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Paul F. Rafferty


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  • Rutgers University (J.D. 1986); La Salle University (B.S. in Accounting 1981; B.A. in Sociology 1981)

Bar Admissions

  • 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

Paul Rafferty has 30 years of complex trial experience in defense of class actions, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, contracts, 17200, and 17500 lawsuits. He also offers guidance on autonomous vehicle regulations and policy in the United States (state and federal) governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence, particularly as such regulations and policy apply to product liability issues and concerns.

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 his client's favor. Paul primarily defends notable 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 often collaborates on resolving difficult or emerging legal issues before they ripen into litigation. He is also an executive committee member of the Pepperdine/Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution, one of only two Inns of Court sanctioned within the United States.

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.

In addition, Paul has authored and published two books, The Trophy Hunted and The Trophy Hunted Redemption.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Featured in Counsel to Counsel magazine for stellar service

    Named in the Daily Journal by Acer/Gateway as preferred counsel

    Recognized multiple times in Los Angeles magazine as a "Southern California Super Lawyer"
Paul Rafferty