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Randy Gainer

Adjunct Professor


  • JD, with honors, Indiana School of Law, Bloomington, 1981
  • BA, with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1978


Adjunct Professor Gainer was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Seattle from 1988-1992 where he litigated civil cases and advised the Mayor and City Council regarding civil rights and other issues. He was an associate and partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP from 1992-2014 where his practice emphasized litigating computer-related cases civil disputes and advising businesses regarding technology licensing and cybersecurity issues. He was a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP from 2014-2019 in the firm's Privacy and Data Protection practice group. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


  • IT Litigation Handbook, IT Procedure Laws - National and International, In and Out of Court, United States chapter, Thomas Thalhofer, ed., September 2012
  • "The City of Los Angeles Steps Into the Cloud," Privacy & Security Law, December 21, 2009
  • "The NSA's Interception of Emails and Phone Calls in the US Is Unlawful," Vol. 9, No. 8, Journal of Internet Law, February 1, 2006
  • "Legal Issues When U.S. Businesses Voluntarily Cooperate with the CIA," in Dan Verton, ed., Critical Threads 2006: IT* Security (Homeland Defense Media), 2006
  • "Potential Business Liability for Failure to Secure Consumer Data," 2 Mealey's Privacy Report No. 2, August 1, 2005
  • "Allocating the Risk of Loss for Bank Card Fraud on the Internet," 15 John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law No.1., October 1, 1996