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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

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John A. Taylor, Jr.

John A. Taylor, Jr.

Partner - Los Angeles Office

How John Helps Clients

A California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist, John A. Taylor, Jr. has helped numerous clients prevail in high-stakes appeals concerning legal issues of industry-wide importance and from multimillion-dollar judgments. 


John has argued appeals throughout the state, including several in the California Supreme Court. Among them are a groundbreaking matter addressing automobile manufacturers’ warranty liability (Gavaldon v. Daimler Chrysler) and an intellectual property case in which the court overturned a $15 million judgment against a coffee manufacturer based on alleged unauthorized use of the plaintiff’s image on labeling (Christoff v. Nestlé USA, Inc.). John’s name currently appears on over 40 published opinions and many more unpublished opinions. He has been lead appellate counsel in dozens of civil appeals for individuals, insurers, and entities in the entertainment, automotive, and other industries, including matters involving entertainment law, the right of publicity, the Unfair Competition Law (UCL), breach of contract, insurance coverage, wage and hour law, employment discrimination, personal injury, California’s “lemon law,” arbitration awards, and trusts and estates. John’s many victories include his role as lead counsel in (Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment), obtaining a $37 million reduction of a $52 million judgment against his client.

John is a partner at the firm, where he has been practicing appellate law since 1993. Before joining the firm, John was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

John has authored numerous amicus curiae briefs in the California Supreme Court on issues such as evidentiary requirements in product liability and wage and hour litigation; the scope and application of Proposition 64’s amendments to the UCL; public policy issues arising out of subcontractor indemnity provisions in residential construction contracts; the constitutionality of Proposition 5, the Indian gaming initiative; and the validity of the Seaman's tort.

Representative Matters

Eisen v. Tavangarian (2019)
California Court of Appeal disagrees with prior decision from the same division, reversing judgment requiring partial demolition of remodeled home

Harbor Missionary Church Corp. v. City of San Buenaventura (2016)
Obtained Ninth Circuit reversal of an order denying a preliminary injunction to protect a church’s religious freedom right to operate a homeless outreach program within the City of Ventura

Cohen v. Sterling (2015)
Prepared post-trial motions to obtain new trial after $17 million verdict arising out of apartment fire, and obtained affirmance of the new trial order by the California Court of Appeal

Noe v. Superior Court (2015)
California Court of Appeal denied a writ petition challenging summary adjudication in favor of our clients (including Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc.) on a wage-and-hour claim alleging workers who provided concessions at concerts and sporting events were willfully misclassified as independent contractors in violation of Labor Code section 226.8, on the ground that this recently-enacted law did not create a private right of action

Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment (2012)
Obtained a $37 million reduction of a $52 million judgment against Rysher Entertainment, a co-producer of the television show Nash Bridges, in California Court of Appeal

Christoff v. Nestlé USA, Inc. (2009)
Obtained reversal of $15.6 million verdict in the California Court of Appeal and affirmance by the California Supreme Court, holding for the first time that the single publication rule applies to right of publicity claims

Burlage v. Superior Court (2009)
Obtained affirmance of order vacating $1.5 million arbitration award in California Court of Appeal based on “refusal of the arbitrators to hear evidence material to the controversy,” in first reported decision applying that statutory ground

Harris v. San Diego Gas & Electric (2007)
Prepared post-trial motions in California Court of Appeal to obtain reduction of punitive damages award from $40.5 million to $8.5 million

Gavaldon v. DaimlerChrysler Corp. (2004)
Obtained holding of industry-wide importance from the California Supreme Court that California’s “lemon law” applies only during the original warranty and not to separately purchased service contracts for post-warranty repairs

Education

  • Harvard Law School
    J.D., magna cum laude, 1985
  • Brigham Young University
    B.A., summa cum laude, 1982

Clerkships

  • Hon. Patrick J. Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1985-1986)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Utah
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Associations

Awards

  • Top 100 list of leading lawyers in California by the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal (2009)
  • “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers (2006-2020)
  • Best Lawyers (2006-2020)
  • Outstanding Lawyer” of the year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (2017)

Publications