Seamus
Taylor

“Every day I get to work on a new issue—a new complex puzzle that needs to be solved.”

A former collegiate rugby player, Seamus Taylor learned that rugby skills translate well to the practice of transactional law. “You have to always have your eyes on other players, anticipate how the game is going to develop, and be a couple of moves ahead,” he says. “You have to be ready to respond if something should quickly change. I see the law a lot like that, where you need to keep your eye on the ball, but you also need to anticipate who’s around you and where things might be going.”

 

Handling business transactions and regulatory matters, Seamus applies that forward-thinking approach. “It’s not just solving problems that have already popped up, but helping clients plan for the future,” he says. “I help them realize their vision for what they want their product or user experience to be.”

 

That deeply ingrained commitment guides his practice and especially his focus on health care and insurance law. “I’ve always been interested in helping people, the world of health care, and the mission that drives health care organizations,” he says.

 

To that end, Seamus obtained a master’s degree in health policy before attending law school. “In grad school, I learned to think like a policy maker,” he says. “In law school, I learned to think like a lawyer. Now, I leverage that dual knowledge to help clients achieve both their legal and policy goals.”

 

Seamus also credits an undergraduate work experience as formative. When Seamus worked in the office of alumnae/i affairs, his boss instilled the importance of deep relationships. “It taught me a lot about relationship-building and how it matters just as much how you do something as what you’re doing,” he says. “One thing that’s always been attractive to me about the legal profession is that you have the opportunity to develop long-term trusting relationships with clients.”

 

Trusting relationships with clients are important to Seamus. “I want to be the kind of attorney who people feel they can call just to talk something through,” he says. “I want clients to see me as a good sounding board, as someone to whom they can turn to get level-headed advice on any issue,” he says. “I want them to know I will go out and find whatever they need to know.”

 

Finally, his family has always been a key motivator for his approach to life and the law. “My parents raised me to always look out for people and try to lend a helping hand,” he says.

 

His family also implanted a love for the outdoors. He grew up camping, hiking, and exploring national parks with his parents and brothers. Now, he can’t go too long without getting outdoors for a run or hike. “When you get out into the woods, stand among the trees, and breathe in the air, it’s like nothing else,” he says. “It’s almost spiritual.”

Boyd Service Award, University of Iowa College of Law

 

Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Employment Law

 

Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence in Climate Change Law & Policy

 

Milford E. Barnes Award for Service and Academic Excellence

 

MPH in Policy Award

Men’s Rugby Team, Captain, Vassar College

 

All-Conference Honors, Vassar College Rugby

OVERVIEW

A former collegiate rugby player, Seamus Taylor learned that rugby skills translate well to the practice of transactional law. “You have to always have your eyes on other players, anticipate how the game is going to develop, and be a couple of moves ahead,” he says. “You have to be ready to respond if something should quickly change. I see the law a lot like that, where you need to keep your eye on the ball, but you also need to anticipate who’s around you and where things might be going.”

 

Handling business transactions and regulatory matters, Seamus applies that forward-thinking approach. “It’s not just solving problems that have already popped up, but helping clients plan for the future,” he says. “I help them realize their vision for what they want their product or user experience to be.”

 

That deeply ingrained commitment guides his practice and especially his focus on health care and insurance law. “I’ve always been interested in helping people, the world of health care, and the mission that drives health care organizations,” he says.

 

To that end, Seamus obtained a master’s degree in health policy before attending law school. “In grad school, I learned to think like a policy maker,” he says. “In law school, I learned to think like a lawyer. Now, I leverage that dual knowledge to help clients achieve both their legal and policy goals.”

 

Seamus also credits an undergraduate work experience as formative. When Seamus worked in the office of alumnae/i affairs, his boss instilled the importance of deep relationships. “It taught me a lot about relationship-building and how it matters just as much how you do something as what you’re doing,” he says. “One thing that’s always been attractive to me about the legal profession is that you have the opportunity to develop long-term trusting relationships with clients.”

 

Trusting relationships with clients are important to Seamus. “I want to be the kind of attorney who people feel they can call just to talk something through,” he says. “I want clients to see me as a good sounding board, as someone to whom they can turn to get level-headed advice on any issue,” he says. “I want them to know I will go out and find whatever they need to know.”

 

Finally, his family has always been a key motivator for his approach to life and the law. “My parents raised me to always look out for people and try to lend a helping hand,” he says.

 

His family also implanted a love for the outdoors. He grew up camping, hiking, and exploring national parks with his parents and brothers. Now, he can’t go too long without getting outdoors for a run or hike. “When you get out into the woods, stand among the trees, and breathe in the air, it’s like nothing else,” he says. “It’s almost spiritual.”

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Boyd Service Award, University of Iowa College of Law

 

Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Employment Law

 

Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence in Climate Change Law & Policy

 

Milford E. Barnes Award for Service and Academic Excellence

 

MPH in Policy Award

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Men’s Rugby Team, Captain, Vassar College

 

All-Conference Honors, Vassar College Rugby