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DAVID TAYLOR

PARTNER
direct: 650.398.7660
email: dtaylor@kbkllp.com
EDUCATION:
  • Williams College (B.A., 2000)
  • UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 2006)
ADMISSIONS:
  • California, Northern District of California, Central District of California, Ninth Circuit
BIOGRAPHY

David Taylor is an experienced litigator and trusted advisor to clients in and around financial distress.  He was the last General Counsel—and, ultimately, CEO—of Theranos, which he joined amid SEC and DOJ investigations and led in resolving enterprise-threatening litigation and securing a $100M debt facility.  He spent ten prior years litigating complex matters at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and Williams & Connolly LLP.  He is a graduate of Williams College and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Keller Benvenutti Kim LLP

Partner

(2020 – present)

Taylor Strategic PC
Owner
(2018 – 2020)
Theranos, Inc.
General Counsel
(2016 – 2018)
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Associate
(2012 – 2016)
Public Defender Service for D.C.
Attorney
(2010 – 2012)
Williams & Connolly LLP
Associate
(2006 – 2010)
sPEAKING & WRITING engagements
  • “Corporate Governance for Private Companies,” Counseling California Corporations, California Continuing Education of the Bar (Co-author, 2019-2020)

  • “Lessons Learned from Surviving Crises at Theranos and Beyond,” The Recorder (April 28, 2020)

  • “Compliance, Litigation and Oversight: Who should know what, when, where and how?” GICLI Annual Meeting (November 2019) – Lake Tahoe, NV

  • “Corporate Crises,” Berkeley Law GC Roundtable (March 2019) – San Francisco, CA  

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS
  • Litigation

    • Chapter 7 trustee in prosecution of $100M+ fraudulent transfer suit against former officers.

    • Private tech company in defense and favorable resolution of trustee's fraudulent transfer action.

    • Two Am Law 100 firms in defense and favorable resolution of trustee's professional liability action.

    • Fortune 50 bank in defense of numerous successor-liability suits stemming from 2008 financial crisis.

    • Reorganized public utility company in resolution of hundreds of litigation and pre-litigation matters.

  • Counsel to Directors and Officers

    • Independent directors and officers of private manufacturer in successful sale amid shareholder disputes.​

    • Board of private educational institute in debt restructuring enabling continued operations.

    • CEO of private-equity firm navigating disputes among general and limited partners.

* Other representations available upon request.