Paul Rafferty is a business trial lawyer with 30 years' experience defending corporations and boards nationally and internationally from significant fiduciary duty, intellectual property, trade secrets, M&A fall-out, and products and contract lawsuits, with particular emphasis on class action defense. He also offers guidance on federal/state regulations and policy in the United States governing testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles and is a recognized leading lawyer in California on artificial intelligence. He has collaborated for decades on a variety of corporate debacles and focuses on resolving/managing difficult or emerging legal issues before they ripen into litigation.
As lead counsel, Paul has tried to conclusion civil matters to bench and jury. His last four-month trial resulted in a complete defense judgment and $2 million attorney fees award. Paul's defense of class actions is unparalleled, all of which have ended favorably by summary judgment (Chevron), denial of class certification (Irvine Company and Pro Courier), abandonment (BYU), 12(b) motion (Athletic Conference), or on appeal (Acer/Gateway). He has successfully arbitrated significant matters in the United States, South America, and Europe.
Paul has published on terminating strategies in federal court (Daily Journal, February 17, 2017) and repeatedly on autonomous vehicles (See Jones Day Commentary and Alerts; Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, June 2017; Emirates Law, United Arab Emirates, October 2017) and has been consulted on this topic by Reuters News and the ABA Journal. He is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine's Caruso School of Law where he teaches a course on negotiations.
Paul has authored and published two books, The Trophy Hunted and The Trophy Hunted Redemption.
- October 24, 2019
Will AI Please Take The Stand - Part Two, Daily Journal
- October 4, 2019
Will AI Please Take The Stand - Part One, Daily Journal
- June 26, 2019
Profile of Paul Rafferty, Daily Journal
- April 8, 2017
Can Driverless Cars Steer Clear of Litigation, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
- February 17, 2017
USDC One-Two Punch For The Knockout, Daily Journal, Verdicts and Settlement.
- November 22, 2019
Global Dispute Resolution Conference, Panelist, Commercial Arbitration, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Sadia Arabia, in association with Straus Institute.
- May 16, 2019
Keynote Speaker, Straus/Pepperdine Law School, Masters in Dispute Resolution and Certificate
- May 9, 2019
A Litigators' View of Mediation-Arbitration Conversion, Featured Panelist, Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution
- January 16, 2019
Ethical Considerations Pertaining to Autonomous Vehicles, Featured Speaker, CLE Presentation for In-House Counsel/Silicon Valley
- November 14, 2018
Compelling Business Concerns Facing Industry Once AI Takes the Wheel, The Hague, Netherlands, Featured Speaker, DUJAT.
- November 8, 2018
Autonomous Vehicle and Artificial Intelligence Liability Issues Confronting Mediators and Arbitrators, Featured Speaker, Inn of Court, Straus Institute.
- September 25, 2018
Strategic Considerations Needed to Maximize A Client’s outcome in mediation and arbitration, Lecturer, Pepperdine Law School, "Advance Methods of Negotiation," Professor Stephen Lepley.
- June 6, 2018
Advanced Teaching Methods to Address Cultural Differences in the Handling of Complex Arbitration and Mediation Work, Featured Panelist, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
- February 8, 2018
Substantive and Non-Substantive Lying in Mediation, Featured Panelist with Hon. Andrew Guilford, Inn of Court, CLE Presentation for mediators, arbitrators and retired judges
- January 23, 2018
Ethical Considerations Pertaining to Autonomous Vehicles, Featured Speaker, CLE Presentation for In-House Counsel
- Rutgers University (J.D. 1986); La Salle University (B.S. in Accounting 1981; B.A. in Sociology 1981)
- California; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California; and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
Named in Daily Journal as one of 20 Top AI Lawyers for 2019
Featured in Counsel to Counsel magazine for stellar service
Named in Daily Journal by Acer/Gateway as preferred counsel
Recognized multiple times in Los Angeles magazine as a "Southern California Super Lawyer"