R. Taylor  Speer

R. Taylor Speer

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Focusing on prosecuting business torts and defending employers, Taylor is serious about representing business. 

Taylor has taken on private equity groups and pharmaceutical companies on behalf of small business and recouped money and other resources for big business when their vendors or employees made the mistake of thinking no one was watching. Simply stated, Taylor enjoys unwinding shady deals and exposing their makers.

Knowing that no good deed of a business owner goes unpunished, Taylor also takes pride in representing employers in state and federal court. Taylor has successfully handled sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and wage and hour claims and has represented businesses accused of violating consumer protection and handicap accessibility laws. In state court, Taylor has defended corporate officers and directors from their own constituents in shareholder oppression and derivative actions.

Taylor believes the best intellectual capital comes from diversity and has endeavored to support this philosophy with a vibrant immigration practice. Taylor has represented businesses and family members in green card applications (IR and EB categories) and nonimmigrant visas categories, including: investors (E), skilled workers (H1-B), intra-company transfers (L), clergymen (R), witness protection (U), and asylum.

Outside of work, Taylor is passionate about his wife, two sons, and music. Taylor formerly enjoyed a second career as a musician, which took him throughout the southeast playing clubs and also supporting charities. Taylor currently serves impoverished families in South Carolina as a member of the Greenville Advisory Board of the Harvest Hope Food Bank. He also serves city residents in developing and implementing a climate-sustainable energy plan within the ‘Energy and Buildings’ ad-hoc committee of Greenville’s Green Ribbon Advisory Committee. Taylor is active in building a clean-energy economy in South Carolina and has planned public development and procurement of community and municipal solar installations in the state.



  • Briefed federal appellate jurisdiction in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • 224 So.3d 888 – Reversed trial court’s interlocutory order denying discovery in business fraud case.


  • Partial directed verdict for employer in whistleblower claim after $5 million jury demand in federal rocket docket jurisdiction.
  • Defense verdict in jury trial for national debt collector alleged to have violated consumer protection laws.
  • Partial directed verdict in arbitration for tenant in 7-figure damages cases arising from commercial properties in SC, NC, and GA.
  • Defense and nominal verdicts for insured in auto negligence jury trials.


  • Seven-figure settlement for international pharmaceutical supplier in lien foreclosure suit.
  • Six-figure settlement from insurer of IT vendor that negligently performed computer and network administration contract.
  • Dismissal of sexual harassment and negligent supervision claims.
  • Settled shareholder derivative action and minority oppression lawsuit from dissociated member for less than client’s valuation.
  • Five-figure settlement for nonprofit corporation against former director that stole the client’s USDA contracts.
  • Five-figure settlement from bank that negligently mishandled client’s construction loan.
  • Five-figure settlement from physical therapy group on behalf of former owner.
  • Performed forensic inspection of hard drives for spoliation.
  • Defended ESI requests in federal court.


  • Settlement for employee leasing company sued by DOL for allegedly violating immigrant labor laws.
  • Forced USCIS to adjudicate visa by filing mandamus action against Bush-era FBI Director Robert Mueller and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
  • Dismissal of removal proceedings by securing U-visa for client.
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • University of Colorado, Business Administration, 2003
  • South Carolina Bar, 2012
  • Florida State Bar, 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2018
  • District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2016
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2010
  • Conservation Voters of South Carolina, Greenville Advisory Committee, Member 2019
  • Green Ribbon Advisory Committee, ‘Energy and Buildings’ Ad Hoc Committee, 2018
  • Business Network Institute, 2018
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank, Greenville Advisory Committee, Member 2017
  • Leadership Greenville (2019)


• ‘Senate set to overhaul clean energy and make solar more competitive in South Carolina,’ Greenville Journal, Vol. 21, No. 15 (April 19,2019)

• ‘Are You Protecting Your Business with Non-Compete Agreements?’, GSA Business Report, Volume 20, No. 21 (October 31 – November 13, 2016)

• ‘Five Lease Terms A Business Tenant Should Negotiate;’ GSA Business Report, Volume 19, No. 15 (July 25 – August 7, 2016)

• ‘United States V. Atlantic Research Corp.: The Supreme Court Cleans CERCLA But Fails To Purify The Waters,’ 9 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 585 (2008).
 -Cited as authority in a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. Morrison Enterprises, LLC v. Dravo Corp., 2011 WL 2647133 *19 (U.S.)

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

• ‘Renewable Energy Policy in South Carolina,’ Guest Lecture – Clemson University (April 8, 2019)

• ‘Business Immigration Law and Policy: What You Think You Know and Why It Matters to Get it Right,’ Greenville Bar CLE Presentation (February 8, 2019)

• Greenville Bar Luncheon Presentation Honoring South Carolina Supreme Court Justices, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judges and Bar Members (April 2018)

• ‘Litigator Discusses the Top 10 Lease Clauses to Avoid A Lawsuit,’ Lease Smart Commercial Real Estate Podcast (November 2016)
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