Philip Taliaferro III


As a lawyer, in the firm of Blankenship, Massey Taliaferro and Taylor, Philip Taliaferro, III is an experienced attorney who is dedicated to helping clients in a diverse range of practice areas. He has tremendous experience in personal injury, wrongful death and tractor trailer cases. Other members of the firm handle business law, family law, criminal defense, estate planning, probate, Workers' Compensation, Social Security disability, bankruptcy, employment law, and military law.

Phil is a graduate of Centre College and the University of Kentucky College of Law and is admitted to practice in Kentucky, Ohio, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, US District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, he served in the United States Navy from 1962 through 1965 as an officer where he served as a Navy attorney and a shore patrol officer. He was fortunate to be awarded the honor of US Marine Corps "Officer of the Day" in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Throughout his career, Phil has earned numerous awards from many organizations to honor his professional achievements and community involvement. The peer review service, Martindale-Hubbell, gave him the highest rating of "AV" preeminent in recognition of his professionalism and ethical standards from 1994 to present and he has had a Martindale Hubbell "AV "rating from 1980 to the present.

Phil also enjoys being involved in professional and community organizations. He has served as Vice President for the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Chairman of the Kentucky Personnel Board from 1972 through 1987, and was on the Board of Regents for Northern Kentucky University for many years. He was active in the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America organization and served on the Dan Beard Council Board of Directors for more than 30 years. He has been a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Attorneys (membership limited to 500 attorneys) since 1997.

Phil desires to faithfully serve his clients with excellence. Working with fellow lawyers in the firm, he will strive to meet clients' needs.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1962
  • Ohio, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1966
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1970

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Kentucky and American Bar Associations
  • Kentucky Justice Association (formerly KATA - Vice President 1985)
  • Salmon P. Chase, American Inn of Court (Master of the Bench)
  • Daniel Beard Council, Board of Directors (Boy Scouts of America) 1983- present
  • Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission, Executive Committee, 1987 to 1988
  • Kentucky State Personnel Board, Chairman, 1972 to 1986
  • Northern Kentucky University, Board of Regents, 1987-1990, 1992-1998 (Vice President 1992-1993)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Attorneys (1997-present) (limited to 500 Fellows worldwide)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member (U.S. Navy Lt.) Post 6423, Erlanger, KY


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1962
    • Honors: University of Kentucky Law Journal
  • Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1959
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa


  • AV pre-eminent Martindale Hubbell (present)
  • Silver Beaver Award, National Council of Boy Scouts of America, 1996
  • Honorary Marine Corps Officer, 1964
  • Chairman Emeritus, Kentucky Personnel Board, 1987
  • Special Justice Kentucky Supreme Court, 1994
  • Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Lawyers, Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1996
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers
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