• Virginia Wesleyan College - B.A., 1974
  • School of Law Western New England College - J.D., 1977


  • Admitted to the Bar, 1990, Louisiana
  • Admitted to Practice:U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Federal Court of Claims, U.S. Supreme Court

Noteworthy Experience:

  • Tulane University - Instructor of Paralegal Studies 1991-2007
  • Loyola University School of Law Ad Hoc Professor of Law

Professional Organizations & Memberships:

  • Louisiana Bar Foundation - Fellow, 2003
  • Jefferson Parish Technology Committee - 2004
  • Louisiana Bar Association - Medical/Legal Inter-professional Relations Committee, Chair 2002-2004 Chair, Issues Subcommittee 1997-2014; Substance Abuse Committee/li>
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association - Medical Malpractice Section, Chair, 1997
  • Loyola University School of Law - Advisory Committee for C.L.E., 1994-2002

Awards & Accolades:

  • New Orleans Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law, 2010
  • Life Member of National Registry of Who's Who
  • Loyola University, School of Law, Dean's Letter of Appreciation, 1999
  • Who's Who in American Law, 7th Ed., 1991-2000

Community & Civic Involvement:

  • St. Francis Xavier School Board, President, 1991-1992; Secretary 1989-1990; Technology Committee Chair, 1993-1997
  • Lakeside Country Club - Board of Governors - President, 1990-1991; Secretary, 1994; Treasurer, 1993
  • Boy Scouts of America (Cubmaster, Chairman, Troop Committee) 1986 to present
  • Knights of Columbus - Grand Knight, 1996-1997; Deputy Grand Knight, 1995-1996
  • Rotary International, Metairie Sunriser's Chapter

Publications & Published Works:

  • Medical Records Issues in Louisiana, July 2005, Meds-PDN
  • Transfusion Confusion: A Primer on Louisiana Transfusion Law as it Relates to Hepatitis C, XV(12) Louisiana Advocates, December 2000
  • Sponges in a Patient's Body: Physician's Liability in Louisiana XIV(5) Louisiana Advocates 13 (1999)
  • When Your Lawyer is Accused: An Overview of Legal Negligence in Louisiana, 40(3) Louisiana Bar Journal 183 (1992)
  • Proving Hedonic Damages, 1(2) Expert Evidence 1 (1989)
  • How to Bid & Contract an RTSS System, Journal of Emergency Medical Services 19(7); 50-54 (Nov/Dec 1981)
  • Ethics and the Internet for Lawyers,NBI, 2014
  • Deposition Skills- Loyola University School of Law, 2013
  • Medical Malpractice Skills, Loyola University, School of Law, 2013
  • Every Judge Wants You to Know, NBI., Oct. 2010
  • The Louisiana Physician as Witness, LSMS Journal Aug. 2010
  • Medical Records Issues in Louisiana, July 2005, Meds-PDN.
  • Advanced Medical Malpractice Skills, NBI, June 2005
  • Transfusion Confusion: A Primer on Louisiana Transfusion Law as it relates to Hepatitis C, XV (12) Louisiana Advocates, December 2000.
  • Sponges in a patient’s body: physician’s liability in Louisiana, XIV (5) Louisiana Advocates 13 (1999).
  • LTLA Medical Malpractice Form Book, with DeGravelles, David, Hammons, Lavender and Morton.
  • Subpoena for Physicians, (with Gay, David & Marks), Louisiana State Medical Society Journal, 1998.
  • Obstetric Malpractice, (with Gay and Gennusa) for LSBA, October, 1997
  • Numerous articles for LTLA Medical Malpractice Newsletter, including: Foreign Bodies Left in Patients, Internet for Lawyers.
  • "Case Selection, Discovery and Proof of Medical Malpractice in Louisiana", (manual with Herman & Aiken), Nat'l Bus. Instit. Publ. 1987.
  • "The Invidious Cycle: A Historical View of the 1975 and 1985 Medical Malpractice Insurance Crisis as Revealed by the Louisiana Experience", ATLA Midwinter Conv., 1987.
  • "Financial Management of EMS Systems", Jnl. of Emer. Med. Sr. 12(1); 50 (March, 1983).
  • "How to Bid & Contract an RTSS System", Jnl. of Emer. Med. Ser. 19(7); 50-54 (Nov/Dec 1981).
  • "EMS System in Action: Survival of Two Girls after Direct Lightening Strikes...", EMT Jnl. 5(6):419-421(Dec., 1981).
  • When Lightening Strikes...", The EMT Newsletter, 4:4 (July, 1982).
  • "The 16th EMS Component-Money: How to Raise Private Dollars", EMS Jnl. Vol. 9, #6, 1979.
  • "Facilities Categorization - National Guidelines v. State Guidelines", 3rd National EMS Symposium, 1978.
  • "Medical Direction - What it Means in EMSS Development", Iowa EMS, 1982.
  • "Analysis of EMS Legislation", Iowa Dept. of Health, 1977.
  • "Medical Malpractice & Proof of Damages to Children", 5 Lex Brevis, #5, 12 (Feb. 1977).
  • "The Doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitur in Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Actions", 5 Lex Brevis #4, 14 (Nov. 1975).
  • "Manual for Legal Assistants", Mass. Comm. Against Dis. (1977).
  • Manual for Police Abuse Litigation, Hampden County A.C.L.U. 1986

Contact Information

Phone: (504) 962-4277


Charles O. Taylor

A retired U.S.N. corpsman and former Physicians Assistant, Mr. Taylor attended law school because he perceived a need for professionals who were familiar with both law and medicine.

At Chehardy Sherman Williams, partner Charles Taylor concentrates his practice in medical malpractice defense. He handles medical malpractice, hospital, real estate and general casualty/liability litigation and consulting issues. Clients include Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund, Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Assoc., Children’s Hospital, Gray Insurance Co., Touro Infirmary, and individual physicians. His litigation experiences includes, but is not limited to, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, employment discrimination, admiralty, real estate, construction law issues, domestic law as well as general casualty and personal injury issues.