Taylor Gooch

Tel. (415) 773-6652


University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013

University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, B.S., biology with an emphasis in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, magna cum laude, 2010


Hon. Sharon Prost
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2014-2015

Hon. Richard Andrews
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, 2013-2014

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Taylor Gooch

Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the winter of 2016, he completed federal clerkships for Chief Judge Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and for Judge Richard Andrews of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

While attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania, he worked as a public defender for the Criminal Defense Clinic, spent three years assisting clients through the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic, and externed for a District Court judge in Oregon. He was also an avid member of the Wharton Crew Team, as oarsman, captain and eventually the team’s coach. He continues to enjoy competitive rowing as a current member of the Marin Rowing Association.

Cases of Note

Michael E. Davis, et al. v. Electronic Arts Inc.: We are defending Electronic Arts (EA) in a case that will test the limits of the First Amendment as it applies to expressive works. Retired St. Louis Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Tony Davis, and Dallas Cowboys tight end Billy Joe Dupree filed suit over EA’s Madden NFL series, alleging that avatars in the game’s historic teams use former players’ likenesses. To date, EA has successfully defeated the plaintiffs’ efforts to certify the case as a class action on behalf of a purported 6,000 former NFL players.

Everett Jewett v. Shasta County Sheriff’s Department: We have filed a class action on behalf of disabled inmates at a Northern California jail, who have suffered a systemic violation of their civil rights. Those violations include routinely placing those with mobility disabilities in 23 hour lock down, stripping them of devices such as canes and crutches for weeks at a time, forcing them to sleep on the floor, and excluding them from jail programs and services. Those who have requested a safe living environment are either denied or endure retribution. The result is a system that imposes dire mental and physical consequences, and one which is in flagrant violation of the law.


"Who’s in Charge: An Analysis of BPAI Decisions Regarding Section 101 Patentability in Light of Bilski and Mayo," 95 J. PAT. & TRADEMARK OFF. SOC’Y 60 (2013) 

Awards and Honors

University of Pennsylvania

  • Order of the Coif
  • David Werner Amram Prize, awarded to the best civil procedure paper of the graduating class
  • Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award, in recognition of completing +200 hours of pro bono during law school
  • Senior Editor, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review

University of Oregon

  • Oregon 6, awarded to the top six graduating students of each class
  • Phi beta kappa
  • Honors College Director’s List
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