Clients turn to Steve Taylor to resolve high-stakes disputes that hinge on sophisticated financial data and complex business agreements. He has represented individuals and technology, financial services, private equity, and accounting firms against professional malpractice claims, in regulatory enforcement actions and government investigations, and in contentious contract disputes. His experience runs the gamut of civil and criminal cases, representing both companies and individuals, in high-stakes disputes often involving multiple parties and related actions, and includes investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission and various state regulators.
Mr. Taylor has tried, arbitrated, and mediated cases in a wide variety of state and federal courts, as well in private arbitrations, before the International Trade Commission, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His cases have involved intellectual property matters, partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, securities fraud and insider trading investigations, professional malpractice actions, and alleged violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act.
Since 2013, Mr. Taylor has served as the firm’s Managing Partner.
United States v. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., et al.
As lead counsel for McGraw Hill and its Standard and Poor’s division, we defended our client from the government’s suit which sought at least $5 billion in penalties under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act. The government accused S&P of fraud in its rating of hundreds of residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) in the years leading up to the financial crisis in 2008. McGraw Hill ultimately settled with the government, and more than 20 states that made similar claims under state laws.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Executive
We defended a former Citigroup executive in one of the rare financial crisis cases to go to trial. He worked on the structuring desk at Citigroup and was charged with securities fraud in connection with Citigroup’s 2007 marketing of a $1 billion collateralized debt obligation (CDO) backed by assets tied to the housing market. In its enforcement action the SEC contended that Citigroup had played a role in the selection of the CDO’s underlying mortgage securities and had taken a short position in those securities. The SEC contended that our client was negligent for not disclosing information about Citigroup’s actions in its marketing materials. After a two-week jury trial in the Southern District of New York with Judge Rakoff presiding, the federal jury rejected the SEC’s case and found our client not liable on any of the SEC’s claims.
Stella Corp. v. MedeAnalytics
We defended MedeAnalytics, a leading provider of healthcare analytics, against allegations of employee poaching and related causes of action filed by its former business partner. We also filed and litigated a counterclaim for misappropriation of trade secrets. The case was settled on favorable terms prior to summary judgment.
Apple Inc. v. HTC Corp
We served as lead counsel for HTC, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of handheld devices, in its battle with Apple over smartphone technology. Apple first sued HTC in district court and before the International Trade Commission (ITC), claiming our client had infringed 20 patents related to various computer-related technologies, including user interfaces, operating systems, power management, and digital signal processing. The ITC hearing that went to decision resulted in a favorable ruling, and HTC obtained a settlement to become the first Android handset maker licensed by Apple.
Technology Company v. Internet Search Engine
We defended a leading Internet search engine in a high-stakes binding arbitration. The founders of a company acquired by our client alleged our client breached the merger agreement, and sought hundreds of millions in earn-out compensation. A three-judge panel found in favor of our client on all counts.
United States v. Former Chief Executive Officer
We represented the former CEO of a public company in a criminal investigation, a Securities and Exchange Commission suit, a derivative shareholder suit, a breach of contract suit by our client against his former company, and that company's counterclaim for hundreds of millions. All of these matters were related to the company's historical stock option granting practices. We resolved all of the matters against our client with net payments of more than $10 million to our client.
McGah v. Davis
We represented limited partnership owners of the Oakland Raiders in a breach of fiduciary duty action against the team's general partner, Al Davis. The suit sought to confirm our client's partnership rights and prevent the diminishment of its partnership share. The case was settled before trial on favorable terms for our client.
Plaintiff v. Investment Funds
We achieved an early resolution of numerous state and federal court actions for a venture fund company and one of its partners. Our clients faced trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, and breach of contract claims in both state court and in federal court. We were able to remove the state court action to federal court, and then secure an early settlement for our clients.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Former Chief Financial Officer
We represented the former chief financial officer of a software company against Securities and Exchange Commission allegations of securities fraud in the company’s revenue recognition practices. We secured a dismissal on the eve of trial.
Broadcom Corporation v. Telecommunications Company
In a landmark patent case before the International Trade Commission (ITC), we represented Broadcom, a leading semiconductor company, against a telecommunications company, various wireless network providers, and handset manufacturers. After a trial and the first live hearing before the full commission in 20 years, we obtained an order from the ITC preventing the infringing chips from being imported into the U.S.
Backers v. Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Tom Orloff
We successfully defended the Alameda County District Attorney and the District Attorney's Office from accusations of gender discrimination. Working with top female attorneys in the D.A.’s office, we proved the plaintiff’s allegations were unfounded and secured summary judgment.
Rembrandt Technologies, Inc. v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
We defended Comcast in a nine-patent case involving high-speed Internet and digital TV services. Rembrandt originally filed the case in the Eastern District of Texas, but in conjunction with other co-defendants, we obtained multi-district consolidation and transfer to the District of Delaware. Based upon claim construction rulings, Rembrandt conceded non-infringement of eight of the nine patents, preserving only its right to appeal the claim construction as to the ninth. The Federal Circuit then upheld the claim construction on that last patent, resulting in non-infringement. We also helped Comcast secure an exceptional-case determination and a resulting award of over $10 million in fees and costs.
October 06, 2017
Longtime California trial staple Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP found success for a wide range of clients this year, winning a nationwide injunction against a presidential executive order, defending Arista Networks in a groundbreaking copyright suit and resolving a feud between two prominent San Francisco philanthropists. Read more
February 06, 2017
KVP attorneys and the ACLU are suing to block the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning immigration and revoking visas for people from seven Muslim-majority nations. Read more
Keker & Van Nest has long been the prototypical high-end, bet the company litigation boutique. New managing partner Steve Taylor is succeeding in part because his own practice mirror-images the firm’s. Read more
Keker & Van Nest wins a complete victory in patent infringement case. Read more
The firm receives top rankings for bet-the-company, intellectual property, criminal defense, securities, commercial, legal malpractice, and appellate litigation. Read more
Keker & Van Nest defeats the SEC in this high-profile case. Read more
Led by Ashok Ramani, Keker & Van Nest defeats trademark and unfair competition case. Read more