Taylor Porter Receives Prestigious Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics

November 09, 2018

Receiving the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics for Taylor Porter included from left: attorneys John McDermott, Ryan French, Lauren Hadden, Mike Walsh, Katia Bowman, Vicki Crochet, John Murrill, Bob Barton, Skip Philips, and marketing director Tommy Santora.


Taylor Porter is a proud recipient of the 2018 “Douglas Manship, Sr. Torch Award for Ethics in Business,” a prestigious honor bestowed by the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana.

Honorees were recognized at the BBB’s 18th Annual Torch Awards Banquet on October 23, at L’Auberge. Taylor Porter received the honor in the 100-299 employee-size group, and additional honorees included Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana (300 or more employees); AccuTemp Services (11-99 employees); and Dale Buys Houses Now (1-10 employees).

Established in 2001 in memory of Douglas Manship, Sr., this award recognizes businesses that are committed to the highest standards of leadership, character, ethics, and trust among employees, customers and communities. The BBB of South Central La. serves 12 parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana Parishes.

“This honor is a true testament to the principles that have guided Taylor Porter and our people since the Firm’s beginnings in 1912, making an impact on the Baton Rouge community and preserving ethics in the daily practice of law,” said Bob Barton, Taylor Porter Managing Partner. “We are thankful to the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana for honoring Taylor Porter with this award, and we are proud to join an impressive group of past honorees that have paved the way for economic development, ethics in business, and community stewardship.”​

Since the Firm’s beginnings in 1912, Taylor Porter has built trust in the marketplace. The Firm’s 106-year commitment to excellence and a high level of quality, client service is reflected in its long-standing relationships with clients. From the Firm’s Baton Rouge office, 75 attorneys and a professional staff of 50 serve the interests of clients. ​Taylor Porter is the exclusive Louisiana law firm member of the MSI Global Alliance, enabling the Firm to source reliable, local expertise wherever in the world clients are doing business.

In the community, since the Firm's co-founder B.B. Taylor helped launch Baton Rouge's first YMCA, Taylor Porter has embraced the role of “corporate citizen” and continued a strong tradition of community service. Taylor Porter has combined its own progress and economic development with a priority of leading and supporting more than 100 community organizations and leadership agencies across the City. Serving on the boards of directors of nonprofits or making contributions of time and treasure to worthwhile causes, Taylor Porter employees make significant contributions to the communities in which they live and work. Taylor Porter has been ranked as one of the “Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge” by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report for five consecutive years, including the Firm’s most recent ranking in 2018.

Taylor Porter joins prestigious businesses previously honored with the Torch Award, including: Accuscreen Systems; All-Star Automotive Group; Ashco Exteriors, Inc.; Associated Grocers, Inc.; Baker Printing Company, Inc.; Bank One; Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Baton Rouge Duplicating Products; Bozeman Distributors; Bryson Law Firm, LLC; Business Office Systems & Service; Candace Warner, MD; Capital One Bank; Citizens Bank & Trust; Clegg's Nursery, LLC; Community Coffee; Couhig Termite & Pest Control; Cox Communications; Creative Communications, Inc.; Daigle's Jewelry; DeAngelo's Pizzeria Company; Diane Allen & Associates; EATEL; EMCO Technologies; Flowers by Jimmy Thomas; Garcia Roofing & Sheet Metal; Gage Telephone Systems, Inc.; Gary Johnson & Associates; Gerry Lane Enterprises, Inc.; GMFS; Gold Star Signs, LLC; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report; G.W. Oliver Construction, Inc.; Hancock Whitney Bank; Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP; Hidalgo Health Associates; Hollingsworth Richards Ford; Iberville Bank; Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, LLC; Kornmeyer's; LA Capitol Federal Credit Union; Lee Michael's Fine Jewelry; Lewis Mohr Real Estate & Insurance Agency, LLC; Lipsey's, LLC; LUBA Worker's Comp; LWCC/Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation; MAPP Construction, LLC; Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; McDonald's of Baton Rouge; MESH; Office Automation, Inc.; Olinde's Furniture & Appliances; Pelican State Credit Union; Postlethwaite & Netterville; Premier South Roofing & Sheet Metal; Relief Windows; Saint Elizabeth Hospital; Salsbury's Dodge City; SRS Wealth Management; SSA Consultants, LLC; Starmount Life Insurance Company/Always Care Benefits; The Baton Rouge Clinic, AMC; The Day Group, Inc.; The Newtron Group, Inc.; The Shaw Group, Inc.; Turner Industries; Woman's Hospital; Wright & Percy Insurance; and Xdesign, Inc.

Founded in 1912 in Baton Rouge, Taylor Porter is “Louisiana’s Law Firm®” and one of the oldest, largest and most respected law firms in Louisiana, representing a diverse range of local, regional, national and international clients in the most complex transactions and litigation across a variety of industries. As a full-service, general law practice with 75 attorneys, Taylor Porter’s capabilities cover the complete spectrum of civil law, including state and federal trial and appellate practice.

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