University of Mississippi,
St. Louis Paralegal Association
International Paralegal Management Association
Chapter Chair, 2005-2006; 2008
Thompson Coburn LLP
Barber, McCaskill, Amsler, Jones & Hale, P.A.
Whetstone & Whetstone Law Firm
Renée has established a 34 year litigation career.
Her experience includes analysis and preparation of document productions, review of documents for deposition preparation, compiling exhibits for motions and cite checking. She drafts trial exhibit lists, witness lists, discovery, production, privilege logs and medical summaries. She performs expert research and all aspects of trial team support, including attendance at trial. Renée also mentors others.
Renée has extensive experience supporting complex litigation. Before her work with Thompson Coburn's intellectual property practice, she served for nine years as a paralegal in the firm's tobacco litigation group. In this position, Renée developed all the skills necessary to manage high-stakes litigation across a variety of practice areas including product liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, toxic tort, and commercial and workers' compensation cases. Renée was the paralegal responsible for support in a mass tort lawsuit by twenty-eight plaintiffs arising out of a workplace shooting that included claims of wrongful death, personal injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Renée joined the Business Litigation practice area to support the agricultural litigation and the product liability practice area. Most recently, she participated in a wrongful death case alleging products liability claims, including design defect and failure to warn. Our legal team is the only legal team that has won a personal watercraft case in downtown Los Angeles in the last 20 years. After a 3 week trial, the jury was out for just over two hours.
In addition, Renée supervised approximately 15 paralegals, practice area assistants and litigation clerks. She was responsible for staffing projects, managing productivity, providing continuing legal education, and recruiting and interviewing potential hires. In 2009, Renée was nominated as Paralegal of the Year by the St. Louis Association of Legal Assistants.
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