Lisa Durham Taylor


Lisa's Stats

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law (2000)
    • Executive Articles Editor, Georgia Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
    • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
      • Regional Champion
      • Regional Best Appellate Brief
      • National Semi-Finalist
  • B.A.in American Public Policy & Diversity, Cornell University (1995)
    • Vice President for Judicial Affairs, Panhellenic Society
    • Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity
    • Order of Omega Greek Honor Society
    • Varsity Women's Swimming Team

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • All Georgia state trial courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Community Involvement Highlights

  • Member, Athens First United Methodist Church (2016-present)
  • Children's Sunday School Volunteer, Athens First United Methodist Church (2016-present)
  • Chair, Conyers First United Methodist Church Preschool Advisory Board (2012-2015)
  • Conyers First United Methodist Church Board of Stewards (2010-2015)
  • Children's Advocacy Team, Conyers First United Methodist Church (2008-2010)
  • Steering Committee, Pave the Path Events (10K, 5K & Metric Century) (2007-2013)
  • Board of Directors, Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta (2001-2006)

Personal

  • Mother to four children
  • Married to an avid entrepreneur and cyclist
  • Boston Marathon Qualifier
  • Marathon Runner & Triathlete
 
 

Lisa's Story

Lisa Taylor brings a unique skill set and perspective to her law practice. She began her career as a lawyer in the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, where she represented Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of employment law matters.  Among many other things, she litigated claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and the FMLA; she drafted and litigated claims related to restrictive covenants in employment law contracts; and she advised clients on such tricky personnel matters as reductions in force, employee leave requests, employee policies and employee compensation schemes.  

Although her future at the firm was bright, Lisa heeded the call to teach when it came knocking on her door, and spent the next eleven years as a full-time member of the faculty at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.  While at AJMLS, Lisa taught courses in Civil Procedure, Employment Law, Contracts, and Remedies.  In addition, she published six articles in major law reviews:

As an academic as well as in her law practice, Lisa has also gained experience as a speaker, not just inside the classroom on a weekly basis, but outside of it as well, including the following presentations:

  • The Employment Law Cases of the Supreme Court's 2014 Term:  Who Were the Winners?  And Who Were the Losers?, 2015 Supreme Court Update, a program of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (with Cheryl B. Legare) (October 22, 2015).
  • A Marked Departure from Prior Pro-Employee Trends:  The Title VII Decisions of the Supreme Court’s 2012 Term, 2013 Supreme Court Update, a program of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (October 24, 2013).
  • Do the Employment-Law Dark Horses of The Supreme Court’s 2010 Term Reflect a Pro-Employee Bent on the Roberts Court?:  Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., Thompson v. North American Stainless, L.P., and Staub v. Proctor Hospital -- 2011 Supreme Court Update, a program of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (October 27, 2011).
  • Parsing Supreme Court Dicta to Adjudicate Non-Workplace Harms, a presentation to the Board of Directors of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (Spring 2009).
  • A Vague and Subjective Standard with Impractical Effects:  A Proposalfor Congressional Intervention After Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. v. White, a presentation to the faculty of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (Spring 2007).

Lisa merged the experience she gained in BigLaw and the intellect she honed through more than a decade of law teaching, and combined them with her competitive and entrepreneurial spirit, to form Durham Taylor LLC in 2015.  DT Law started with a blog when Lisa began to explore how she might utilize her skills and experience to try something new.  After conducting thorough and avid research on modern solo law practices, Lisa decided she just had to give it a go, and requested a reduction in her duties at the law school in order to allow time and opportunity for it.  After a year of success, she resigned her teaching position in order to pursue her law practice full time.

Always a self-starter, Lisa completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University in a self-designed program of study through the College of Arts & Science's Independent Major Program.  Her program, entitled American  Public Policy & Diversity, involved coursework in Government, History, Literature, and Anthropology.  She then earned her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating cum laude in approximately the top 15% of her class.  At law school, she served on the Editorial Board and then as Executive Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review, and competed as a national semi-finalist after winning the regional competition of the ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Lisa takes great pride in her professional and academic accomplishments, but her greatest work product is her four children.  With one in college and three in elementary school, parenting consumes most of Lisa's"spare" time, but to remain sane through it all, Lisa runs, swims or bikes on a near-daily basis.  She has completed seven marathons, including the esteemed Boston Marathon in 2014, and often takes the podium several times each year in local 5K and 10K runs and sprint- and international-distance triathlons.