Kunzler Bean & Adamson

Taylor Smith


Expertise: Litigation
Licensed: Utah
Education: BYU, J. Reuben Clark Law School

tsmith@kba.law (801) 994-4646

Since embarking on his legal career, Taylor has been exposed to a variety of legal landscapes including private practice, criminal prosecution, federal government work with the United States Department of the Interior, and judicial work with the state’s supreme and appellate courts. Before coming to Kunzler Bean & Adamson, Taylor worked with complex matters related to, among other things, transaction, regulation, litigation, statutory interpretation, and civil procedure. At one point—as one of four corporate-team attorneys, he aided the simultaneous representation of hundreds of clients in groundbreaking regulatory litigation in 12 different federal districts. And, more recently, Taylor served as a judicial clerk for Judge David N. Mortensen at the Utah Court of Appeals where he obtained experience with the complexities of appellate practice and procedure that would have taken years to acquire in private practice. Since then, Taylor has been fiercely advocating, both in and out of the courtroom, for clients who find themselves in unfortunate but necessary legal disputes.

During his undergraduate, Taylor studied linguistic analysis, with a primary focus on how the English language functions and is structured in conversation and in writing based on what is expressly said and what is impliedly said. This experience primed him for his time in law school when, as an editor for the BYU Law Review, he proofread others’ articles, and as a Managing Editor of Administration, helped oversee that process. These experiences culminated in the BYU Law Review publishing his work on Linguistic Estoppel describing the language-based struggles custodial interrogation suspects face when attempting to invoke their Miranda rights.

All this experience has primed Taylor to focus on small but important details in the cases he takes under wing. The work ethic, attention to detail, problem-solving ability, unique analysis perspectives, and written and oral communication skills his background provides have aided his desire to help others prevent and solve legal problems and reach their legal goals effectively and efficiently.

When away from all the legal stuff, as passionate life-chasers, Taylor and his beloved wife and kids spend their time exploring our National Parks and other pristine wildlands throughout the United States, sharing and experiencing storytelling in all its forms (from theater to audiobooks), cheering their guts out for their favorite sports teams, and tasting their way toward perfect food in their home kitchen.

  • JD, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
    • cum laude
    • BYU Law Review, Managing Editor of Administration 2019
  • BA, Linguistics, Brigham Young University
    • Dean’s List
  • Judicial Clerk, Utah Court of Appeals, Judge David N. Mortensen
  • Judicial Extern, Utah Supreme Court, Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant
  • Utah State Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals