William James “Zak” Taylor

William James “Zak” Taylor

Title: Of Counsel
Company: Tsao-Wu & Lee LLP
Location: Berkeley, California, United States

William James “Zak” Taylor, Of Counsel at Tsao-Wu & Lee LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business law.

Mr. Taylor, a celebrated attorney with more than four decades of experience, currently serves as of counsel at Tsao-Wu & Lee LLP since 2009 and president of Taylor ADR since 2013. In his positions, he focuses his practice on business litigation, alternative dispute resolution and business transactions. In addition, he represents individuals from China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and India, as well as Asian Americans, as an outside general counsel to start ups. Alongside his primary endeavors, he was an adjunct professor at the School of Law with Golden Gate University and on the board of directors of the Berkeley Law Foundation. Throughout his career, he has handled an extensive range of civil, criminal defense, bankruptcy and administrative manners, and he has handled a number of appeals before the United States Supreme Court and California Supreme Court.

Commencing his career as a student at Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in economics in 1970, Mr. Taylor attended the prestigious Harvard University in 1976, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude. He has since been admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.

An arbitrator for the American Health Lawyers Association since 2000, Mr. Taylor has contributed his breadth of knowledge to a number of publications, including as a contributing editor of the “California Business Law Reporter” since 1995. In addition, he was the co-author of “California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law” in 2010 and “California Antitrust Law” in 1991. While studying at Harvard, he also partook as the editor-in-chief of the “Harvard Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Law Review.”

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to law, Mr. Taylor has accrued numerous accolades throughout his career. An AV Preeminent Attorney through Martindale-Hubbell, he was named a Northern California Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution from 2014 to 2016 and a Northern California Super Lawyer in Business Corporate Law from 2012 to 2013. The winner of the Jean Waldman Child Advocacy Award from Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, CA, in 1988, he was additionally named a Northern California Super Lawyer in Business Litigation in 1986. Furthermore, he was named a senior fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. However, the highlight of his career was the work he performed on Arizona v. Hicks, a landmark Supreme Court search and seizure case where he wrote an amicus brief for the American Civil Liberties Union. Justice Scalia wrote the ruling opinion and adopted Mr. Taylor’s approach from his brief.

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