Clyde M. Taylor, Jr.

Attorney Clyde Taylor, Jr. is a complex felony trial lawyer that has personally tried more than 200 cases throughout his 33 plus years in practice with not guilty verdicts having been returned in over 36 percent of his trials. Over the years, he has argued cases before the federal appellate courts in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, and the 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Attorney Taylor is one of the few Florida attorneys that is approved to handle death penalty trials and death row inmate appeals, as well as post-conviction (3.851) motions. Attorney Taylor's current practice is limited to complex felony cases; over his lengthy career he has represented Sheriffs, Deputy U.S. Marshals, the only sitting county judge in Leon County to be criminally charged, and he has also represented the family members of courtroom employees and court reporters.

Education:

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Florida, 1969
  • BSBA, University of Florida, 1966

College Honors:

  • Deans List (1966)
  • President, UF Student Body (1968)
  • President, IFC (1965)
  • Fla. Blue Key
  • Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities
  • President, Sigma Nu (1965 & 1966)

Professional Career:

  • Partner, Taylor & Taylor, P.A. (Present)
  • Solo Practitioner, (1983- 2010)
  • Partner, Taylor & Montjoy Law Firm (1981-83)
  • Partner, Dickinson, Levy & Taylor Law Firm (1978-81)
  • Associate w. Taylor, Brion, Buker & Greene Law Firm (1975-78)
  • Administrative Assistant to State Controller (1969-75)

Areas of Legal Practice:

  • Criminal Law including Trial, Appeal & Post-conviction practice (1981- present)
  • Administrative & Criminal Law (1978-81)
  • Administrative & Banking Law (1970-78)

Bar Admissions:

  • Fla. Bar (1970)
  • Member of Federal Appeals Courts for the 1 st, 4 th, 5 th, 7 th and 11 th Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • Member of Federal District Courts in the Northern & Middle Districts of Florida

Pro Hac Vice Admissions:

  • United States District Courts in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, So. Carolina, No. Carolina, New York, Indiana, Ohio and Puerto Rico.
  • State Courts in Georgia & So. Carolina.

Significant Cases:

  • State v. McDonald (Fla. 1 st DCA, 1978) - landmark APA case in Florida
  • State v. Behr,et al (Fla. 1 st DCA, 1980) - knock and announce case resulted in suppression of 78,000 lbs. of marijuana
  • United States v. Futch et al, (1981) - federal trial in Savannah, both clients acquitted, 5 others convicted
  • United States v. Davis, et al, (1981) – federal trial after reversal on appleal, all defendants acquitted
  • United States v. Goodrich, et al. (1982) – federal murder conspiracy case in New Orleans. Client found not guilty by jury
  • United States v. Kornegay (1993) – federal cocaine trial with entrapment as the defense. Jury found defendant not guilty
  • State v. McKenzie (2005) - capital murder case w. client found not guilty
  • State v. Glawson (2006) - sexual battery on minor, 2 counts, not guilty; since 2000, 23 trials involving allegations of rape/sexual battery, 14 acquittals, and a 15 th case was reversed on appeal, 4 cases, guilty as charged, 4 cases were guilty of lesser verdicts; 14 initial death penalty cases, 7 of which went to trial as death cases, one not guilty verdict, one verdict resulting in one death sentence being imposed, non deaths or lesser verdicts in all others
  • State v. Polk (2006-2008) - conviction for rape of minor overturned in post-conviction proceedings based on new evidence and DNA, then client acquitted in the subsequent trial
  • State v. Fogler (2011) – lewd battery on minor by adult, with DNA and cell phone photos of alleged victim. Jury returned lesser verdict of 2 nd degree misdemeanor, so client sentenced to 60 days jail (had served 314 already while facing 30 years DOC).

White Collar Crimes:

Representation of defendants in significant dollar volume fraud cases in federal courts include:

  • USDC, NDFL - massive fraud scheme involving Honeymoon Island, in Bay County, FL. Client appeared before federal grand jury and a no true bill as to him was returned after US Attorney had prepared indictment with his name therein
  • USDC, SDNY - $4+ million US Treasury check fraud scheme (2000)
  • USDC, NDFL - multi-country drug/money laundering case involving Iraqi dinars, euros, US currency and defendants from four countries (2001)
  • USDC, NDF & DC - investigation involving allegations of kick-backs to contractors working in Iraq; no indictment returned as to client (2007 -2009 )

Associations:

Mr. Taylor is a member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), and has served as President of the Tallahassee Chapter of FACDL.

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