George M. Taylor, III

George M. Taylor, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Burr & Forman LLP
 | 420 North 20th Street, Suite 3400
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-458-5254
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (60%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Franchise/Dealership (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Taylor maintains a practice focused on the financing and acquisition of business entities, with an emphasis in the healthcare, manufacturing and automotive sectors.  His practice has included mergers and acquisitions of businesses throughout the southeast and in areas ranging from New York to California.  A portion of his practice is focused on representing corporate trustees in bond transactions, including both transactional work and work in the field of bond defaults, and he regularly represents lenders in transactional work, particularly asset-based lending and commercial and industrial lending.

About George Taylor, III

Admitted: 1978, Alabama

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Honors and Awards:

  • Mr. Taylor is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the fields of corporate law and merger and acquisition law, and is ranked by Chambers U.S.A. as outstanding in his field.  Mr. Taylor has been acknowledged by Law Dragon Magazine as one of the "500 Leading Dealmakers in America" and is included in the Law Dragon "3000" list of top practicing U.S. attorneys.  He is listed in the 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 editions of Alabama Super Lawyers.  Mr. Taylor is a recent graduate of Leadership Birmingham and is listed in the 2014 edition of Who's Who Legal:  The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, published by the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association. 

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Taylor is a long-standing member of the Committee on Negortiated Acquisitions of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  He was on the editorial board for its publication, The Model Asset Purchase Agreement with Commentary, a multi-volume treatise that has been highly influential in the field of mergers and acquisitions.  He is currently serving on the editorial board to revise The Model Stock Purchase Agreement with Commentary.  Mr. Taylor was a contributing author and editor of The M&A Process, a guide to the process and practice of mergers and acquisitions, which was published by the American Bar Association in 2005.Mr. Taylor is Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, is Chairman of the Technology Subcommittee of the Negotiated Acquisitions Committee, and is a member of the Committees on Distribution of Content and Member Services of the Business Law Section.  Mr. Taylor is the author of the current edition of  BNA Corporate Practice Series Portfolio on Negotiated Acqusitions.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mr. Taylor was co-chair of a panel presentation entitled "Common Mistakes in M&A Transactions" presented to the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association at its annual meeting.  The program covered a broad variety of topics, ranging from sandbagging to indemnities, with particular emphasis on unexpected consequences of the interplay between agreement terms, ancillary documents, and provisions of state and federal laws.  The panel also covered issues pecular to publicl company acquisitions and acquisitions involving cross-border transactions.  , Panel Co-Chair, 2012
  • Mr. Taylor was a participant on a panel at the annual convention of the American Bar Association, August 7, 2010 entitled "The Revised Model Stock Purchase Agreement:  What's New and Exciting and What was Left on the Cutting Floor?".  The panel discussed the new ABA publication, the "Revised Model Stock Purchase Agreement" and the process that led to its drafting.  Mr. Taylor was a member of the Editorial Board that completed the treatise., Panel Participant, The Model Stock Purchase Agreement -- Revisions and Reflections, 2010
  • Mr. Taylor was the Chair of a panel presentation entitled "Due Diligence in the Digital Age:  An Examination of Tools, Ancient and Modern, for Investigating Your Target and Closing Your Transaction".  The presentation was offered at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in New York, New York.  The panel engaged in a comprehensive survey of methods for evaluating target companies with special emphasis on newly-emerging electronic tools for creating "virtual due diligence rooms" where company materials can be stored and analyzed.  The panel also considered techniques used for electronic and other remote closings. , Chairman of Seminar Panel, 2008
  • Mr. Taylor chaired a panel presentation sponsored by the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association at its spring meeting in Tampa, Florida on the subject of Closings and the Closing Process.  The panel discussed all aspects of closing business transaction, from preparatory activities to post-closing matters.  The panel also discussed issues that arise frequently during the course of closings, such as material changes in conditions and the ability of purchasers to close while default exists and bring an action later for damages.  Recordings of the presentation are available from the American Bar Association., Chairman of Seminar Panel, Closings and the Closing Process, 2006
  • Mr. Taylor is a member of the Editorial Board of the Model Stock Purchase Agreement (with Commentary), published by the American Bar Association in 2010.

Educational Background:

  • Mr. Taylor graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 1975.  Undergraduate honors included the E.G. Richmond Social Science Prize, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and departmental honors in the field of Economics.  He was valedictorian of his college class.  Mr. Taylor graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1978 with the degree of Juris Doctor.  He was a member of the Order of the Coif, an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transactional Law, and a member of the Jessup Moot Court Team., 1971

Industry Groups

  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate Development
  • Office Location for George M. Taylor, III

    420 North 20th Street
    Suite 3400
    Birmingham, AL 35203


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