About Mark Taylor
Mark was born and raised in Bartow and is a fourth generation Bartow native, his great-grandfather having homesteaded here in 1869. After graduating from Bartow High School, he received his Bachelors Degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Mark graduated from Barry University School of Law, with honors (“cum laude”).
Prior to practicing law, Mark worked in a variety of local industries, including the former Estech phosphate mine, and Butterkrust Bakery. He was a deputy sheriff with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for thirteen years, during which he received numerous commendations, including Deputy Sheriff of the Year 1993 / 1994. As a deputy Mark acted as a detective in the Homicide, Sex Crimes and Property Crimes divisions. He also participated in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit and remains an avid horseman. Mark left the Sheriff’s Office to work for his father-in-law, Jack T. Edmund until his tragic passing in 2002.
Mark is a member of the Willson American Inn of Court, the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, the Polk County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Highlands County Bar Association.
Mark and his wife, Pagan have three children and one grandchild.