Omer Rains Legal Qualifications

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Law Offices of Omer L. Rains

SENATOR OMER L. RAINS, born Kansas City, Missouri, September 25, 1941; admitted to bar, 1966, California;

U.S. Supreme Court, 1972; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.

Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1963); Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California (LL.B./J.D., 1966). Phi Alpha Delta.

Recipient: Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Citizenry, 1971; Special Citation of Merit, California Trial Lawyers Association, 1981.

Author: “The Fallacy of Neutral Regulatory Reform,: California Law Reporter, University of San Diego School of Law, Fall, 1981;

“Government Spending and Regulation,” California Finance Report, February/March, 1981;

“The Community Force”, Magazine of the West, June, 1982;

“Legal Services for the Poor,” The Center Magazine, January/February, 1986.

Member: Three terms, California Legislature, 1974-1983; State Senate, Counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura, 1974-1983. Member, State Judicial Council, 1979-1982. Member, California Law Revision Commission, 1979-1982.

Chairman: Senate Judiciary Committee, 1980 – 1982; Chairman, Senate Majority Caucus, 1976-.1980. Candidate for Attorney General, State of California, 1982.

Trustee, Robert Maynard Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

Judge Pro Tempore, Superior Court and Municipal Court, Ventura County, California, 1969-1978, and Superior Court, Sacramento County, California, 1988-2002;.

Member: Sacramento County, Ventura County and American Bar Associations~ State Bar of California~ California Trial Lawyers Association.

Occupational Background:

District Attorney’s Office

Joined Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, September 1, 1966.

Consumer Fraud Unit established January 1, 1967; named to head Unit at-that time and remained as head of Consumer Fraud Unit until departure from District Attorney’s Office in 1969.

Appointed Supervisor of the Camarillo branch of the District Attorney’s office in August, 1967.

Appointed supervisor of the Oxnard branch of the District Attorney’s office in December, 1967.

Major Felony Trial Deputy, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, 1968-69

Private Practice:

In private practice of law since 1969. Emphasis on International Merchant Banking.

Finance and Complex Business Matters.


Admitted to practice before United States Supreme Court

American Bar Association

California State Bar Association

Ventura County Bar Association

Sacramento County Bar Association

California Trial Lawyers Association

Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association

Legal Aid Association of Ventura County

Chairman, Ventura County Law Day Activities

Chairman, Bar Association Ethics Committee

Delegate to State Bar Convention

Service on numerous other Bar Association and Professional Committees

Recipient of several academic and professional awards

Member, Grey Law Advisory Board