J. Taylor Powell

Litigation Attorney

J. Taylor Powell


Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Taylor Powell brings more than a decade of legal experience to the Lesemann & Associates team. After graduating from The Citadel in 2006 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Minor in U.S. History, Taylor attended Charleston School of Law and graduated in 2011. After law school, Taylor spent two years serving as the law clerk to South Carolina Circuit Judge Larry B. Hyman, Jr. in Conway, S.C.

During his eight years at Lesemann & Associates, Taylor has helped his clients achieve successful results in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases involving tractor trailer accidents, motor vehicle accidents, accidental shootings, drunk driving accidents, dram shop litigation against bars and restaurants, products liability cases against vehicle manufacturers and car dealerships, and cases involving negligent private security. Taylor has also secured significant settlements and verdicts for clients who suffered injuries resulting from improperly paved roads, dangerous homemade zip lines, dog bites, fireworks accidents, and more. Taylor has been directly responsible for securing and collecting more than $20 million in settlements on behalf of his clients.

As a member of the business litigation team at Lesemann & Associates, Taylor has represented clients who have been involved in complex cases regarding theft and wrongful registration of privately held securities and their associated dividends, valued at approximately $13 million.  Additionally, Taylor has represented clients who have had their constitutional property rights violated by municipalities and individuals who have been damaged as a result of legal malpractice by insurance carriers.

Taylor has also litigated numerous complex civil matters in both state and federal courts that have resulted in multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. Additionally, Taylor has argued in front of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, which upheld a significant trial court order that Taylor obtained on behalf of his clients in a wrongful death case. 

Taylor is based out of Charleston but maintains a satellite office in Horry County where he is able to meet the needs of clients throughout the “UCLA” region, including Aynor, Galivants Ferry, Conway, and the surrounding areas.

Taylor is an active member of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the Charleston County Bar Association, the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Taylor also serves on the Board of Directors for the Citadel Brigadier Foundation, whose goal is to advance the mission of The Citadel by generating financial support that provides opportunities for cadet athletes to succeed in the classroom, on the field, and in life.  Taylor is a lifetime member of the Citadel Alumni Association, and proudly supports all of The Citadel’s endeavors.

Taylor and his wife, Russell, live in downtown Charleston with their two daughters, Georgia and Millie, and two black labs, Edith and Rosie. Taylor and his family are active members of Second Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys bird hunting with his dogs, spending time with his family, playing golf, and cheering on The Citadel Bulldogs.

  • The Citadel, B.A. 2006
  • Charleston School of Law, J.D. 2011
  • South Carolina, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina, 2016
Practice Areas
  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Dram Shop
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Accidental Shooting
  • Premises Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Disputes