David K. Taylor

Partner
Legal Assistant
Jennifer Zolman
P: 615.252.3531 jzolman@bradley.com

Finding out what’s best for the client has been David Taylor’s approach to practicing law for more than 30 years. David chairs the firm’s award-winning construction team in its Nashville office. He is very proud that Bradley has been recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” as the nation’s “Law Firm of the Year” for Construction Law in both 2018 and 2020. Since 2003, David has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in the area of Construction Law, and has multi-year listings for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, and Mediation. Best Lawyers also named him “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for Arbitration in 2016 and 2020 and for Mediation in 2015. In addition, David has been listed multiple times in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Construction Litigation. 

David has a national construction practice representing all participants in the construction industry and is recognized as one of the leading construction lawyers in Tennessee and the Southeast. He has tried cases and disputes for clients in more than 25 states and advises clients on the “front end” of a commercial project on forms and types of contracts. He also has a national "neutrals" practice and has been chosen more than 350 times by lawyers all over the country to help them either settle their clients’ disputes through mediation or to render binding decisions as an arbitrator. Serving as an arbitrator and a national trainer for the American Arbitration Association training other lawyers, David can better evaluate and advise his clients when disputes are arbitrated. He is also very committed to educating both the business and legal communities, and has spoken both locally and nationally at construction, mediation/arbitration and commercial real estate seminars. In 2014, David obtained a $1.6-million award after a one-week arbitration in Nashville for one of the firm’s national general contractors, and obtained a $1.3-million award after a two-week arbitration in Atlanta for one of the firm’s developer clients, including $750,000 in attorneys fees/costs recovery for the client.

David has been very active over his career in the pro bono, construction and ADR legal and business communities. As a leader in the ADR community, his construction and neutrals practices have consistently been recognized by his peers and business leaders. He helped found and served as chair of not only the ADR and Construction law sections of the Tennessee Bar Association, but the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (TACC). He was appointed in the past to the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Lien Law Committee and the Tennessee Supreme Court ADR Commission and is a long time member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. Until recently, David chaired the firm’s pro bono committee, served on the firm’s Management Board and was office managing partner of the firm’s Charlotte office. David has served on many nonprofit boards over the years, and presently serves on the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Board.