W. Whitaker Rayner

Whitaker Rayner Intellectual Property Attorney
Organization Profile
Professional Biography

Whit Rayner is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group and co-leader of the Intellectual Property Team. He focuses on copyright and trademark registration and protection, software licensing, and intellectual property litigation and prosecution.

Whit represents financial institutions in commercial litigation and contract disputes.

In addition to his current bar-association memberships, Whit is past chairman of the Model State Trademark Bill Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association.

Whit is the author of the Intellectual Property Section of West Publishing's Encyclopedia of Mississippi Lawand is the Mississippi editor of State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law.


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
    JD, magna cum laude, 1986
    Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 1985-1986

  • Millsaps College
    BA, magna cum laude, 1983


  • Capital Area Bar Association

  • Federal Bar Association

  • Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, Board of Directors, Board President (2006-2007)

  • International Trademark Association, US Copyright Committee (2015-2018), Panel of Neutrals (2000-2006)

  • Mississippi Secretary of State's Business Reform Committee – Trademark Law Study Group, Co-Chairman (2009-2010)

  • The Mississippi Bar, Chairman, Section of Intellectual Property Law (2001-2002)

  • Willowood Developmental Center, Board of Directors, Board President (2003-2005)

  • Jackson International Ballet Competition, Board of Directors

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