Mark D. Taylor

James C. Lewis

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Mr. Taylor is an AV rated attorney and partner at the law firm of Lewis Hansen, where he represents insurance carriers and their insureds against liability claims. Mr. Taylor began his insurance defense practice - first at Snow, Christensen & Martineau and then at a boutique civil litigation firm, with offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a named partner for over five years.

Over the years, Mr. Taylor has developed an outstanding reputation in the area of insurance law within Utah's legal community. He has been repeatedly voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” in the category of insurance law (as published in Utah Business Magazine). In addition, Mr. Taylor has been named by national Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel as one of the top insurance attorneys in Utah.

Mr. Taylor’s clients include several large national insurance companies. In addition, he represents product manufacturers, general contractors, as well as subcontractors in a variety of construction related cases with an emphasis on insurance coverage, construction defect defense, and defense of bodily injury claims.

Representative Cases

Some examples of Mr. Taylor’s work include the following cases:

In the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. C.V. Carlston Heating & A/C, Inc., Civil No. 2:08-cv-00466, Mr. Taylor successfully obtained summary judgment based upon Utah's economic loss doctrine. The Court's order resulted in the dismissal, with prejudice, of all claims (over $1 million dollars in fire loss property damages) asserted against Mr. Taylor’s client.

Other representative examples include Mr. Taylor’s most recent trial verdicts. Mr. Taylor solo tried the case of Leonard et. al. v. Devereaux, et. al., Civil No. 090906698, Second District Court, Weber County, State of Utah to verdict and obtained a judgment on behalf of a professional real estate appraiser and his corporation who had been sued for malpractice. Prior to trial, plaintiffs rejected an offer of settlement for a confidential amount offered by defendants’ E&O insurer. The trial involved five retained expert witnesses and numerous fact witnesses and resulted in a verdict for the defense (no cause of action on all counts).

Similarly, Mr. Taylor solo tried the case of Forrest Kelsey, v. Sharp Transportation, Inc., Civil No. 0804401517, Fourth District Court, Utah County, State of Utah, and obtained a unanimous jury verdict in favor of a commercial trucking company client and its insurance carrier.

Mr. Taylor’s philosophy for practicing law is based on cost effective problem solving while utilizing his experience as a negotiator, litigation strategist, and successful courtroom trial attorney to achieve the most desirable outcome for his clients.

Representative Clients

Auto-Owners Insurance Co.; Acuity Insurance Co.; Great Northwest Insurance Co.; Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp.; Zurich Insurance Co.; Midland National Life Insurance Co.; Maiden Reinsurance Co.; Integon Insurance Co.; Axis Reinsurance Co.; Liberty Mutual Group; West American Insurance Co.; AAA-Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club - Automobile Club of Southern California; Great West Casualty Co.

Mr. Taylor is a member of the Utah State Bar, the Arizona State Bar, the Utah Federal District Court Bar, the United States 10th Cir. Court of Appeals Bar, the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He earned his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from the University of Utah where he graduated with honors. He was honored as a William H. Leary Scholar by the University of Utah College of law and completed a Judicial Externship with the Utah Court of Appeals, the Honorable Judith M. Billings. Outside of his practice of law, Mr. Taylor enjoys spending time with his family and frequently competes in triathlon races throughout the state.

Service Areas: Insurance law, construction defect defense, personal injury defense, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, product liability defense, insurance subrogation, real estate appraiser professional liability defense, civil litigation.


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