LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Miller Barondess, LLP announced today that Jay Rakow has joined the Los Angeles firm and will focus on Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property.
Rakow has enjoyed a distinguished 40-year career as a lawyer, business executive, and CEO of two leading nonprofit organizations. Most recently, he served as CEO of ProCon.org, an acclaimed non-profit, nonpartisan civic education website with more than 26,000,000 annual readers, and continues to serve on their Board. He also served as Managing Director of a private equity firm that focused on technology-based ventures.
Rakow is most prominently known through his business association with the late, legendary businessman Kirk Kerkorian. He served as an executive at Mr. Kerkorian’s holding company, Tracinda Corporation, and as President of the Lincy Foundation, the philanthropic organization founded by Kerkorian that contributed more than a billion dollars to charities. Rakow also served as Senior Executive V.P. and General Counsel of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., until Mr. Kerkorian sold the company in 2005.
Previously, Rakow served as Senior V.P. and General Counsel of Paramount Pictures Corp. Before joining Paramount, Rakow enjoyed a successful career as a partner in a prominent law firm, concentrating on business litigation, including class actions, corporate control contests, and entertainment, copyright, patent, and antitrust litigation. There he met and became a law partner of Louis R. “Skip” Miller, who later founded the Miller Barondess law firm.
“We are excited to continue the growth of Miller Barondess, LLP by adding Jay Rakow to our top-tier team of lawyers,” said Skip Miller. “Jay’s vast experience, not only in high-stakes litigation and entertainment deals, but as a public company General Counsel, CEO of a leading website, and advisor to prominent business leaders, will prove to be a great resource for our clients and colleagues.”
Rakow stated, “It is great to be joining Skip and so many incredibly talented litigators who left the top firms in the nation to build Miller Barondess into a litigation powerhouse.”
Rakow is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Friar’s Charitable Foundation. He has served as Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at Cornell Law School and is a member of the California, New York and D.C. Bars.
Miller Barondess, founded a decade ago, is a 25-lawyer litigation boutique specializing in high-stakes litigation and trial work. Skip Miller is ranked among the top trial lawyers in the nation, and the attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of litigation areas including large contract, banking and real estate disputes, intellectual property, corporate and partnership control contests, employment disputes, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust, entertainment, securities, civil rights, and class actions. The attorneys hail from top law schools and the unique work environment has attracted talent from the nation's elite law firms. For more information, please visit www.millerbarondess.com.