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


Judge Taylor, a retired U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California, has wide experience in adjudicating and settling many complex, multi-party class actions. He served with distinction for nearly 20 years in both state and federal courts 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 an arbitrator and mediator who is always fair, extremely ethical, and who issues rulings that have a sound basis in the law.    

Representative Matters

  • “Click fraud” claim against major Internet company
  • Case concerning major lender’s claimed usury violations
  • Claimed violation of product mislabeling restrictions
  • Class action involving Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, better known as California’s “lemon law”
  • Class actions involving wage and hour violations
  • Dispute involving Credit Repair Organizations Act
  • Dispute involving federal lemon law
  • Securities investors’ breach of fiduciary duty claims against major “fund of funds” management company
  • Claimed overcharging scam by “people search” website
  • 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

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