J. Robert Renner practices in the areas of commercial, insurance coverage, product liability and intellectual property litigation, representing insurers and other business enterprises. Mr. Renner is admitted to practice in all California state courts, as well as before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California. He has conducted trials in federal and state courts and arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, the Independent Film & Television Alliance and other institutions.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Renner served as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice.
Mr. Renner is a 1990 graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where he was a member of the California Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College.
- Representing Wright Medical Technology, a leading manufacturer of orthopedic devices, in the defense of product liability cases involving prosthetic hip implants. See, e.g., Wright Hip System Cases, JCCP No. 4710 (Los Angeles Superior Court).
- Representing a national developer of apartment properties in a complex real estate development dispute. Hilz v. Albertelli Construction, et al., Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2018-0069455-CU-BT-CJC.
Representing London Market Insurers in complex insurance coverage litigation in Florida concerning environmental liabilities. Conducted a jury trial in September 2018. Viad Corp v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, Ninth Judicial Circuit Case No. 48-2007-CA-3855-0.
Represented certain London Market Insurers in a coverage action concerning environmental liabilities at the Port of Los Angeles. Completed a bench trial in August 2018. City of Los Angeles v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC588876.
- Lead attorney for London Market Insurers and North Pacific Insurance Company in a coverage action initiated by the San Diego Unified Port District concerning environmental liabilities associated with shipyard operations in the San Diego Bay. See San Diego Unified Port District v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115693 (S.D. Cal. Aug. 28, 2015) (order denying Port’s motion to dismiss counterclaim); San Diego Unified Port District v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4941 (S.D. Cal. Jan. 14, 2016) (order reaffirming denial of motion to dismiss counterclaim); San Diego Unified Port District v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117299 (S.D. Cal. May 26, 2016) (order denying Port’s motion to compel discovery).
- Represented a medical device manufacturer in the defense of a case involving a knee implant.
- Represented certain insurers in negotiations to resolve environmental liabilities associated with shipyard operations at the Port of Los Angeles.
- Represented an outdoor advertising company in a lease dispute.
- Represented a national clothing retailer in federal court actions alleging copyright infringement in connection with fabric patterns on garments.
- Represented London Market Insurers in a declaratory relief action filed against BP America Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Co. concerning the scope of a policy buyback agreement. The trial court entered judgment in favor of our clients on all claims following a court trial. On September 13, 2012, the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion affirming the judgment in full. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London v. BP America, Inc., et al., 2012 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6682. See London Market Insurers Prevail Against BP in Insurance Buyback Dispute.
- Represented Cisco Systems in the defense of patent infringement claims involving radio signal reconstruction.
- Lead attorney for London Market Insurers in coverage litigation arising from perchloroethylene contamination lawsuits filed against the insured.
- Lead attorney for an assignee for the benefit of creditors in the defense of an action alleging a fraudulent transfer.
- Represented certain insurers in negotiations to resolve liabilities associated with a manufactured gas plant operated by the insured.
- Lead attorney for a magazine publisher in the defense of injunction proceedings initiated by former executives intended to block a sale of the company's assets. Defeated multiple attempts to obtain a writ of attachment or preliminary injunction.
- Lead attorney for a transportation broker in obtaining an order vacating a $750,000 federal court default judgment on the basis of defects in service of process.
- Represented an insurance broker in the defense of an action alleging malpractice and overbilling.
- Represented the London insurance market in the defense of a declaratory relief and bad-faith action initiated by the San Diego Unified Port District concerning an assignment of policies from the Port District to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
- Lead attorney in an action to enforce a $1.9 million Louisiana judgment against a motion picture production company in California.
- Lead attorney for a real estate investment firm in an action arising out of a contract to purchase a sand and gravel mine in Ventura County, California.
- Represented Lloyd's underwriters in the deposition phase of a complex international insurance coverage action venued in New Jersey.
- Represented the owner of the rights to a motion picture library (more than 40 titles, including Terminator 2, Rambo: First Blood and Basic Instinct) in state-court litigation against a domestic video distributor in a dispute over irregularities in participation accounting. The case settled on the eve of trial on terms the client found very favorable.
- Obtained the dismissal of a $15 million-dollar action brought by the City of Bakersfield against a major hotel operator.
- Lead attorney for the copyright owner in an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association over the renewal term of the international distribution rights to a major motion picture.
- Lead attorney in an action against a national restaurant chain for breach of a three-year supply contract.
- As a California deputy attorney general, briefed and argued the case of People v. Colantuono, 7 Cal. 4th 206 (1994), before the California Supreme Court, as well as more than 100 other appellate cases, including People v. Jenkins, 35 Cal. App. 4th 669 (1995), People v. Dimitrov, 33 Cal. App. 4th 18 (1995), and People v. Covarrubias, 18 Cal. App. 4th 639 (1993).
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- Insurance Coverage Litigation
- Product Liability
- Intellectual Property
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 1990
- Member and Associate Editor, California Law Review
- Dartmouth College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1986
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2008-present
- Associate, 2005-2007
- Coudert Brothers LLP
- Senior Attorney, 2003-2005
- Associate, 1995-2003
- California Department of Justice
- Deputy Attorney General, 1991-1995
- Hon. Oliver W. Wanger, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- Law Clerk, 1991
- California State Bar
- The Federalist Society (Los Angeles Chapter)
Honors and Awards
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Civic and Charitable Activities
- Member of the British American Business Council of Los Angeles
- Trustee of The Renner Foundation
- Volunteer Constitution Day Speaker for the Bill of Rights Institute
"Anticipating Insurance Issues Raised By Climate Change Suits," Law360, August 22, 2019
- "Second Circuit Limits Zeig v. Massachusetts Bonding & Insurance Co.," Duane Morris Insurance Law, September 26, 2013
- "Fewer lawyers per capita in French system," Daily Journal, April 8, 2013
- "Ambiguity and the interpretation of insurance policies in California," Daily Journal, May 17, 2012
- "Recent Supreme Court Decision Will Not End Climate Change Tort Litigation," PropertyCasualty360.com, June 30, 2011, and National Underwriter Property & Casualty, August 1, 2011
- "Coverage for Climate Change Claims, An Uphill Fight," Daily Journal, April 11, 2011
- "Will Global Warming Tort Claims Increase Coverage Litigation?" Daily Journal, August 23, 2010
- "Liability of Website Operators for Defamatory Postings by Third Parties," Global eCommerce Law and Business Report, February 2000