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Phone

415.788.8200

Fax

415.788.8208

Education

University of California, Berkeley
  Boalt Hall School of Law
  J.D., 1973
  Order of the Coif
Williams College
  A.B.

Clerkships

Judge William T. Sweigert
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Stephen E. Taylor's Profile Image

Stephen E. Taylor

Phone: 415.788.8200
Fax: 415.788.8208

Stephen E. Taylor is a founder and the managing partner of Taylor & Patchen and its predecessor, Taylor & Company Law Offices, LLP. Stephen has more than 40 years of experience as a litigation and trial attorney, and concentrates his practice in representing both plaintiffs and defendants who find themselves embroiled in commercial disputes involving complex factual and legal issues. The cases he has handled run the gamut from intellectual property, technology, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition cases to disputes between individuals and companies over contract issues, breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability, and partnership obligations. The cases he handles come out of a number of different industries and disciplines, including venture capital financing, Silicon Valley “start-ups,” Fortune 1000 companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Stephen has been a leader in the Bay Area legal community throughout his career. He is a past President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and also served as a member of the ABTL’s Board of Governors. He is currently an advisor to the Board of the Northern District of California’s Federal Practice Program, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Boalt Hall Alumni Association. In addition to his active practice, Stephen is also a member of the Centro Legal de la Raza and Workday Foundation Boards of Directors. He has served as guest lecturer teaching “Remedies” at the Boalt Hall School of Law, and has been a lecturer at Stanford Law School, Hastings College of the Law, and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Stephen received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1973, where he was ranked third academically, achieving the academic honorary of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable William T. Sweigert, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Prior to founding his own firm in November 1992, Stephen was a litigation partner at Graham & James and Kindel & Anderson.

Stephen is admitted to practice before the State Bar of California; the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California; and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Representative Matters

Shum v. Intel Corporation, et al., 499 F.3d 1272 (2007); 633 F.3d 1067 (2010). Lead trial counsel for Intel and an inventor/Intel Fellow in litigation centering on claims of patent inventorship, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty in which the plaintiff sought $400 million in damages. Oversaw a federal court bench trial and subsequent jury trial. Judgment as a matter of law granted in the trial court and affirmed by the Federal Circuit. Case overseen through the plaintiff’s unsuccessful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Integral Systems v. PeopleSoft, Inc., et al., 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20878. Represented PeopleSoft in a “bet the company” copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition case filed by the founder’s prior software company. Plaintiff moved for a preliminary injunction to enjoin PeopleSoft from marketing, licensing, or benefiting from its new software product, asserting that its development was achieved solely through infringement. The trial court denied the motion and the case was successfully resolved at that stage.

The Application Group, Inc. v. Hunter Group, Inc., 61 Cal. App. 4th 881 (1998). Represented defendant opposing enforcement of a Maryland noncompete agreement. Defendant’s victory in the trial court and on appeal established critical elements of California’s current law of employee mobility.

Theravance v. Black Rock Investments, et al., FINRA Case No. 08-00583. Representation of a biopharmaceutical company in an action to recover substantial financial losses suffered as a result of Respondents’ improper and unauthorized discretionary investment of Claimant’s funds in a Structured Investment Vehicle (SIV), in violation of an Investment Advisory Contract that explicitly prohibited such investments. Successful resolution for the client following mediation.

Yahoo! v. Mforma Group, Inc., et al., Santa Clara Superior Court, Case No. 106CV058810. Represented a mobile gaming designer and several of its software engineers in litigation brought by Yahoo! for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.

Robertson Stephens Matter. Representation of four members of the Robertson Stephens executive team at the time the investment bank was acquired by Fleet Boston to negotiate enforcement of unwritten employment agreements governing their employment at the time of the takeover. Successfully recovered multiple millions in unpaid wages, bonuses, and the clients' equity interests without actually initiating litigation.

Napster Litigation. Retained by the principal investor in Napster and its Chief Executive Officer to act as a mediator and settlement referee to successfully negotiate the settlement of multiple actions initiated by the major recording industry labels and individual artists against Napster and its founders.

Hibernia Bank Matter. Representation of the bank in multiple actions arising out of Jon Perroton’s defrauding Hibernia out of $20 million, which he used to purchase the Cal-Neva Lodge, ostensibly in partnership with the Sheraton Corporation. After all civil, criminal, and insurance-related proceedings were concluded, the financial recovery exceeded the amount of Hibernia’s original $20 million “loan.”

Education

University of California, Berkeley
  Boalt Hall School of Law
  J.D., 1973
  Order of the Coif
Williams College
  A.B.

Clerkships

Judge William T. Sweigert
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California