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Renee B. Phillips

Renee B. Phillips

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

New York, NY, USA


Renee Phillips, partner in the New York office and Co-Head of Orrick’s Whistleblower Task Force, focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, with particular emphasis on Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank whistleblower issues and internal investigations.

Renee has successfully defended employers in federal and state court litigations as well as administrative proceedings and arbitrations involving claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, trade secret misappropriation and other employment-related claims. She regularly counsels employers on a variety of employment-related issues and assists clients in creating and implementing human resources policies, whistleblower policies, negotiating and drafting executive contracts, restrictive covenants and other employment agreements, and conducting internal investigations.

Renee is the co-author of the PLI treatise, Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era. She regularly writes and speaks on whistleblower and other employment topics.

Representative Engagements

Representative clients and matters:

  • Broadcom. Obtained complete dismissal of a Dodd-Frank whistleblower claim brought by a former in-house counsel.
  • Bank of America. Represented the bank in a high-profile Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower suit at the Department of Labor brought by the former head of its Fraud Investigations Unit.
  • Credit Suisse. Obtained complete dismissal of a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case at the Department of Labor, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Wyeth. Successfully represented this client in several Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower matters.
  • Confidential Investigations. Conducted several internal investigations of alleged misconduct by CEOs, Board members, and other C-suite executives at major financial services institutions.
  • Carrols Corporation. Represented Carrols Corporation, the largest holder of Burger King franchises, in the largest pattern or practice systemic class action for sexual harassment ever brought by the EEOC, EEOC v. Carrols.
  • Sephora. Won a Second Circuit appeal in a national origin and religious discrimination case.
  • Genentech. Won a Third Circuit appeal in a gender discrimination case.
  • Holland & Knight LLP. Obtained a seminal decision in Weir v. Holland & Knight LLP, which held that law firm partners are not covered by statutory discrimination protections.

Publications

  • Contributor, Orrick’s Employment Law & Litigation Blog
  • Contributor, Orrick's Equal Pay Pulse Blog
  • Co-author, Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era, PLI, 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Avoiding the Risk of Cybersecurity Whistleblowers," Law360, April 27, 2016.
  • “Foreign Whistleblower Awarded $30-$35 Million Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Bounty,” ABA International Labor & Employment Law Committee Newsletter, November 2014.
  • “Corporate Whistleblowing - Key Issues in Responding to Possible Violations,” The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, November 24, 2014.
  • “U.S. Whistleblower Law Does Not Apply Extraterritorially According to Federal Court,” ABA International Labor & Employment Law Committee Newsletter, August 2014.
  • “U.S. Whistleblower Laws’ Scope Narrowed to Complaints Arising in U.S. and Subjects under U.S. Law,” ABA International Labor & Employment Law Committee Newsletter, March 2014.
  • "Corporate Whistleblowing in the U.S.," Japan Commercial Arbitration Journal, June 6, 2012.
  • "What We Can Learn From the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower's Initial Report," International Financial Law Review, March 1, 2012.
  • "Corporate Whistleblowing in the U.S.," Employment & Industrial Relations Law, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2012.

Speeches and Programs

  • Webcast: Renee Phillips on SEC enforcement and its impact on internal investigations from Rossdale CLE (12/3/15)
  • Webcast: Renee Phillips on Managing Internal Investigations & Corporate Compliance from Rossdale CLE (1/7/15)
  • Podcast: Renee Phillips on SEC's 1st Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Case (7/1/14)

Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • United States District Courts | Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Courts | Northern District of New York
  • United States District Courts | Southern District of New York
  • United States Courts of Appeals | Second Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals | Third Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals | Fifth Circuit

Practice Areas

  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Honors

  • Law360 Rising Star
  • New York Law Journal Rising Star 2016
  • Employment Litigation Rising Star – New York, NY Super Lawyers 2015
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 Labor/Employment Lawyer in New York State
  • The Recorder California Labor & Employment Department of the Year (2013-2015)
  • The Recorder California Litigation Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award (2005)

Education

  • J.D., Industrial and Labor Relations, Harvard Law School, 2002
  • B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1998

Clerkships/Externships

  • Hon. Robert L. Carter, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Renee B. Phillips is associated with the following items:
Treatise  Treatise Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era (2nd Edition) - Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley Era
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Whistleblowing and Other Retaliation Claims - Employment Law Yearbook 2017, Wednesday, June 14, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era (April 13, 2017) - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, July 06, 2017
Legal Developments in the Whistleblower Space - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, July 06, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, July 06, 2017
Legal Developments in the Whistleblower Space - Legal Developments in the Whistleblower Space, Thursday, July 06, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, July 06, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, July 06, 2017
Legal Developments in the Whistleblower Space - Legal Developments in the Whistleblower Space, Thursday, July 06, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, New York, NY
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