Judge Taylor earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 1981. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, in 1984.
Judge Taylor has been married to Hon. Laura S. Taylor, a United States Bankruptcy Judge, since 1987. They have two adult sons.
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Judge Taylor has served several times on the Board of Governors of the San Diego ABTL.
He is a Senior Master of the Welsh Inn of Court.
Judge Taylor has presided over more than 135 civil jury trials to verdict, and several hundred more bench trials. He has been affirmed by the Court of Appeal more than 120 times.
When not hearing cases, Judge Taylor enjoys fly fishing, playing guitar, and reading.