Kincaid Taylor Geyer Attorneys At Law Zanesville Ohio
Kincaid Taylor Geyer Attorneys At Law Zanesville Ohio

Attorneys At Law

Experienced since 1895

William James Taylor

Mr. Taylor was born in Ohio and has lived in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. His father was an oil and gas landman whose work took him and his family throughout the West. Bill has undergraduate and law degrees from The Ohio State University and studied military law at the University of Virginia. He was a Lieutenant in the 1st Cavalry Division and Captain in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and settled in Zanesville to raise his family after serving in the Army.

Bill is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and a founding member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. He has lectured and written about oil, gas, natural resources, environmental and banking topics.

Bill and his partners at Kincaid, Taylor and Geyer successfully argued Heifner v. Bradford, Ohio’s leading case on title to oil and gas rights. He also assisted in drafting Ohio’s Mineral Lapse Statute.

He is past chairman of the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission and serves on the Legal Committee of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and Natural Resources Committees of the Ohio State and Montana Bar Associations. Mr. Taylor is admitted to practice in Ohio and Montana and his practice is general with emphasis in oil, gas, coal, natural resources, and environmental law as well as business, banking, hospitals and real estate.

Attorney William James Taylor Kincaid Taylor Geyer

William James Taylor

Practicing Attorney


1973, J.D., Ohio State University School of Law
1970, B.A., Ohio State University


Kincaid, Taylor & Geyer; 50 North Fourth Street, Post Office Box 1030, Zanesville, Ohio 43702 1030;
     Partner, 1979 to present

Sole practitioner; Zanesville, Ohio;

Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army;
     Criminal trial counsel, Fort Hood, Texas;
     Commander's counsel, Fort Mead, Maryland

Martindale Hubbell, Inc. Rating, "a v"

Areas Of Concentration

Natural Resources, including oil and gas, mining and environmental
Complex and multi-district litigation
Business, including real estate development, banking and hospital

Court Admissions

1993 - United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
1991 - United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
1990 - Montana Supreme Court
1986 - United States Tax Court
1977 - United States Supreme Court
1977 - United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
1974 - United States Court of Military Appeals
1973 - Ohio Supreme Court


2014 – “Tax Titles in Ohio”
      EMLF, 35 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 731 (2014)
2013 - “Oil and Gas Title Opinions:
      Ohio State Bar Association
2013 - “Traditional Title Opinions vs. Mineral Title Opinions”
      Capital University Law School
2013 - “Mineral Title Opinions (webcast)”
      Ohio State Bar Association
2013 - “Ohio Tax Issues Impacting Titles”
      Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
2013 - “Mineral Title Opinions: Oil and Gas Law in Ohio”
      Bradley J. Schaeffer Real Property Institute
2012 - “Accommodation of Split Estates
      The Ohio State University Oil and Gas Symposium
2012 - “Tax Titles in Ohio”
      Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
2011 - “Meeting in the Middle, Compromise Between Landowner and Developer in Today’s Leasing Climate”
      Ohio State Bar Association
2011 – “What You Should Consider When Granting an Oil and Gas Lease on Your Land”
      Ohio State Bar Association “Law You Can Use” w/ Ronald Lembright and Anne Christ
1993 - "Structuring Transactions to Minimize Environmental Liability"
      University of Tulsa
1991 - "Modifications to the Joint Operating Agreement for the Exploratory Prospect"
      Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
1988 - "Ohio's New Dormant Mineral Law"
      Ohio State Bar Association
1984 - "Pooling, Spacing, Unitization and Implied Covenants"
      Ohio Oil and Gas Association
1984 - "The Effects of Foreclosing on Oil and Gas Leases"
      Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
1982 - "Implied Covenants, Top Leasing and Spacing"
      Ohio Oil and Gas Association
1982 - "Practical Mineral Title Opinions"
      Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
1980 - "Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Leases"
      Ohio State Bar Association

Bar Associations

Federal Bar Association - 1977 to date
     Member of Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law

Ohio State Bar Association - 1977 to date
     Special Committee to Review Gender Fairness in the Legal Profession 2011
     Board of Governors – member 1998 – 2001
     Ohio Lawyer Board of Editors – 1998 - 2002
     Chairman of Natural Resources Committee; 1990 - 1996

Muskingum County Bar Association - 1977 to date
     1988 1989 President
     1989 1992 and 2006-2009 Grievance Committee

Montana State Bar Association - 1990 to date
     Member of Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law

Board Memberships

     Ohio Oil and Gas Commission - 1992-2008, Chairman 1993-2008
     Ohio Oil & Gas Association Legal Committee
     Ohio Bankers Association Bank Counsel Group
     Ohio Lawyer – Board of Editors - 1998 - 2002
     Ohio State Legal Services Association Vice President of Board of Trustees since 1980 delivery of legal services to low income clients
     Energy and Mineral Law Foundation – Founding Member, Special Institutes, Annual Institutes and Chairman of Oil & Gas Law Subcommittee
     Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - Special Institutes, Annual Institutes, Topics and Speakers Committee
     Zanesville Planning Commission President 1980 - 2001

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