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Michael B. Rainey Practitioner of Business Law

Michael Rainey, JD, LLM

Practitioner of Business Law
Graziadio Business School


Mr. 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


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

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

Military Bronze Star and Air Medals

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 conspicui

Graziadio Business Review

Choosing Your Negotiation Site

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

Negotiating Effectively

The Car Deal


  • 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