Chris Tayback is a business trial lawyer. He has always tried cases: before joining Quinn Emanuel, he spent eight years as a prosecutor – first as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County and later as an Assistant United States Attorney. As a prosecutor, he tried over 40 jury trials, dozens more court trials, and litigated over 40 appeals before the Ninth Circuit. He received numerous awards from the various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with which he worked. The son of an actor, the Los Angeles Times once described him as a "courtroom performer" in its coverage of a prominent murder case he prosecuted.
Since joining the firm in 1997, Mr. Tayback has continued to try, and win, cases in a broad range of subject matters, including patent, class actions, real estate, construction, partnership disputes, professional malpractice, contracts and fraud. All told, he has tried or arbitrated over 100 cases, civil and criminal, in multiple states. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants with equal success. In recent years, he has obtained a $128 million patent infringement verdict at trial, obtained a jury finding of zero damages in defense of a $200 million consumer class action, and obtained a complete dismissal of a $1 billion qui tam lawsuit.
For over a decade, Mr. Tayback has served as a visiting trial instructor at Harvard Law School. He has appeared on ABC Television's "Nightline" discussing legal issues and has had his cases featured on the television program "Arrest and Trial."
Chris is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell, its highest rating. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and for over 10 years has been recognized as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers."