Deborah H. Renner

Partner

New York
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Deborah Renner leads BakerHostetler's class action practice in New York and is a founder and former editor of BakerHostetler's Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog. She also serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the New York office, and is on the firm's Diversity Committee.

Deborah focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including the defense of consumer fraud, data breach, insurance, ERISA, and securities class actions. Deborah has successfully defended numerous companies in nationwide, multidistrict and state class actions. She has defeated class certification in courts around the country and has won the dismissal of class claims at the outset of numerous actions. Deborah frequently advises companies on class action defense and regulatory inquiries. She has represented companies facing regulatory inquiries in the data privacy, insurance, and securities arenas. Among her areas of knowledge and experience, Deborah is certified in information privacy. She was recently elected to the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. 

Select Experience

  • Won complete dismissal of data breach class action. Polanco v. Omnicell, Inc., 2013 WL 6823265 (D.N.J. Dec. 26, 2013).
  • Represents company in Civil Investigative Demand by state attorney general regarding data privacy and security practices.
  • Represents amicus in U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, No. 14-857, concerning use of offer of judgment in Telephone Consumer Protection Act case.
  • Represents amicus in U.S. Supreme Court in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, dealing with use of statistics for determining liability and damages and inclusion of uninjured class members in a class action under Rule 23 or a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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Experience

  • Won complete dismissal of data breach class action. Polanco v. Omnicell, Inc., 2013 WL 6823265 (D.N.J. Dec. 26, 2013).
  • Represents company in Civil Investigative Demand by state attorney general regarding data privacy and security practices.
  • Represents amicus in U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, No. 14-857, concerning use of offer of judgment in Telephone Consumer Protection Act case.
  • Represents amicus in U.S. Supreme Court in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, dealing with use of statistics for determining liability and damages and inclusion of uninjured class members in a class action under Rule 23 or a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Represented amicus on winning side in seminal class action cases in U.S. Supreme Court. Standard Fire v. Knowles, 133 S. Ct. 1345 (2013); Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013).
  • Represented broker-dealer in recently-settled international securities-based class action. Marylebone PCC Limited v. Millennium Global Investments, Ltd., No. 12-cv-3835 (S.D.N.Y. 2014).
  • Won summary judgment in a putative class action concerning alleged fraud in the pricing of long-term care insurance in ERISA context. Rakes v. Life Investors Ins. Co. of America, 2008 WL 2158717 (N.D. Iowa June 20, 2008), aff'd, 2009 WL 2981976 (8th Cir. Sept. 18, 2009).
  • Won the complete dismissal of a securities fraud class action alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Medis Investor Group v. Medis Technologies, Ltd., 586 F.Supp.2d 136 (S.D.N.Y. 2008), aff'd, 2009 WL 2171277 (2d Cir. July 21, 2009).
  • Since 2009, as a lead attorney on the BakerHostetler team that serves as counsel to Irving H. Picard, SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Deborah managed a team of attorneys in Picard v. JPMorgan Chase, which resolved in two settlements totaling $543 million for the SIPA Trustee and class action plaintiffs and which led to a $1.7 billion forfeiture to the United States Attorney’s Office. In addition, Deborah has focused her efforts on enforcing the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s automatic stay and otherwise seeking injunctions to stop class actions and other cases from proceeding. Deborah's reported decisions include:
    • Picard v. Marshall, 2014 WL 2862670 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. June 23, 2014), aff’d, Fox v. Picard, 2015 WL 2166508 (S.D.N.Y. May 11, 2015).
    • Picard v. Fox, 429 B.R. 423 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2010), aff'd, In re Madoff, 848 F.Supp.2d 469 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), aff'd, 740 F.3d 81 (2d Cir. 2014).
    • Picard v. Stahl, 443 B.R. 295 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2011), aff'd, In re Bernard L. Madoff Inv. Sec. LLC, 2011 WL 7981599 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 5, 2011), aff'd, The Lautenberg Found. v. Picard, 512 Fed.Appx. 18 (2d Cir. 2013).
    • Picard v. Maxam Absolute Return Fund, L.P., 460 B.R. 106 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2011), aff'd, 474 B.R. 76 (S.D.N.Y. 2012).
    • In re Bernard L. Madoff, 477 B.R. 351 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2012), aff'd, 2013 WL 551027 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30. 2013).

Recognitions

  • New York Metro "Super Lawyer" (2011 to 2015)
    • "Top 50 Women in New York" (2014 to 2015)

Memberships

  • American Law Institute
    • Principles of the Law, Data Privacy: Members Consultative Group
    • Restatement Third, Conflict of Laws: Members Consultative Group
  • American Bar Foundation: Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Class Action and Derivative Suits 
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.)
  • Defense Research Institute, Appellate Advocacy Section

News

Press Releases

Pro Bono

  • Deborah frequently works with Immigration Equality, helping gay, lesbian, transgendered and HIV positive individuals gain asylum in the United States.
  • Deborah represents the named plaintiffs in a putative class action concerning the provision of mental health services to minors.

Services

Prior Positions

  • Fordham University Law School: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Class Action Law (2002 to 2006)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2003
  • New York, 1993
  • District of Columbia, 1994
  • New Jersey, 2014

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1992, cum laude
  • M.A., Princeton University, 1987
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1984, with honors

Blog

In The Blogs

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Plaintiffs Fold on Their Full Tilt Poker Actions Following Court’s Rejection of Class Certification and Proposed Settlement
August 28, 2015
Weeks after having their motion for class certification denied and a proposed global settlement rejected, the plaintiffs in three actions against entities and individuals involved in the Full Tilt Poker Internet gambling operation have...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Judge Easterbrook Holds Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot an Individual TCPA Claim
August 20, 2015
As we covered here, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted certiorari in Campbell-Eward Co. v. Gomez, 768 F.3d 871 (9th Cir. 2014), to decide the question of whether a full-relief offer of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68, made...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
District Court Follows Supreme Court’s Lead in Halliburton, Allows Class Action to Proceed with Narrowed Factual Scope
By David M. McMillan
July 31, 2015
Applying the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014) (“Halliburton II”), which allowed companies facing securities fraud class actions to defeat certification by presenting...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
The Sixth Circuit Expands American Pipe Tolling
July 13, 2015
On July 7, the Sixth Circuit decided Phipps v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 13-6194, 2015 WL 4079441 (6th Cir. July 7, 2015), an interlocutory appeal in one of the regional progeny of the U.S. Supreme Court’s famous decision in Wal-Mart...
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A Year Later: The Impact of Halliburton II Is Still Developing
July 1, 2015
In June 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc. (“Halliburton II”), a putative class action in which Halliburton investors alleged that the company made misrepresentations designed to...
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Deborah Renner comments on Amgen vs. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds