Biography

Over the past 25 years, Renée Glover Chantler has earned a reputation for excellence in providing corporate and individual representation to clients engaged in single-party and complex business litigation.  Her current practice emphasizes litigation and strategic business advice in the areas of business contracts and torts and real estate.

For ten years, Renée served as West Coast Pro Bono Counsel for DLA Piper LLP (US), a premier international law firm.  She coordinated the firm's national pro bono programs on the West Coast and managed the operations of those programs in the firm's offices in California, Washington and Arizona.  In that position, Renee served as the primary liaison between the firm's billing lawyers in those offices and their regional legal services organizations, directing the firm's pursuit of high-quality, impactful, pro bono representations. She served as the department's point-person on ethics issues relating to the firm's pro bono service, and nonprofit organizations

Renée developed and managed a number of innovative pro bono initiatives with DLA Piper's partners and associates, billable clients, other commercial law firms, and nonprofit organizations.  These include DLA Piper's first juvenile record sealing and adult records expungement clinics in Sacramento and East Palo Alto, its first virtual law clinic (along with Fenwick and West) in Santa Clara County, and the San Francisco Pro Bono Alliance, a consortium between DLA Piper and corporations created providing representation before USCIS to survivors of domestic violence.  Renee also played a key role in the creation and initial implementation of DLA Piper's national signature project for veterans, Serving Those Who Serve Our Country.

Renée was previously associated with Heller, Ehrman White & McAuliffe’s Silicon Valley office, specializing in insurance, business contracts, and unfair competition litigation.  She began her career at the real estate boutique, Goldfarb and Lipman, LLP, handling redevelopment and affordable housing litigation and transactions, representing numerous Bay Area cities and non-profit clients.

Renée has provided legal practice management advice and support to other attorneys, in both for- and non-profit organizations.  Renee formerly served as Consulting Litigation Director for Fortune Law Group (now, Schein & Cai), a full-service minority-owned firm based in San Jose.  She also served as Consulting Supervising Attorney for the Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP) at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, mentoring and supervising volunteer attorneys, and students from Bay Area law schools, in their efforts to assist low income residents of the Bay Area.

Renee received her Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in 1991.  She served as an adjunct clinical professor for the Law School from 1998-2001, simultaneously with her service as the Executive Director of the former East Palo Alto Community Law Project.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stanford University, a degree which permits her to leverage the skills and intuition developed in that field towards dramatically improving outcomes for her clients.

Renee approaches the practice of law with a unique perspective and mission:  ensuring client access to the same quality of legal representation usually found only at the nation’s top firms charging rates well outside the reach of emerging, small and mid-sized businesses.  Her emphasis on rationally aggressive, creative, advocacy emphasizes client satisfaction and has led to success in her corporate and individual representations.

Ms. Chantler is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, the United States District Court for the Northern and Central District Courts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She has been awarded an AV ("Preeminent") rating by Martindale Hubbell.

Throughout her legal career, Renee has maintained a strong commitment to community and public service.  Renee previously served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of East Palo Alto (including as that body's its Vice Chair and Chair), and as Chairperson of the East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Board.  She also previously served as a member of the California Democratic State Central Committee.

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