Chaz C. Rainey
Mr. Rainey, Associate Attorney, 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 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.
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.
In addition to his work in private practice, Chaz serves as a board member for the international think tank, the Ratio Foundation, where he helps manage projects related to the international development and establishment of rule of law.
Before entering the practice of law, Chaz worked in the film and television industry as a grip, electrician and general studio mechanic. As a union member of IATSE, he worked on several features and television projects (mostly filmed in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States). At that time, he also produced and directed short-form media content, such as commercials and music videos.