- In Re Southwest Aircraft Services, 53 B.R. 805 (C.D. Cal. 1985) (environmental)
- Kelly v. William Morrow & Co., 186 Cal. App. 3d 1625 (1986) (libel)
- S.E.C. v. Hardy, 803 F. 2d 1034 (9th Cir. 1986) (securities)
- Lubin v. Sybedon Corp., 688 F. Supp. 1425 (S.D. Cal. 1988) (securities)
- Keith G. v. Bilbray, 43 Cal. Rptr. 2d 277 (1995) (civil rights)
- Dilley v. Gunn, 64 F. 3d 1365 (9th Cir. 1995) (civil rights)
- Hendricks v. Dynegy, 160 F. Supp. 2d 1155 (S.D. Cal. 2001) (antitrust)
- Molski v. Atlantic Richfield Company, 318 F.3d 937 (9th Cir. 2003) (civil rights)
- Padres L.P. v. Henderson, 114 Cal. App. 4th 495 (2003) (amicus curiae)
- California ex rel. Lockyer v. Dynegy, Inc., 375 F.3d 831 (2004) (antitrust).
Professional Qualifications While Practicing Law
Judge Taylor was a member of the California Bar, and was admitted to practice before all four United States District Courts in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and the U.S. Tax Court. He is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
- Elected to the Board of Directors of the San Diego Bar Association, Fall 2004
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
- Four time winner of Wiley Manual Award for pro bono legal service
- Board of Directors, San Diego Region National Kidney Foundation (1988-91)
- Board of Directors, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (1989-1995)
- William B. Enright Chapter, American Inn of Court (1991-93)
- Chair, Trial Practice Subcommittee, CEB Joint Advisory Committee (1991-94)
- Commissioner, State Bar Legal Services Trust Fund (1994-1996)
- San Diego County Bar Association Children at Risk Task Force (1996)
- State Bar Commission on Access to Justice (1997-1999)
- Southern District Lawyer Representative, 9th Circuit Judicial Conference (1999-2002).
Judge Taylor’s published writings include: Soul Rebels: The Rastafarians and the Free Exercise Clause, 72 Geo. L.J. 1605 (1984); Redemption Song: An Update on the Rastafarians and the Free Exercise Clause, 9 Whittier L. Rev. 663 (1988); Good Faith Settlement in Federal Courts in California, 11 CEB Civil Litigation Reporter 53 (March 1989); Update: Good Faith Settlements in Federal Courts After Kaypro, 11 CEB Civil Litigation Reporter 295 (Nov. 1989); Prejudicial Judicial Comments, 12 CEB Civil Litigation Reporter 142 (June 1990); The Supreme Court De-Constitutionalizes the Opinion Doctrine, 12 CEB Civil Litigation Reporter 205 (August 1990); When is A Release Not A Release?, 13 CEB Civil Litigation Reporter 83 (May 1991); The Common Law and Hazardous Materials Litigation, 10 Toxics Law Rptr. 23 (June 1995); This is Not My Parents’ Divorce Court, California Courts Review (Winter 2007); Fly Fishing and The Judging Life, Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 6, 2013; Standing Naked; Judges in the Lyrics of Bob Dylan, Los Angeles Daily Journal December 12-13, 2013.
“Current Issues in Underground Storage Tank Litigation,” monograph presented at ABA Annual meeting, August 1992; “Current Issues in UST Law and Litigation,” monograph presented at Western Farm Credit Bank Annual Legal Conference and Advanced Legal Seminar, Summer 1996; “Recent Developments in the Area of Stigma Damages,” monograph presented at Appraisal Institute Litigation Seminar, August 1997; “Welcome to Full Disclosure,” San Diego County Bar Association, September 2000 (panelist); Federal Civil Litigation in California, Lorman Education Services, October 2002 (panelist); Evidence in Family Law Cases, San Diego County Bar Assn. CFLS Summer Seminar, June 2008 (panelist); Disclosure and Fiduciary Duties, San Diego County Bar Assn. CFLS Fall Seminar, October 2008 (panelist); CASD Class Action Symposium (panelist), October 2009, 2010; Ethics and the Court Funding Crisis, SDCBA (Panelist), November 2012.
Sample of Decisions Reviewed
Wallace v. GEICO, 183 Cal. App. 4th 1390 (2010)(class certification – reversed); Wolf v. CDS Devco, 185 Cal. App. 4th 903 (2010)(corporate director inspection rights – affirmed); American Casualty v. Childrens Hospital Ins., 2010 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 166 (insurance – affirmed); Ghiotto v. City of San Diego, 2010 WL 4018644 (employment – affirmed); Sevidal v. Target Corporation, 189 Cal. App. 4th 905 (2010)(class certification – affirmed); Levine v. Blue Shield of California, 189 Cal. App. 4th 1117 (2010)(insurance – affirmed); SDCERA v. Superior Court, 196 Cal. App. 4th 1228 (2011) (privacy- affirmed); Thurman v. Bayshore Transit Mgmt., 203 Cal. App. 4th 1112 (2012) (employment- affirmed in part); Chaker v. Mateo, 209 Cal. App 4th 1138 (2012) (SLAPP- affirmed); Wanke v. Superior Court, 209 Cal. App. 4th 1151 (2012) (trade secrets- affirmed in part); Jameson v. Desta, 215 Cal. App. 4th 1144 (2013) (prisoner rights – reversed); Taxpayers for Accountable School Bond Spending v. San Diego Unified School District, 215 Cal. App. 4th 1013 (2013) (CEQA – affirmed in part); Hampton v. County of San Diego, 160 Cal. Rptr. 3d 168 (2013) (design immunity – affirmed – review granted); San Diego Citizenry Group v. County of San Diego, 219 Cal. App. 4th 1 (2013) (CEQA – affirmed); Yee v. Cheung, 220 Cal. App. 4th 184 (2013) (SLAPP – affirmed); Orion Communications v. Sameis Holdings LLC, 226 Cal. App 4th 152 (2014) (disqualification – reversed); Disenhouse v. Peavey, 226 Cal. App. 4th 1096 (2014) (jurisdiction -affirmed); SDG&E v. Schmidt, 228 Cal. App. 4th 1280 (2014) (eminent domain – affirmed); Otay Ranch v. County of San Diego, 230 Cal. App. 4th 60 (CEQA- affirmed); Heskel v. City of San Diego, 227 Cal. App. 4th 313 (2014) (dangerous condition – affirmed); Cleveland Nat’l Forest Assn. v SANDAG, 2014 231 Cal. App. 4th 1056 (2014) (CEQA- affirmed); Sierra Club v. County of San Diego, 180 Cal. Rptr. 3rd 154 (2014) (CEQA- affirmed); Flannery v. VW Credit, 232 Cal. App. 4th 606 (2014) (FDCPA-reversed); Deputy Sheriff’s Assn. v. County of San Diego, 233 Cal. App. 4th 573 (2015) (constitutional law – affirmed); SOHO v. City of San Diego, 237 Cal. App. 4th 163 (2015) (CEQA – affirmed in part), 11 Cal. App. 5th 154 (2017) (affirmed); Holmes v. Calif. Victim Compensation Board, 239 Cal. App 4th 1400 (2015) (wrongful conviction – affirmed); Hampton v. County of San Diego, 62 Cal. 4th 340 (2016) (design immunity – affirmed); Blackwell v. Vasilas, 244 Cal App. 4th 160 (2016)(summary judgement – reversed). Doe v. State of California, 214 Cal. Rptr. 3d 391 (2017) (SLAPP- affirmed); CONA v. city of San Diego, 8 Cal. App 5th 350 (2017) (wild animals- affirmed); CERF v. Cal RWQCB, 12 Cal. App 5th 178 (2017) (environmental – affirmed); Pacific Bay Recovery v. Cal. Physicians Services, 12 Cal. App. 5th 500 (2017) (affirmed).
“An Argument for More Argument” (review of The Thirteen American Arguments, by Howard Fineman), Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 12, 2008; review of Hemingway on War in The Ivy Leaves, March 2004; review of Fire Lover, by Joseph Wambaugh, in The Federal Lawyer, September 2002; “Tales of Uncle Walt” (review of Walt Disney – Hollywood’s Dark Prince, by Marc Eliot), San Diego Commerce, February 18, 1994; “Muses Grin” (review of Finnegan’s Week, by Joseph Wambaugh), Coronado Journal, November 11, 1993; “Wambaugh Returns to Desert for Solid Tale” (review of Fugitive Nights, by Joseph Wambaugh), San Diego Daily Transcript, January 31, 1992; “Phony Science and Gun-Shy Judges” (review of Galileo’s Revenge, by Peter Huber), San Diego Daily Transcript, December 18, 1991.