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Hon. Gary L. Taylor (Ret.)

T: 714-939-1300
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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

  • Business/Commercial
    • Resolved complex business-related disputes involving wide variety of facts and legal issues, including matters involving trade secrets, asset purchase agreements, earn-out provisions, real estate developments, mergers, insurance coverage issues, privacy concerns, marketing rights, fraud, and breach of contract claims, among others
  • Class Action
    • Experience resolving class actions involving various industries and practice areas
  • Employment
    • Judge Taylor has extensive experience resolving workplace-related disputes, including claims for breach of employment agreements, discrimination, wrongful termination, Fair Labor Standards Act violations, whistleblower issues, and individual and multi-party wage and hour violations
  • Entertainment/Sports
    • Overseen as neutral and trial judge numerous disputes involving financing and distribution, profit participation, compensation, copyright, right of publicity, and fair use issues, among others
    • For a comprehensive overview of Judge Taylor’s entertainment and sports practice, please visit his specialty biography
  • Health Care
    • Multi-million-dollar claims between healthcare providers
    • Multi-million-dollar claims by pharmacies’ medication provider against government healthcare contractor
  • Intellectual Property
    • Experience resolving a wide variety of IP disputes, including patent, trademark, right of publicity, trade secret, unfair competition and copyright claims
  • Securities
    • Indemnity rights under stock purchase agreement for illegal business practices by nationwide consumer-relations firm
    • Multi-million-dollar dispute between large hedge funds over claimed fiduciary duty breach and opportunities diversion

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"
  • "Renowned Ref: Neutral Gary Taylor handles arbitrations and mediations across Southern California," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, December 11, 2015.

Background and Education

  • Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 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