Anthony R. Taylor is a partner of the Firm specializing in litigation and police advisory work. He serves the cities of Banning, Cypress and Suisun City as City Attorney. He was named 2015 California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year in the category of Municipal Law. His experience in litigation includes matters involving First Amendment litigation and advisory work, professional negligence, municipal tort liability, contracts, civil rights, Anti-SLAPP motions, code enforcement, environmental law, land use, HOA law, employment law, writ of mandate actions and Native American issues.
As part of the recovery efforts for the City of Bell after the corruption scandal, Mr. Taylor was lead litigation counsel and argued appeals for the City of Bell in People ex rel. Harris v. Rizzo (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 921 (allowing recovery against former city officials after Attorney General’s lawsuit was dismissed by the trial court) and City of Bell v. Superior Court (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 236 (holding that Robert Rizzo was not entitled to payment of his legal fees for his defense of criminal and civil litigation against him under his contract with the City). Mr. Taylor also handled professional negligence claims for the City of Bell against its former city attorney firm and former city auditor and recovered $5.5 Million for the City in those matters.
Mr. Taylor’s litigation experience includes drafting various briefs and petitions for appellate matters before the Ninth Circuit, California Supreme Court and arguing matters before the California Court of Appeal. Representative work includes multiple published opinions including: Nicolopulos v. City of Lawndale (2001) 91 Cal. App. 4th 1221 (where the Court of Appeal upheld the City of Lawndale’s removal of their City Clerk after the City Council removed the Clerk for failing to reside in the City), Carson Gardens, LLC v. City of Carson Mobilehome Park Rental Review Board (2006) 135 Cal. App. 4th 856 (which reversed the trial court’s award of a specific rent increase to the petitioner after a writ of mandate proceeding), and Carson Redevelopment Agency v. Padilla (2006) 140 Cal. App. 4th 1323 (where the Carson Redevelopment Agency prevailed under Government Code § 1090, the State conflict-of-interest statute, in a matter involving a $850,000 housing subsidy agreement).
Likewise, Mr. Taylor has jury and bench trial experience including Rand v. Carson Redevelopment Agency, Case No. CV 03-1913 GPS (PJWx), a jury trial in the United States District Court in January of 2005, for a $25 million claim by a developer for the alleged violation of his rights to equal protection under a “class of one” theory.
Mr. Taylor was named a “Rising Star” 2006-2013 and 2015 by Super Lawyers Magazine. From 2011 through 2013 he was named one of Orange County’s Top Attorneys by OC Metro Magazine. Mr. Taylor also served as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Mr. Taylor graduated with a B.S. from the University of Southern California, summa cum laude and class valedictorian of the School of Public Administration in 1997. Continuing at USC, he received his J.D. from USC Law School in 2000. There, Mr. Taylor was a quarterfinalist in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. Mr. Taylor also served as a teaching assistant to Dean Geoffrey Cowan of the Annenberg School for Communication where he instructed undergraduate sections in free speech and media law and as a teaching assistant to Professor Susan Estrich’s undergraduate election law class.
- "The City of Bell Scandal Revisited," panelist, Chapman University, 2015
- Employment Law, Affordable Care Act, National Business Institute, 2014
- Litigation Skills For Professionals, Lorman, 2012-2014
- Handling the Police Liability Claim, National Business Institute, 2012
- California Environmental Quality Act Workshop, Law Seminars International, 2010