Michael Taunton

Michael Taunton

Balch & Bingham LLP, Attorney

Birmingham, Alabama

About About Q&A Publications News Credentials About Michael Michael Taunton focuses his practice on appellate and financial services litigation, as well as other complex commercial and business litigation. He has successfully represented financial, business, and municipal clients before the Alabama Supreme Court, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, and in an amicus capacity before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Michael is also experienced in handling all aspects of discovery and motions practice, both at the federal and state trial court levels. Prior to joining Balch, Michael served as legislative counsel to Senator Jeff Sessions on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. While serving, Michael specialized in matters of intellectual property, bankruptcy law, international trade, and constitutional and judicial issues. Michael earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as executive editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, as well as student director of the Non-Profit Organizations Clinic. Q&A Expand All Collapse All What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice? Prior to joining Balch, I was given the opportunity to serve as legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, I worked closely with both industry players and legislators on a wide spectrum of issues affecting areas such as the pharmaceutical and technology industries, the music and entertainment industry, bankruptcy courts, and a host of other business and judicial issues. I also gained an appreciation for and insights into the inner workings of the judicial branch, and I have been able to regularly apply those insights and experiences in my work with Balch. What type of matters do you work on most often? I have been pleased to successfully represent numerous financial, business, and municipal clients before the Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in matters ranging from mortgage loan disputes to defending state tax legislation against constitutional challenges to protecting client interests involving Alabama's recreational use statutes. I handle a wide range of matters for clients at both the trial and appellate levels, including challenges to loan foreclosures; allegations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA); commercial and banking contract disputes; complex shareholder disputes; municipal tax and bond issues; intellectual property matters and disputes; and general commercial disputes, including antitrust, restrictive covenant, and unfair competition claims. I have also been pleased to occasionally represent start-ups – particularly tech start-ups – in their general business needs. How are you involved in your community? Growing up in Birmingham, I've been involved in the community here for my entire life. Church and non-profit work have been particularly important to my life and family, and I have served as general counsel for local non-profit Fixed Point Foundation on a volunteer basis. In that capacity, I handled legal needs in fields ranging from intellectual property to employment and contracts to business and non-profit law. I've also been pleased to begin taking a more active role in several legal organizations, including the Alabama Bar Association as a member of the Appellate, Litigation, and Young Lawyer sections, the Birmingham Bar Association, and the Federalist Society. Publications View More News View More Credentials Education Yale Law School, J.D., 2014 Samford University, B.A., Classics, 2010, magna cum laude Courts U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2021 U.S. Supreme Court, 2019 U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2017 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2015 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2015 U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2015 U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2015 Bar Admissions Alabama, 2014 Professional Affiliations Alabama Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section and Litigation Section American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division and Litigation Practice Group Birmingham Bar Association Federalist Society, Federalism & Separation of Powers Section Awards & Accolades The Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch Yale Law & Policy Review, executive editor Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Federalist Society, national executive editor Non-Profit Organizations Clinic, student director Community Involvement Fixed Point Foundation, general counsel Clerkships U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, legislative counsel

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