TAYLOR A. SIMPSON, J.D., M.S.
Taylor grew up exploring the lush ridges and valleys of northwest Georgia where he fostered a deep appreciation for the environment. His parents instilled a strong sense of stewardship to the land. Driven by a love for nature and a desire to make a difference, Taylor traded the rolling hills of Georgia for the soaring peaks of Montana to study conservation biology and ecology at Montana State University. After graduating with honors from MSU, Taylor spent a year soul-searching (aka skiing) in Bozeman until he realized that to affect real change, he needed to bridge the gap between science and
the law. This realization led Taylor to pursue a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies and Juris Doctorate at the University of Montana (Taylor is and always will be a Bobcat).
During his first year in the environmental studies program, Taylor was named a scholar with the Wyss Scholar Program for the Conservation of the American West. Taylor’s masters research focused on the critical intersection of administrative law and wildlife conservation. While in law school, Taylor served as the Publication Editor for the Public Lands and Resources Law Review where he worked with legal scholars in editing their work for publication. Taylor graduated from law school with honors.
Following law school, Taylor clerked for the Honorable Kurt Krueger of the Second Judicial District, Butte-Silver Bow County. Spending a year in Butte provided Taylor with a deep understanding of the legal system and the profound impact unregulated corporate interests can have on our environment.
Taylor is proud to be a part of a law firm that specializes in renewable energy law as Montana and the rest of the country continues the critical transition from a fossil fuel-based energy system to one based on renewable energy.
In his free time, Taylor loves ripping it up on the slopes of mom-and-pop ski hills and running on Helena’s incredible trail system. Taylor lives with his lovely wife (yes, her name is also Taylor) and cat, Winifred. Taylor also serves as a board member for K9 Conservationists.