J. Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor - AttorneyMr. Taylor was admitted to the practice of law in the State trial and appellate courts of South Carolina in 1980 and Federal District Court in 1981. He is a member in good standing of the Family Law Sections of both the South Carolina Bar and American Bar Association, and since 1997 has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney and, for over twenty-eight years he has actively practiced domestic relations law in the South Carolina Family Courts, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. He is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubble, the highest possible distinction in both ability and ethical standards.


Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
South Carolina Bar, Family Law Section
Richland County Bar
Super Lawyers


Chairman, “Divorce,” 13 South Carolina Jurisprudence 63
Co-Author, “Adultery and Fornication,” 3 South Carolina Jurisprudence 1
Co-Author, "Fault Enforces Accountability" (ABA Family Law Advocate)
Co-Author, "Custody Moves: Handling Abduction, Wrongful Retention" The Matrimonial Strategist
Author, “Law of Relocation in Family Court” (South Carolina Lawyer)


Duncan and McKay, Business Valuations for Lawyers
Stuckey, Marital Litigation in South Carolina (1st, 3rd and 4th Ed.)
Collins, South Carolina Evidence
S.C. Bar, Civil Trial Manual

Seminar Materials

“Sequence of Witnesses at Trial,” (SC Bar-CLE “Hot Tips from the Experts”)
“Harvesting Information from Clients” (Georgetown University Law Center CLE Conference)
“Effectively Using Fault at Trial” (ABA Family Law Section)
“International Child Snatching--What To Do Over Here When the Child's Over There”; (S.C. Bar – CLE)
“Fault Should Not Be A Dirty Word In Divorce, Alimony, Or Property Division” (Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association)
“The Law of Relocation from the Guardian’s Perspective” (S.C. Children’s Law Center)

In addition, Mr. Taylor served as Editor of the S.C. Bar Family Law Newsletter, served as the South Carolina Reporter for the BNA Family Law Reports and was the South Carolina Reporter for the American Bar Association Family Law Section’s Law in 50 States project from 1990-2010. Most recently he served on the Judicial Qualifications Committee of the South Carolina Bar, screening candidates for the Family Court Bench.