Whitney Taylor was born and raised in Kingsport, TN and graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School. While in High School, Whitney played football, soccer, and wrestled. Playing sports is something that Whitney loved to do and still enjoys today. “It was during my school and sports days that I made lasting relationships with people in the area who are my clients today.” After high school Whitney went on to play soccer and golf for Mars Hill University in North Carolina before heading to Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. “Even before I went to undergraduate school, I knew I wanted to return to practice law with my father. It is important to me that my family has grass roots in this area and specifically in the legal profession. Whitney’s father, Attorney Cary Taylor founded The Taylor Law Office in the late seventies and, along with his wife Paula, built a practice that thrives today. “My parents taught me that honesty, respect, and hard work are the foundation of becoming a great lawyer but more importantly a great person.” After graduating law school, Whitney immediately returned to Kingsport to work with his father for several years before his father’s untimely passing. Whitney married the love of his life, Allona, and continues to live in Kingsport with his two adorable children. Whitney does admit that private practice is not for everyone, but with the help of his long time secretary, Stephanie Wagner, his office is able to meet all client demands with a personal approach.
Whitney Taylor believes that clients should always feel comfortable with their attorneys and should be free to tell his/her attorney important feelings and needs just as they would a close friend. “In other words, one should always build a relationship with their lawyer before court; not just their staff or associates.” Whitney also feels that one of the most important things an attorney should do is return phone calls, emails, and texts in a timely manner. “Clients need to be kept informed at all times. After all, clients have come to me for advice and if they don’t get it, they will, and should, go elsewhere.” Whitney attributes his many clients to the fact he takes the time to listen to their problems and concerns. “All too often I hear from potential clients that they had met with another attorney who only talked about themselves and not why the person was at their office. Taking the time to listen to people allows me to walk in their shoes and determine how I would like to be treated if the roles were reversed.”