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Charles C. Rainey

Entertainment Attorney at Burbank, CA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Chaz Rainey


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About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    75%

    16 years, 82 cases

  2. International law
    25%
    A combination of transactional and international dispute resolution, including international arbitration, negotiations with foreign governments, international asset protection and management, and international business development.

    16 years, 11 cases

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 is an accomplished litigator (both trial and appellate), negotiator, and advocate.

He 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.

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 (including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals), argued before arbitrators, and even negotiated the settlement of investment disputes with sovereign governments.

He 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 without 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 renowned law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. 

Licensed for 14 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/17/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 06/18/2014
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2009
Updated 06/08/2022
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/11/2022
State TX
Status Inactive
Acquired 2014
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Charles

Hamrick & Evans
2600 W. Olive Ave.
Suite 1020
Burbank, CA, 91505

Reviews

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Posted by Scott | March 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This guy is a finance wizard
We had a film project that we'd been trying to close the financing on for almost a year. We had investors, but every time we tried to structure the deal, we just couldn't come to agreement. In a single afternoon, Chaz was able to get all of the investors to come to agreement and get a final term sheet drafted and signed. Within a week, we had money in escrow. Great job.
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Posted by Amanda | February 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best production counsel ever
I recently worked this feature, and this guy was production counsel. I have never seen any production counsel like this guy. He was like the real Ray Donovan, but in a legal way. Any problem we had, he was on it. He did way more than I would have expected. Highly recommend this one.
Posted by LucySternDuivenvoorden | September 16, 2014
Long live Mr. (B)RAINEY
Mr. Rainey was incredibly helpful giving us a fast and effective response even though our question was outside his typical area of expertise. He quickly pointed us in the right direction with no muss and no fuss and solved in one step a problem we'd been fighting with for months. Long live Mr. Rainey !
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2014
Awesome!
I've dealt with Mr. Rainey a few times throughout the years for personal and business matters and always feel confident he will get things done with precision and professionalism. I highly recommend Charles C. Rainey for your legal matters.
Posted by Bianca | May 8, 2013
LEAVE IT TO CHARLES AND DON'T WORRY
Charles Rainey is my kind of attorney. I own a medical spa in Las Vegas and have no time for legal matters. The stress of dealing with legal issues along with running a business can be really hard. Charles Rainey is a wonderful attorney because he gets it done, with better results than I expected, and is agressive in that he wins! lol, thats important to me, as well as doesn't over charge you, is honest, and you can give it to their office and forget it. Thank you Charles for doing such an excellent job, it was stress free, affordable and you are a very nice person. I hope that this review helps you if you are looking for an attorney.
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Posted by Leslie | April 15, 2013
Outshines LA Powerhouses any day in Entertainment Law
Chaz was probably one of the most enthusiastic lawyers I've ever worked with. And I am one! He represented me against some LA powerhouses in an entertainment litigation and just out-maneuvered and out-strategized them. He always let me know exactly where we stood and what was needed well in advance. I would highly recommend him for any of your legal needs. I will use him again for any entertainment legal requirements.
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Posted by Meg and Fran | April 6, 2013
Great Man, Fantastic Lawyer!
Chaz worked with our production company to develop all the legal materials we needed in order to complete the production. His knowledge of the subject matter was excellent and he did a wonderful job making sure we were protected and had all the materials we required. He was readily available to us, even without an appointment, and we felt secure knowing he was a part of our "team". Anytime we need legal assistance Chaz will be the first lawyer we contact. We highly recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by Steve | March 10, 2013
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don't bring a knife to a gun fight?” In the legal field, Charles Rainey can be a Howitzer!
Speaking from personal experience, there is nothing more unsettling than being involved in a lawsuit, of any kind. Nothing makes you feel more exposed and vulnerable. When I found myself in that situation, it was very comforting to have someone as experienced, professional, and aggressive as Charles Rainey to turn to for help. Prior to Charles, I had become overwhelmed by the number of lawsuits, threats, and financial debt that had accumulated due to the lackluster performance of my previous attorney. Once I hired Charles, he immediately helped stop the abuse, constructed a plan for a fair resolution, and designed a route for me to have a secure financial future. Because of his extraordinary efforts, I have already recommended Charles Rainey and his staff to my father, and to several of my friends.
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Posted by Chris | March 8, 2013
Good to deal with
I saw Chaz early in his career. His service was very detailed and his desire to give you the best service is without a doubt. Would use his services again.
Posted by Bill | March 7, 2013
client
Chaz was very creative in devising a strategy that would help/solve our problem. There are many moving pieces, or trusts involved in our situation and I was a little confused on the timing and the flow. This is not meant to be a complaint, I just lacked understanding of how all these trusts worked together.
Posted by Jesse | March 5, 2013
Top Tier Talent at a Great Value
I have retained Charles (Chaz) Rainey as my attorney for my start-up company (LLC) for the last 2 years. I found him through a basic online search, and decided to retain him after he provided me with several hours of over-the-phone and in-person consultations at little or no cost. During these conversations, I became aware of the depth and breadth of his general legal knowledge and industry experience, as well as his down-to-earth nature. Chaz always takes the time to thoughtfully answer questions/concerns, and unlike some other attorneys, is not out for the extra buck. Rather, Chaz understands the importance of fostering long-term client-attorney relationships. This dynamic is of utmost importance to me, as I am developing a pre-revenue start-up company and do not have additional funds to spend on elevated attorney fees. I highly recommend Chaz Rainey for those individuals or companies that are looking for a high quality, experienced attorney, at a great value.
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Posted by Heidi | March 4, 2013
Aggressive Attorney Fights Hard For His Clients
I am the President and Chairman of the Nevada Holistic Chamber of Commerce. I have called upon Chaz several times over the years in critical litigation matters. He is tough, aggressive, and never backs down from a fight. As much as I wish I didn't need an attorney in the holistic business world, I appreciate having a bulldog to stand up for my high ideals. Chaz never disappoints.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 600-750 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • 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
  • 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
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Education

  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2015
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • MBA - Masters in Business Administration
  • 2007
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
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Legal Cases

  • Joan Celia Lee v. Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment, Inc.
  • Obtained dismissal of case with prejudice, and Plaintiff sanctioned $1 million.
  • Bill Nye v. Walt Disney Corporation
  • Pending
  • Stover v. Mirror Images
  • Obtained compensatory and punitive damages award of nearly $2 million
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Associations

  • Bill Nye Science Foundation
  • Director
  • 2018 - Present
  • UNLV Boyd School of Law Alumni Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Society of Cincinatti - New Jersey Chapter
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada, Publications Committee
  • Chair, Vice Chair, Member
  • 2008 - 2018
  • American Society of International Law
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Rated Attorney in Sports & Entertainment
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Southern California Up and Coming Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Attorney in Sports & Entertainment
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • 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
  • IAGA Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award
  • International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • 2007
  • Dean'sAward
  • William S. Boyd School of Law
  • 2007
  • Best Brief - Regional
  • Nationals Moot Court
  • 2007
  • Second Place - Regional
  • Nationals Moot Court
  • 2007
  • Regional Placement
  • Jessup International Moot Court
  • 2006
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Publications

  • 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
  • Vulture 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (5)
Endorse Charles
Business Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Chaz is a versatile attorney, highly skilled in complex civil litigation matters, and estate planning, and provides strategic solutions to his clients. Best of all, Chaz goes the extra mile for his clients, caring for them in a compassionate manner. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Chaz understands the importance of persuasion, in addition to having mastered the mechanics and techniques of trial advocacy. I consult him often for his opinions and guidance. I give him my highest endorsement."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great lawyer; good with people; his MBA in addition to his law degree makes Chaz especially effective in representing businesses and business owners."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chaz is a brilliant attorney and I trust referring my clients' commercial litigation cases to him and his firm. He is pragmatic, dedicated and fights hard for his clients."
Business Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
International law Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Chaz provides highly competent services relating to business development, asset protection, and complex civil litigation. Chaz is a skillful strategist in both the litigation and transactional areas. He is a champion of his clients’ interests and works diligently to obtain the best results possible in every case. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Chaz is our go-to guy for complex litigation and asset protection matters. If you need an attorney who knows litigation and who can be the aggressive litigation attorney one day and the contemplative asset protection attorney the next day, you need to look no further. --William"
International law Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While Mr. Rainey is relatively new to Avvo, his comprehensive answers, which are accurate and customized to the individual needs of Avvo askers, are exactly the qualities that any potential client would be looking for in an attorney. Welcome to Avvo!"
Business Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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