SOURCE: Cooley Godward LLP

April 12, 2006 13:42 ET

Cooley Litigator, Michael Traynor, Named to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2006 -- Cooley Godward today announced that senior counsel Michael Traynor has been approved unanimously for membership in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an organization that recognizes outstanding appellate lawyers and promotes the improvement of appellate advocacy and the administration of the appellate courts.

"I am honored to be selected to join this prestigious organization and a group of the very best appellate lawyers in the country," Traynor said. "I hope to be able to contribute to its continuing success and further the practice of appellate law through my participation."

Traynor specializes in appellate litigation, intellectual property, business, and First Amendment litigation as well as internal corporate investigations and product liability and risk management counseling. Varied cases at the trial and appellate level have involved him in appearances before state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and also before administrative agencies and arbitrators. He is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He also serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

Membership in The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers is by invitation and is open to individuals who possess a reputation of recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer. Members must have been in appellate practice for at least 15 years and only those persons with a recognized reputation for the highest integrity and excellence in appellate work are invited to join. Academy membership is limited to 500 members in the United States.

Traynor is President of the American Law Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Developmental Studies Center, and the Berkeley Community Fund. He also is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member and past president (1973) of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and a past chairman and president of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice).

In 2004, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit awarded him its outstanding lawyer award. The award, given in the name of John P. Frank, recognizes a lawyer who has "demonstrated outstanding character and integrity; dedication to the rule of law; proficiency as a trial and appellate lawyer; success in promoting collegiality among members of the bench and bar; and a lifetime of service to the federal courts of the Ninth Circuit."

Prior to joining Cooley, Traynor served from 1961 to 1963 as a deputy attorney general of the State of California, engaging in public law practice and litigation.

Traynor attended Harvard Law School, where he received a J.D. in 1960. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1955 with a B.A. in Economics.

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