Paul Rafferty is a business lawyer with 30 years of complex trial experience in defense of class actions, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, contracts, and 17200 and 17500 claims. His degree in accounting further assists him in effective representation of business clients. He often collaborates on how best to resolve difficult legal issues before they ripen into litigation.
As lead counsel, Paul has tried to conclusion civil matters to bench and jury. His last trial, a four-month breach of fiduciary lawsuit, resulted in a complete defense judgment and a $2 million attorney fees award. A similar matter recently ended on summary judgment. Paul primarily defends notable clients from class action lawsuits, all of which have ended favorably by summary judgment (Chevron), successful defense of class certification (Irvine Company) or on appeal (Acer/Gateway). He is often asked to defend his lower court victories on appeal. Most recently, he was engaged to defend a class action against a prominent university pertaining to football concussions derived from multidistrict litigation involving the NCAA.
Paul's trial experience includes arbitration of significant matters. In France and New York, he successfully concluded multiweek arbitrations that enforced a client's worldwide rights to DNA technology. Paul also fixes undesirable arbitration awards. Most recently, he vacated a multimillion dollar award after proving an arbitrator had clearly exceeded his authority.
Paul has devoted substantial time to his community coaching Little League, AYSO soccer, softball, and football teams. Most recently, he authored and published his book The Trophy Hunted.
Irvine Company and ProCourier defeat different class actions
Chevron dismisses California class action seeking substantial penalties for gas pump transactions and has it affirmed on appeal
Vistage International and Plus Management LLC defeat different breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits following four-month trial and on summary judgment
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 Lawye