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William Taylor

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Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Berkeley, CA

William Zak Taylor Law, P.C.
842 Mendocino Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: 510-525-7296
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2012 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 1976
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%), Business/Corporate (10%), Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
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Attorney Profile

William Taylor is the Harvard graduate behind William Zak Taylor Law, P.C. He has been licensed to practice in California for 45 years and is one of the most respected attorneys in Berkeley, California. He handles cases from all across the state in matters related to ADR, estate and probate, civil litigation and business law.

Mr. Taylor graduated from Harvard Law School in 1976 with honors. He then went on to work for two large law firms where he gained invaluable experience. However, during his time working at these firms, he recognized that he wanted to take a different approach to law. He then went on to build his own practice with a strong customer focus and a goal of simplifying law for his clients.

Over the years, Mr. Taylor has handled 70 trials, administrative hearings and arbitrations. During this time, he developed a proven record of success that has made him one of the most well sought after attorneys in his field. Clients praise his reliability, depth of knowledge and efficiency. To add to this, he is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Taylor has also worked alongside younger attorneys and with new practices that need assistance with handling complex cases. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations, Living Wills, Trusts, Wills

Selections

11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006, 2012 - 2021

About William Taylor

First Admitted: 1976, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.tayloradr.com

Representative Clients

  • Beijing Tong Ren Tang Group, Ltd.
  • Pathmark Group, LP
  • John Muir Medical Group, IPA
  • Quick Schools.com
  • Beijing Tong Ren Tang (USA) Corp.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro Bono Counsel for Rebuild LA Cases
  • Pro Bono ACLU Cooperating Counsel regarding Prison Newspaper Cases
  • Pro Bono Counsel for Legal Services for Children, Inc.

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Admitted to U.S. Tax Court
  • California State Bar License
  • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Bay Bridge Traffic Jam Class Action Settlement
  • Flintkote Co. and Genstar Ltd. Asbestos Insurance Coverage Cases, 1992
  • MDL-150 Petroleum Products Antitrust Cases Settlement

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Shirely M. Hufstedler, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, 1976

Educational Background

  • Editor in Chief of Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 1976
  • B.A., magna cum laude, with exceptional distinction in Economics, Yale Univ., 1970

Honors/Awards

  • Award of Merit, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1984
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Jean Waldman Child Advocacy Award, Legal Services for Children, Inc., 1988
  • Attorney recognition, AV Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale
  • For pro bono work on the Rebuild LA Insurance Cases, Legal Impact Award, Asian Pacific American Legal Center Los Angeles, 1994

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Neutral, American Health Lawyers' Association, 1995
  • Neutral, American Arbitration Association, 1995
  • Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1986

Industry Groups

  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Petroleum
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Retail
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Office Location for William Taylor

842 Mendocino Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707

Phone: 510-525-7296

Last Updated: 8/31/2021

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