Paul R. Taylor

Phone: 206.622.2000
Fax: 206.622.2522

Paul R. Taylor

Paul is a veteran trial lawyer, having tried over 40 cases to verdict or decision.

He has been widely recognized for his trial skills. Following the verdict in a two-month jury case, the trial judge in open court described him as “one of the toughest cross-examiners” she had ever seen.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Membership in the College is by invitation only, and is limited to the top one percent of trial lawyers.

Paul is ranked among the top ten litigators in Washington by Chambers USA, which reports that he “has acquired an excellent reputation thanks to trial victories in cases involving matters as diverse as business ownership, antitrust and consumer protection, professional liability, employment and securities.”

Matters he has tried include the successful defense of a $200 million legal malpractice case, defense of a criminal bid-rigging case against one of the nation’s leading energy producers, a specific performance case involving the relocation of an NBA franchise, a high-stakes patent dispute for one of the nation’s leading consumer products manufacturers, a First Amendment commercial speech case for a professional sports team, a federal criminal antitrust and perjury prosecution, a three-month civil rights and takings case, plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death claims, and real property disputes.  Areas of concentration include real estate, professional liability defense, general commercial disputes, securities, antitrust and consumer protection, condemnation and employment.  Finally, as Special Counsel to the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct, Paul has investigated and tried several judges accused of misconduct.

Professional Experience

  • Byrnes Keller Cromwell LLP, 1988-present
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, 1984-1988
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney, 1987


  • J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law, magna cum laude, 1984
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1980

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Top Ten Litigators in Washington)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected as “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine, 1999-present, Top 100 Vote Recipients in Washington
  • Best Lawyers in Washington, Washington CEO Magazine
  • U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards

Professional Activities

  • Former Chair, Washington State Bar Association Section on Consumer Protection and Antitrust Law
  • Special Counsel, Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct
  • Washington State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
  • Washington State Bar Court Rules Committee
  • Co-author:
    1. Washington State Bar Association Trial Desk Book
    2. Antitrust Counseling and Litigation Techniques (Matthew Bender)
    3. ABA Criminal Antitrust Litigation Manual, Second Edition
  • Recent CLE Presentations:
    1. The Law of Lawyering
    2. Effective Use of Technology in Complex Commercial Trials
    3. Impact of Public Opinion and Media on Judicial Discipline Cases