Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, April 5, 2001


First Assistant Attorney General to Return to Private Practice

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that Andy Taylor will be leaving his position as First Assistant Attorney General, effective May 31, to return to private law practice.

"As First Assistant Attorney General, Andy Taylor has served the State of Texas with distinction and has provided exceptional legal and managerial leadership," Attorney General Cornyn stated. "He has been my top assistant and a valuable member of my staff at the Office of the Attorney General since the beginning of my administration. I am grateful to Andy for his hard work in helping achieve the goals I established for this office."

Taylor originally made a commitment to serve two years in the Attorney General's Office, Cornyn said, but agreed to extend his service through the current legislative session.

During his tenure with the Attorney General's Office, Taylor has argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court: Penry v. Johnson and Atwater v. City of Lago Vista. Also, he has served as lead counsel in many high-profile cases, such as the current redistricting lawsuits, last year's Polk County voting rights litigation, the challenge to Texas' system of election of judges, and several multi-billion dollar lawsuits emanating from the tobacco settlement.

Taylor also assisted Attorney General Cornyn in the tobacco attorneys-fees dispute, which led to attorney Marc Murr's dropping of a $260 million claim against the State and the relinquishment by the other private counsel of a multi-billion dollar contingency fee award.

Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Taylor was a partner in the Houston office of Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon, L.L.P., primarily handling complex commercial litigation. A native of San Antonio, he graduated first in his class at St. Mary's Law School (with the highest GPA ever recorded) and graduated summa cum laude from Trinity University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Upon graduation from law school, he served as a briefing attorney for then-Chief Justice John L. Hill, Jr. and subsequently served as a briefing attorney to Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips. In 1995, Taylor was honored as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston by the Houston Young Lawyers Association for his exemplary professional proficiency, service to the legal profession and service to the public. He was elected to two terms as a Director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

Prior to leaving Houston, Taylor was active in community leadership through his memberships in Leadership Houston and the Texas Lyceum Association, Inc. He was also a founder and charter member of the Greater Houston Harvest, a non-profit charitable organization which provides food to homeless shelters throughout Houston.

Taylor and his wife, Tamara Sanders Taylor, also a native of San Antonio, have five children, Amber, Nathaniel, Zachary, Audrey and Annie.

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