William D. Taylor

William D. Taylor



  • Corporate
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

WSG Practice Industries


Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.


Bill maintains both a transactional and litigation business practice. He represents all types of business ventures, both publicly and privately owned.

Bill’s transactional practice includes M&A advice and counsel for both domestic and international deals, corporate reorganizations and other strategic business plans.

Bill has significant experience in all aspects of the transportation industry throughout the U.S. and global markets. He is well-versed in all areas of domestic and international logistics law and policy. He has a keen understanding of the intricate contractual arrangements central to the movement of products in intrastate, interstate and foreign commerce. Bill regularly consults clients regarding co-employer claims related to independent contractor relations in this industry. 

Whether in transportation or any other enterprise, Bill has represented private and publicly-traded corporate clients in asset and equity-based mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, successorship planning, complex contract strategies and negotiations. He provides day-to-day counseling and assists business clients with internal and external legal requirements, including regulatory compliance matters before local, state and federal administrative agencies. He regularly represents clients in hearings before administrative agencies with jurisdiction over enforcement and compliance issues, including the California PUC, DMV, and CHP, as well as the U.S. DOT and other federal agencies. 

Bill is frequently called upon to address industry associations regarding contract issues and related litigation strategies.

Bill is a past president of the Transportation Lawyers Association and the founder of Hanson Bridgett's Transportation and Logistics Practice Group. He served as President of Globalaw LTD (2012-2014), an international legal network consisting of 98 law firms and nearly 5,000 lawyers located throughout the world. Hanson Bridgett is the Northern California representative of Globalaw.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1971)
A.B., California State University, Chico (1968)
Areas of Practice

Corporate | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Transportation & Logistics | Transportation & Logistics

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Business formation strategies and implementation of founder's business plans and goals.

Shareholder disputes and resolution of associated business conflicts.

Managing stock and/or asset transfers from origin to closing.

Providing advice and counsel to both emerging and mature companies regarding the legal consequences and implications of internal and external management initiatives for safety and hazardous materials violations.

Administrative agency proceedings at all levels with a focus on regulatory permitting and compliance.

Defend complex independent contractor misclassification cases at regulatory, litigation and appellate levels.

Professional Associations

  • Globalaw LTD, President (2014-2015); Member of Board of Directors
  • The Sutter Club, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, Member, Executive Committee, and Past President
  • American Trucking Association, Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel
  • Conference of Public Utilities Counsel Conference of Freight Counsel
  • Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy
  • American Bar Association, Transportation and Insurance Practice
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court (U.C. Davis, King Hall); Executive Committee; Master Attorney
  • San Jose State University, Graduate School of Business and Management, Associate Professor (1998-2012)

Professional Activities and Experience

  • The Gold Standard, Martindale-Hubbell™ (2020)
  • Best Lawyers in Northern California - Transportation Law, Best Lawyers® (2019-2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Transportation Law (2020)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Northern California, ALM (2019)
  • 2019 Top Lawyer, Sacramento Magazine (2019)
  • Northern California's Top Rated Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell™ (2018, 2019)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Transportation (2004, 2006, 2012-2019)
  • Top Lawyer, Sacramento Magazine (2016, 2019)
  • Best of the Bar, Sacramento Business Journal (2014-2019)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Transportation Law, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel (2014)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Transportation Law, Martindale-Hubbell™ (2013, 2014)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2006)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association Distinguished Service Award (1995)


The Trucking Industry Absorbs Yet Another Blow at the Hand of the California Supreme Court
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2018

Many California courts, politicians and regulators seem intent on attacking trucking and transportation companies. The California Supreme Court‘s, Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court (Case No. S222732) decision is the latest example of this assault on the industry...

Additional Articles

"The Force of Force Majeure in Supply Chain Contracts," Corporate Law Alert (March 2020)