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E. Taylor Davidson Jr.

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Practice Areas

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Trial Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Mediation
  • Commercial Litigation

Biography

I am Board Certified in both Civil Trial (since 2000) and Workers' Compensation (since 1998). There are over 100,000 lawyers in Florida but there are currently only 5 lawyers in Florida that are Board Certified in both of those specialties. I have also been a Circuit Civil Mediator since 1994. Since my admission to practice the majority of my practice has been litigation. I have primarilly handled injury claims but, I have also done complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court. The first 6 years I primarily handled personal injury claims while maintaining a varied general practice. Since 1992 my practice has primarilly involved the representation of injured people in workers' compensation and liability claims. I have, during that time, also handled commercial litigation, mediations, and social security. I have tried hundreds of cases, and had thousands of clients.

I am a true believer in the Inns of Court organization, and am involved in 3 separate Inns. The Inn is an invitation only organization of lawyers and judges promoting ethics and profesionalism while mentoring younger lawyers. I am a Master in the Inn. I have been a member of the Wilson American Inn of Court (a Circuit Court Inn in Lakeland) for over 20 years. I have been a member of the Judge William Wieland Inn of Court (a workers' compensation Inn located in Orlando) since that Inn was founded 10 years ago. I was on the Membership Committee for that Inn but resigned in 2021 when I was elect President of the Tampa Bay Workers' Compensation Inn by the members of that Inn of Court.

I was on the 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) from 1992 to 1996 serving as Chair my final year. I served on the Executive Council of the General Practice Section of the Florida Bar from 1989 to 1994. I was a Member of the Student Education and Admission to the Bar Committee of the Florida Bar from 1989 to 1991. I am presently a member of both the Lakeland Bar and Polk County Trial Lawyers. I have been a member of those local Bar Associations for over 20 years. I am presently a member of the Trial Lawyers and Workers' Compensation Sections of The Florida Bar and the Florida Justice Association. I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Group where settling a case for over $1 million is required.


I have been a member of the Seminole Booster and FSU Alumni Association since approximately 1987. I was on the Board and Executive Committee of Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Polk County from 1992 to 1995. I was on the Board of Ducks Unlimited, Lakeland Chapter from 1993 to 1996. My firm is a longtime Chamber of Commerce member and I am a Leadership Lakeland alumni (Class XII).

I am married to my best friend and am the proud father of 3 wonderful children. The last of those blessings was born to me late in life and is only a young child. I am a 60 year old father of a kindergartener but she is a joy. Spending time with my family is the greatest joy in my life.

I consider myself an avid outdoorsman. I enjoy hunting with both firearms and primative weapons, fishing when I can, spending time on my boat, camping, kayaking the rivers of central Florida. I am also an avid scuba diver (Master Diver), and enjoy the challenge of underwater photography. I also enjoy college and professional football immensely.

Education

  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1986
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Florida State University
    • B.S. - 1983
    • Honors: cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1986
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1988

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Worker's Compensation and Civil Trial Law

Professional Associations

  • Wilson American Inn of Court
  • Judge William Wieland Inn of Court
  • Tampa Bay Workers’ Compensation Inn
  • 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission , 1992 to 1996
  • Executive Council of the General Practice Section of the Florida Bar , 1989 to 1991
  • Lakeland Bar and Polk County Trial Lawyers
  • Trial Lawyers and Workers' Compensation Sections of The Florida Bar and the Florida Justice Association

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Seminole Booster and FSU Alumni Association, 1987 to Present
  • Board and Executive Committee of Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Polk County, 1992 to 1995
  • Board of Ducks Unlimited, Lakeland Chapter, 1993 to 1996