J. Michael Taylor (Michael)


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

Mr. Taylor is listed in Chambers USA 2016 as an Other Noted Practitioner for International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy.  He is referred to as a Customs Specialist for King & Spalding in Legal 500, International Trade (2014-2015), and he is listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers for International Law (2014-2016).

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; PET Film from Brazil and China; Magnesia Carbon Bricks from China and Mexico; Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam; Pipe Fittings from China; Off-the-Road Tires from China; and Gray Portland Cement from Mexico.

The regulatory compliance aspect of Mr. Taylor’s practice includes heading the team of King & Spalding lawyers and consultants that advises 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.


  • “A Stronger India-US Relationship Is A Boon For Business,” Law360.com (July 15, 2016) (co-authored with Betere Gizaw).

  • “Duty Reductions for State Manufacturers,” Daily Journal (June 10, 2016) (co-authored with Bonnie Byers and Patrick Togni).
  • “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’s Approach to Privacy and Cross Border Data Flows Versus the European Union’s Approach:  What Companies Need to Know,” 15 Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report 11 (Dec. 2015) (co-authored with John Drennan, Joseph Laroski, Alexander Haas, and Julie Stockton).

  • “United States,” 1 Int’l Trade L. Rev. 100 (Oct. 2015) (chapter provides overview and summary of U.S. trade remedy laws) (co-authored with Patrick Togni, Joseph Laroski, Joshua Snead, Clinton Long, and Elizabeth Owerbach).

  • “Comprehensive U.S. Trade Legislation Finally Arrives,” Law360.com (June 26, 2015) (co-authored).

  • “The Global Impact of Increased China Drone Production,” Law360.com (June 17, 2015) (co-authored).

  • “The Rise of the Regulatory State: How Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements Can Collide with Obligations Under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade,” 7 India L. News 20 (2015) (Publication of the ABA Section of International Law) (co-authored with Iain MacVay and Christina Markus).

  • “Senate Includes Buy American Requirement in Water Resources Development Act of 2013; Provision Mandates Use of American Iron, Steel, Manufactured Goods in Certain Water Resources Projects,” 30 BNA Int'l Trade Rep. 1258 (Aug. 8, 2013) (co-authored with Patrick Togni).

  • “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).
American Bar Association
Transportation Lawyers Association
Customs and Intl Trade Bar Assn
Maritime Law Association of the U.S.
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

LL.M., with distinction, Georgetown University
J.D., magna cum laude, The University of Alabama
B.A., Duke University

District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida