J. Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

is a partner in King & Spalding’s International Trade practice group in Washington, D.C. Along with representing manufacturing interests in international trade remedy proceedings, he counsels clients on complex regulatory trade compliance issues and international shipping matters.

In trade remedy matters, Mr. Taylor represents U.S. manufacturers in administrative and appellate litigation to obtain relief from unfairly traded imports in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. For example, Mr. Taylor has represented manufacturers in proceedings involving Wooden Bedroom Furniture from China, Off-the-Road Tires from China, and Gray Portland Cement from Mexico.

The regulatory compliance aspect of Mr. Taylor’s practice involves advising clients on customs and homeland security matters in a range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, textiles, agriculture, aerospace, energy, and consumer products. He assists clients with audits, internal investigations, prior disclosures, penalty mitigation, obtaining customs rulings, developing logistics and compliance programs, and assessing the trade-related aspects of international mergers and acquisitions. He also advises clients on trading implications related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Buy American Act.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Mr. Taylor practiced admiralty law in Tampa, Florida, where he litigated Jones Act, oil spill, and cargo actions while representing clients in a variety of regulatory matters involving the Coast Guard and U.S. Customs.

Mr. Taylor appears before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, Binational Panels established under the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. On behalf of clients, he also routinely interacts with border agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


“Sellers Beware: What Pharmaceutical and Biologics Manufacturers Selling Products on the Federal Supply Schedule Should Know About the Trade Agreements Act,” Food Drug & L. Inst. Update 46 (Jan./Feb. 2013) (coauthored with Elizabeth F. Gluck and Patrick J. Togni).

“Practical Thoughts On Customs Compliance,” Georgetown University Law Center’s International Trade Update (2013) (coauthored).

Before Entering the Chinese Medical Device Market, Know the Regulatory Landscape and Ready Your Resources,” 5 BNA Med. Devices L. & Industry. Rep. 660 (2011) (coauthored).

“Pointers on Practicing Before the Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce,” Georgetown University Law Center’s International Trade Update (2008).

“Islamic Commercial Banking -- Moving Into the Mainstream?,”18 Transnat’l Law. 417 (2005).

“Islamic Banking - The Feasibility of Establishing an Islamic Bank in the United States,” 40 Am. Bus. L.J. 386 (2003), reprinted in Michael P. Malloy, International Banking: Cases, Materials, and Problems (Supp. 2004).

“The United States’ Prohibition on Foreign Direct Investment in Cuba – Enough Already?!?,” 8 L. & Bus. R. Am. 111 (2002).

“Evaluating the Continuing GATS Negotiations Concerning International Maritime Transport Services,” 27 Tul. Mar. L.J. 129 (2002).

“Foreign Direct Investment in Arab Countries: A Guide to Better Understanding Islamic Financial Doctrine,” 4 PCA/Peace Palace Papers 287 (2002) (coauthored with James D. Fry).

“Dispute Settlement Under the FTAA – An Apparent Melding of WTO, NAFTA and MERCOSUR Approaches,” 19 J. Int’l. Arb. 393 (2002).

“Primer on Collision, Allision & Wake Damage,” Southeastern Admiralty Law Inst. (June 1999) (coauthored with Robert Craven).

“The Death of Punitive Damages in Maritime Maintenance and Cure Actions: Guevara’s Progeny and Likely Effect on the Eleventh Circuit,” 48 Ala. L. Rev. 737 (1997).

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Homeland Security , 2) Global Disputes , 3) False Claims Act / Qui Tam Whistleblower , 4) International Trade/WTO and 5) Energy Maritime
Law School J.D., magna cum laude, The University of Alabama
Admitted Year 1996
Education B.A., Duke University
Bar Member / Association American Bar Association
Most recent firm King & Spalding LLP
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