"Matt is a shrewd and uniquely effective trial lawyer, without question one of the best in Southern California," said Firm Partner Jeffrey S. Horton Thomas. "He is a tremendous new resource for our clients, and a potent addition to our arsenal for defending employers."
Taggart, who has previously practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and Venable LLP, each in their Los Angeles offices, has a consistent record of successfully defending business clients against whom plaintiffs sought tens of millions of dollars in damages.
Aside from his well-regarded employment litigation work, Taggart is a specialist in complex litigation, including in the employment and consumer fields.
Taggart may be most widely known for his work in the Lamar Central Outdoor LLC litigation in which he obtained a groundbreaking First Amendment victory against the City of Los Angeles over its offsite billboard ban. He is also known for Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company LLC vs. National Union Fire Insurance Company where he successfully defended the defendant insurance company against a $15 million breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit, and in Fenerjian vs. Nongshim Co. in which he obtained a complete dismissal of complex price fixing and conspiracy claims.
"Matt's big-firm experience in employment litigation, intellectual property, and complex commercial disputes gives him insight that most employment litigators lack," said Firm Partner Daniel T. Ho, who's known Taggart for 15 years. "His stellar trial credentials – combined with his knowledge of how businesses work, grow, and thrive – further solidifies us as the go-to litigation firm for Southern California employers."
"After engaging in complex commercial litigation at national law firms for 13 years, I'm excited to partner with outstanding lawyers who deliver aggressive, top shelf representation for employers in a boutique environment," Taggart said. "I bring a valuable perspective because I've been on both sides, handling dozens of employment cases from filing through mediation and trial or arbitration."
Taggart is an expert in antitrust litigation and is the author of antitrust publications of the American Bar Association. Taggart served on the Editorial Board of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine from 2012 through 2015.
Taggart was named one of Southern California's Super Lawyer "Rising Stars" each year from 2008 through 2013.
Taggart received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the California Law Review. He earned his M.A. from New York University and his B.A. at the University of California, San Diego.
About Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC
Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC is a premiere Southern California employment litigation defense boutique. The firm exclusively defends and counsels employers and management in significant employment law disputes. The firm's attorneys are highly regarded for their aggressive defense of employers and expertise in California's complex body of employment law. The firm practices in the full range of employment law disputes and represents clients in sectors including hospitality, professional services, retail, manufacturing, nonprofits, technology/media, and healthcare. For more information, visit http://thomasemploymentlaw.com.
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