Dan Taylor has trial, appellate and arbitration experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of business litigation matters involving securities, ERISA, corporate governance, business torts, shareholder rights, intellectual property, and complex contracts. He has tried cases throughout the United States and in each of the three federal districts within North Carolina. He has extensive experience with matters in the North Carolina Business Court.

A 1968 graduate of the United States Military Academy and Vietnam veteran, he attended Wake Forest University School of Law, graduating cum laude. Following law school, he served as Law Clerk to Chief Judge Hiram H. Ward, MDNC. Mr. Taylor has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation continuously since 2005, for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions continuously since 2006, and for Litigation - Securities, Litigation - ERISA, Litigation - Intellectual Property, and Litigation - Banking and Finance continuously since 2007. He was named "Lawyer of the Year" for the Greensboro region in the area of Securities Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2012 and “Lawyer of the Year” for the Greensboro region in the area of Banking and Finance Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2016 and 2018. Dan has been continuously named to Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" list, recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and listed as a "Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyer" from 2008 through 2015 and as a "North Carolina Super Lawyer" in 2016 and 2017 by Super Lawyers magazine. He was recommended by Legal 500 US for Trade Secrets Litigation in 2014 and 2016.

Mr. Taylor, an instrument rated private pilot, has handled a variety of complex litigation matters for prominent Fortune 500 companies including Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Reynolds American Inc., E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Lincoln Financial Media, Western Union Company, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Sara Lee Corporation, Branch Banking and Trust Company, Wachovia Bank, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, as well as for individuals and private entities.

Professional & Community Activities

Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court

Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), Fellow

Reynolda Rotary Club, Past President

Wake Forest University School of Law, Board of Visitors, Member

Winston-Salem Alliance

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Parents Council (2002-2008)

Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

Forsyth County Bar Association

Forsyth Country Day School, Past Board and Executive Committee Member

Education

  • Wake Forest University, J.D. (1976)
    cum laude
  • George Washington University Graduate School of Government and Business Administration (1973)
  • United States Military Academy, B.S., Engineering (1968)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1976)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina — Chief Judge Hiram H. Ward (Sep 1976-Aug 1978)

Who We Are

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
USA
t +1 336.607.7330
f +1 336.734.2615

Daniel R. Taylor Jr.

Experience Highlights

Lianyungang First Dart Tackle Co. LTD v. DSM Dyneema LLC
Represented plaintiff in trade dress and unfair competition suit involving marketing of fishing line in China. Lianyungang First Dart Tackle Co. more
Jerry T. Warren Assc. v. Sara Lee Corporation
Represented Sara Lee Corporation in the successful defense of employee contract action. Jerry T. Warren Assc. v. Sara Lee, No. 1:02-cv-00721 more
Wolfe v. DuPont
Represented E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in a toxic tort personal injury action in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The matter was more
Cozzarelli v. Inspire Pharmaceuticals
Successfully represented Inspire Pharmaceuticals in a commodities suit brought under the securities law of the United States. Inspire more