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Rayford H. Taylor

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Rayford H. Taylor

Of Counsel
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Biography

Rayford H. Taylor is Of Counsel in the HBS Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee offices. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his Juris Doctor from Florida State University, where he also served on the Board of Directors for several years.

After completing law school, he was in private practice with Taylor, Brion, Buker and Green, P.A. He was recruited to head the CLE Division of The Florida Bar and served in that position for three years, then was promoted to serve as the Bar’s General and Legislative Counsel. Rayford was responsible for lobbying for and coordinating all legislative issues involving the Bar, its sections and committees, and the legal profession in Florida. As General Counsel, he was responsible for coordinating and consulting on all litigation involving the Bar.

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During his time at The Florida Bar, the Florida Supreme Court approved the creation of an advanced certification program for attorneys in multiple areas of the law. Rayford was responsible for the establishment, organization, and operation of those programs until leaving the Bar to enter into private practice.

Rayford was a founding and managing partner of Stiles, Taylor and Grace, P.A., a Florida-based firm representing the business and insurance community. He represented clients before the Florida Legislature, the courts, and various state agencies and handled workers compensation cases throughout North Florida. He opened and managed that firm’s first branch office in Tallahassee and subsequently its Atlanta office from 2002 through 2010.

In 2011, he joined Casey Gilson, LLC, to focus entirely on workers compensation defense and appellate practice. During this time, he represented clients throughout both Georgia and Florida. He joined HBS in 2016 to continue this type of representation.

Rayford has handled over 200 appeals before the Florida Supreme court, the Georgia Supreme Court, and all five appellate district courts in Florida where he maintains a successful winning percentage of over 95 percent. He has extensive experience representing various legal groups and corporate clients before the Florida legislature, as well as clients before various Florida and Georgia executive branch agencies. He has represented businesses and insurance companies in workers compensation matters in Florida and in Georgia for a number of years.

He regularly lectures on various workers’ compensation issues and topics at programs presented by the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Georgia Bar, and the Atlanta Claims Association. He was one of the founding members of the National Workers Compensation Defense Network and throughout his membership served as Treasurer, Vice-President, and on the Board of Directors for the organization. In 2008, he was inducted in the Charter Class of the National College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, where he served as the first Nomination Committee chair and its second President. Currently, he is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the College.

Credentials

ADMITTED
  • State Courts:
    Florida (Supreme Court), 1974
    Georgia (Supreme Court), 2002
  • U.S. District Courts:
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2022
    U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 2022
EDUCATION
  • J.D., Florida State University, 1974
  • B.S., Accounting, Florida State University, 1969

Memberships

  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Workers Compensation Committee Employer/Insurer Co-chair, 4 years
  • American Bar Association, 1987
  • Atlanta Bar Association, 2003
  • Atlanta Bar Workers Compensation Section
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
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  • National College of Workers Compensation Lawyers:
    Charter Class Inductee, 2008
    First Nomination Committee Chair
    President of the College
    Board of Directors, Ex Officio Member
  • National Workers Compensation Defense Network:
    Treasurer, Vice-President, Board of Directors Member, Founding Member
  • State Bar of Georgia Workers Compensation Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, 2002
  • The Florida Bar Workers Compensation Section and Appellate Law Section
  • The Florida Bar, 1974

Publications

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In the Press

Concurrent Jurisdiction in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers’ compensation is, at its core, one of the more state-specific areas of the law. Each state legislates its own statutes and regulations and operates its own administrative body, often very differently...
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Florida’s One-Time Change Provision & Consequences for Employer/Carrier Failure to Act

Written by: Rayford H. Taylor, Esq. In Florida, a failure by an employer/carrier to promptly grant an employee’s change of physician deprives the employer/carrier of the right to select the doctor, as once again, Florida courts have been called upon to address the “one-time change” provision of F.S. 440.13(2)(f) in the case of Andrews v.
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Florida Court Allows Bonus Paid After Date of Accident to be Added to Workers’ Compensation Wages Amount

Written by: Rayford H. Taylor, Esq. The Employee, in the case of Noa v. City of Aventura and Florida League of Cities, appealed an Order of the judge of compensation claims (JCC) denying an increase in her average weekly wage (AWW).  The Employee contended she was entitled to include a pro rata share of her
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Florida’s First District Court Of Appeal Again Rules The Six-Month Limitation On Temporary Indemnity Benefits For Mental Injury Does Not Apply If The Injured Worker Did Not Receive Permanent Impairment Benefits For Their Physical Injury

Written by: Rayford H. Taylor, Esq. The Court of Appeal was asked to again  interpret Section 440.093(3) Fla. Stat. concerning entitlement to temporary indemnity benefits based upon a mental injury arising out of a workers’ compensation accident in the case of Le’Tavia Jones v. State of Florida, Dept. of Corrections, and Div. of Risk Management, 1D20-1741
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