This blog post is the first in a series taking a historical view of the State of South Carolina’s law governing surface water use.  In this first installment, I cover the law of surface water use from 1750 to 1956. 


From 1750 to 1820, water disputes were addressed by water users directly petitioning the South Carolina... Read More

Mullen Taylor has been selected by her peers to be included in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America © for her work in her practice area of water law.  This recognition marks the fifth consecutive year that she has received this recognition.  Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the... Read More

Recent reports concerning the impacts of climate change should give South Carolina business leaders pause to rethink any notion that the State is immune from future water-related risks that may disrupt business planning and profitability.  The World Economic Form’s Global Risks 2014 identifies water risk as one of the top ten global risks of... Read More

Mullen Taylor is honored to speak at the South Carolina Law Review's 2015 Symposium, Water-Lawgged: The Muddy Relationship between Water Law, the Environment, and Economic Development, to be held February 19-20, 2015 at the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia.  She will... Read More

Mullen Taylor has joined Clemson University's planning committee for the South Carolina Water Resources Conference to be held in 2016.  The purpose of the Conference is to provide an integrated forum for discussion of water... Read More

Areas of Practice

Appellate Practice

Mullen Taylor has represented clients in appeals before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court. She possesses the critical thinking, legal research, and legal writing skills needed to write persuasive briefs involving complex factual and legal issues, including novel questions of law, and the oral advocacy skills to articulate these issues concisely. She handles appeals from cases she tried below and is available to assist other firms with their appellate needs.

Constitutional Litigation and Consultation

Mullen Taylor enjoys practicing constitutional law and has achieved positive results for her clients facing constitutional challenges. Constitutional litigation can be complex and costly, with potentially high liability exposure to public entities. For this reason, when faced with constitutional challenges, local and state government should turn to attorneys such as Mullen who regularly practice constitutional law. Not only does she defend public entities against constitutional claims, she also proactively advises public entities on how to reduce exposure to constitutional challenges

Environmental Law

Mullen Taylor’s environmental law practice includes land use, water-related regulation and permitting, and sustainable development issues.  With her experience representing both public and private sector clients, Mullen applies her understanding of entities on each side of a matter to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.  On the public side, Mullen represents local and municipal governments, with a particular emphasis on land use, zoning, water rights, stormwater management and municipal utilities. In the private sector, she has assisted residential, commercial and industrial landowners and developers on a variety of issues involving federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Mullen has productive working relationships with state and federal government officials that can help move projects forward.   She can help clients reach a practical solution to a client’s problem, or help a client realize a big idea.

Local Government

Mullen Taylor possesses a unique depth and breadth of experience in local government issues. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked in the Richland County Administrator’s Office for approximately six years, rising to the level of Assistant to the County Administrator. As a result of this experience, she has gained valuable insight and understanding of local government functions. This background has enabled her to represent and advise counties and cities with a real understanding of their needs. And she provides valuable insight to private sector clients who interact with local governments.

Water Law

Mullen Taylor is the only South Carolina attorney recognized by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice of water law. She is ready to navigate clients through the complicated world of water resource law, from advising clients of water issues affecting them, including water rights, water risk assessment, water risk disclosure pursuant to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requirements, navigability, and water withdrawal permitting; to litigating water issues if need be. Large and small businesses, the federal government, municipal utilities, non-profit organizations, and individual property owners have benefited from Mullen’s knowledge and counsel.