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D. Taylor Harper

Associate

Mr. Harper’s practice focuses primarily on regulatory compliance and litigation in the beverage-alcohol industry. Specifically, he focuses on assisting supply-tier companies, e.g., breweries, distilleries, wineries, etc., companies on the wholesale tier, and retail-tier companies, e.g., restaurants, hotels, package stores, etc., in administrative, regulatory, and litigation matters at the federal, state, and local levels.

The beverage-alcohol industry is highly regulated and governed by a complex web of laws from multiple, intersecting jurisdictions. In his regulatory compliance practice, Mr. Harper helps individuals and companies navigate this gauntlet with care, foresight, and precision to protect them from mishaps and position them for success. On the litigation side, he uses his industry expertise to achieve the best possible solution for his clients, whether through trial or negotiated resolution.

Mr. Harper has been neck-deep in the beverage-alcohol industry for the past few years, and the firm has been a leader in this practice area for nearly 4 years. He is regularly asked by government officials, legislators, and trade organizations to explain the ins and outs of the industry. He has presented at multiple conferences, such as the Annual Conference of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and the Annual Southeastern Craft Brewers Symposium.

Mr. Harper’s beverage-alcohol practice encompasses licensing and permitting, franchise regulation (including proceedings concerning notices of intention to change wholesalers), trade practices regulation, promotions regulation (including regulation of point of sale materials and consumer specialty advertising), brand and label regulation, trademark, taxation (including excise taxes and sales-and-use taxes), importation, and related real estate, leasing, and landlord-tenant matters. The firm also handles related federal and state court litigation such as constitutional and antitrust challenges (such as Commerce Clause and Sherman Act) to the three-tier system for regulation of alcoholic beverages, and constitutional challenges to differential taxation of imported alcoholic beverages (such as Commerce Clause and Import Export Clause).

Mr. Harper also works in the firm's construction and real estate litigation practice. On the construction side, he has experience in advising on and litigating materialman’s and mechanics’ liens, contract compliance, and construction defects, among others. On the real estate side, his practice encompasses landlord/tenant disputes, boundary/encroachment issues, and zoning matters, among others. He litigates claims arising under purchase and sale agreements, option contracts, and leases. He also handles commercial foreclosures.

“Ultimately, my goal is to give my clients more in value than I take in payment,” says Mr. Harper.

Outside of legal work, Mr. Harper serves as the Chairman and President of Maji Mazuri USA, a non-profit organization helping to alleviate poverty in the Mathare Valley slum located in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Buckhead, and is currently participating in the Leadership Buckhead Program.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D. (2009)
  • Georgia State University, B.A., with honors (2005)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Georgia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia  
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Department of Veteran Affairs

Professional Affiliations

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Board Member, Maji Mazuri USA
  • Member, Rotary Club of Buckhead
  • Member, Buckhead Business Association

Publications

  • Non-Compete Agreements for Physicians:  Why does Georgia treat its Doctors differently than it treats its Lawyers?  EPIC, The Newsletter of the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians (2010)
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