Edward W. Cooch, Jr. ("Ned") and Donald C. Taylor ("Don") met and joined as partners in the practice of law as a result of their knowledge and confidence in the late Judge Richard S. Rodney. After four and one half years of military service, Ned had married Judge Rodney's daughter, Sarah, on June 12, 1946, while a law student at the University of Virginia. Don, a graduate of Dickinson School of Law, had served several years in the Korean War and was finishing up his clerkship with the Judge in the late 1950s. At the time he maintained an office in the Market Tower and found his practice growing.
In 1959 Ned spoke to Judge Rodney and asked if he knew someone who might join him in the practice of law. At the time Ned had a very pleasant association with the late William H. Foulk but no partnership or other arrangement with respect to Ned's work. Without hesitation the Judge said "Talk to my law clerk, Don Taylor. He's just starting out on his own and I think you boys would hit it off." The Judge then spoke to Don and offered the same advice that the two of them would "hit it off."
There followed a series of breakfasts, lunches and other meetings between Don and Ned. Don did not want to join as an associate and Ned hesitated to start off as a full partnership on the theory that you had to "summer and winter" with a person to know him.
After many meetings and discussions on the practice of law and their individual goals, Ned and Don decided to join together as full partners on March 1, 1960. Judge Rodney's vision that the two of them would "hit it off" could not have been more true. On numerous occasions one of the two would present an idea to the other only to find that the other had already written a memorandum to the same effect but had not yet presented it to his partner. In the 45 years from the origin of the COOCH AND TAYLOR partnership until Don's untimely death on May 6, 2005, there was never a cross word between the two. The partnership that started with Ned, Don and two secretaries grew until the time of Don's death to 20 lawyers and a staff of paralegals and administrative personnel of about 30.
Ned Cooch, the author of this brief history, passed away September 23, 2010 at the age of 90. Ned and Don left a legacy of professionalism and courtesy that endures today.
COOCH AND TAYLOR currently maintains a growing general practice with concentration in business and commercial bankruptcy, civil litigation, real estate, and construction law.