Phil Taliaferro

Cincy Magazine

Age 71

Why he's interesting: This accomplished attorney's closing arguments can draw a crowd. He has been making waves in Northern Kentucky since he was a copy boy at the Kentucky Enquirer at age 14, and has defended local police officers, school principals and Bengals players in high profile cases. He has won groundbreaking verdicts in women's rights, at one point clearing the way for Covington women firefighters to keep their hair long, and with insanity pleas, one of which resulted in his client being found innocent on account of narcolepsy.

Current case: Taliaferro is defending a Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse valet against former University of Cincinnati men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy, who sued the valet for defamation after he claimed to witness Kennedy assault a cab driver.

Motto: The sign in the picture displays "a Taliaferro practice of law theory," he explains. "Even a blind hog can root up an occasional acorn. So you just gotta keep rootin'!"

Boy Scouts: Taliaferro is an passionate supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He even bought and renovated the historic Covington home of Daniel Carter Beard when it was in danger of being torn down.

- LK

From: Cincy Magazine April/May 2009 Edition