W. Taylor  Stanley

W. Taylor Stanley

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Taylor is a strategic problem solver. He applies hands-on litigation experience in a wide range of substantive areas along with a background in business and regulatory enforcement to every case he handles.

Recognizing that every case is unique, Taylor has demonstrated a keen ability to identify and focus on the critical issues that can win or lose a case. His clients have come to rely upon his sound analysis and advice in developing effective strategies to navigate the rapidly changing litigation environment.

Commercial and business litigation is where Taylor spends the majority of his professional time. Whether sorting through decades of records to unravel complicated business relationships, addressing claims of defective construction in projects large or small, or litigating real estate disputes, Taylor works closely with business owners, insurance professionals, and corporate general counsel to bring disputes to the quickest cost effective resolution.

Taylor also advises commercial clients on matters related to corporate governance, shareholder disputes, business formation, property and leasing transactions, zoning issues and creditor/debtor rights. A member of both the North and South Carolina bars, he also assists clients in other jurisdictions and works as part of a team of lawyers when depth of experience in particular substantive or geographic areas is needed. Taylor is the former Secretary of the New Hanover County Bar Association, Inc. and former outside general counsel to an agency of the State of South Carolina.

Taylor has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation. He was also recently accepted in to the Leadership Columbia leadership development program.

Taylor’s undergraduate degree in Business Administration equips him to understand business goals in the courtroom, in the boardroom and at the negotiating table. His transactional experience helps him to understand the pitfalls that can occur which commonly lead to litigation, while his litigation experience allows him to anticipate issues to avoid when drafting transactional documents.

  • Obtained summary judgment for individual client involving allegations of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and breach of contract.
  • Obtained summary judgment for condominium association seeking enforcement of special assessments resulting from the “Flood of 2015” involving construction of the South Carolina Horizontal Property Act.
  • Represented Developers in acquisition of multi-million dollar parcels for large retail anchor tenants and urban redevelopment projects.
  • Represented insureds for title insurance companies seeking easements, reformation of conveyance documents, determination of priority of liens, and actions to quite title.
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • North Carolina State University, B.A., 2010
  • South Carolina Bar, 2013
  • North Carolina Bar, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2022
  • American Bar Association
  • Former New Hanover County Bar Association Board Member (2017-2019) and Secretary (2018-2019)
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • Best Lawyers in America: "Ones to Watch", Litigation: Real Estate (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America: "Ones to Watch", Litigation: Construction (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America: "Ones to Watch", Commercial Litigation (2023)
  • Leadership Columbia (2021)
  • Midlands Legal Elite, Business Litigation and Construction (2020-2022)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2020-2023
  • Super Lawyers NC, Rising Star in Business Litigation (2019)