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Ronald Lee Gainer

Ronald Lee Gainer, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1960, District of Columbia 1963, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1963. Recipient Distinguished Service award United States Attorney General, 1973; Guggenheim fellow Yale Law School, 1974-1975.


  • Gainer, Ronald Lee was born on August 7, 1934 in Lansing, Michigan, United States. Son of Asher Leroy and Gladys Irene (Harvey) Gainer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor magna cum laude, Michigan State University, 1956. Juris Doctor, University Michigan, 1959.


    • Attorney appellate section, criminal division Department Justice, Washington, 1963-1969, deputy chief legislation and special projects, 1969-1973, chief legislation and special projects, 1973-1975, director Office of Policy and Planning, 1975-1977, director federal criminal code reform project, 1970—1984. Deputy assistant attorney general Office for Improvements in Administration of Justice, 1977-1981, Office of Legal Policy, 1981-1983, deputy associate attorney general, 1984-1985, associate deputy attorney general, 1985-1986, deputy associate attorney general, 1986-1989. Partner Gainer, Rient and Hotis (and successor Gainer and Rient), Washington, 1990—2002.

      Consulting attorney on international criminal fraud, since 2003. United States expert member United Nations Committee on Crime Prevention and Control, 1979-1992. Designated member United States Sentencing Commission, 1985-1988, commissioner District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission, since 2008.

      Board directors, member advisory committee International Center Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, 1992—2008.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1960, District of Columbia 1963, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1963.


    • Member editorial board Criminal Law Forum, since 1989. Contributor articles to national and international professional journals.


    Served to captain United States Army, 1960-1963. Member American Law Institute, International Society Reform Criminal Law (board directors, member management committee, since 1989), International Association Prosecutors, District of Columbia Bar Association, Cosmos Club.


    • Married Alice Louise Sherwood, June 15, 1957. Children– Gregory Sherwood, Geoffrey Scott.
    • father: Asher Leroy Gainer
    • mother: Gladys Irene (Harvey) Gainer
    • spouse: Alice Louise Sherwood
    • children: Gregory Sherwood Gainer
    • Geoffrey Scott Gainer
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    Born August 7, 1934