Paul A. Traina

Paul Traina

Member, Since 1996
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Areas of Practice

  • Complex Civil / Business Litigation
  • Class Action Lawsuits
  • Securities Litigation
  • Professional Liability Claims

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA, 1991, J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Major in History, Philosophy, and Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California's Super Lawyers, 2004-2009

Notable Past Positions

  • Consumer Attorneys of California Forum Editor, 2002-2003

Published Works

  • Fiduciary Duties: What are They? When Do They Exist and Why Use Them? — CAALA Advocate, March, 2001
  • Mass Joinder or Class Action — CAOC Forum, July, 2002
  • Discovery Strategies: The Paperless Office — CAOC Forum, April, 2003
  • Contemporary Discovery Strategies and Tactics — CAOC Forum, April, 2003
  • Referral Fees: What You Need to Know — CAOC Forum, December, 2003
  • Avoiding "Misteaks" — CAOC Forum, December, 2003
  • The Status of Representative Claims: Section 17200 - The Nuts and Bolts — CAOC Forum, May, 2004
  • Qui Tam Actions Under The California False Claims Act: Is your source original? — CAALA Advocate, February, 2011
  • Class Actions: Dealing Effectively with The "Professional Objector" — CAALA Advocate, February, 2011
  • Boumediene as a Constitutional Mandate: Bivens Actions at Guantanamo Bay , 38 Hastings Const. L.Q. 439, 2011
  • Watch What You Plead: The Effects of Judicial and Evidentiary Admissions — CAALA Advocate, January, 2014
  • Fraud and the Parol-Evidence after Riveerisland — CAALA Advocate, February, 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer at Consumer Attorneys of California — Section 17200, May, 2004
  • Guest Lecturer at Loyola Law School — The Art of Cross-Examination, February, 2011
  • How to Take an Effective Deposition for Use at Trial, Bridgeport Mastering the Deposition Conference, 2013
  • Pitfalls of Class Action Notice and Claims Administration, Bridgeport Class Action Conference, 2014

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Italian Bar Association, Member
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Member


Mr. Traina received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1991.  He is admitted to the California bar, the U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit.  His areas of practice include complex civil and business litigation, class action, securities litigation, and professional liability claims.  He is a frequent guest lecturer at Loyola law School’s Trial Advocacy Class and has lectured around the country on topics ranging from class actions, conflicts of interest, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross examinations of both lay and expert witnesses.