Taylor D. Forrester
Taylor Forrester regularly practices in the areas of zoning and land use, real estate development and finance, real estate, government relations and regulatory affairs, business transactions and work-outs, alcoholic beverage permits and compliance, and general civil litigation. He frequently appears before administrative and legislative bodies, such as the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Knoxville City Council and Knox County Commission on zoning, land use, development approval, variance requests and other real property matters regulated by the government.
As a successful trial lawyer, Taylor is at ease in Chancery, Circuit, Criminal, Probate and General Sessions courts across the state of Tennessee. He has argued cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and is licensed to practice in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Taylor’s priorities always are the needs and best interests of his clients. He is well-versed in his practice areas and can distill complicated cases into understandable solutions. Taylor’s best attribute as an attorney is his ability to listen.
Taylor shares his wisdom and insights with other professionals. He has delivered presentations to real estate professional organizations on zoning and land use issues. Taylor also co-authored an article on the hot button topic of Knoxville’s sign ordinance that was published in DICTA, the Knoxville Bar Association’s monthly magazine. The article identified issues that commercial property owners face if they have a pre-existing, legally nonconforming sign that doesn’t meet the substantially reduced height and dimensions of the new sign ordinance.
Originally from Covington, Tennessee, Taylor graduated from the University of Mississippi and attended law school at the Mississippi College School of Law. A second-generation lawyer, he joined his father’s West Tennessee firm after graduation. Taylor, upon moving to Knoxville in 2012, quickly built his reputation in the local legal community and joined Long, Ragsdale & Waters in 2016.
He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum and is a Deacon at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Taylor enjoys golf, hunting, traveling and spending time with his family.
B.S., University of Mississippi, 2005, Business Administration
Sigma Nu Fraternity
J.D., Mississippi College School of Law, 2008
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, Board of Trustees
Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, Deacon