Ben Taylor

Top rated Appellate attorney in Mesquite, Texas

Ted B. Lyon & Associates
Ben Taylor
Ted B. Lyon & Associates

Practice Areas: Appellate, Civil Litigation, General Litigation

Licensed in Texas since: 1987

Education: South Texas College of Law Houston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2023

Ted B. Lyon & Associates

18601 LBJ Freeway
Suite 525
Mesquite, TX 75150 Visit website


Ben Taylor is an attorney at Ted Lyon & Associates, located in Mesquite, Texas. Focusing his practice on appellate proceedings, dispute resolution and civil litigation, including trial court hearings, he represents clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout the state of Texas in matters including commercial and personal torts, insurance issues and product liability. Mr. Taylor is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in civil appellate law.

Mr. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with high honors in 1985. He then went on to attend South Texas College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor summa cum laude 1987. Mr. Taylor spent several years as an attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP before joining Ted Lyon & Associates in 2014. Admitted to practice in Texas, he is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Over the course of his lengthy career, Mr. Taylor has received numerous honors from his fellow professionals. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America* for the past several years, and he has also received an AV Preeminent** peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Taylor is frequently asked to speak at a variety of professional conferences and seminars including, among others, programs sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. He has co-authored numerous papers on various aspects of his areas of practice, including premises liability, contingency fees, jury selection and joint and several liability. Mr. Taylor has served in several executive capacities for the Appellate Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association and remains an active participant in that organization.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
**AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards

Practice areas

Appellate, Civil Litigation: Defense, General Litigation
  • 60% Appellate
  • 30% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10% General Litigation

First Admitted: 1987, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Assisted with trial court briefing, briefed and argued in court of appeals, and briefed in Texas Supreme Court, complex dispute over electronic game distribution agreement. Court of appeals reversed judgment in excess of $6 million, rendered judgment that opposing party take nothing, rendered judgment that party recover $1.557 million from opposing party, and remanded case for determination and awards of pre-judgment interest and attorney's fees to party. Texas Supreme Court denied opposing party's petition for review after considering full merits briefing.
  • Assistance with pre-trial preparations and later court of appeals and Texas Supreme Court merits briefing to defend summary judgment granted in favor of plaintiff health care provider in action against third party administrator to recover on over 600 claims that were not paid timely. As a result, trial court's judgment for health care provider in excess of $3.3 million was affirmed through all appeals.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section, Treasurer (2002)
  • Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section, Chair (2005)
  • Bar of the United States Supreme Court
  • General Negligence and Intentional Personal Torts (1995 - 2004), Chair (2004 - 2006)
  • Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section, Vice-Chair (2004)
  • State and Federal courts of appeals
  • State Bar of Texas, Pattern Jury Charge Committee
  • Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section, Secretary (2003)
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section
  • The Best Lawyers in America , appellate law, Best Lawyers (2008 - 2014)
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell (2012 - 2014)
  • Summa cum laude, South Texas College of Law, 1987
  • Lawyer of the Year, Dallas appellate practice, Best Lawyers (2013)
  • Texas Super Lawyer, top 100 attorneys in Dallas, Thomson Reuters (2004)
  • Texas Super Lawyer, appellate, Thomson Reuters (2003 - 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • State Bar Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, Pattern Jury Charge Conference Presentation, July/August 2007
  • Panelist, "Enhancing Your Appellate Prospects", Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section CLE Seminar, Dallas, Texas, May 2006
  • State Bar Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, Pattern Jury Charge Conference Presentation, June/July/August 2003
  • "Trends and Impact of Supreme Court Opinions on Appellate Practitioners" , State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, Richardson, Texas, September 2000
  • Co-author, "Governor Signs Revised Texas Lawsuit Reform Legislation" , Fulbright Alert, May 31, 2011
  • Co-author, "Texas Supreme Court Extends Notice-Prejudice Rule to Advertising Injury Coverage", Fulbright Briefing, January 16, 2008
  • Co-author, "Supreme Court's 5-4 Reversal of $79.5 Million Punitive Damage Award May Have Broad Impact, But Excessiveness of Award Not Addressed" , Fulbright ALERT, February 20, 2007
  • Co-contributor, "Appellate Law and Practice: 'Not Just the Facts", Legal Resource Guide for the Media, Dallas Bar Association, October 2005
  • "Methodology of a Pattern Jury Charge Committee", The Advocate, State Bar Litigation Section Report, Vol. 31, Summer 2005
  • Co-author, "Jury Charge Under House Bill 4 (impact of House Bill 4, unanimous jurors, State Farm opinions on punitives, Casteel case, exemplary damages)", 27th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, August, September and November 2004
  • Co-author, "Recovery of Contingency Fees After Arthur Andersen vs. Perry Equipment; Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives" , Houston Bar Association Seminar, November 1997
  • Co-author, "Court's Charge Update" , Professional Development Program: Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, June 1995
  • Co-author, "Premises Liability Law Update" , Professional Development Program: Wrongful Death & Personal Injury Arising from Premises Liability, State Bar of Texas, April 1988
  • Co-author, "Contribution and Indemnity: Including Mary Carters and Joint and Several Liability", Professional Development Program: Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, July/August 1987
  • Panelist, "Appellate Annual Review: Cases that Matter to Business - Updates from the Texas Supreme Court" , Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. CLE Seminar, Houston, Texas, October 2011
  • Panelist, "Trends, Developments and Techniques in Texas Appellate Practice" , Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section CLE Seminar, Dallas, Texas, August 2007
Educational Background:
  • B.A., High Honors, Spanish Literature, The University of Texas, 1984
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992

Office location for Ben Taylor

18601 LBJ Freeway
Suite 525
Mesquite, TX 75150

Phone: 972-279-6571


21 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2023

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