Richard F. Taylor Jr.

Richard F. Taylor Jr.

Santa Ana, California

Richard F. Taylor, Jr. has handled exclusively workers compensation and employment law issues throughout his 29 years of practice. As a former defense attorney, he represented and advised employers on multiple work related issues representing the interests of employers and insurance carriers in courts throughout the State of California. Among the many issues he handled were the defense of Serious and Willful Misconduct claims, Labor Code Section 132a discriminatory conduct allegations, Cal-OSHA Appellate work as well as the representation of Major League Baseball and National Football League teams in Workers' Compensation litigation within the State of California.

With this extensive background in defense and the employers' mindset, Rick subsequently began his representation of injured workers and athletes. During this timeframe, he has provided representation of injured athletes in complex workers compensation litigation at Appeals Boards throughout the state, to include the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, as well as State and Federal Arbitration Proceedings.

He has and continues to serve as a Judge Pro Tempore at the Santa Ana Workers Compensation Appeal Board and his memberships have included The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, The California State Bar Workers Compensation and California Employment and Labor Law Sections, as well as the Sports Lawyers Association. He has served as a guest lecturer at numerous conferences, as well as served as an instructor with the IEA (Insurance Education Association).

In addition to his civilian education, he served nine years in United States Army Reserve, where he attended and graduated from the United States Army Institute of Administration, and worked with various JAG and Retention USAR units within the state of California.

When not involved in legal work, Rick is a community volunteer and activist having served on various non-profit boards and city commissions. A strong believer in an attorney's obligation to provide volunteer legal services for the public good; he has been actively involved in significant city and county pro bono/public interest litigation on behalf of both non-profit and public community entities against both county and city municipalities.


  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
    • J.D. - 1985
  • California State University, Fullerton
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Honors: Historical Honor Society
    • Major: History/ Political Science
  • United States Army Institute of Administration Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana - 1976

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • California State Bar Workers Compensation and Employment Law Section