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Hon. Gary L. Taylor (Ret.)

Hon. Gary L. Taylor (Ret.)

General Biography
Practice Areas
Class Action
Cybersecurity & Privacy
Entertainment and Sports
Federal Judge
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

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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 and Sports
    • Judge Taylor has overseen numerous entertainment-related disputes throughout his career as a federal judge in the Central District of California and as a full-time neutral. He has wide experience addressing profit participation, contract interpretation, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and right of publicity issues in the film, music, and online industries. He is also well-versed in resolving sensitive disputes between high-profile parties. Judge Taylor's experience includes:
      • Overseen as neutral and trial judge numerous disputes involving financing and distribution, profit participation, compensation, copyright, right of publicity, and fair use issues
      • Multi-million-dollar compensation dispute between Academy Award-winning actor and major studio over Academy Award-winning best motion picture
      • Contract dispute between top-rated vocal talent elimination television series and network over creative control
      • Adjudicated dispute over logo rights from “The Incredibles”
      • Appeal in shortfall reimbursement dispute over Japanese distribution of film
      • Breach of fiduciary duty claims against entertainment industry guild pension managers for over-hiring consultants and arranging kickbacks
      • Celebrity claiming greeting card company misappropriated her likeness
      • Challenge to district court judgment involving motion picture financing
      • Cross-claims over finances and management of Canadian theaters and Broadway tours
      • Dispute between competing radio outlets over employment of high-profile radio personality
      • Dispute involving asset purchase agreement for world-recognized online gaming entertainment brand
      • Dispute over name ownership of world-famous “boy band”
      • Disputed profit participation audit following worldwide distribution of motion picture
      • Disputes involving website designs
      • Disputes over rights to Milton Green photograph archive of Marilyn Monroe
      • In forefront of developing legal doctrine of “fair use.” See reported cases of Newport-Mesa Unified School District v. State of California, 371 F.Supp.2d 1170 (C.D. Cal., 2005), copyright “fair use” of school’s test protocol for Individualized Education Plan; Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp., 77 F.Supp.2d 1116 (C.D. Cal., 1999), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 336 F.3d 811 (9th Cir. 2003), copyright “fair use” of Internet search engine’s use of copyrighted pictures rendered as thumbnail images
      • Major League Baseball team contract and name dispute with city leaser
      • Matters between recording industry competitors in music rights
      • National Football League’s player endorsement restriction concerning companies with performance-enhancing products
      • Ownership rights of website names and access
      • Story rights to major British motion picture
  • 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


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