Renee has dedicated her career to conflict and disputes, first as a litigator and advocate, then as a consultant focused on problem-solving, facilitation and implementation. She finds her role as a neutral investigator both incredibly challenging and rewarding.
Before joining the firm, Renee was a management consultant, helping clients collaborate more effectively both internally and with alliance partners. This often required navigating different organizational cultures, operating models and behavioral skills. She has extensive experience delivering, advising and training on conflict management, negotiation and managing difficult conversations.
Renee started her legal career at Pillsbury Winthrop, focusing on diverse commercial litigation, which included white-collar criminal defense cases. She prevailed for her clients in a Prop 65 trial on methylmercury.
Renee is a graduate of the AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators.
Renee loves camping, gardening, cooking, adventure travel and reading – all with her family.
“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
University of California, Berkeley, J.D.
Rutgers University, B.A., Political Science
Climate Surveys and Assessments
State Bar of California
OIG announces the selection of Vida Thomas as the firm’s new managing partner. She succeeds Amy Oppenheimer, who will continue as a partner in the firm.
Jack Morse and Neil Bautista explore how an outside investigation might have helped in this article from The Recorder.
Vida Thomas will present during the California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Section 2023 Public Sector Conference in Sacramento.