Council Emeritus
Life Member

Michael Traynor

Berkeley, CA
Cobalt LLP
Univ. of Calif.-Berkeley
Harvard Law School

Michael Traynor is senior counsel at Cobalt LLP in Berkeley California. He served as ALI President from 2000 to 2008, and as Chair of the Council from 2008 to 2011. He is also a recipient of ALI's Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Traynor is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.   He received the John P. Frank Outstanding Lawyer Award from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is an honorary life trustee of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and of Earthjustice and a past President (1973) of the Bar Association of San Francisco. 

EDUCATION: University of California at Berkeley, B.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.

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Areas of Expertise
Appellate Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Appellate Litigation (Litigation)
Biotechnology (Science & Technology)
Complex Litigation
Class Actions (Complex Litigation)
Constitutional Law
Contracts Law
Counter-Terrorism (International Law)
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Civil Litigation (Litigation)
Comparative Law
Conflict of Laws
Defamation, Slander & Libel (Tort Law)
Electronic Commerce (Commercial Law)
Environmental Law
First Amendment (Constitutional Law)
Foreign Affairs (International Law)
Federal Jurisdiction (Federal Courts)
Federal Practice & Procedure (Federal Courts)
Federal Civil Procedure (Federal Courts)
Human Rights (Constitutional Law)
Individual Rights (Constitutional Law)
Intellectual Property
International Law
International Trade (International Law)
International Transactions (International Law)
Internet Law (Science & Technology)
Libel, Slander & Defamation (Tort Law)
Natural Resources (Environmental Law)
National Security (Government Law)
Privacy Law (Constitutional Law)
Products Liability (Tort Law)
Restitution (Remedies)
Science & Technology
Trade (Commercial Law)
Trade Secrets (Intellectual Property)
Treaties (International Law)
Unfair Competition (Intellectual Property)
Unjust Enrichment (Remedies)