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Feb. 17, 2023

Rising Stars: Johnathan Taylor

Associate Johnathan Taylor practices in the Atlanta office, focusing his work on cloud computing, artificial intelligence, licensing, and technology transactions. He earned his JD cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was involved in the University of Miami Business Law Review as executive editor, the Black Law Students Association, and the Litigation Skills Program. Johnathan has also served in his community, volunteering as a counselor at an adult daycare and as a pen pal with a local grade student through the Books and Buddies program.

What do you like the most about your work?

I thoroughly enjoy helping businesses achieve their objectives in the most efficient ways possible. Many of the clients I work for come to me and my team with an idea of what they want to do or what the final product will be. I enjoy taking the time to understand the client’s business model and how to best achieve their objectives, often in ways that they had not previously considered.

What advice would you give to someone in pursuit of a law degree?

I would say — take a deep breath and focus on what you can control. In my experience, the competitive nature of law school can take a toll. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others who may perform better in certain classes or get that internship that you wanted, etc. I truly believe that everything in life happens for a reason, and if you focus on giving your all to the things that you can control, life will work out in the end. I truly believe that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

What led you to the practice of law?

As a child, I was always told that I’d make a good attorney because I talked so much and liked to argue. Although I did not go into litigation as that may suggest, that definitely put the idea in my mind. I didn’t know exactly what type of law I wanted to practice, but I knew that I wanted to put my business and marketing degree to good use, and I knew that I liked the idea of negotiating contracts. After college, I felt that the best way to put my different interests to use was to go to law school.

What do you like to do outside of work?

My favorite things to do outside of work are spending time with friends and family, playing golf, and watching football (Roll Tide).