Renner, Richard R.

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Address: 818 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20006
Lawyer Firm: Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C.
Phone: 202-331-9260
Fax: 866-452-5789

Areas of Practice Employment Law, Whistleblower Law, Discrimination and Harassment, Civil Rights

RICHARD RENNER joined the firm in May 2013 and became a Partner in October 2015. He has more than 30 years’ experience representing employees in a wide range of civil rights and whistleblower cases. He has particular experience in using litigation to advance the rights of employees, consumers and immigrants.

Mr. Renner is a 1978 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a 1981 graduate of New York University Law School. While in law school, he volunteered to represent claimants through the Unemployment Action Center. As the principal of Tate & Renner in Dover, Ohio, he represented environmental whistleblowers, victims of wage theft, consumers and immigrants. He served as Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and twice won election to NELA’s Executive Board. He has served as a member of the NELA Ethics and Sanctions Committee since 2006, and as co-chair of that Committee since 2014. He served as Legal Director of the National Whistleblowers Center.

Mr. Renner has undertaken advocacy with the U.S. Department of Labor, submitting numerous official regulatory comments on how the Department can improve its program to protect whistleblowers. He testified to the Department’s Whistleblower Protection Program Advisory Committee (WPAC) meetings in January, 2013, and March, 2014. The Department acknowledged his comments as the impetus for improvements in the Department’s final regulations. He has written a series of amicus briefs addressing the scope of protection and procedural rights of corporate fraud whistleblowers under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). He co-wrote the only amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to accept the case of Lawson v. FMR LLC, 134 S. Ct. 1158 (2014). The Supreme Court accepted the case. Mr. Renner then co-wrote the amicus brief of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Government Accountability Project on the merits. On March 4, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision establishing that SOX protects the employees of the contractors of public companies.

Mr. Renner was the lead author of an amicus brief in Foster v. Univ. of Md.-Eastern Shore, 787 F. 3d 243 (4th Cir 2015). Filed on behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), the brief successfully argued that traditional methods of proving retaliation still apply after the Supreme Court’s decision in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, 133 S.Ct. 2517 (2013).

Mr. Renner served as lead appellate counsel for Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower Kevin Wallace and won reinstatement of his wrongful termination claim in Wallace v. Tesoro Corp., 796 F.3d 468 (5th Cir. 2015).

A December 2, 2015, New York Times story featured successful resolution of an NLRB claim by Mr. Renner and Ms. Lindsey Williams. "Whistle-Blower Group Found Itself Target of Labor Complaint," by Matthew Goldstein and Ben Protess, breaks the news about the settlement with the National Whistleblowers Center. Their press release provides a timeline with documentation about their case. Their petition drive to end NWC gag clauses has over 5,000 signers.

Mr. Renner volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Serving as a Big Brother since 2000, Mr. Renner received the Big Brother of the Year Award from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of East Central Ohio in 2004.

Mr. Renner is married to Laura Yeomans, a Parish Partners Program Manager for Catholic Charities. They have a daughter, Jennie Copeland, and granddaughter who reside in North Carolina.

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