Earle R. Taylor III

Earle R. Taylor III

Partner - Atlanta
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303 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 5300
Atlanta, GA 30308
TEL: 404.527.4907
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Earle R. Taylor III is head of MLA’s Public Finance practice. For more than 30 years, Mr. Taylor has participated in public finance transactions in more than 15 states and territories as well as for Indian tribes financing, among other things, airports, water, sewer, gas, and electric utilities, solid waste facilities, public and private primary and secondary educational facilities, higher educational and research facilities, health care facilities, elderly housing, multifamily housing, single family housing, hotels, conference centers, convention facilities, public buildings and infrastructure, park and recreational facilities, economic development projects, and downtown redevelopment projects.  

Mr. Taylor has served on the State of Georgia Bond Allocation Technical Advisory Committee and has served as an expert witness for the Securities and Exchange Commission in a landmark civil enforcement proceeding involving municipal securities and as a consulting expert to the Securities and Exchange Commission for civil enforcement proceedings involving municipal securities. He serves on the Advisory Board and as an instructor for the Center for State and Local Finance of The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies of Georgia State University.  He frequently drafts and consults on public finance-related legislation proposed by the Georgia General Assembly. Examples of legislation that he had significant involvement with include the statute authorizing the use of derivative contracts by the State of Georgia and its local governmental units, the statute authorizing the use of commercial paper by the State of Georgia and its local governmental units, the constitutional amendment reauthorizing community redevelopment and authorizing the use of educational taxes to secure tax allocation bonds of local governmental units, the Georgia Higher Education Facilities Authority Act, and amendments to the Development Authorities Law.

Mr. Taylor has served as a panelist or speaker on public finance issues at events sponsored by the National Association of Bond Lawyers, The Bond Buyer, the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association, the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the University System of Georgia Lawyers Group, the Society for College and University Planning, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Health Care Financial Managers Association, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and the Georgia Association of School Business Officials.  He co-chaired in 2014 The Seminar Group's Public/Private Finance and Development seminar.  

Mr. Taylor is a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Public Finance Law and Securitization and Structured Finance Law, as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite for Public Finance, and as a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta magazine for Government Finance. He was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year for Public Finance Law in Georgia.  He is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

In law school, Mr. Taylor was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Estate Planning. In undergraduate school, he was awarded the James A. Turner Award in Federal Taxation, a South Carolina CPA Society Scholarship, and the College of Commerce and Industry Blazer Award.  He also was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Omicron Delta Epsilon.   

Mr. Taylor passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination in May 1981.

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