Taylor Coley is an associate in the Maritime and Transportation Group. She regularly represents banks and other financial institutions as lenders and agents, as well as ship owners as borrowers, in connection with secured financings in the shipping and international trade industries. Taylor also assists foreign and domestic shipowners with inquiries relating to Jones Act compliance and OFAC sanctions issues.

Prior to joining Seward & Kissel, Taylor handled claims in the US and Latin America relating to vessel casualties, bodily injuries, pollution incidents, charterparty disputes, and regulatory and licensing issues for one of the world’s largest marine mutual liability insurers within the International Group of P&I Clubs. She previously practiced with a boutique maritime litigation firm in New York City.

Taylor is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Taylor received a B.A. from Tulane University and a J.D., cum laude, from Tulane University Law School, where she obtained a Certificate in Admiralty and Maritime Law, and served as Senior Articles Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.


The “Perils of the Sea”-Man Status Question: The Fifth Circuit Falls Behind FELA’s Advancements in Remedies in Favor of the Continued Confusion Surrounding the Seaman Definition, 39 Tul. Mar. L.J. 371 (2014).

  • Cited by United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, en banc, in Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators of Tex., L.L.C., 997 F.3d 564 (5th Cir. 2021) (en banc) (citing 39 Tul. Mar. L.J. 371 (2014)).

Brokers and Buyers Beware: Underwriters are Nickel-and-Dimed by Strict Interpretation of Language in Excess and Umbrella Policies of Offshore Energy Companies, 39 Tul. Mar. L.J. 721 (2015)