May 19, 2022

Taylor Brown Joins Payne & Fears

Taylor Brown has joined Payne & Fears LLP as an associate attorney based in the firm’s Irvine office. Taylor represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including wage-and-hour violations, discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) claims. 

“Taylor’s intelligence and strong drive to learn and grow, make her an excellent addition to our Employment Law Group at Payne & Fears,” said Amy Patton, the group’s co-chair. “Her strong trial experience is an asset that will add depth to our already strong bench of litigators. We are so pleased to have Taylor join us and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.”

In addition to her experience with employment matters, Taylor has an extensive background in general litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability matters. She began her legal career at a medical malpractice defense firm, LaFollette Johnson, where she represented healthcare providers and hospitals in defending civil suits. 

After LaFollete Johnson, Taylor became a Litigation associate at Buchalter where she worked on the Products Liability practice group. As an associate at Buchalter, Taylor advised and defended automobile and equipment manufacturers, insurance companies, and technology companies in negligence, personal and catastrophic injury, and wrongful death cases. She third-chaired a three-week products liability jury trial in September 2019, contributing to a verdict in favor of the firm’s client. In February 2021, she was on the trial team for a matter that went to trial in which the firm secured a jury verdict in favor of the firm’s client.

Taylor obtained her law degree from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law in 2018. She graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a B.A. in political science. 

Get to know Taylor . . .

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?

Outside of the office, Taylor enjoys running, yoga, snowboarding, live music, cooking healthy/vegan foods, and trying new restaurants she has never dined at before.

Why did you join Payne & Fears LLP?

I have always been interested in pursuing employment law. It is an area of law that will always be relevant and is ever-changing. I was ready for a new challenge and have only heard positive feedback about working at Payne & Fears. 

People would be surprised if they knew . . .

I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and I am obsessed with the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes. On the other hand, I am not a fan of Tom Brady but I will put up with Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow.