Matthew D. Taylor


Mr. Taylor is an experienced litigator, having handled a wide variety of complex civil litigation throughout California in both state and federal court for well more than a decade.  Prior to starting his own firm in 2006 and co-founding Holmes, Taylor & Jones LLP in 2013, Mr. Taylor practiced for several years with two of Southern California’s largest and most highly regarded law firms.


Mr. Taylor earned his B.A., with highest honors, from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 1997, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 2001.


Mr. Taylor's representative engagements include:


  • Representing an individual who had been convinced to pay several million dollars for a pair of fine art paintings, one of which turned out to be a forgery and the other to have been worth far less than originally represented.  After a high profile trial which generated substantial media interest, a Los Angeles jury returned a verdict of more than $3 million in favor of Mr. Taylor's client.


  • Defending 2 corporations and 3 individuals in a case in which 2 research scientists who founded a biotechnology start-up venture that ultimately failed due to lack of adequate capital investment sued to collect unpaid wages based upon theories of alter ego and single enterprise theory liability.  After a nearly month-long trial, all five of Mr. Taylor's clients were held to have no liability.


  • Representing bankruptcy trustee in adversary proceeding seeking damages in excess of $1 million for unauthorized transfer of ongoing business from debtor company to a related third party company immediately prior to filing for bankruptcy in an attempt to defraud its creditors.  Mr. Taylor's representation resulted in a significant settlement in favor of the bankruptcy estate.


  • Representing bankruptcy trustee in bankruptcy adversary proceeding seeking damages in excess of $1 million for pre-petition fraudulent transfers to company insider resulting in judgment in excess of $1 million.


  • Representing the co-founders of an Orange County, California based healthcare software company that had been acquired by large publicly traded company who then refused to honor the grant of stock options that Plaintiffs had earned over the course of several years spent building the company into a successful enterprise.  Mr. Taylor obtained a significant settlement in his clients' favor.


  • Representing closely held and family run financial corporation in suit against former lawyer and trustee for breach of fiduciary duty and related wrongdoing, resulting in a settlement in excess of $15 million.


  • Obtaining significant arbitration award  on behalf of digital production company in suit for breach of contract and related equitable claims.


  • Representing Irvine, California based pharmaceutical company in breach of contract suit against competitor related to licensing agreement for generic anti-viral product, resulting in favorable settlement in excess of $250,000.


  • Representing major art insurer in dispute over coverage for paintings which mysteriously disappeared from museum upon return from overseas exhibit.


  • Representing major home furnishing manufacturer in lawsuit against former manager for unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets.