Matthew D. Taggart, Vice President and General Counsel

Matthew D. Taggart is an AV-rated attorney with more than 15 years of experience representing corporations in business litigation. From 2003 to 2010, Matt was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. From 2011 to 2015, he was a litigation associate at Venable LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP prior to starting his own firm.

A first-chair trial lawyer, Matt has tried seven (7) in both federal and state courts across a broad spectrum of substantive areas, including contracts, torts, employment, tax and criminal law. He has also handled numerous federal appellate matters and has argued three times in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Matt earned a juris doctor from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2003, where he also served as an Articles Editor on the California Law Review. He also holds a bachelor's degree from UC San Diego in French Literature and a master's degree from New York University in French Language and Civilization. He is a graduate of the Trial Advocacy Project ("TAP") and NITA Building Trial Skills program and has prosecuted numerous criminal cases for the LA City Attorney's Office on a volunteer basis.

Publications:

Matt has written extensively on trial practice, federal civil procedure, antitrust, employment discrimination, and constitutional law:

What to Do When a Witness Answers "I Don't Know" at Trial, Los Angeles Lawyer (Oct. 2015)
Antitrust Discovery Handbook (Third Ed. 2013), American Bar Association (contributor)
How to Prepare for and Manage Expert Depositions, Los Angeles Lawyer (Aug. 2012)
Clayworth v. Pfizer and the Curious Case of the Pass-On Defense, 26 Antitrust 38 (Fall 2011)

MTaggart@haliburton.net


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