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Chaz Rainey is the managing partner of Rainey Legal Group.  An internationally recognized attorney, holding active licenses 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 work), negotiator, and advocate.


Chaz has served as lead counsel on over 150 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.


Chaz has represented clients in such industries as entertainment, gaming, aviation, manufacturing, hospitality, telephony, finance, health and beauty, fashion, retail, agriculture, professional sports, real estate, charitable non-profits, and international trade.


Aside from his work with Rainey Legal Group, Chaz also 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 over 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, and he is currently in the final stages of completing his LLM at the London School of Economics.


Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 75%
    9 years, 18 cases
  2. International Law: 25%
    9 years, 7 cases



Hourly ($375-575/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Courtney McIver Devine

    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.


    Courtney Devine Trusts Attorney
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Contact info

Rainey Legal Group

388 Market Street, Ste. 1300
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Rainey Legal Group, PLLC

45 Rockefeller Plaza, Ste. 2000
New York, NY, 10111

Rainey Legal Group, PLLC

9340 W. Martin Ave.
Las Vegas, NV, 89148



NYCurrently registered 201307/10/2016
DCActive 200907/10/2016
TXInactive 201408/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2010
Second Place - RegionalNationals Moot Court2007
Best Brief - RegionalNationals Moot Court2007
Dean'sAwardWilliam S. Boyd School of Law2007
IAGA Shannon Bybee Scholarship AwardInternational Association of Gaming Advisors2007
Regional PlacementJessup International Moot Court2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerRainey Legal Group, PLLC2008 - Present
Legal CounselBrandywine Bookmaking LLC2007 - 2008
Summer AssociateGreenberg Traurig2006 - 2006
Law ClerkLaw Offices of Robert Kurth2006 - 2007
Legal ExternUnited States Senate2005 - 2005
Research AssistantUniversity Of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School Of Law2005 - 2006
Motion Picture Studio Mechanic (Grip/Electric)IATSE Local 4871997 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
UNLV Boyd School of Law Alumni AssociationBoard Member2014 - Present
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersMember2012 - Present
Society of Cincinatti - New Jersey ChapterMember2011 - Present
Nevada Film Development AuthorityPresident2008 - Present
State Bar of Nevada, Publications CommitteeVice Chair2008 - Present
Clark County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Society of International LawMember2008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Weiss v. ShawJury award of less than $17k
Anytime Fitness v. Stephen BensonOvercame all attempts at injunctive relief; plaintiff voluntarily dismissed case.
Lacoste v. AkinsAfter 4 years of litigation, the Jury award was just over $100,000 (less than 10% of what the plaintiff was seeking)
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Jus Gentium QuarterlyA Humanist Examination of the African Economic Community: Using Economic Integration to Combat Tyranny and Promote Human Rights2009
Gaming LawyerGaming Law in Legal Education: Gaming Law's Unexplored Opportunities in America's Law Schools2008
Jus GentiumVultuer Funds Circle Over Africa2007
Jus GentiumIsreali Feminists Fight For Front Row Seats2007
Jus GentiumMy Bombs Are Bigger Than Yours: Jaques Chirac Revives The Old Game Of "Mutual Assured Destruction"2007
Jus Gentium Quarterly ReviewThe African Court: Building a Continental Benchmark of Justice2007
Jus GentiumThe Violent Legacy of the Second Congolese War Continues2006
Jus GentiumDespite Public Outcry, A Deal in Dubai Might Not Be So Bad2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
London School of Economics and Political ScienceInternational LawLL.M - Master of Laws2015
University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Nevada-Las VegasAccountingMBA - Masters in Business Administration2007
University of California - BerkeleyEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Banker's CodeTrusts: An Overview and Understanding of the Basic Elements of a Trust2012