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Michael B. Rainey, JD, LLM

Practitioner Faculty of Business Law

(818) 592-0680

Email:  michael.rainey@pepperdine.edu

Michael B. Rainey Practitioner Faculty of Business Law

Michael Rainey is a dynamic, insightful, highly-regarded adjunct law professor and business instructor with more than 20 years of hands-on legal and business experience. His legal positions include in-house counsel to an international firm, litigator for local law firms, and more than 15 years as a solo practitioner. Mr. Rainey is the winner of several awards for business management and outstanding teaching, as well as author of a popular law school course and the accompanying textbook. He is committed to the principles of community service, ethical business management and exceptional legal and business education.

Pepperdine University

Master of Laws

Loyola Law School

Juris Doctor

Loyola University

Bachelor of the Arts


Pepperdine University

Master of Laws

Loyola Law School

Juris Doctor

Loyola University

Bachelor of the Arts

Areas of Significant Expertise

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Liability and personal injury: transportation, 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


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”

Volunteer Instructor

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

Teaching Awards

Outstanding Teaching Award, Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School, 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 injury 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)

Graziadio Business Review

Choosing Your Negotiation Site

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Negotiating Effectively

The Car Deal