Christopher J. Taylor represents employers by helping them implement policies and procedures to prevent lawsuits, providing labor and employment advice on an ongoing basis, and defending them in litigation.
He represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, representative actions for penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), and single-plaintiff cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and whistleblower claims. He has experience representing employers in court, in arbitration, and before government agencies.
Chris also represents employers in traditional labor matters. Chris defends employers in labor arbitrations related to discipline, discharges, and collective bargaining agreement disputes. He also handles unfair labor practice charges and representation cases before the National Labor Relations Board.
Chris represents employers in the financial services, transportation, emergency medical services, retail, restaurant, insurance, consulting, and manufacturing industries.
Before joining Payne & Fears LLP, Chris was an associate with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where he obtained significant experience in labor and employment law and civil litigation.
While in law school, Chris served as a Lead Article Editor and Style Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review. He was also actively involved in pro bono work related to refugees, the homeless, and military veterans.
Before law school, Chris lived in Lusaka, Zambia, where he served as the advocacy officer at an urban refugee center. During his time in Zambia, he assisted refugees and asylum-seekers and worked with the Zambian government and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees officials to address obstacles faced by the refugee community.