John A. Taylor, Jr.
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. In 2012, Mr. Taylor was lead counsel in Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment, obtaining a $37 million reduction of a $52 million judgment against his client. John has argued several cases in the California Supreme Court, and in 2009, obtained a closely watched decision, Christoff v. Nestlé USA, Inc., overturning a $15 million judgment against a coffee manufacturer for the unauthorized use of the plaintiff’s photograph on the label of its coffee jar. John’s name currently appears on over 40 published opinions and many more unpublished opinions.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 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.