Attorney Clyde Taylor, Jr.

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 Attorneys, 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, five others convicted
  • United States v. Davis, et al, (1981) – federal trial after reversal on appeal, 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, two counts, not guilty
  • 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 second-degree misdemeanor, so client sentenced to 60 days jail (had served 314 already while facing 30 years DOC).
  • Since 2000, 23 trials involving allegations of rape/sexual battery, 14 acquittals, and a 15 th case was reversed on appeal, four cases, guilty as charged, four cases were guilty of lesser verdicts; 14 initial death penalty cases, seven 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

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.

We Come Highly Recommended

  • He was extremely professional, intelligent and calming.

    “Excellent outcome in my dui case handled by Bradley Waldrop. He was extremely professional, intelligent and calming (which I desperately needed) during our initial interview and throughout the entire process. He has a great mannerism and assured me he would work hard to get a good resolution to this matter and he came through. I'm extremely grateful of his efforts on my behalf.”

    Former Client

  • Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.

    “Brad Waldrop was entirely helpful and efficient in handling my case, I would highly recommend this firm to friends and family. Always quick to return a call and get everything taken care of. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.”

    Former Client

  • Thank you Brad for representing me and getting the job done!

    “I would like to thank Brad Waldrop for his representation in my Community Control violation case. I was facing 48 months in Florida State Prison in Flagler and Saint Johns County. From the moment I first called and Spoke to Mr. Waldrop to the end of my case he remained professional,knowledgeable and encouraging. Mr. Waldrop responded to all of my e-mails in a timely manner even when he was on vacation this man answered my questions via e-mail. The final outcome of my case ended up with a reinstatement of Community Control in both Flagler and Saint Johns County. I never thought that I would be able to avoid prison as I was charged with Aggravated Stalking which carries a mandatory prison sentence. Mr. Waldrop in my opinion is an excellent Attorney and I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal aid. Thank you Brad for representing me and getting the job done!!”

    Former Client

  • Highly recommend Taylor and Taylor!

    “From day 1 of my domestic violence discrepancy Attorney Clyde Taylor gave me an in depth sense of peace. He was very professional and fought hard to prove my innocence. He was very thorough and had all the bases covered for me. I was in a tough spot and didn't know what to do or how to handle things. He provided me with excellent service and ensure my peace of mind about how things were going to play out. I cant begin to explain my gratitude for his hard work and for how much he cared about my case. Highly recommend Taylor and Taylor!”

    Former Client

  • Great experience from an informative, respectful law firm.

    “I was looking for a local law firm to handle estate planning since I was uneasy about doing the process through a website. I was referred to Taylor and Taylor by a friend, and was very pleased about the entire process. Everyone at the firm was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, making sure I understood every aspect and that my needs were met. Mr. Taylor and his team are consummate professionals and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone for their legal needs.”

    Former Client

What Sets Taylor & Taylor Attorneys Apart?

  • Over 78 Years of Combined Experience
  • Federal and State Cases Defended
  • Hundreds of Cases Tried Since 1978
  • Qualified to Handle Death Penalty Cases
  • Aggressive and Result-Driven Representation
  • Thorough and Compassionate Guidance and Legal Advice

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