William M. Stainton

Mr. Stainton advises clients in a broad range of corporate and business matters, including corporate governance, partnership and stockholder agreements, business planning, contract negotiations, transactions involving the merger, sale and acquisition of businesses, indemnification and risk allocation, and a variety of strategic and licensing arrangements.  He counsels clients in connection with venture capital and private equity transactions, recapitalizations, reorganizations, financings, secured and unsecured credit facilities, private placements, franchise and joint venture relationships, the dissolution and liquidation of businesses, and related tax matters.  Mr. Stainton has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions and the legal and business issues inherent in such transactions.  In addition, he has experience handling shareholder and management disputes, preparing and issuing legal opinions, and advising clients on intellectual property related issues.  Mr. Stainton serves as outside general counsel to a number of Florida based companies and partnerships.

Ashley E. Taylor

Ms. Taylor’s primary area of practice is civil litigation with a focus on family law. She assists clients with domestic disputes, separation, divorce and custody matters, including experience in Hague Abduction Convention issues. Ms. Taylor also focuses a portion of her practice on employment law and counseling and advising employers with respect to employment claims. Ms. Taylor has negotiated settlements and tried cases in both state and federal courts. Ms. Taylor has also presented appellate arguments before state and federal appellate courts.

William B. Taylor, IV

Mr. Taylor has represented clients in environmental law, including environmental litigation in Federal, State and Administrative agency proceedings. He assists clients in the areas of personal injury – representing Plaintiffs and commercial litigation. Mr. Taylor represents doctors and other professionals before State of Florida licensing boards.


Stella Ferguson Thayer

Ms. Thayer has more than 49 years of experience representing clients in business and corporate matters, tax and planning, and wills, trusts and estate planning.

Ansley Watson, Jr.

For almost 47 years, Mr. Watson has been actively involved before the Florida Public Service Commission on a variety of matters relating primarily to natural gas public utilities, an intrastate natural gas transmission pipeline, and non-utility electric generators. His natural gas utility experience includes representation of utilities in contested rate and recovery clause cases, franchise areas, special contracts, the regulatory treatment of natural gas contracts, new tariff provisions, and administrative rulemaking proceedings. His non-utility generator experience includes representation of such entities in connection with the negotiation or amendment of power purchase and interconnection agreements with electric public utilities, obtaining lender approval of amendments to power purchase agreements and other financing documents, and litigation involving disputes over various provisions of power purchase agreements between non-utility generators and electric public utilities. He has also advised clients with respect to the Florida Natural Gas Pipeline Siting Act, on which he provided input to the Florida Legislature before the law’s enactment.

During the same period, Mr. Watson has advised individual and trade association member clients with respect to food labeling and other regulated food issues, primarily in the area of fruit and vegetable juices and juice products.