Lawrence Eric Taylor

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Lawrence E. Taylor
Lawrence Eric Taylor

(1942-04-01) April 1, 1942 (age 81)[1]
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)[1]
University of California, Los Angeles (JD)[1]
Occupation(s)Attorney, author
Military Service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps[1]
Years of service1961-1964[1]
WebsiteDUI Center

Lawrence Eric Taylor (born April 1, 1942) is an American attorney and author. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA School of Law, Taylor was a public defender and criminal prosecutor in Los Angeles County before entering private practice. He currently heads a law firm in California that limits its practice to drunk driving defense. Both Taylor and his law firm are ranked "A-V" ("very high to pre-eminent in legal ability and ethics") by the Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory.[2] Taylor and his law firm have also been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine for the years 2004 through 2012 as being among the top 5 percent of DUI defense attorneys.[3]

Taylor served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 to 1964.

He served as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County from 1970 to 1971 and as a Deputy Public Defender from 1971 to 1972.[1]

In the case of the People v. Charles Manson, Taylor was the trial court's legal advisor.[4] He was also counsel to the California Supreme Court in the Onion Field murder case, and an independent Special Prosecutor retained by the Attorney General of Montana to conduct a one-year grand jury probe of government corruption from 1975 to 1976.[1] Taylor was voted "professor of the year" during his tenure at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington from 1982 to 1985.[1] He was also a Fulbright Professor of Law at Osaka University in Japan in 1985[1] and a visiting professor at Pepperdine University School of Law.[5]

He founded and served as dean of the National College for DUI Defense from 1995 to 1996.[1] He has lectured at over 200 lawyers' seminars in 38 states.[5] He is the author of 12 books, including the well-known textbook on the subject of DUI, now in its seventh edition. On July 25, 2002, Taylor was presented with the NCDD's "Lifetime Achievement Award" at Harvard Law School.[6]


  • Drunk Driving Defense 7th Edition. (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers ISBN 0-7355-5429-3)(Co-authored with Steven Oberman beginning with the 5th edition)
  • Born to Crime (Greenwood Press ISBN 0-313-24172-4)
  • California Drunk Driving Defense, 3rd Edition (West ISBN 0-314-26005-6)
  • The D.A.: A True Story (William Morrow ISBN 0-688-11731-7)
  • Eyewitness Identification (Michie ISBN 0-87215-423-8)
  • Handling Criminal Appeals (West ISBN 0-685-59836-5)
  • Scientific Interrogation (Michie ISBN 0-87215-685-0)
  • Setting Sail (Icarus ISBN 0-8965170-0-4)
  • To Honor and Obey (William Morrow ISBN 0-688-09854-1)
  • Trail of the Fox (Simon and Schuster ISBN 0-671-25227-5)
  • A Trial of Generals (Icarus ISBN 0-89651-775-6)
  • Witness Immunity (Charles C.Thomas ISBN 0-398-04765-0)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Hubbell, Martindale (March 2001). Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: California (A-R, Volume 2, 2001). Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561604395.
  2. ^ "Lawrence Eric Taylor Lawyer Profile on".
  3. ^ "Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor in Long Beach, California".
  4. ^ To Honor and Obey, page 389.
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ "Lawrence E. Taylor". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07.

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