Florida where he maintains a successful winning percentage of over 95 percent. He has extensive experience representing various legal groups and corporate clients before the Florida legislature, as well as clients before various Florida and Georgia executive branch agencies. Mr. Taylor has represented businesses and insurance companies in workers compensation matters in Florida and in Georgia for a number of years.

Mr. Taylor regularly lectures on various workers’ compensation issues and topics at programs presented by the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Georgia Bar, and the Atlanta Claims Association. He was one of the founding members of the National Workers Compensation Defense Network and throughout his membership served as Treasurer, Vice-President and on the Board of Directors for the organization. In 2008, he was inducted in the Charter Class of the National College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, where he served as the first Nomination Committee chair and its second President. Currently, he is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the College.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Appellate
  • Government Affairs
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Workers' Compensation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Florida State University, B.S., Accounting, 1969
Law School Attended:
Florida State University School of Law, J.D., 1974
Year of First Admission:
1974. Northern District of Florida; 2002, Georgia Supreme Court; 2002, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia; 1974, Florida Supreme Court


American Bar Association, 1987
ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Served as the Employer/Insurer Co-chair of the Workers Compensation Committee for 4 years
The Florida Bar, 1974
The Florida Bar Workers Compensation Section and Appellate Law Section
State Bar of Georgia, 2002
State Bar of Georgia Workers Compensation Section
Atlanta Bar Association, 2003
Atlanta Bar Workers Compensation Section
National Workers Compensation Defense Network, Served as Treasurer and Vice-President of organization and served on Board of Directors, One of the founding member of the organization.
National College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, Inducted in the Charter Class of the College in 2008, Served as the first Nomination Committee chair and as the second President of the College, Currently an ex officio member of the Board of Directors of the College

With U.S. Army, 1970-1972
Birth Information:
Portland, Oregon, January 19, 1947

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