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Taylor English Decisions Once Again Recognized as the Number One Governmental Affairs Frim by JAMES Magazine

ATLANTA, September 14, 2021 – Taylor English Decisions LLC, a government strategies and economic development affiliate of Taylor English Duma LLP, is pleased to announce that JAMES Magazine has once again ranked the firm number one on its list of Top 10 Governmental Affairs Firms associated with a law firm.

Taylor English Decisions provides clients with guidance on understanding of the complex nature of public policy and developing economic development plans to encourage growth. As a new venture, Taylor English Decisions continues to succeed at unprecedented levels.

Individual members of the Taylor English Decisions team also received recognition in the annual JAMES Magazine awards.

Trey Paris, Managing Director of Taylor English Decisions, was recognized in JAMES Magazine’s Hall of Fame as well as being ranked among the top two on JAMES Magazine’s Top Registered Lobbyists list. Paris brings more than 30 years of experience in public affairs, government relations, corporate communications, shareholder relations and issues management to the Taylor English Decisions team.

Additionally, Holli Gibbs, a Government Affairs Consultant for Taylor English Decisions, was ranked among the top 10 on JAMES Magazine’s Rising Stars list. Gibbs understands how to strategically analyze and present critical information for clients looking for a rapid response. She has experience crafting legislative and policy matters, communicating the needs of her clients, working with clients to identify problems and come up with solutions, and responding to crisis.

The listings are available in this month’s edition of JAMES Magazine here.

JAMES Magazine’s top lobbyists rankings are based on the results of an online survey sent out to JAMES Magazine subscribers as well as to lobbyists and government affairs specialists throughout the state of Georgia. The magazine also consulted with a select bipartisan advisory group of state lawmakers to help ensure that the rankings were as comprehensive and accurate as possible.

Taylor English Decisions LLC is a purpose-built business consulting and government relations firm. The firm focuses on government, economic development, and employee benefits and wellness insurance strategy. The firm assists its clients in understanding the complex and ever-changing nature of public policy with the goal to better the relationships between businesses and governments on the federal, state and local levels. More information is available on the firm’s website at www.tedecisions.com.

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“Georgia Adds 1 Million Residents, Keeps 14 House Seats After 2020 Census,” GPB News

In an article published by GPB News on April 26, Bryan Tyson provides insight into the 2020 Census results. According to the results, Georgia’s population soared over the last decade, growing by more than 10% to 10,711,908 people.

The top-level apportionment data also confirms the state will keep its 14 seats in the U.S. House, while six states will gain seats and seven states will lose seats.

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“UGA Names Alumni Award Winners,” WGAU

An article published by WGAU on February 9, 2021, highlights recipients of the The University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 2021 Alumni Awards, an annual program dating back to 1936 that recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate a commitment to the university.

The Paris Family, including Trey Paris, Managing Director of Taylor English Decisions Government Affairs Practice, will be recognized with the 2021 Family of the Year Award. The Family of the Year Award is presented to a family that continually demonstrates loyalty to UGA.

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“Pandemic Forces Georgia Counties To Get Creative With Polling Places,” WABE

In an article published on November 2, 2020 in WABE, Bryan Tyson provides insight on the ways counties are getting creative on election day in regards to polling locations.

“Finding facilities has gotten more challenging,” said Tyson. “It’s been great work by county officials to do their best in a time where a lot of people don’t want hundreds of unknown individuals coming into their facility on Election Day.”

Tyson explains that the use of schools as polling places was beginning to fall out of favor even before COVID-19. “Concerns about school security and having lots of people who would not otherwise be at a school on a particular day, has led to a lot of school districts saying we’d rather not have public schools used as voting facilities,” said Tyson.

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“Here Are Some of the Legal Scenarios That Could Play Out With This Year’s Election,” WSB-TV

In an interview with WSB-TV on October 20, Bryan Tyson discusses some of the legal scenarios that could play out with this year’s election. 

When it comes to voting in Georgia, Tyson explains that is critical for all precincts to stay open for all full twelve hours that they are supposed to be open. “So if a precinct opens late or if something happens during the day where voters are unable to vote, a judge can enter an order extending polling hours keeping that precinct open late,” said Tyson.

To view to the full segment, please click here.

“The New COVID-19 Normal,” American City & County

In an article published by American City & County on October 7, 2020, Rob Hosack provides insight on the many complicated issues local governments may face as they transition into the post COVID-19 era.

Using Cobb County as an example, Hosack identifies number of challenges that are likely facing all counties throughout the United States involving policy issues, governmental/staff operational issues and unique community issues, such as:

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“Judge Denies Petition to Remove Stonecrest Councilwoman Over Absences,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 30, 2020, discusses a judge’s ruling in favor of a Stonecrest councilwoman after a citizen-led lawsuit tried to remove her from office for missing two council meetings. The councilwoman was represented by Bryan P. Tyson and Diane F. LaRoss.

To learn more, read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article here.

“Experts Discuss Ga.’s Voting System In Election Machine Trial,” Law360

An article published by Law360 on September 10, 2020 discusses an evidentiary hearing before U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg regarding Georgia’s voting system and an attempt by plaintiffs to have the state replace its electronic ballot marking devices with hand-marked paper ballots.

Bryan P. Tyson, who represents the state, called the litigation an “attempt to undermine the public confidence in, and the legitimacy of, the state’s elections.”

The state is represented by Taylor English attorneys, Bryan P. Tyson, Bryan F. Jacoutot, Diane F. LaRoss and Loree Anne Paradise.

To learn more, read the Law360 article here.

Republicans Keep Top Billing on Georgia Ballots, Judge Rules, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 17, 2020, discusses the dismissal of a federal a federal judge’s ruling allowing Republican candidates, to continue to be listed ahead of Democrats on Georgia ballots. This decision was a win Bryan Jacoutot, Diane LaRoss, Loree Anne Paradise, and Bryan Tyson’s client.

To learn more, read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article here.