Taylor J. Hills is an accomplished litigator who focuses primarily on business and commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation and appellate advocacy. He also has substantial experience in the defense of malpractice and fraud claims against insurance agents, attorneys, and real estate brokers. Taylor has represented clients in a wide variety of other matters including tax disputes with the IRS and state authorities, corporate litigation, disability insurance claims, bankruptcies, and estate planning matters. He has successfully briefed and argued consequential appellate matters before New York’s Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, and Rhode Island’s Supreme Court.
Taylor earned his B.A. in Law and Jurisprudence from Amherst College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served as the Notes Editor of the Connecticut Law Review and was elected to the Connecticut Moot Court Board.
During law school, Taylor was a judicial intern to the Honorable Kevin Nathaniel Fox of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Prior to law school, Taylor worked for several years as an executive speechwriter for the Chairman and CEO and other senior management of The Hartford Financial Services Group.
Taylor is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Districts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
In his spare time, Taylor enjoys spending time with his family and his interests include writing, hiking and rock climbing, traveling, tennis, and cooking.
- Represented a major bus company in an appellate insurance coverage matter before the First Department, reversing in full the decision of the court below and establishing duties to defend and indemnify on a primary, non-contributory basis on the part of the client’s commercial auto carrier.
- Represented a large insurance brokerage in a multi-million-dollar malpractice matter before the Rhode Island Superior and Supreme Courts, resulting in a precedent-setting decision that for the first time clarified issues involving the application of the relevant statute of limitations to claims involving insurance agents and brokers.
- On behalf of insurance carrier clients, obtained numerous declarations through summary judgment that the clients were not obliged to defend or indemnify New York Labor Law claims where no “grave injury” could be proven.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissal of two insurance broker clients and secured uninsured motorist coverage through the auto carriers in a consolidated malpractice matter arising from a hit-and-run motorcycle fatality.
- Represented an insurance broker in a million-dollar malpractice claim following the destruction of a large commercial printing press; in a matter involving extremely complex technical and coverage issues, participated in a mediated settlement in which the insurer agreed to bear 100 percent of the loss.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissal on behalf of an insurance broker client in a complex matter involving the alleged forgery of an assignment of benefits in a life insurance policy.
- Represented a corporate client in a $25 million tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service, reversing the denial of a Section 1033 exchange following the eminent domain taking of a large property in Northern California.
- Represented an insurance broker following costly highway accident involving a vehicle rented by purveyor of fine foods and obtained summary judgment dismissal and coverage of claim by the auto insurer.
- Represented a large New York liquor warehouser and distributor following a multi-million-dollar loss due to Hurricane Sandy and successfully established full coverage through the client’s excess flood carrier.