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 for big business when their vendors or employees expected no one was watching. Taylor enjoys unwinding exploitative deals made under false pretense.

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.

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.

Taylor is highly committed to growing a clean energy economy in South Carolina. Taylor has represented a major ratepayer in solar proceedings before the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and has planned public procurement and development of municipal solar installations. Taylor serves the solar trade as a member of the ‘E4 Carolinas Task Force for South Carolina Clean Energy Industries;’ serves city residents as an active member of the energy subcommittee of Greenville’s municipal sustainability board, ‘GRAC;’ and advocates for clean energy in Columbia as a member of an advisory committee for ‘Conservation Voters of South Carolina.’

Outside of work, Taylor is passionate about his two sons and music.

Appeals

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

Trials

  • Partial directed verdict for employer in retaliation 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.

Litigation

  • Seven-figure settlement for international pharmaceutical supplier in lien foreclosure suit.
  • Six-figure settlement from insurer of IT vendor that caused catastrophic loss of data.
  • Settled business fraud case after Court permitted forensic inspection of hard drives for spoliation.
  • Five-figure settlement for nonprofit corporation against former director that stole the client’s USDA contracts.
  • Five-figure settlement from bank that negligently mishandled construction loan.
  • Settled shareholder derivative action and minority oppression lawsuit for less than client’s own valuation.
  • Dismissal of sexual harassment and negligent supervision claims.

Immigration

  • Forced USCIS to adjudicate visa by filing mandamus action against then-FBI Director Robert Mueller and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
  • Settlement for employee leasing company sued by DOL for allegedly violating immigrant labor laws.
  • Dismissal of removal proceedings by securing U-visa for client.
  • Successfully defended South Carolina publisher accused of violating state e-Verify laws.

Regulatory 

  • Represented major ratepayer in multiple solar proceedings before the Public Service Commission of South Carolina.



  • 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
  • E4 Carolinas Task Force for South Carolina Clean Energy Industries, Member 2019 –current (formerly South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance Advisory Committee)
  • Conservation Voters of South Carolina, Greenville Advisory Committee, Member 2019-current
  • Green Ribbon Advisory Committee, ‘Energy and Buildings’ Ad Hoc Committee, 2018-current
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank, Greenville Advisory Committee, Member 2017-2019
  • Cited as authority on environmental law (CERCLA) in filings with the United States Supreme Court (2011)
  • Legal Elite Greenville Business Magazine, Business Litigation (2020)
  • Leadership Greenville (2019)

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Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • Moderated webinar panel on clean energy technology in the Carolinas, focusing on advanced nuclear, smart cities and wireless EV fleet charging (September 17, 2020)
  • Webinar panelist for South Carolina clean energy regulatory update, focusing on energy dockets pending before PSC; panelists included counsel for Duke and Dominion Energy and director of regulatory affairs for Southern Current (September 3, 2020)
  • FMLA and Other Leave Issues,’ NBI CLE Presentation (November 12, 2019)
  • ‘Legal Issues in Recruiting and Hiring,’ NBI CLE Presentation (November 12, 2019)
  • ‘100% Renewable: A ‘Road Map’ for Getting from Here to There,’ South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, Annual Conference Presentation with Alder Energy Systems, LLC (November 7, 2019)
  • ‘Lower Overhead And Boost Brand Recognition With Renewable Energy Policy,’ Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Presentation (September 24, 2019)
  • ‘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) https://leasesmart.com/litigator-discusses-top-10-lease-clauses-avoid-lawsuit/

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