Paul Rafferty has 30 years of complex trial experience in defense of class actions, fiduciary duty, trade secrets, and contract lawsuits. He is currently counsel for an athletic conference and various universities in a massive MDL pertaining to collegiate football concussions. He also offers guidance on regulations and policy in the United States governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence, particularly as they apply to product liability issues, and collaborates on resolving 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 a $2 million attorney fees award in the client's favor. Paul primarily defends clients from class action lawsuits, all of which have ended favorably by summary judgment (Chevron), denial of class certification (Irvine Company and Pro Courier), or on appeal (Acer/Gateway). He also has arbitrated significant matters in the United States and Europe.
Paul is published on successful terminating strategies in federal court (Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 17, 2017) and repeatedly on autonomous vehicles (See Jones Day Commentary and Alerts; Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, June 2017 edition; Emirates Law, United Arab Emirates, October 2017 edition) and has been consulted on this topic by Reuters News and the ABA Journal. He is an executive committee member of the Pepperdine/Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution.
In addition Paul has authored and published two books, The Trophy Hunted and The Trophy Hunted Redemption.
- June 26, 2019
Profile of Paul Rafferty, Daily Journal
- 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"