Anthony R. Taylor is an equity partner of the firm. He currently serves as City Attorney for South El Monte. Mr. Taylor also previously served as the City Attorney of Suisun City for over 10 years and as the City Attorney of Cypress for six years.
Mr. Taylor was named a 2015 California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year in the category of Municipal Law (along with Founding Partner, David Aleshire of the Firm).
Mr. Taylor’s focus is on city attorney work as well as land use, CEQA and appellate litigation. Mr. Taylor also serves as the co-chair of the Firm’s litigation group and as general counsel to the Firm.
Mr. Taylor’s litigation experience includes arguing matters before the California Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California Court of Appeal, including numerous published decisions since 2001. Additionally, Mr. Taylor has handled numerous jury and bench trials.
Recent Land Use & CEQA litigation experience:
In 2021, Mr. Taylor prevailed for the City of Fresno as the lead litigation counsel in a published Court of Appeal decision concerning a project challenger who sued the City over a city issued land use permit and this published case clarified the legal requirements for the exhaustion of administrative remedies defense. (Muskan Food & Fuel, Inc. v. City of Fresno (2021) 69 Cal.App.5th 372).
Mr. Taylor filed an amicus brief for State Water Contractors in Coachella Valley Water District v. Superior Court (Roberts) (2021) 61 Cal.App.5th 755, which held that a challenge to a county water district’s ad valorem property tax must be brought within the 60-day statute of limitations set forth in Code of Civil Procedure section 860.
In 2020, Mr. Taylor prevailed for the City of Fresno as the lead litigation counsel in a Court of Appeal decision concerning a challenge to the City’s water capacity fee ordinance under both Proposition 218 and CEQA.
Government Lawyer Ethics Presentation, NBI (2017)
Litigation Skills For Professionals, Lorman (2012 - 2014)