FRANKFORT — Michael A. Taylor was awarded the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2016 Donated Legal Services Award at the membership luncheon on May 13, during the association’s annual convention. President Douglass Farnsley, of Louisville, presented the award.
The Donated Legal Services Award is presented to a member in good standing with the Kentucky Bar Association and currently involved in pro bono work. The selection process places special emphasis on the nature of the legal services contributed and the amount of time involved in the provision of free legal services.
Taylor works in Middlesboro where he operates the Mike Taylor Law Offices, which focuses in general civil and criminal practice. Taylor has prepared and tried over 200 cases to a jury verdict, including cases in areas as diverse as capital murder, medical malpractice, products liability and personal injury. He also focuses on administrative law practice including Kentucky Retirement System cases, and Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The last 14 years have been focused heavily upon Social Security Disability at all levels.
Taylor has been committed to public service his entire career and in that capacity has donated a significant amount of time to representing the indigent through the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Volunteer Lawyers for Appalachian Kentucky (VLAK) and the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund (ARDF/AppalReD/Legal Aide), for which he recently served as chair for the governing Board of Directors.
Taylor previously served as, adjunct professor in the business, criminal justice, and physical education departments at the University of Kentucky/Southeast Community College, in Middlesboro, where he taught freshman and sophomore level courses.
Taylor received his B.A. in History & Government, cum laude, from Western Kentucky University in 1981 and his J.D. from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law in 1988. He is a member of the Bell, Kentucky and American Bar associations, as well as the Kentucky Justice Association.