Michael S. Taylor has over 25 years of experience litigating appeals at the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. His appellate litigation has encompassed a broad range of topics, including constitutional law, contract disputes, land use and eminent domain, insurance coverage and bad faith, criminal law, products liability and torts, dissolution of marriage, child custody and parental rights, and corporate law. Attorney Taylor also regularly counsels clients at the trial stage regarding the identification and preservation of issues for appeal and has managed large and complex civil litigation and insurance coverage disputes at the trial and appellate levels involving, among other things, free speech and constitutional claims, civil assault claims, CGL coverage, construction defects, products liability, automobile liability, D&O and E&O coverages, homeowners’ liability and bad faith claims.
Attorney Taylor has written and lectured on appellate and insurance coverage topics and has been an adjunct professor at The University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching moot court and appellate advocacy. He has an AV peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Super Lawyers as an appellate advocate since 2007. He also has been a member of the Defense Research Institute’s appellate and tort and insurance practice sections, the ABA Judicial Division Council of Appellate Lawyers and the American Counsel Association. He previously has been a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court and The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees.
Attorney Taylor is a 1986 graduate of Manchester High School. He received his B.A. in history, cum laude, from The University of Connecticut and his J.D. from The University of Connecticut School of Law.
Attorney Taylor handles all aspects of appellate civil litigation in the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts, and in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. His appellate litigation has encompassed a wide range of issues including constitutional law, contract law, land use and eminent domain, insurance coverage, criminal law, products liability and torts, dissolution of marriage, child custody and parental rights. He has represented individuals and corporations. Attorney Taylor also counsels clients and attorneys at the trial stage regarding the identification and preservation of issues for appeal.
Attorney Taylor handles civil litigation in Connecticut’s state and federal trial courts, including matters ranging from personal injury to product liability. He provides consultation on creating a trial strategy and in preparing pleadings.
Attorney Taylor co-authors Connecticut Insurance Law with Attorneys Brendon P. Levesque and Karen L. Dowd. He also co-authors The Encyclopedia of Connecticut Causes of Action. Attorney Taylor writes and lectures on appellate and insurance coverage topics and was an adjunct professor at The University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching moot court.
He is a member of the Defense Research Institute’s appellate and tort and insurance practice sections, the ABA Judicial Division Council of Appellate Lawyers and the American Counsel Association.
Areas of Practice
- State and Federal Trial and Appellate Litigation in Connecticut Courts
- Trial Consultation
- Insurance Law
- State of Connecticut, 1994
- United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, 1995
- United States Supreme Court, 2002
- Wheeler v. Beachcroft, LLC (A.C. 44348)
- State v. Bemer, SC 20429, 2021 WL 4471162 (Conn. Sept. 29, 2021)
- DeLeo v. Equale & Cirone, LLP, 202 Conn. App. 650, cert. denied, 336 Conn. 927 (2021)
- Alpha Beta Capital Partners, L.P. v. Pursuit Inv. Mgmt., LLC, 198 Conn. App. 671 (2020)
- Meribear Prods., Inc. v. Frank, 193 Conn. App. 598 (2019)
- Alpha Beta Capital Partners, L.P. v. Pursuit Investment Management, LLC, 193 Conn. App. 381 (2019)
- State v. Norman P., 329 Conn. 440 (2018)
- Meribear Prods., Inc. v. Frank, 328 Conn. 709 (2018)
- In re Damian G., 178 Conn. App. 220 (2017)
- In re Natalie S., 325 Conn. 833 (2017)
- In re Natalie S., 325 Conn. 849 (2017)
- In re Oreoluwa O., 321 Conn. 523 (2016)
- NPC Offices, LLC v. Kowaleski, 320 Conn. 519 (2016)
- R.I. Pools, Inc. v. Paramount Concrete, Inc., 149 Conn. App. 839 (2014)
- In re: Jessica M., 303 Conn. 584 (2012)
- In re: Jose B., 303 Conn. 569 (2012)
- Francis v. Fonfara, 303 Conn. 292 (2012)
- Brown v. Brown, 130 Conn. App. 522 (2011)
- Harley v. Indian Spring Land Co., 123 Conn. App. 800 (2010)
- In re: Jazmine B., 121 Conn. App. 376 (2010)
- Newman v. Planning and Zoning Commission, 293 Conn. 209 (2009)
- Royal Indemnity Co. v. Terra Firma, Inc., 287 Conn. 183 (2008)
- Maritime Ventures v. City of Norwalk, 277 Conn. 800 (2006)
- Knapp v. Knapp, 270 Conn. 815 (2004)
- Wentland v. American Equity Ins. Co., 267 Conn. 592 (2004)
- Miller v. Egan, 265 Conn. 301 (2003)
- Maritime Ventures v. City of Norwalk, 85 Conn. App. 38 (2004)
- Murray v. Murray, 65 Conn. App. 90 (2001)
- Hartford Ins. Co. v. Colonial Ins. Co., 58 Conn. App. 39 (2000)