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


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. Both as a judge and through his career as a full-time arbitrator and mediator, he has overseen a wide variety of employment-related disputes. These include breach of employment contract, discrimination, wrongful termination, and harassment matters.

Judge Taylor 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

  • Breach of Employment Contract
    • Alleged breach of executive employment agreement between former executive and cash logistics services provider
    • Arbitration of breach of employment contract alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation against multinational computer technology corporation
    • Breach of employment contract arbitration involving developer of spinal disorder products and systems
    • Breach of employment contract claims between former employee and international freight corporation
    • Breach of employment contract dispute involving international cosmetics company
    • Breach of employment contract matter between global pharmaceutical corporation and former director of research and development department
    • Breach of employment contract matter involving intentional interference with contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage claims
    • Former executives’ claims against corporation for depriving them of millions of dollars in healthcare benefits
  • Discrimination
    • Employment discrimination claim against professional soccer organization
    • Employment discrimination matter alleging termination based on sexual orientation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • Collective action by social workers alleging overtime violations by government entity
  • Harassment
    • Sexual harassment claims mediated between former employee and national cable communications provider
  • Wage and Hour
    • Numerous wage and hour claims involving:
      • National pharmacy franchise
      • Direct marketing services company
      • North American motor company
      • Private security provider
      • Uncertified class against holistic nutrition company
  • Whistleblower
    • Leading auto manufacturer’s former in-house attorney assertion of whistleblower claims of discovery concealment in significant lawsuits
  • Wrongful Termination
    • Wrongful termination matter alleged against local chapter of youth organization
    • Employment dispute involving use of confidential information, wrongful termination, inducement to breach contract, false advertising, and intentional interference claims between former employee, former employer and current employer in the mechanical gasket industry 
  • 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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