The son of successful Florida attorney Edgar Booth and Judge Anne Booth, Rainey C. Booth received his B.A. degree with honors from Washington & Lee University in 1981 and his J.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1984.
While in law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Team (1983-1984) and was invited to be a member of the Order of Barristers. Mr. Booth was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1984 and is currently licensed to practice law before all Florida and Alabama state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern Districts of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals.
Mr. Booth started his law career in 1984 working for his father at Edgar C. Booth & Associates, P.A. In 1989, he moved to Fuller, Johnson & Farrell and was subsequently asked to open a firm branch office in Pensacola. He continued as a partner with the firm until December of 1993, when he left to start his own law firm. For the next five years, Mr. Booth practiced both defense and plaintiff’s law until he joined Levin Middlebrooks, a prestigious plaintiff’s firm, as a shareholder. While a partner at Levin Middlebrooks, he was a part of the mass tort team responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in pharmaceutical drug settlements.
In October of 2000, Mr. Booth began working with Zoe Littlepage, a Houston trial attorney specializing in pharmaceutical cases. Together they became the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Rezulin litigation (Rezulin is an anti-diabetic drug that was removed from the market due to liver toxicity).
In May 2001, Mr. Booth left Levin Middlebrooks to form the law firm of Michles & Booth with Marcus Michles and Rainey’s brother John Booth. Michles & Booth formed a joint venture partnership with Ms. Littlepage – Littlepage Booth. Littlepage Booth specializes in pharmaceutical and medical product injury cases including Rezulin, Propulsid, Sulzer Hip, PPA, Prempro and OxyContin. Mr. Booth is one of the few plaintiff’s attorneys in the country to focus exclusively on defective medical product and drug injury cases. To date, Mr. Booth and Ms. Littlepage have tried three of the six Rezulin cases to reach trial in the nation. The verdicts returned in those cases totaled in excess of $37 million.
In January of 2002, independent filmmaker, George Cowgill decided to film a documentary on the Rezulin litigation. “Zero.Two.Seven.Four.– Rezulin and the Death of Monica George” premiered in July of 2002. “Zero.Two.Seven.Four” captures the behind-the-scenes struggles of the Monica George case in Rockville, Maryland. Through living with the trial team of Littlepage Booth for five weeks, the film crew recorded this family’s fight for justice and the true hardships of presenting a defective drug case to a jury. Rainey Booth and Houston-based attorney, Zoe Littlepage, headed this team that took on the largest pharmaceutical company in the world.
Mr. Booth is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and The Million Dollar Advocates Forum For Trial Lawyers for lawyers achieving the highest jury verdicts, and he was recently named one of Florida’s Top Trial Attorneys by Climate Magazine. He is continuously asked to lecture trial lawyers across the country on various topics of defective drug litigation. Mr. Booth lives in Pensacola, Florida, with his four children, Elizabeth, Rainey, Jr., Emily, and William.
- Lecturer, Defective Drug Litigation
- Blackman v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. (First District Court of Florida, 1998)
- Griggs v. Warner-Lambert Co., et al. (Seventh Judicial Circuit of Missouri, 2001)
- Wakefield v. Warner-Lambert Co., et al. (Fourteenth District of Oklahoma, 2002)