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Speaking & Writing
Professional Experience
Representative Engagements


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  • Williams College (B.A., 2000)
  • UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 2006)
  • California, Northern District of California, Central District of California, Ninth Circuit

David Taylor is a trusted advisor to clients in and around financial distress.  He was the last General Counsel—and, ultimately, CEO—of Theranos, which he led through its restructuring and wind-down.  He regularly counsels clients on solvency and liquidity issues and on managing through crises, financial and otherwise.  His experience and judgment have been particularly valued by venture capital- and private equity-backed companies, with which he has worked on restructurings in a variety of industries.   

David is also a seasoned litigator, having spent the first decade of his career 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.


Keller Benvenutti Kim LLP


(2020 – present)

Taylor Strategic PC
(2018 – 2020)
Theranos, Inc.
General Counsel
(2016 – 2018)
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
(2012 – 2016)
Public Defender Service for D.C.
(2010 – 2012)
Williams & Connolly LLP
(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  

  • Restructuring & Crisis Management

    • Public data intelligence company in negotiations with senior lender.

    • Private art institute in debt restructuring enabling continued operations.

    • Independent directors of private manufacturer in distressed M&A transaction.

    • Special committee of digital health startup in debt restructuring enabling continued operations.

    • Special committee of oil and gas producer in pre-bankruptcy investor negotiations.

    • Lender to venture-backed solar energy company in debt restructuring transaction.

    • Private school in evaluation and execution of wind-down process. 

    • Regional healthcare system addressing multi-front crisis stemming from safety incident.

  • Litigation

    • Trustee in $100M+ fraudulent transfer suit against former officers of oil & gas producer.​

    • Reorganized public utility company in resolution of litigation and pre-litigation bankruptcy claims.

    • Fortune 50 bank in successor-liability suits stemming from acquisition of troubled mortgage lender.

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

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

* Other representations available upon request.

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