J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1992
B.A., University of Maryland, 1989
Ira Rainess specializes in complex legal deal structuring and business development for a high profile client base with his Rainmaker Representation Group. As the go to management agent in brand image development and athlete public/private partnerships, he also serves as the Head of the Sports & Entertainment Law practice at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White. A visionary in the world of sports marketing, his reputation is supported by staying ahead of the curve for some of the world’s greatest celebrity clients.
As President of Ripken and Aberdeen Professional Baseball, Ira spearheaded the development of the Ripken Baseball Complex in Maryland, a $38M facility that includes a 6,500 seat minor league baseball stadium and youth baseball fields. Working with a challenging public-private financing structure to build the Complex and the acquisition and relocation of the minor league baseball team, he later established the Cal Ripken World Series with Fox Sports Net.
With one of the premiere Lacrosse sports practices in the country, he represents players like Paul Rabil, which the NY Times describes as the LeBron James of the game (10/14/10) and Tewaaraton Lacrosse winners Max Seibald and Kyle Harrison. In 2003 he represented Loyola College Coach Diane Geppi Akens, who battled brain cancer, had her life commemorated with a book and proposed movie rights deal led by Ira.
More than a deal maker, Ira negotiated and managed for Ray Lewis projects including the 2005 cover of Madden Football, NFL Pro Line, EA Sports, Vitamin Water, Medifast, and Under Armour.
Ira has been certified with MLBPA and the NFLPA and negotiated a $4.2M signing bonus for Gavin Floyd, at that time the largest MLB signing bonus ever for a HS pitcher. Ira has worked with corporate partners Red Bull, Chevrolet, EA Sports, McDonalds, Pepsi-Cola, Burger King, Nike, Reebok, adidas, Coca-Cola, Under Armour, Oakley, New Balance, Warrior, Vitamin Water, CBS Sportsline, USAir, Frito Lay, AIG, MBNA, Sprint, Merck, Sony, McDonalds and Warrior Sports.
In addition to sports industry clients, Ira has provided counsel to R&B star MARIO. As consultant to actor John Leguizamo with his agent role in the movie “The Fan” starring Robert Deniro and Wesley Snipes, Ira was personally named in the movie. He also managed Jason Alexander’s public relations when he was married to Brittany Spears for 55 hours.
Widely recognized as an expert in his field, Ira has appeared on CNN, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, ESPN's Outside the Lines and SportsCenter and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Sports Business Journal, Sporting News and USA Today. He was also named to the prestigious 40 under 40 by the Baltimore Business Journal and was a national nominee to the SBJournal.
A Member of the Maryland Bar, Ira is a graduate of the University of Maryland COB and the University of Baltimore Law School, where he serves on the Board of the Sports Law Institute and is an Adjunct Professor.