Fortino Named Moore Taylor Partner

Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. announces that it has named William (Bill) Fortino a partner in the firm.

Fortino practices family law, including divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, property division, adoption and other domestic cases. He is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., where he earned his bachelor’s from Le Moyne College in 2001. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009. As a member of the Lexington County and South Carolina bars and the South Carolina Association for Justice, Fortino is also admitted to practice in U.S. District Court. He speaks on family law issues for National Business Institute seminars and the Continuing Legal Education program at the South Carolina Bar. He also serves as a board member of Fresh Start SC.

Moore Taylor’s J. Mark Taylor Named Best Lawyers® 2016 Columbia, S.C. Family Law “Lawyer of the Year

Moore Taylor Law Firm announces that his peers have selected J. Mark Taylor, a senior partner, as the Best Lawyers® 2016 Columbia, S.C. Family Lawyer of the Year. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”

Taylor, who practices complex family law, litigation, meditation and arbitration on the local, state and national level, has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Family Law) several times. He is recognized by a number of other publications as one of the top family law attorneys in South Carolina.

Moore Taylor Announces Robert D. Hazel Transitions to Of Counsel

Moore Taylor Law Firm announces that Robert D. Hazel, a firm partner, has transitioned into an “Of Counsel” role with the law firm. Moore Taylor is a full-service firm representing individuals, businesses and government agencies across South Carolina since 1971.

Hazel, who has retired from the full-time practice of law, will serve other Moore Taylor attorneys in any of his existing cases and work with any of the firm’s attorneys who wish to associate him on cases. His practice has consisted of estate planning, probate, elder care and law, mediation and business law.

“Bob’s service to this firm and to our clients for years has been unparalleled,” said Ward Bradley, Managing Partner. “We are grateful that he’s agreed to continue in this of-counsel role as he moves forward from the full time practice of law and we know our clients will continue to find the same service they knew and expected with Bob with the Moore Taylor attorneys who will now take on his cases and continue to work in those practice areas.”

Other Moore Taylor attorneys will take on Hazel’s current caseload. Sarah T. Cassidy, who has an estate planning and probate practice, will take over Hazel’s estate planning and probate cases. John Bradley will take Hazel’s education law cases with Hazel’s assistance, and Will Edwards, a Moore Taylor partner, will assume Hazel’s business law practice, associating with Hazel when appropriate.

Seven Moore Taylor Law Firm Attorneys Selected as 2014 SC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. is proud to announce seven of its attorneys were selected as 2014 South Carolina Super Lawyers and 2014 South Carolina Rising Stars. The Moore Taylor attorneys and the practice areas of law they are being recognized for are as follows:

2014 South Carolina Super Lawyers:

  • S. Jahue Moore, General Litigation
  • J. Mark Taylor, Family Law
  • C. Vance Stricklin, Jr., Family Law
  • James Edward Bradley, Personal Injury: Plaintiff
  • Jane H. Downey, Bankruptcy

2014 South Carolina Rising Stars:

  • William H. Edwards, Social Security Disability
  • Stanley L. Myers, Criminal Defense

South Carolina Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys, and the Super Lawyer designation is awarded on a yearly basis. Lawyers who receive this award have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. South Carolina Rising Stars was launched in 1988 to recognize the top up and coming attorneys in the state.

Moore Taylor Law Firm’s Stanley L. Myers named to The Citadel’s Board of Visitors

Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce partner Stanley L. Myers has been appointed by the S.C. General Assembly to serve on The Citadel’s Board of Visitors. The Citadel’s Board of Visitors has the responsibility for the direction and supervision of the college. Myers will begin serving his six-year term July 1, 2014.

“It is an honor and privilege to be elected to the Board of Visitors by the S.C. General Assembly,” said Myers. “I look forward to honorably serving my school, acting in its best interests, and to giving back just as much at The Citadel has given me.”

Myers is a partner at Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A., and has a state-wide practice with emphasis on criminal defense. He graduated from The Citadel in 1998 with a B.A. in political science. As a football player, he received numerous conference awards and ended his career as the school’s second-highest, all-time leader for total yards. Myers later graduated from the David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C., and in 2008, was named The American Bar of Trial Attorney’s Young Lawyer of the Year.

Currently, Myers serves as a major in the S.C. Army National Guard. He is the staff judge advocate at the 59th Troop Command. He served a 15-month combat tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Myers also founded the Swansea Mentorship Program and currently mentors approximately 36 young men. He is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Moore Taylor Law Firm Managing Partner Selected as Honoree

Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce managing partner James Edward “Ward” Bradley has been selected as an honoree at the South Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly’s 2014 Leadership in Law Awards event. The Leadership in Law Awards spotlight those in the South Carolina legal community who have achieved success in their law practice, made contributions to society and had an impact on the legal industry.

Bradley is the managing partner at Moore Taylor Law Firm, focusing his practice mainly on business and personal injury litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. He is currently on the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Bar and is the President-Elect of the Richland County Bar Association. Bradley has been active in the State Bar where he has served as chair of the judicial qualifications committee. He has also served as the president of the USC School of Law Alumni Association.

“Moore Taylor Law Firm is honored that Leadership in Law has recognized one of its attorneys. Ward Bradley is not only deserving of this outstanding distinction, but has the intellect, savvy and integrity as a trial lawyer and person to bring credit to our profession as a whole,” said Mark Taylor, Senior Partner.

The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Jake Moore

The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jake Moore of the Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. at its recent 2014 Annual Gala. The award recognized Mr. Moore for his civic and professional involvement in the community. Criteria for the Lifetime achievement award requires the candidate demonstrate exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with special projects and ongoing activities in the community throughout their career. The candidate must also demonstrate positive community impact during their lifetime. The lifetime achievement award is presented to a member of the community in chamber who has benefited our community and chamber, exceptional commitment to volunteerism, and has the utmost respect for the community and chamber.

As an active participant in the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Moore has proven himself to be a dependable and dedicated member of the business community. In addition, he has continually demonstrated his commitment to sustainability through his work as the chair of the Irmo Arbor Day Committee and in his position on the board of Keep the Midlands Beautiful. Mr. Moore has had heavy involvement in establishing three parks within the Greater Irmo area, as well as the beautification of two elementary schools within the Irmo area. He has also assisted in the beautification of four churches and has worked to upgrade and development of the railroad tracks in Irmo. Mr. Moore has also worked as an attorney for the Town of Irmo for 36 years.

Moore, Taylor & Thomas, P.A.’s Attorneys Earn Midlands Legal Elite Honors

Three attorneys from the West Columbia office of Moore, Taylor & Thomas, P.A. were named winners of the Legal Elite of the Midlands honors for 2013 by Columbia Business Monthly. These attorneys include:

  • C. Vance Stricklin, Jr., Family Law
  • Stanley L. Myers, Criminal Law
  • Jane H. Downey, Bankruptcy

Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands honors attorneys in the Midlands for their professional acumen. The winners are drawn from a pool of peer-nominated candidates and are regarded as the best and most well-respected attorneys in their fields.

The Law Offices of Moore, Taylor & Thomas, P.A. have been serving clients in the areas of domestic law, criminal defense, personal injury, civil litigation, bankruptcy, estate planning, and real estate for over 40 years. For more information on the law firm of Moore, Taylor & Thomas, P.A. and its dedicated attorneys, visit the firm’s website at www.mttlaw.com.