Karen Taillon


“I choose to be a facilitator of solutions rather than an obstacle to resolution.”


  • BS (Law), California State University, Fullerton and Western State University College of Law
  • JD, Western State University College of Law
  • Pepperdine University/Strause Institute (ADR Training)


  • Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory’s highest AV rating
  • WSU Law School Hall of Fame Inductee (2012)

Ms. Taillon joined Cummins & White, LLP as a partner in 1993. She returned to private practice from her position as corporate vice president and general counsel for United Western Medical Centers, a multi-facility health system in Orange County, California.

Formerly certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Healthcare Compliance Association, Ms. Taillon focuses her practice on the representation of hospitals and other healthcare providers.

She is a trained and experienced mediator and arbitrator and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association’s ADR Panel of Arbitrators, and AAA Roster of Healthcare Neutrals, and is qualified as a medical staff hearing officer.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court (Central District of California)
  • U.S. District Court, Western Pennsylvania
  • Mississippi State Bar (Limited Special Appointment to provide pro bono legal services to Hurricane Katrina victims)

Practice Areas

  • Medical Staff & Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Healthcare and Hospital Law
  • Managed Care Contracting and Disputes
  • Physician Contract Disputes
  • Risk/Compliance Privacy
  • Real Estate Transactions & Litigation
  • Employment Disputes (DLSE/EEOC/DFEH)

Representative Clients

  • Adventist Health System West
  • Hoag Orthopedic Institute
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • MemorialCare Health System


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • Hospital Association of Southern California
  • State Bar of California

Charitable Interests & Community Service

Ms. Taillon serves as an elder and previously as a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Los Ranchos Presbytery (PCUSA) and serves as a Dean’s Counselor at Western State University.