Congratulations to Our Attorneys Named to the 2024 Best Lawyers® List!

Taylor & Ring is proud to have eight lawyers listed in the 2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. Please join us in congratulating our team!

Every year, the Best Lawyers list recognizes leading attorneys in particular regions and practices, based on peer reviews. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers recognitions are compiled based on an exhaustive Purely Peer Review® evaluation. More than 123,000 industry-leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received more than 20 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.

For the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, more than 13.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 76,000 leading lawyers included in the milestone 30th edition.

Introducing our award-winning attorneys

Here’s a little more about our lawyers, the work they do, and the recognition they’ve received from Best Lawyers:

The Best Lawyers in America®

John C. Taylor: partner and co-founder. John has been recognized by Best Lawyers for 30 years running for his work in personal injury litigation for plaintiffs. He focuses his practice on representing victims of serious personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, civil rights, employees’ rights, insurance bad faith, faulty road design and general negligence.

Dave M. Ring: partner and co-founder. David has been recognized by Best Lawyers for 20 years for his work in personal injury litigation for plaintiffs. He was also named a Lawyer of the Year in 2015 by Best Lawyers. His practice is focused on sexual abuse, sexual harassment, assault, molestation, and sexual misconduct, as well as wrongful death, serious motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, construction site accidents, product liability, premises liability, and employment actions involving discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination.

Robert R. Clayton: Senior Partner. Robert has been recognized by Best Lawyers for six years for his work in personal injury litigation and product liability litigation, both for representing plaintiffs. He focuses his practice on wrongful death, premises liability, dangerous conditions on public and private property, mass transit accidents, products liability, serious motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, burn injury claims, assault and battery cases, sexual assault, and sexual abuse cases.

Natalie Weatherford: Senior Partner. Natalie has been recognized by Best Lawyers for the fourth year in a row for her work in personal injury litigation for plaintiffs. Her practice is focused on representing both children and adults in sexual harassment, assault, abuse and misconduct cases, as well as civil rights litigation

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America

Neil Gehlawat: partner. Also recognized in 2022 and 2023, Neil is listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his work in civil rights law and personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs.  Over the course of his career, he has obtained verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients in excess of $100 million.

Brendan P. Gilbert: partner. Brendan has been recognized four years running in Best Lawyers: One to Watch for his work in personal injury litigation for plaintiffs. He specializes in cases involving the sexual abuse of minors, sexual assault and harassment, products liability, and complex personal injury actions with catastrophic injuries. In 2022, he secured a $10.25 million settlement on behalf of a plaintiff who was sexually abused by her bus driver. This is believed to be the largest individual settlement in a sexual abuse case in California.

Sonya Ostovar: partner. This is Sonya’s third year listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Her practice is focused on representing both children and adults in sexual abuse, assault, and misconduct cases.

Peter Reagan. This is Peter’s second year listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for his work in personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Peter focuses his practice on victims of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, as well as survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and misconduct.

The entire team here at Taylor & Ring extends our congratulations to John, Dave, Robert, Natalie, Neil, Brendan, Sonya, and Peter!