Taylor Burras is an associate in the Firm's Labor and Employment group. Her practice focuses on the hospitality and insurance industries.
Taylor has experience counseling and litigating on behalf of employers in matters relating to discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination, reduction in workforce, hiring, leaves of absence, and wage and hour issues. She has also handled matters before the Employment Development Department (EDD), Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the National Labor Relations Board. Taylor has successfully represented hotels, resorts and restaurants in numerous general and employment litigation matters. In the insurance industry, she has defended large insurance companies in civil litigation matters as well as before the Office of Administrative Hearings in matters involving alleged violations of various California insurance laws and regulations.Representative Matters
- Breach of Contract: Represented a make-up boutique against a make-up artist who made various misrepresentations that caused a significant loss of funds, and delays, relating to the company’s store opening. Successfully negotiated a dismissal of the matter with zero settlement dollars paid by the client.
- Employment/Sexual Assault: Defended a global hotel corporation against negligent hiring and premises liability claims arising from allegedly inappropriate touching by a hotel employee. Successfully negotiated a resolution after demonstrating that there was no negligence by the client.
- Employment Discrimination: Represented the proprietor of a chain restaurant property in settling claims of employment discrimination and wrongful termination for a fraction of plaintiffs’ original demands.
- Labor Commission Complaint: Settled complaint relating to allegations of failure to pay wages, along with waiting time penalties, on behalf of a Fortune 100 food and beverage company.
- Litigation: A plaintiff sued for $1 million over alleged injuries sustained at a hotel spa during a massage. The defense filed a motion for summary judgment. During depositions, the plaintiff was unable to prove causation, and it was revealed that her back had been pulled post-massage by picking up her children. The hotel spa settled for a small fraction of the original damages sought.
- Litigation: Successfully represented a large insurance company in the settlement of four related lawsuits brought by commercial and residential property owners regarding property damage claims arising from a hail storm in Arizona. In addition to disputes with respect to the value of damages, plaintiffs raised allegations regarding the manner by which the policies were sold.
- Regulatory Action: Defended a large insurance company before the Office of Administrative Hearings for alleged violations of California laws and regulations totaling approximately $800 million. The defense filed a motion to dismiss based on lack of jurisdiction and held that the insurance company was not subject to California laws. The plaintiffs responded by filing multiple pleadings, changing the nature of their allegations and substantially damaging their credibility.
- Wrongful Death Defense: A college student in the back seat of a car was killed when that car was rear-ended on a state highway undergoing construction. Retained to defend the state transportation department as an additional insured under the general contractor’s policy. Successfully negotiated a cost of defense settlement.
J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
American Bar Association
Los Angeles Bar Association
California Hotel & Lodging Association
Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Attorneys (GATTHA)
- Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2018