Taylor Steele

Taylor Steele

Taylor Steele, an associate with Nixon Peabody, litigates high-stakes commercial disputes. His experience spans an array of industries and often includes claims related to contracts, fiduciary duties, ERISA, fraud and real estate.

Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Taylor practiced law in Los Angeles and Texas and interned for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; the solicitor general of Texas; the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

What do you focus on?

I advocate for individual and corporate clients involved in complex litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitration. I enjoy developing and executing comprehensive legal strategies to achieve my clients’ goals.

What do you see on the horizon?

Technology creates new opportunities and new challenges. In an increasingly complex and distracted world, effective representation requires concise, compelling written and oral advocacy. I strive to present my clients’ arguments, no matter how nuanced, in simple and persuasive forms.

Representative Cases

  • Represent ERISA welfare benefit plan in complex litigation involving fraudulent prescription drug claims
  • In a case inherited from another law firm with a looming trial date, strategized a defense and drafted successful motion for judgment on the pleadings that led to dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims for $17 million plus, and then obtained denial of motion for new trial, ending two years of litigation
  • Where a plaintiff business partner sued to prevent client’s use of proceeds from sale of Lake Tahoe resort, won dismissal of plaintiff’s Florida lawsuit on inconvenient forum grounds, and then won denial of motion for preliminary injunction when the plaintiff refiled in California
  • Successfully moved to dismiss series of complaints seeking to invalidate client’s government permits to carry out core business operations
  • Represented corporate directors in developing and implementing U.S. legal strategy as part of international trust dispute involving Colombia, Israel and the British Virgin Islands
  • Prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty claims for $100 million against former trustees of $500 million trust, including drafting and arguing multiple oppositions to summary judgment, preserving the claims for trial
  • Obtained summary judgment and subsequent multimillion-dollar fee award on behalf of physicians and medical providers in a federal RICO case filed by California’s largest workers’ compensation insurer who sought damages in excess of $110 million
  • Reached high-value settlements on behalf of commercial tenants against one of the world’s largest retail shopping mall companies
  • Prosecuted nuisance and contract claims by commercial tenant against landlord and the neighboring commercial tenant, one of the world’s largest retailers
  • Defended owner of food-additive distribution company in federal qui tam matter
  • Advised media companies and other businesses regarding trademark and copyright issues
  • Settled personal injury claimant’s case for 10% of claimed damages against Fortune 100 manufacturing company


Taylor Steele


San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8488

Fax: 833-281-7315

University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors

Trinity University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa



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