West VirginiaOf Counsel
Licensed in WV
Dennis Taylor handles investment-related and other large-scale litigation. He also regularly provides advice and assistance to businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations on a wide range of issues, including governance and structure, business transactions, employment, and government relations. He is licensed to practice law in West Virginia and has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous other jurisdictions.
Prior to joining Talcott Franklin P.C., Dennis served as Vice Chancellor for Administration for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System and as Chief of Staff for the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. As Vice Chancellor, he oversaw finance and facilities, legal services, financial aid, human resources, technology, and other functions for 21 public higher education institutions. Among his many responsibilities were coordinating appropriation requests, budgeting, and financial audits; facilitating the sale of higher education revenue bonds and completion of capital projects; operating defined-contribution retirement plans for higher education employees; and overseeing lawyers who provided advice to and representation for higher education institutions. Dennis currently serves as an adjunct professor at Marshall University where he has taught honors public speaking, legal communication, and leadership.
Dennis’s private sector experience includes serving as an associate with the law firm of Goodwin & Goodwin LLP and general counsel for Tyler Mountain Water Co., Inc., as well as operating his own businesses. He also served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Judges Joseph R. Goodwin and Robert C. Chambers.
Dennis is very active in his community. He has been a member of the West Virginia Library Commission, which supports West Virginia’s public libraries, for almost a decade; served as President and as finance, development and public policy committee chairs for the Covenant House board of directors over an eight-year period; and regularly runs and judges speech and debate tournaments at the high school and college levels.
- West Virginia State Bar
- Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
Managing Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review
Order of the Coif
- Marshall University, B.A.
- Marshall University, M.A.