Represented business owners, plan sponsors, trustees, lenders, and related clients in a wide variety of tax issues arising in Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP") transactions ranging in value from $10-$300 million.
Representing business entities in a wide variety of industries on tax matters related to formation, financing, operations, restructuring, and dispositions.
IRS agreed owner of Lear Jet entitled to interest, deprecation and operating expense deductions.
Represented one of the world's largest religious organization before the Georgia Department of Revenue, which agreed not to impose sales use and lodging taxes on use of lodging facility by church members and related groups.
- Assisted client in seeking to acquire control of a major publishing company.
Representing large, complex group of foreign entities, including a private foundation and its founders in an IRS examination involving classification and taxation of entities with more than $50 million of tax and penalties at stake.
Advised numerous S Corporations, LLCs and partnerships, and their owners, regarding initial qualification and the taxation of operating and investment income, raising debt and equity capital, executive compensation, and disposition of assets or entities.
Experience includes representation of owners of apartment complexes in the revision and updating of apartment leases, community rules and tenant applications in several Southeastern states, and the handling of various landlord tenant issues, and representation of a property owner in the operation and management of apartment complexes, rental homes and motels.
Represented retired NFL football player in case where the IRS denied a theft loss the taxpayer suffered when his licensed investment adviser misappropriated $1,679,500 of his funds. Decision pending in the United States Tax Court.
On behalf of Pilgrim’s Pride, moved for summary judgment as to all allegations and claims asserted. On June 5, 2015, U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Barksdale issued a Report and Recommendation recommending that the Motion for Summary Judgment be granted in its entirety and Judgment to be entered in favor of Pilgrim’s Pride. On July 14, 2015, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan issued an Order Adopting the Report and Recommendation and granting Summary ...
Represented a joint venture of two nationally recognized State universities in the acquisition and development of a unique shared library facility, and in the closing of a large million bond transaction to finance the construction and operation of the facility.
- Achieved favorable outcome for medical device company defending patent infringement and false marking claims
Represented Byrne Medical in patent infringement and false marking case relating to endoscopic devices. Negotiated favorable confidential settlement.
Represented Mueller Water Products, Inc. in action against Singer Valve, Inc. and Singer Valve, LLC alleging patent infringement of Mueller’s patent for an apparatus for the enhancement of water quality in a subterranean pressurized water distribution system. Negotiated a favorable settlement with defendants. Mueller Water Products, Inc. v. Singer Valve, Inc. and Singer Valve, LLC.
After a six week jury trial presenting 17 consolidated, yet individually proved plaintiff’s cases, obtained a civil conspiracy to defraud verdict in the total amount of $3.5 million on behalf of each of 17 investors in a commercial building arising from fraud in the financing of the purchase. In the same trial, obtained judgment for an additional $500,000 in punitive damages against the syndicator.
Experience includes representation as real estate counsel for a large national retail franchisor, representation of restaurant operators in the purchase and sale of business assets of franchise locations in Georgia and Florida, and representation of franchisees in the negotiation of new franchises and termination of existing franchises.
Advised Reliance Financial Corporation on its acquisition by merger by Fidelity Information Services (NYSE: FIS). The transaction, which had an aggregate purchase price of $110 million, brought together the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology and one of the largest independent trust companies in the United States. Assisted with the negotiation and preparation of the Agreement and Plan of Merger and the ancillary documents needed to ...
- Taylor English represented Pristine Sun, LLC as the borrower on a $3.2 million credit facility provided by Partners for Growth IV, LLC, as the lender
The Taylor English team, acting as counsel for the borrower, reviewed and negotiated the loan agreement and numerous collateral agreements, issuing an opinion as counsel to the borrower.
Assisted the Atlanta Braves in their trademark clearance process.
Also assisted the medical technology company in sale to a venture capital firm.
- Obtained jury verdict in favor of a non-profit advocacy group in trademark and defamation jury trial
Successfully defended non-profit advocacy group against claim that it did not own rights to its name.
- Assisted Centers for Disease Control in preparation of 2007 publication, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-Serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures.
Advised on legal aspects of standards for youth serving organizations in hiring, screening and supervision.
Governing board for state agency, serving on committee for department of Family and Children's services.
Defended law enforcement personnel, district attorneys, judges, correctional officers and police officers in state and federal court.
Lead trial counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a one-month trial brought by an individual smoker suffering from laryngeal cancer. Jury returned a defense verdict.
Represented a CEO in construction industry who received a target letter in criminal antitrust investigation, conducted thorough internal investigation and convinced the U.S. Department of Justice not to proceed with any charges against client.
Represented client in securing $2 billion settlement of multi-patent litigation.
Represented client in securing settlement of multi-party/multi-patent litigation allowing underwritten sale of publicly traded corporation.
Represented clients in defending against patent troll litigations, with a record of defeating troll patentees’ claims for damages.
- Drafted the purchase agreement for the sale of a medical practice business
Represented the seller of a medical practice, including sale of the land and building utilized for the practice located in central Pennsylvania and a lease back to seller, drafting all purchase documents, the lease and related disposition documents for the transaction.
Represented a sales executive in alleged fraudulent PPE transaction relating to $300 million in sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. Negotiated a resolution that called for home confinement rather than the initially proposed penalty of 10 years in prison.
Represented client in securing exclusion order through trial preserving client’s $50 million annual market position.
Represented client in securing fee award from the ITC penalizing adverse parties conduct during investigation.
Lead trial counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in landmark health care recovery action brought by 40 Missouri hospitals seeking reimbursement of $455 million in costs allegedly incurred treating indigent smokers. After a six-month trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- Lead counsel on behalf of large tobacco company in more than 750 cases filed over 16 years in state court in Baltimore
Lead counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in more than 750 cases filed over 16 years in state court in Baltimore seeking to join claims against tobacco manufacturers with claims against asbestos manufacturers on the asbestos docket. Mr. Burton persuaded three separate trial judges to dismiss all 750 cases at the pleading stage and has successfully upheld those decisions through 11 appeals over 16 years.
Represented the Landlord in leasing Class A office space located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Represented an innovative vertical farm owner in connection with leasing more than 350,000 sq. ft. of warehouse growing space in a historic building located in an opportunity zone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Led diligence and negotiated the asset purchase documents for the $42 million acquisition of the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland, including review and negotiation of the ground lease and restaurant management agreement for the hotel. Also negotiated and closed on the $28 million acquisition financing for the property.
Managed diligence and negotiated the acquisition documents for the Envoy Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts for $112.5 million, including mortgage financing for the acquisition.
Represented patentee in jury trial resulting in multi-million dollar damages after successful defense of client’s patent portfolio.
Represented a REIT in the negotiation of a joint venture agreement and related documents with respect to the acquisition of a majority ownership interest in the ownership entity of a luxury hotel in Miami, Florida for $30 million.
Represented patentee in obtaining jury verdict against infringer resulting damages/fees/costs.
Represented client in securing settlement in multi-party litigation preserving patentee’s retail market position.
Performed diligence and negotiated the asset purchase agreement for the $75 million acquisition of the Sunnyvale Marriott in Sunnyvale, California, along with negotiating and closing on the assumption of the existing CMBS loan for the property and a 1031 exchange for the property.
Represents Red Ventures, a portfolio of international and domestic digital brands that includes Lonely Planet, Creditcards.com, Motgage-calc.com, CD.com, The Points Guy, Quizzle, and Bankrate.
Served as counsel to a large Atlanta-based construction company in the establishment of an ESOP and sale of its stock to the related Employee Stock Ownership Trust, drafting and negotiating all legal documents and negotiating terms of sale with Trustee’s counsel and bank’s counsel.
Lead counsel in 50+ asbestos premises cases filed against R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company since 2000.
- Served as trial counsel to a large tobacco company in cases seeking reimbursement for billions of dollars in costs
Trial counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in cases brought by the States of Mississippi, Florida and Texas seeking reimbursement for billions of dollars in costs allegedly incurred treating smokers through the Medicaid program. These cases resolved before trial.
Represented client in securing ITC exclusion order in multi-party/multi-country investigation, and using ITC investigation to suspend actions in foreign national jurisdictions.
National trial counsel for a Fortune 400 company defending toxic torts litigation.
Represents domestic breweries, restaurants and lifestyle brands in various portfolio management and trademark enforcement matters.
- Trial counsel for a large tobacco company brought by an asbestos trust seeking reimbursement for $200 million
Trial counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company brought by an asbestos trust seeking reimbursement for $200 million in costs allegedly incurred treating asbestos exposed workers suffering from lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. After a two-month trial, the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of the defense.