Chaz Rainey advises clients in the film and television industry on matters related to: copyright litigation, financing, production, new media technologies, rights of publicity, defamation, trade secrets, trademarks, unfair competition and other transactional issues. An internationally recognized attorney, licensed in the practice of law in California, Nevada, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia, Chaz Rainey is an accomplished litigator (both trial and appellate), negotiator, and advocate.
Chaz has served as lead counsel on over 200 cases in both state and federal court, with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes, often involving allegations of fraud, cross-border disputes and choice of law. He has first-chaired more than a dozen jury and bench trials, argued before federal and state appellate courts, argued before arbitrators, and even negotiated the settlement of investment disputes with sovereign governments.
In addition to his work in private practice, Chaz serves as a board member for the international think tank, the Ratio Foundation, where he helps manage projects related to the international development and estabishment of rule of law.
Chaz was also instrumental in crafting and lobbying for the Nevada legislation governing the licensure and oversight of medical marijuana establishments.
Chaz began his legal career as the in-house legal counsel to what is now William Hill North America -- the largest consolidated race and sports book operator in the United States. However, when Chaz first started with the company, it was a small startup wihtout a single location. Chaz helped take the company from a simple idea into a fully-financed, multi-million dollar operation, with roughly twenty locations spread across Nevada, Delaware and St. Kitts.
While in law school, Chaz served as a legal extern in the Washington, D.C. office of then Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. He also served as a summer associate for the internationally renknowned law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Chaz earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with highest honors, earned his juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the London School of Economics.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Second Place - Regional||Nationals Moot Court||2007|
|Best Brief - Regional||Nationals Moot Court||2007|
|Dean'sAward||William S. Boyd School of Law||2007|
|IAGA Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award||International Association of Gaming Advisors||2007|
|Regional Placement||Jessup International Moot Court||2006|
|Entertainment Attorney (Film and Television)||Hamrick & Evans||2016 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Rainey Legal Group, PLLC||2008 - 2016|
|Legal Counsel||Brandywine Bookmaking LLC||2007 - 2008|
|Summer Associate||Greenberg Traurig||2006 - 2006|
|Law Clerk||Law Offices of Robert Kurth||2006 - 2007|
|Legal Extern||United States Senate||2005 - 2005|
|Research Assistant||University Of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School Of Law||2005 - 2006|
|Motion Picture Studio Mechanic (Grip/Electric)||IATSE Local 487||1997 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|UNLV Boyd School of Law Alumni Association||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|Association of Certified Fraud Examiners||Member||2012 - Present|
|Society of Cincinatti - New Jersey Chapter||Member||2011 - Present|
|Nevada Film Development Authority||President||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Nevada, Publications Committee||Vice Chair||2008 - Present|
|Clark County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|American Society of International Law||Member||2008 - 2010|
|Weiss v. Shaw||Jury award of less than $17k|
|Anytime Fitness v. Stephen Benson||Overcame all attempts at injunctive relief; plaintiff voluntarily dismissed case.|
|Lacoste v. Akins||After 4 years of litigation, the Jury award was just over $100,000 (less than 10% of what the plaintiff was seeking)|
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|Jus Gentium Quarterly||A Humanist Examination of the African Economic Community: Using Economic Integration to Combat Tyranny and Promote Human Rights||2009|
|Gaming Lawyer||Gaming Law in Legal Education: Gaming Law's Unexplored Opportunities in America's Law Schools||2008|
|Jus Gentium||Vultuer Funds Circle Over Africa||2007|
|Jus Gentium||Isreali Feminists Fight For Front Row Seats||2007|
|Jus Gentium||My Bombs Are Bigger Than Yours: Jaques Chirac Revives The Old Game Of "Mutual Assured Destruction"||2007|
|Jus Gentium Quarterly Review||The African Court: Building a Continental Benchmark of Justice||2007|
|Jus Gentium||The Violent Legacy of the Second Congolese War Continues||2006|
|Jus Gentium||Despite Public Outcry, A Deal in Dubai Might Not Be So Bad||2006|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||International Law||LL.M - Master of Laws||2015|
|University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|University of Nevada-Las Vegas||Accounting||MBA - Masters in Business Administration||2007|
|University of California - Berkeley||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|The Banker's Code||Trusts: An Overview and Understanding of the Basic Elements of a Trust||2012|