Insurance Coverage and Litigation Solutions

Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation Defense
Civil Litigation
Administrative and Governmental Law
Legislative Consultation
Appellate Practice

Education

Florida State University, B.S., 1969, J.D., 1974

Bar and Court Admissions

State Bar of Georgia

The Florida Bar

United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional Associations and Recognitions

National Workers Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN)
Treasurer, 2004 - 2011
Vice President, 2011 - 2013
Board of Directors, 2004 - Present

National College of Workers Compensation Lawyers
President, 2009 - 2011
Board of Directors, 2007 -

American Bar Association
Workers' Compensation
Committee of Labor
and Employment Law
Section Co-Chair, 2010 - 2014

The Florida Bar
Practice Management and
Technology Chair (former)
Law Office Management
Advisory Service (LOMAS), 
Chair (former)

Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corporation (FLLIC)
Board of Directors (former)
President (former)

Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association
Board of Directors (former)

rayford h. taylor

of counsel

rtaylor@gilsonathans.com
Phone: (770) 512-0300
Fax: (770) 512-0070

980 Hammond Drive, 
Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30328

Card


Experience

Rayford Taylor’s practice centers on workers’ compensation defense and appellate law, representing employers, employee leasing companies, insureds, self-insureds and servicing agents all over Georgia.  His practice also includes administrative and governmental law, legislative consultation and corporate representation.

Prior to joining the firm, Rayford was a name partner for many years in a Florida based full-service law firm representing the business and insurance community.  Rayford managed that firm’s first branch office in Tallahassee and subsequently the Atlanta office.  He also has served as general counsel, legislative counsel, and staff attorney to The Florida Bar.

During his practice, he has defended workers' compensation cases throughout Florida and Georgia. He has also handled over 200 appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, and all five Appellate Courts in Florida.

He is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network, and the Employer Co-Chair of the Workers' Compensation Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association.