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Michael B. Rainey, JD, LLM

Practitioner Faculty of Business Law


Dynamic, insightful, highly-regarded adjunct law professor and business instructor with more than 20 years of hands-on legal and business experience. Legal positions include in-house counsel to an international firm, litigator for local law firms, and more than 15 years as a solo practitioner. Winner of several awards for business management and outstanding teaching; author of a popular law school course and the accompanying textbook. Committed to the principles of community service, ethical business management and exceptional legal and business education.

Areas of Significant Expertise

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Liability and personal injury: transpor
tation, real estate and construction
Insurance law: product liability defense and insurance fraud
Business law, particularly as counsel to small and medium businesses
Defense of professional malpractice

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, Pepperdine University, Graziadio Business School, MBA /
MIB programs, 1996-present
!Business Law  !Regulatory Environment  !Negotiation and Resolution of Conflict

Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University Law School, Straus Institute of Dispute
Resolution, 1996-present
!Alternative Dispute Resolution

Textbook Author/Editor
Business Negotiations and the Resolution of Conflict. Michael B. Rainey, ed. Sharp Publications, 1998

Course Author
"Business Negotiation and the Resolution of Conflict", Now taught at Malibu, Culver City, Encino, Westlake, Pasadena, and Irvine

Volunteer Instructor
Computer skills, West Law, computer legal research, 1981-1984

Teaching Awards
Outstanding Teaching Award, Pepperdine University Graziadio School of
Business and Management, 2000 and 2001

Legal Experience

Positions Held

Principle Attorney,
Law Offices of Michael B. Rainey & Associates, 1987-present Associate Counsel, Berger, Kahn, Shafton & Moss, Los Angeles, California, 1984-1987

Associate Attorney, Kern & Wooley, Los Angeles, California, 1982-1984 Attorney-In House Counsel, American Honda, Honda Motor Company, and Honda R&D, Gardena, California, 1979-1982 Law Clerk, Early, Maslach, Levy & Nutt, Los Angeles, California, 1975-1979

Key Experience

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Creator of an ADR business specializing in mediation of construction, real property, personal in jury and complex litigation cases. Active in numerous dispute resolution panels and organizations. Mediator with Los Angeles Superior Court and Ventura Superior Court panels; former JAMS/Endispute panel member; contract mediator with California Department of Insurance and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Honda Companies: Served as counsel for all Honda product liability lawsuits in the western third of U.S. Coordinated Honda's defense and served as the liaison
between Honda, its insurers, and local counsel from foreign jurisdictions. Also served as co-counsel in major injury trials in 7 U.S. cities.

Transportation Accident Cases: Investigated and managed litigation through trial of accident cases involving airlines, airplanes, helicopters, motorcycles, automobiles and trucks, as well as major construction losses and other complex cases involving major injury or extensive property damage.

Related Recognition

Businessman of the Year, Business Advisory Council, 2003
Martindale-Hubbell rated AV® litigator

Consulting Experience

Ingram Micro Incorporated: Created a presentation for the World Economic
Council, 2004

Selected Presentations

World Economic Council, Davos consulted to create presentation for Ingram Micro Inc., 2004
California Senate, invited speaker testifying at hearings on mediation certification
Pepperdine University's Masters Forum, presenter and panel moderator, 2002 and 2000
Motorcycle Safety Foundation, national and international symposiums: Presented research papers on vehicle dynamics, wet brake characteristics and handling
issues of single track, two-wheeled vehicles, and conspicuity.

Selected Publications

Regular contributor to legal and business publications on the state and national level. A selective list of publications attached. Occasional contributor to training films for use by law students. A full list of publications or sample videos provided upon request.

Community Experience

Programs Served

Woodland Hills Rotary, member and director, 5 years
Pacific Lodge Youth Services, Board Member and Committee Chair, 3 years
Pacific Lodge Boys Home, Board President, Committee Chair, and Director
Youth-At-Choice, camp leader, 1986-2001

Related Awards

California State Assembly recognition for charitable work
California State Senate recognition for service to Pacific Lodge Youth Services

Military Experience

Army National Guard: Pilot, Executive Officer Aviation Company, 6 years United States Army: Captain, Pilot,Combat Platoon Leader RVN, 4 years United States Army: Flight Instructor, regular and combat, Boeing CH-47, Fort Rucker, Alabama, 1 year Pilot: Commercial pilot's license (Certificate 1894006, 1968). Type rated, multi-
engine, instrument, approximately 3,200 hours logged

Bronze Star and Air Medals


Family, travel, building and refurbishing housing for others, woodcraft, and maintaining computers.

Professional Memberships and Registrations

California State Bar (1980-SBN 94260)
Southern California Mediation Association
All Federal District Courts in California (1981)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1981)
Court of Customs & Patients Appeals (1983)
United States Court of Military Appeals (1980) later amended to C.A.A.F.
Court of International Trade (1981)
Tax Court (1983)
Federal Court of Temporary Appeals (1984)


Masters of Law Pepperdine University, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2003

Juris Doctorate Loyola Law School, Los Angeles 1979

Bachelor of Arts (Alpha Sigma Nuhonor society), Loyola University,Westchester, 1974