Taylor Johnson PL2022-07-19T12:08:03-04:00


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Taylor Johnson PL

Taylor Johnson is a boutique transportation law firm with real industry experience, a national practice, and a local footprint in central and south Florida.

We know the trucking industry and understand transportation law. Taylor Johnson brings together the power of local legal practice, deep transportation industry understanding, and nimble lawyering. We are proud to represent the hard-working businesses that manufacture, arrange, transport, and insure the staples of this country. Our clients include motor carriers, owner-operators, brokers, agents, freight forwarders, shippers, and warehouses, as well as insurance companies.

Our firm collectively holds decades of experience with high caliber attorneys hailing from inner-industry, big law, and focused trial practices. Our managing member, JW Taylor, is a nationally recognized leader in the transportation and logistics industry. Our partner team includes Kristen MJ Johnson, heading the litigation, trial, and appellate practice, Bryan Nelson, guiding our corporate practice having served as in-house counsel at a major transportation broker, and Lesley Sachs, directing regulatory compliance services. We are supported by a strong attorney, paralegal, and staff team.

We are team players focused on corporate structuring, regulatory compliance, and litigation and claims management solely in the transportation space. We focus on detail. We listen. We understand our clients’ businesses. We evaluate liability exposures and develop strategies aimed to give our clients positive results. We are honest, hardworking, and will be available when you call.

Taylor Johnson actively seeks creative and conciliatory ways to settle legal disputes with a business mindset. We understand the legal and business needs of the transportation and logistics industry.

Because we are a small, specialized transportation law firm, we function similar to in-house general counsel and often work closely with general counsel and executive teams.

For more information, visit taylorlawpl.com

J.W. Taylor

Managing Partner | Taylor Johnson PL | LinkedIn

J.W. Taylor is a business law and commercial litigation attorney specializing in the transportation and logistics industry. He founded Taylor Johnson, f/k/a Taylor & Associates, a national full-service transportation law firm, in 2011. Since the firm’s inception, J.W. and his highly talented team have opened a second office in Tampa Bay as well as a satellite office in Miami. Under J.W.’s leadership, Taylor Johnson is devoted to meeting a wide array of client needs within the transportation and logistics industry. He represents clients in matters of claims litigation including personal injury litigation and ADR, cargo claims, and contract disputes. In addition to litigation, J.W. is skilled in corporate restructuring and regulatory compliance matters such as insurance design, equipment financing, and risk management.

He is keyed into the reality that insurance drives much of the transportation industry, both in business practices, and in liability assignment based on regulatory requirements. As such, over decades, J.W. has built up a strong host of relationships with the insurance industry and is a consistent speaker and contributor at MCIEF. He has developed a winning strategy in assisting insurance agents in communicating risk management for specific clients to potential underwriters. In the business side of transportation industry, leaders turn to J.W. to provide insurance insights and shed light on coverage developments. On the insurance side, insurers turn to J.W. to assist them with writing policies and contracts that align with industry realities and to help interpret regulatory language in a way that it makes underwriting brokers and motor carriers both solid and profitable. J.W.’s strong background in transportation insurance issues have afforded him the ability to be a voice of influence in the emerging industry of autonomous vehicles.

J.W. Taylor is the only attorney to sit on the Board of Directors of the Florida Trucking Association. While in this position, he has zealously represented the interests of the trucking industry in Florida—including the specific local concerns of port and intermodal transportation and agricultural products—to both state and federal regulatory bodies. He has successfully assisted in lobbying for tort reform and in the inclusion of protectionary language to be included regarding employment classification for truckers. He has, additionally, served as a sage advisor to the FTA regarding what actions fall within the realm of acceptability in the current legal atmosphere and what actions are more problematic. Due to his learned legal perspective, the FTA has been able to more aggressively pursue its objectives in the legislative sphere.

J.W. Taylor has earned himself a place of respect, both in winning difficult mediation and court battles concerning catastrophic claims, but—maybe more importantly—structuring companies in such a way as to keep them out of the courtroom in the first place. When people in the transportation industry reference the most distributed and referenced “sample” contracts, they can often be traced back to J.W. Taylor originals. This specifically includes the most widely referenced and replicated Independent Contractor diver agreement used in Motor Carrier operations. J.W.’s reputation for structuring companies in such a way and supplying contracts that minimize exposure as much as possible, given industry business realities, has earned him the respect in the insurance industry that results in a large amount of his new clients being insurance agent referrals. They trust J.W. to set their clients up in a way that protects them from as much liability as possible, and also sets them up for financial success.

Dan is actively involved in the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board as Vice Chair of the Trucking Research Committee, and presently sits on the Boards of the Freight Mobility Research Institute, Mid-America Transportation Center and the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee.

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MCIEF members, Transportation Risk Specialist (TRS) designees, and other insurance and risk management professionals interested in the transportation industry will have the opportunity to attend and participate in the Annual Conference in Orlando, FL and Western Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Both conferences are designed for individuals wishing to remain current and thereby well-equipped to confidently provide insurance and related services within the ever-changing environment that motor carriers operate.


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