Zol D. Rainey is a native of Lake Forest, Illinois and was educated at Old Dominion University (B.S.), The John Marshall Law School (J.D.), and The George Washington University Law School (LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution).
Rainey began his career in law enforcement as a Narcotics Detective for the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department and a Detective for the Deerfield, Illinois Police Department. After 10 years in law enforcement and graduating from law school he joined the United States Navy as a naval officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in 2000. He served as defense counsel at the Naval Legal Service Office MIDLANT; as legal advisor to the Commodore of COMPHIRON 8 while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; as an adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy; as aide to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy; and as trial counsel at the Trial Service Office Northeast.
Rainey left the Navy in 2005, joining the District of Columbia’s Office of the Attorney General, beginning as an Assistant Attorney General in the Juvenile Section, promoted to the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Section, and ending as an Assistant Attorney General prosecuting complex civil cases in the Civil Enforcement Section. In 2009, Rainey joined the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) as an Assistant Chief Counsel for the Arlington, Virginia Office of Chief Counsel; as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Director of ICE; as the Deputy Chief of the OPLA Executive Communications Unit; and as the Acting Chief of the OPLA Executive Communications Unit. As the Deputy Chief and then Acting Chief of the OPLA Executive Communications Unit Rainey reviewed every category of document and legal opinion before it left the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor. Rainey joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on October 7, 2012, and currently holds the position of Senior Litigation Counsel where he investigates and is a principle litigation attorney in complex enforcement actions of Federal consumer financial laws. Since 2008 Rainey has also been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School co-teaching pre-trial civil litigation.