Deborah H. Renner

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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

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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
The Seventh Circuit Revisits Standing for Data Breach Class Actions
February 5, 2016
One obstacle for named plaintiffs in proposed data breach class actions is the extent to which plaintiffs must allege an injury-in-fact to have standing. Disputes often arise about whether proactive efforts to mitigate against the...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Arkansas Federal Court to Consider Sanctioning Attorneys for Using Federal Jurisdiction as “Bargaining Chip” in Negotiating State-Court Class Settlement
January 27, 2016
In Adams et al. v. United Services Automobile Ass’n et al., W.D. Ark. No. 2:14-cv-02013, Chief District Judge P.K. Holmes III of the Western District of Arkansas will soon decide whether to sanction attorneys who negotiated a class...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Offers for Full Relief Do Not Moot Class Actions
January 21, 2016
Relying on “basic principles of contract law,” the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that an unaccepted settlement offer and offer of judgment under Rule 68 are “legal nullit[ies]” that have no effect on whether a live controversy remains...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Supreme Court Disconnects Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Avoid Class Arbitration Waiver
December 16, 2015
In a 6-3 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court in DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___, S. Ct. (2015) reversed a decision of the California Court of Appeals that refused to enforce a class action arbitration waiver on unconscionability...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Akron Law Review Symposium Issue on the Class Action Jurisprudence of the Roberts Court
November 16, 2015
In the latest edition of the Akron Law Review, The Class Action After a Decade of Roberts Court Decisions, Volume 48, Issue 4 (2015), partner Paul Karlsgodt and Dustin contributed to “The Practical Approach: How the Roberts Court Has...
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