Mr. Taylor focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, and trust and estate litigation matters. In his more than four decades of practicing law, Mr. Taylor has earned numerous accolades from the legal community. National directory of attorneys Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him its prestigious AV Preeminent rating, signifying that his peers rank him at the highest levels of professionalism and ethical standards. Further, since 1981 Mr. Taylor has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a national organization of approximately 2,600 of the nation's top trust and estate attorneys who have demonstrated significant contributions to the field of trusts and estates law. Membership in ACTEC is by nomination only, and nominees undergo a careful review by both state and national membership selection committees prior to consideration by the Regents of the College. Additionally, since 1993 Mr. Taylor has been listed in Best Lawyers in the field of Trusts and Estates, and has been identified as a Superlawyer in the field of Trust and Estate Litigation.
Mr. Taylor is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, and a former reporter for the Hawaii Probate Code Revision Project. He has been called upon to serve as an expert witness in trust and estate matters by the Attorney General of the State of Hawaii and a number of small and large law firms.
Mr. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University, and his Juris Doctorate from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He was admitted to practice law in California and Hawaii in 1969.
Outside of his practice, Mr. Taylor supports Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) by regularly going on-air during its semi-annual fund drives as the creator of the Attorney Compliment Challenge. The popular Attorney Compliment Challenge involves a caller who both contributes money to HPR and compliments an attorney. The caller's contribution is then matched by a donation from one of a number of participating law firms, including Taylor, Leong & Chee, and by the complimented attorney, essentially tripling the caller's donation.
Hawaii State Bar Association
- President's Award (2002)
American Bar Association
- Member, Sections on Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law; Litigation
- State Bar of California (Inactive)
Hawaii Institute for Continuing Legal Education
- Member, Board of Directors, 1980-1988 and President, 1986-1988
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Hawaii
- Member, 1994-2006; Vice Chairperson, 1997-1999; and Chairperson, 2000-2003
Hawaii Judicial Council
- Member, Committee on Uniform Probate Code and Probate Court Practices, 1992- present