Russ Taylor is a strategic and thoughtful advocate who focuses on antitrust and complex litigation.
Russ is a founding member of the firm’s Healthcare Litigation and Investigations practice. As part of this practice, Russ represents a certified class of self-funded employers and union trusts in a landmark antitrust lawsuit against Sutter Health, a large hospital system in Northern California. In another matter, he recently defended a surgeon in a partnership dispute.
Russ has worked on a number of class action matters representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Recent matters include two product-liability class actions against solar-panel manufacturers and defending a beverage company in a punitive class action over late fees. He is also a member of the Farella team representing the International Swimming League and Olympic swimmers in an antitrust suit against the Fédération internationale de natation (FINA).
As a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Internal Corporate Investigations Group, Russ represents companies and individuals in governmental investigations and prosecutions, and parallel civil litigation.
Russ clerked for Judge Monroe McKay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and for Justice Monica Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court, two brilliant jurists who continue to inspire Russ to strive to become an exemplary attorney and a better human being.
Russ is dedicated to his pro bono practice and has represented several indigent criminal defendants in federal court. Russ also argued a civil rights appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which “applaud[ed] Russell for his impressive performance representing [his client] at oral argument.” Mack v. Warden, 839 F.3d 286, 294 n.28 (3d Cir. 2016). In that case, a federal inmate, brought a Bivens suit alleging that correctional officers engaged in anti-Muslim harassment in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and retaliated against him in violation of the First Amendment’s Petition Clause. The district court dismissed his suit, but the Third Circuit reinstated his First Amendment and RFRA claims, holding (among other things) that the First Amendment protects oral, informal grievances and that RFRA provides for damages against federal officers in their individual capacity. The ruling on RFRA’s remedial scope was the first appellate ruling in the nation on that issue, and the Supreme Court later granted certiorari in Nov. 2019 to address that issue in a case subsequently decided by the Second Circuit: Tanzin v. Tanvir (U.S. 19-71).