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


A retired U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California, Judge Taylor has wide experience in adjudicating and settling intellectual property cases including copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition. He enjoys a reputation as an exceptional jurist known for his integrity, patience, intellect, quick grasp of complex issues, and consistently pleasant demeanor.   

Representative Matters

  • Copyright
    • Adjudicated various cases on diverse copyright areas
    • Arbitrations over disputed website design
    • Copyright infringement claim by world-famous illustrator and cartoonist for use of characters in manufacture of widely-used slot machines
    • In forefront of developing legal doctrine of “fair use” while on federal bench
  • Entertainment-Related Matters
    • Arbitrated talent agent’s claim against actor concerning compensation and “enhancement” due for additional seasons of television series
    • Entertainment industry intellectual property disputes, including Milton Green Archives of Marilyn Monroe photographs, story rights to “The Full Monty,” and logo rights from “The Incredibles”
    • Mediation of celebrity’s claims against greeting card company for alleged misappropriation of likeness
  • Patent
    • Adjudicated numerous patent cases involving issues of direct, indirect, and willful infringement, invalidity, anticipation, obviousness, inequitable conduct, claim construction, doctrine of equivalents, prior art, and damages
    • Appeal review and case evaluation of major appliance manufacturer’s patent dispute with foreign manufacturer
    • Evaluation of prominent medical equipment manufacturer’s patent license appeal before CPR International Institute
    • Mediated patent infringement claim by large swimming pool equipment manufacturer claiming knock-off of filter product
    • Patent right disputes on patented computer software and medical and dental devices and processes
  • Right of Publicity
    • Professional football player’s endorsement restriction concerning companies with performance-enhancing products
  • Trade Secret
    • Mediated trade secret dispute between two major national banks
    • Mediated trade secret issues upon job shift of one senior executive from nationally known lending institution to another
    • Mediated trade secret misappropriation dispute between dental appliance inventor and dental products manufacturer
  • Trademark
    • Arbitrations and mediations involving website names and access
    • Mediation over name use by hospital and medical group
    • Mediations and arbitration over competitors’ uses of similar trade names
    • Various trade dress cases between competitors concerning product design and packaging
    • Violations of World Series winner’s trademarked and trade dress logo and designs
  • Unfair Competition
    • Arbitrations and mediations between recording artists over music rights, including copyright issues
    • Mediations concerning competitors’ clothing line designs, with disputes involving copyright issues
  • 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



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