Among Raphael's accomplishments are: successfully representing a major film studio suing over a "knock-off" TV show, which made new case law interpreting the federal Lanham Act; obtaining a walk-away settlement after filing a summary judgment motion in a dispute involving a $17 million real property; defending corporate directors and officers sued for breach of fiduciary duties in connection with a "going private" tender offer, which allowed the $600 million transaction to go forward; winning a motion for a new trial for a client casino resort suing over defective gaming equipment after the court initially granted a directed verdict; winning summary judgment for a real estate brokerage sued for the acts of an employee who had a side business, a result upheld on appeal; and obtaining complete vindication for a corporate president sued over the estate of a prominent billionaire, whose vast network of companies the client previously oversaw.
Raphael previously practiced with, among others, O'Melveny & Myers and Greenberg Glusker in Los Angeles. He has been selected as a "Rising Star" by California Super lawyers.
Before going to law school, Raphael served for 5 years in the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where he formulated trade policy toward East Asia.
Raphael emigrated from Saigon, South Vietnam in 1975, and is a native speaker of Vietnamese. He has also studied French and Mandarin Chinese.
Phi Beta Kappa