Hon. Gary L. Taylor (Ret.)

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Hon. Gary L. Taylor (Ret.) served with distinction for nearly 20 years on both the state and federal judiciaries where he presided over many high-profile cases. He enjoys a reputation as an exceptional jurist known for his integrity, patience, intellect, and ability to readily grasp complex issues. Counsel have described Judge Taylor as a fair and ethical neutral who issues rulings that have a sound basis in law.  

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrations
    • Asset purchase agreement dispute over world-recognized online gaming entertainment brand
    • Breach of fiduciary duty claims against entertainment industry guild pension managers for over-hiring consultants and arranging kickbacks
    • Cross-claims over finances and management of Canadian theaters and Broadway tours
    • Disputes over motion picture profit participations and shortfall reimbursement
    • Former executives’ claims against corporation for depriving them of millions of dollars in healthcare benefits
    • Indemnity rights under stock purchase agreement for illegal business practices by nationwide consumer-relations firm
    • Leading auto manufacturer’s former in-house attorney assertion of whistleblower claims of discovery concealment in significant lawsuits
    • Leading infomercial marketing company’s dispute over exclusive worldwide marketing rights after multi-million-dollar marketing campaign
    • Multi-million-dollar claims between healthcare providers
    • Multi-million-dollar claims by pharmacies’ medication provider against government healthcare contractor
    • Multi-million-dollar compensation dispute between Academy Award-winning actor and major studio over Oscar-winning motion picture
    • Multi-million-dollar dispute between large hedge funds over claimed fiduciary duty breach and opportunities diversion
  • Mediations
    • Judge Taylor has successfully mediated disputes in many areas, including:
      • Asset-purchase and earn-out conflicts
      • Class actions involving various industries and practice areas
      • Investment disputes
      • Patent and copyright infringement
      • Trade secret disputes
  • Other
    • Appeal review and case evaluation of major appliance manufacturer’s patent dispute with foreign manufacturer
    • Court reference to determine admissibility of scientific toxicology evidence involving major sugar substitute sweetener product
    • Evaluation of prominent medical equipment manufacturer’s patent license appeal before CPR International Institute
    • Mock appeal hearing and case evaluation for major league baseball team contract and name dispute with city leasor
    • Mock arbitration and case evaluation for major aerospace manufacturer concerning satellite failure
    • Mock trial and evaluation of federal government case to block merger of major mobile phone wireless providers

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Named as one of the “500 Leading Judges in America,” by Lawdragon Magazine, 2005
  • Alumni of the Year Award for public and community service, UCLA Law School, 1999
  • Franklin G. West Award for lifetime achievement, Orange County Bar Association, 1998
  • Board of Directors/Judicial Council, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange, County, 1990-2003
  • Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County, 1998-2002
  • Member, State Bar of California, Orange County Bar Association
  • Frequent author and speaker for continuing legal education, bar, and professional organizations
  • Received detailed training in CLE workshop "Net Profits and New Media: The Future of Entertainment Litigation"

Background and Education

  • Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Southern Division, 1990-2005
  • Judge, Orange County Superior Court, 1986-1990
  • Business Litigation Partner, Wenke, Taylor, Evans & Ikola, Orange County, 1966-1986
  • Captain, U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1964-1966
  • J.D., UCLA Law School, 1963
  • A.B., University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 1960