Gary Taylor

Hon. Gary L. Taylor (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Jenny Truex
T: 619-237-0805
F: 619-236-9032
401 B Street, Suite 2100, San Diego, CA 92101


As a retired federal judge and current full-time neutral, Judge Taylor has presided over and resolved numerous high-stakes commercial matters involving a wide variety of legal and business issues. Counsel hold him in high regard for his understanding of the law and ability to make sound decisions in the face of even the most contentious disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Dispute involving federal government case to block merger of major mobile phone wireless providers
  • Matters involving asset-purchase and earn-out conflicts
  • Leading infomercial company’s dispute over exclusive worldwide marketing rights after multi-million-dollar marketing campaign
  • Multi-million-dollar investment fund’s management control dispute
  • Multi-million-dollar trade secrets misappropriation to jump-start competing asset management company
  • Evaluation of pending Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) appeal
  • Declaratory relief regarding development scope, limitations, and reasonable performance time for 98-acre land purchase contract
  • Neutral evaluation of first-time insurance coverage issue following cyber intrusion into major computer service provider’s network serving 100 million users
  • Dispute over jurisdiction, contract and statutory validity, and non-signatory’s arbitration participation arising out of high-end commercial building construction
  • Misrepresentations and fraud in personal misappropriation of more than $4 million in business loans
  • 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.
  • 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



Practice Areas

Available nationwide


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