D. Taylor Harper


Atlanta, Georgia

Taylor Harper is a partner in Taylor English’s Alcohol, Food & Regulated Products Group. Mr. Harper’s practice focuses primarily on regulatory compliance and litigation in the food and beverage industry with an emphasis on the beverage-alcohol and cannabis sectors at the federal, state, and local levels.

Mr. Harper’s practice encompasses assisting his clients in all phases of operations, including start-up, structuring and governance, licensing and permitting, franchise regulation, trade practices regulation, promotions regulation (including regulation of point-of-sale materials and consumer specialty advertising), brand and label regulation, trademark, taxation (including excise taxes and sales-and-use taxes), importation, contracts (e.g., distribution, supply-chain, IP, production services), and related real estate, leasing, and landlord-tenant matters.

The beverage-alcohol industry is highly regulated and governed by a complex web of laws from multiple, intersecting jurisdictions. Mr. Harper helps individuals and companies navigate this gauntlet. With his depth of knowledge, he is regularly asked by government officials, legislators, and trade organizations to explain the ins and outs of the industry.

Mr. Harper has presented at multiple conferences where he provides continued legal education and public education seminars on beverage-alcohol and cannabis regulatory topics. He has served as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University where he taught courses on beverage-alcohol law and hospitality law.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Harper was a partner at Taylor, Feil, Harper & Lumsden P.C.

Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Harper serves as a judge advocate with the Army National Guard.  Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of Maji Mazuri USA, a non-profit organization helping to alleviate poverty in the Mathare Valley slum located in Nairobi, Kenya.


  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Georgia Restaurant Association, Board Member
  • Maji Mazuri USA, Board Member
  • Rotary Club of Buckhead, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member

Practice Areas

  • Alcohol Distribution
  • Alcohol Licensing
  • Alcohol, Food & Regulated Products
  • Cannabis Law
  • Licensing & Permits


  • Georgia State University College of Law, JD, 2009
  • Georgia State University, BA, with honors, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Alabama


  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia


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