Melissa Croxton Taylor
Personal Injury Attorney
Intro: Melissa Croxton Taylor joined Wettermark Keith’s personal injury litigation department in 2023 as an Associate Attorney. Melissa’s diverse legal background in both defense and plaintiff work makes her an invaluable addition to the firm. With extensive experience with personal injury litigation and a passion for helping others, Melissa is committed to providing the best possible representation for her clients, working tirelessly to ensure their needs are met and their voices are heard.
Background: Born and raised in the Birmingham area, Melissa has always had a strong connection to her local community. She completed her undergraduate studies in criminal justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with the intent of becoming a military police officer. Instead, she continued on to law school, earning her Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law in 2004. Alongside her academic achievements, Melissa excelled as part of the Army ROTC program. Her journey into law began at UAB, when her ROTC sergeant and pre-law professors encouraged her to pursue a legal career, recognizing her potential for success in the field and her innate drive to help others.
Melissa’s broad experiences in defense and personal injury litigation have equipped her with the knowledge and expertise required to defend her clients with skill and compassion. Before joining Wettermark Keith, Melissa worked for several small and mid-sized litigation firms in Birmingham, where she gained experience in a number of practice areas. In 2006, Melissa’s decision to focus on defense work litigation led her to work at an insurance defense firm, and later to a management position in Geico's litigation department, where she honed her ability to handle complex cases efficiently. Melissa also worked at a small, two-attorney firm, where she gained additional expertise handling plaintiff work.
Melissa's “Why”: Melissa's passion for law stems from her desire to help people during some of the most challenging times in their lives. Recognizing that many of her clients have never encountered the justice system or suffered an accident before, she finds purpose in providing them with steady guidance and support throughout the legal process. Melissa’s empathy for her clients helps her understand their unique situations and advocate more effectively for them to receive the compensation they deserve.
- Alabama State Bar
Just For Fun: When she's not advocating for her clients, Melissa enjoys horseback riding and showing her two American Saddlebred horses - Twice Tempted and Froggy Went a-Courtin’ - nicknamed Sophie and Mooney. She finds peace in spending time with these majestic animals and exploring the outdoors with her family and friends. Melissa's youngest sister, who has Down syndrome, is her best friend. In her spare time, Melissa volunteers for activities at the Exceptional Foundation, a nonprofit that provides social and recreational opportunities for youth and adults with special needs. Every day, Melissa demonstrates her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others - both professionally and personally.