In the 2008 issue of Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, we published one of Editor-in-Chief Erik Lundegaard’s all-time favorite features: a profile of former Detroit undercover cop Bernard Taylor, now a class action and mass torts attorney at Alston & Bird in Atlanta. An excerpt:
The scene unfolds at sudden-death speed. Bernard Taylor, an undercover cop in 1970s Detroit, enters a darkened house with a shotgun to make a bust. From the front room a rifle is fired, but-as will be discovered later-gunpowder pulverizes the bullet in the chamber and the old .22 simply spits tiny bits of lead and powder off the bill of Taylor’s cap and into his eye. Taylor, hardly blinking, levels his shotgun. At that moment, he hears children’s voices coming from the gloom behind the shooter.
“I didn’t shoot,” says Taylor, now a partner at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, where for the past 25 years he’s worked as a trial lawyer. “I didn’t want to take a chance on hitting those kids. So I made the guy drop his gun and surrender. I was really fortunate. It could have been a disaster.” As it turned out, he was named police officer of the year.
“Funny how life is,” he adds.
Taylor is a 14-time Super Lawyers list selectee going back to the first magazine that was published in Georgia back in 2004. He has over 30 years of trial experience, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and concentrates his practice on complex litigation involving commercial litigation, class actions, mass torts, environmental liability, pharmaceutical products liability and toxic tort lawsuits filed in various jurisdictions throughout the United States.