Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1939, Wayne grew up in Washington State and Northern California. He attended Stanford University, graduating in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After a summer of unescorted travel through the Soviet Union, Scandinavia, and Northern Europe, he entered Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, from which he graduated in 1964….
After graduation and upon admission to the California Bar in 1965, Wayne again took a break by traveling alone through 38 mainland states over three months. Upon return to real life, he accepted a position with the Federal Trade Commission where he handled major antitrust investigations and prosecutions, and received the FTC Award For Meritorious Service. During his tenure with the FTC, he was a frequent guest lecturer at undergraduate and graduate schools in Southern California in the areas of antitrust and trade regulations.
In 1967, Wayne was offered a position in San Diego, California as Assistant General Counsel to a New York Stock Exchange listed company embroiled in the "West Coast Pipe Antitrust Litigation", one of largest and most complex antitrust cases then pending in the United States. This opportunity offered concentrated experience working with the finest business lawyers and litigators in the United States. In 1969, Wayne joined with three of these lawyers and formed one of the first specialized law firms in the United States, limiting its practice to business and trade association counseling and litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust matters. During the period of growth of the new firm, Wayne represented companies in litigation and other matters in over 15 mainland states, traveling extensively. The firm grew rapidly from the original four, and numbered 20 lawyers with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles when Wayne left to start a new career in Hawaiʻi.
The decision to leave his very successful practice and begin anew was prompted by traveling to Hawaiʻi in connection with a federal court action in Honolulu. The exposure to Hawaiʻi grew rapidly from a fondness to a real love of the State, the lifestyle, the people, and the cultures. Therefore in 1975, after significant soul-searching, Wayne resigned from his mainland partnership and moved with his family to Hawaiʻi. He accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi Law School and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Hawaiʻi in antitrust matters.
After time spent planning and considering the conditions under which he wanted to practice law, in 1980 Wayne opened his own law offices. The law firm has continued to evolve, but has never lost the sense of purpose and client orientation. Wayne continues to specialize in business, real estate, trade association, and antitrust matters. Wayne is currently member of the Board of Trustees for Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation.
Wayne is a member of the Bars of the States of California and Hawaiʻi, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and various United States District Courts. He has served as Chair of the U.S. District Court's Committee for Proposed New Local Rules, Chair of the Merit Selection Panel for U.S. Magistrates for the District of Hawaiʻi, and Secretary of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association. He was selected by the Federal District Court in Hawaii as lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial conference for three years. Wayne volunteers as an arbitrator in the Court Annexed Arbitration Program of the Hawaiʻi First Circuit Court and serves as a Hearing Panel member for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Wayne enjoys hiking in Hawaiʻi and the Sierras, and has trekked in the Himalayas (Tibet, Bhutan, and Sikkim) and other parts of the world.