Mark Taylor is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Dallas office. His commercial litigation practice focuses on the defense of class actions, collective actions and multi-district litigation (MDL) cases. In the last decade alone, he has appeared as lead trial counsel or co-counsel in over 40 class action, collective action and MDL cases, primarily defending consumer, privacy, overtime, contract and discrimination claims.
Mark’s practice is national in scope, having appeared before state and federal courts in more than 25 states. He also serves on the Dean’s Development Board at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.
Mark’s practice focuses on a wide array of commercial litigation and employment-related disputes, including contract disputes, privacy claims, business torts, lender liability claims, patent infringement, racial discrimination, Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), trade secrets, wage and hour (overtime) and wrongful termination claims. Most of the actions he defends are brought as putative class or collective actions. He therefore routinely defends against class certification motions.
- Texas Tech University (J.D.) (1986)
- Texas A&M University (Bachelor of Business Administration cum laude) (1983)
- U.S. Supreme Court~United States (1993)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit~United States (2006)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit~United States (2006)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas~United States (1988)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas~United States (1992)
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas~United States (1992)
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- State Bar of Texas
- American Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
Representative Legal Matters:
- Represented one of the nation’s leading antivirus software manufacturers in a putative nationwide class action involving allegations by potentially millions of consumers under various California consumer protection statutes.
- Defended nationwide retailer in a California putative class action alleging breach of privacy and alleged violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA). Obtained summary judgment on all claims.
- Defended nationwide restaurant and entertainment chain in two class actions filed in state court in California involving 19,000 employees who alleged overtime, break time, meal break, wage statement and unfair competition claims. Obtained early successful settlement.
- Served as lead counsel for international restaurant chain in a putative class action alleging that defendant misclassified certain salaried restaurant managers and owed over USD 20 million in overtime pay and penalties. Defeated class certification twice.
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