Dan Taylor is a trial lawyer with a broad range of experience in high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation matters. Dan's practice runs the gamut and includes patents, insurance, contracts, taxation, oil and gas, and regulatory matters. In 2019, Dan was on three different Bartlit Beck trial teams who achieved victories in trials with more than $100 million at stake. Dan conducted several critical direct and cross-examinations at those trials, and also handled key legal and evidentiary arguments. A client stated in a testimonial in the 2020 Legal 500 rankings that Dan "is an up and coming all-star, who consistently minimizes courtroom risk by winning on his papers." Click here for more information.
In addition to his trial work, Dan also has an active appellate practice. Dan started his career as a Bristow fellow in the United States Solicitor General's Office, where he represented the interests of the government in the United States Supreme Court. Dan has briefed numerous appeals in state and federal appellate courts, and he has argued multiple appeals as well.
Dan graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for Judge Amul Thapar on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and for Judge Jeffrey Sutton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Dan joined Bartlit Beck in 2013 following his Bristow fellowship.
Cases Tried or Otherwise Taken to Judgment
Grynberg v. Grynberg (D. Colo. 2019)
Trial counsel for defendants in bench trial involving equitable claims for unjust enrichment and quantum meruit brought by the founder of a group of privately held oil and gas companies, including claims for compensation for services and assets previously provided to the companies. Plaintiff sought $400 million in compensation at trial. Won a complete defense verdict, which the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed in its entirety.
Gadeco, LLC v. Grynberg (D. Colo. 2019)
Trial counsel for defendants in jury trial involving claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty brought by the founder of a group of privately held oil and gas companies against the shareholders and board members following his removal as President and Chairman. Plaintiff sought injunctive relief and $800 million in damages at trial. Won a complete defense verdict, which the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed in its entirety.
Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics Corporation (D. Del. 2019)
Trial counsel in a patent infringement case for Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC. After a six-day trial and fewer than two hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict finding that the defendant Roche Diagnostics had willfully infringed all of the asserted patents and awarding Meso Scale damages of $137,250,000. The victory was recognized by Law360 available here.
A Pty Ltd. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (W.D. Tex. 2016)
Counsel for Amazon in patent infringement case. Obtained dismissal on ground that asserted patent failed to claim patentable subject matter under Section 101 of the Patent Act.
Drake v. Allergan, Inc. (D. Vt. 2014)
Trial counsel for Allergan in case involving claim that BOTOX® caused pediatric patient treated for muscle spasticity to experience seizures. Following a two-week trial, jury returned verdict for plaintiffs. Case settled on appeal.
Core-Mark v. Sonitrol (Adams County, Colo. 2014 and Colo. Ct. App. 2016)
Trial counsel for Sonitrol, former subsidiary of Tyco International, in one-week damages-only trial where plaintiffs sought over $50 million in damages and interest because Sonitrol willfully and wantonly breached its burglar-alarm monitoring contract by failing to detect three burglars in plaintiffs' warehouse who looted the warehouse and eventually lit fires that ultimately destroyed the building. The jury awarded plaintiffs the damages number sponsored by Sonitrol, which was roughly 10% of what plaintiffs were seeking and included no fire-related damages. Secured affirmance of judgment from the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Other Representative Cases
IGT v. Aristocrat Technologies (D. Nev.)
Counsel for IGT in patent infringement action between major slot machine manufacturers. Case involves more than 30 patents and more than 100 accused games. Case settled favorably for IGT.
Confidential AAA Arbitration (New York, NY 2018)
Counsel for defendant in confidential AAA arbitration involving claims arising from more than 15,000 mortgage insurance claim decisions.
Confidential AAA Arbitration (San Francisco, CA 2015)
Lead counsel for defendant in confidential AAA arbitration involving multi-million dollar claims resulting from mortgage insurance rescissions. Case settled favorably on the eve of the arbitration hearing.
Ideal Royalty Class Action (D.N.M. 2014-2015)
Trial counsel for Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co., a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, in a certified class action alleging underpayment of royalties on natural gas in New Mexico's San Juan Basin. Case settled favorably shortly before trial after Bartlit Beck became involved.
Botox Litigation (Nationwide 2013-2015)
Counsel for Allergan in numerous cases involving allegations that BOTOX® causes various injuries. Obtained favorable settlements in all cases.
Red Pine Point v. Amazon.com, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2014)
Counsel for Amazon in patent infringement action concerning video streaming on Amazon devices. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its claims against Amazon.
Confidential AAA Arbitration (New York, NY 2014)
Trial counsel for plaintiff in confidential patent infringement arbitration involving printing plates.
United States v. Gomez (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Cir. 2013)
While an attorney in the United States Solicitor General's Office, briefed and argued on behalf of the United States appeal of federal criminal conviction for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Court of Appeals affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence.
Acknowledgements, Presentations, and Publications
Daniel C. Taylor, Note, Libel Tourism: Protecting Authors and Preserving Comity, geo. l.j. (2010)
Daniel C. Taylor, Note, Taking Touhy Too Far: Why it is Improper for Federal Agencies to Unilaterally Convert Subpoenas into FOIA Requests, 99 geo. l.j. 1227 (2011)
Education & Honors
Georgetown University Law Center, 2010, J.D., summa cum laude
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, The Georgetown Law Journal
Vanderbilt University, 2007, B.A., summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
- Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2011-2012
- Honorable Amul R. Thapar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2010-2011
Bristow Fellow, United States Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General, 2012-2013