Joel M. Taylor



(212) 880-2045


Columbia Law School
J.D. – 2000

Williamette University
B.S. – 1993

Bar Admissions
New York U.S. District Court Southern District of New York U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Joel Taylor is a skilled trial lawyer with broad and substantial experience litigating complex, high-stakes cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in courts across the country. He also has a notable background in assisting companies and individuals in responding to regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. He recently served as lead trial counsel representing a fund holding approximately $40 million of senior secured notes in a three-day trial opposing substantive consolidation of the issuer; in that matter Mr. Taylor successfully obtained a release of all claims asserted against the fund, as well as a guarantee of payment of substantial claims against assets of the consolidated bankruptcy estate. He also recently represented Johnson & Johnson as second trial chair in an action seeking damages for breach of a no-solicitation provision in a merger agreement; Joel’s work in that case resulted in a $600 million settlement payment to Johnson & Johnson.

Before joining Kagen & Caspersen, Mr. Taylor practiced at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense, Creditors’ Rights, and Commercial Litigation Groups.

Representative Cases

Commercial Litigation
  • Represented a limited liability company and its managing members in an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association seeking a declaration of the members’ respective membership interests.
  • Represented a global asset manager in an action asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims related to investments in, and securitizations of, commercial mortgage backed securities.
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company in a suit seeking damages for breach of a no-solicitation provision contained in a merger agreement.
Regulatory Matters
  • Defended a senior investment banker charged by FINRA with conduct inconsistent with just and equitable principles of trade.
  • Represented a tier-one auto parts manufacturer in connection with a U.S. Department of Justice criminal investigation and a related internal investigation by the company.
  • Defended a basic material manufacturer in connection with a U.S. Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division criminal grand jury investigation of alleged price fixing.
Creditors’ Rights
  • A fund holding $40M of senior secured notes opposing substantive consolidation of issuer – a special purpose entity established to facilitate structured financing transactions.
  • Represented a debtor seeking to recover a $17 million severance payment made to its former CEO.
  • Assisted an unsecured creditors’ committee in the investigation of potential claims against a debtor’s former parent corporation and its directors and officers.
  • Represented a group holding approximately $2 billion in bank debt objecting to confirmation of a plan of reorganization.
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