Never cut what you can untie. – Joseph Joubert
Carrie T. Taylor is a litigator with 21 years of experience and a very unique background. After earning her B.S. Degree in Nursing from the University of Utah in 1988, Carrie worked as a registered nurse in an emergency department for eleven years. She simultaneously worked her way through law school and earned her J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1991.
Following law school, Carrie was naturally drawn to medical malpractice work. She served for two years as an attorney chairperson for the Division of Professional Licensing, presiding over medical malpractice pre-litigation panels and drafting panel opinions. This work with DOPL coincided with the insurance law and medical malpractice defense skills she gained as an associate with Kipp & Christian, P.C.
In 1993 Carrie left private practice for three years to work for the largest workers’ compensation carrier in the state, the Workers Compensation Fund. Her early years of legal practice were greatly enhanced by her medical experience as well as her service as a Judge Pro Tempore from 1992 to 1995, for what was then the Salt Lake Circuit Court.
In 1996 Carrie was persuaded to re-enter private practice and spent the next fifteen years with Richards Brandt Miller Nelson. Although she was recruited as a workers’ compensation attorney, over the years Carrie had various opportunities to work in both the state and federal courts on a variety of personal injury cases. As a shareholder with Richards Brandt, Carrie managed a practice group for 9 years and served on numerous committees as well as the Board of Directors.
Carrie’s work in the personal injury arena lead to her keen interest in lien resolution, with a particular focus on Medicare compliance. Carrie has drafted numerous articles and given professional presentations on the topic of Medicare secondary payer compliance. As a result, Carrie developed a successful compliance consulting practice wherein she counseled with and provided training to self-insured entities and municipalities in the areas of Section 111 reporting, managing conditional payment demands and Medicare Set- Aside arrangements. In 2011, Carrie was the first person in Utah to earn the designation of Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional (CMSP).
Carrie has enjoyed serving the community in different capacities. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Salt Lake City and served on the League’s Community Advisory Board from 2001 to 2004. She also served for ten years (2002 -2012) on the planning committee for the Compensable Disability Forum, a multi-disciplinary educational conference. From 2009 through 2011 Carrie was legal counsel for the Utah Self Insurers’ Association. Carrie has also been a bar examiner for many years. Carrie has a passion for helping law students and is presently the Employer Outreach Manager as well as an alumni counselor for J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
Carrie wrapped up her traditional legal practice in 2013. Her final days as a litigator were with The Hartford. As a senior staff attorney, Carrie’s Hartford caseload included representation of insureds in auto, workers’ compensation, home owner, product liability and general liability disputes. Carrie is currently an Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist for the Utah Labor Commission, but is also accepting personal injury mediation, medical malpractice panel and 321 arbitration assignments. Her desire is to offer services that fulfill all the parties’ needs. Carrie is available on short notice; she encourages submission of position papers less than two pages in length and insists that her rate and time spent in negotiations be below market. With each engagement, Carrie’s goal is to assist the parties in reaching a resolution quickly and efficiently, but without rushing or cutting any necessary corners.