Renée T. Lawson is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice and West Coast leader of the eData team.
Ms. Lawson's practice focuses on commercial litigation, trials and counseling, with an emphasis on breach of contract, fraud, antitrust, intellectual property, unfair business practices, and electronic data issues. Ms. Lawson has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and her clients have included some of Silicon Valley's largest technology companies as well as individuals and smaller companies. For the last five years, she has spent considerable time both prosecuting and defending intellectual property suits as well as counseling clients on electronic data issues.
In her most recent trial, Ms. Lawson obtained a unanimous jury verdict as lead trial counsel for a leading technology company in a breach of contract and fraud suit. The jury returned the verdict in just 35 minutes, denying plaintiff relief and granting damages to her client (the defendant).
The National Law Journal has selected Ms. Lawson and her team for its "Defense Hot List". She also has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in the Bay Area" by Bay Area Lawyer magazine and received the Inaugural Jack Londen Award from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights for her pro bono work related to public schools.
Ms. Lawson also has experience with litigation avoidance and counseling, specifically in eData. As a senior member of Morgan Lewis's eData Practice, Ms. Lawson concentrates on issues related to records management, litigation readiness, electronic discovery and the monitoring of electronic communications. She has been a presenter on eData issues for the American Bar Association, American Legal Media, Corporate eDiscovery Forum, and Practising Law Institute.
Ms. Lawson is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Federal Circuits. She also has been previously admitted pro hac vice for federal court matters in Texas. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
- University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1996, J.D.
- University of California, Santa Barbara, 1992, M.A., examination magna cum laude (German)
- Santa Clara University, 1990, B.A., cum laude (German)