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 construction group in its Nashville office, and has for over 30 years been a commercial litigator with an emphasis on construction and real estate dispute resolution. 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 has also named him “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration (2016) and Mediation (2015). In addition, David has been listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Construction Litigation. Finally, David is very proud of the fact that the firm’s award winning construction group has been, once again, recognized as a “National Tier 1” firm for construction law in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”
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.