American Law Institute

Corporate Governance Standards
Capital Market Competitiveness

European Corporate Governance Institute
9th October 2007
Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington DC

A free all-day conference co-sponsored by the American Law Institute and the European Corporate Governance Institute
Michael Traynor, Senior Counsel
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
President of the American Law Institute

Cooley Godward Kronish website :

Michael Traynor is a senior counsel in the Cooley Godward Kronish Litigation department. Resident in the San Francisco office, he has been with the Firm since 1963 and served as a partner for over 35 years (1969-2004).

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

Mr. Traynor is President of the American Law Institute.

In 2007, the University of South Carolina awarded him an honorary Doctor of Law degree for "For his dedication to the ideals of a robust and fair system of jurisprudence; for a career widely recognized for integrity and professionalism; and for his commitment to elucidating the role of law in important issues that affect all Americans."

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."

In 2002, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences elected him a Fellow.

In 1995, the American Association for the Advancement of Science named him a Fellow “for research and publication on issues at the intersection of science and law in biotechnology, the environment, and information technology.”

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

Mr. 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.

Mr. Traynor is listed in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.

The ALI and the ECGI are grateful for support for the 2007 Conference from
The European Commission