Renee Glover Chantler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Palo Alto, CA

Chantler Law Offices
 | 2225 E Bayshore Rd, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-250-5332
Fax: 650-618-0394
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%),
  • Legal Aid/Pro Bono (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

In the San Francisco Bay area in California, Renee Glover Chantler is principal with Chantler Law Offices who handles legal matters of consumer real estate, business litigation, civil litigation and general litigation. For the representation she has provided to both individuals and corporations throughout her career, she has gained a reputation as an excellent attorney known for her aggressive yet rational advocacy she offers to every client.

Ms. Chantler attended Stanford University, where she graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology before being accepted to Stanford Law School. There she earned her Juris Doctor in 1992, and she is now admitted to practice in the state of California. For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

An active part of her local legal community, she is a former member of the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform for The State Bar of California. Ms. Chantler served on the Diversity Committee of the San Mateo County Bar Association. For several years, she taught in the Trial Advocacy Program for Stanford Law School.

A passionate volunteer, Ms. Chantler gives back to her community in many ways. The Santa Clara County Bar Association gave her the Pro Bono Service Award in 2013, and she was given the California Angel Award by California Lawyer in 2007. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in San Francisco gave her the Living the Dream Award in 2013, and she earned the President’s Award from The State Bar of California in 2011.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
  • 20%General Litigation
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
  • 10%Legal Aid/Pro Bono
Focus Areas

Litigation, Restraining Order, Trade Secret, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale, Pro Bono

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2021

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About Renee Chantler

Admitted: 1992, California

Professional Webpage: http://chantlerlaw.com/aboutus.html

Honors/Awards:

  • For outstanding leadership and contribution to pro bono efforts benefitting the Santa Clara County Community Bench and Bar, Pro Bono Service Award, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2013
  • California Angel Award (2007): The Angel Award given by California Lawyer each year since 2006 recognizes those attorneys in the state whose work best exemplifies a fierce commitment to pro bono, Angel Award, California Lawyer, 2007
  • For an extraordinary pro bono contribution to the advancement of equal access and opportunity for disenfranchised individuals, Living the Dream Award, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights - San Francisco, 2013
  • AV Rating in Litigation and Real Estate, AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Stanford Law School, Trial Advocacy Program. Co-teach live training sessions on depositions, cross-examination and opening argument as requested. Provide real-time feedback to 2nd and 3rd year law students. I have taught in this annual program each year since 2016, 2020
  • San Mateo County Bar Association. Diversity Committee, 2018
  • California Commission on Access to Justice - Pro Bono Coordinating Committee. Tenure - 2017 through 2019
  • Member, State Bar of California Task Force on Admissions Regulation & Reform (TFARR-Phase II). Tenure - 2013 through 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chairperson, East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Board. Tenure: 1983-1985
  • Pro Bono Representation: U Visa and Permanent Legal Resident Application for crime victim. [Solano, Jorge] - representation before USCIS. 2012-2018. Pro Bono Representation: U Visa and Permanent Legal Resident Applications for crime victim and family [Barrios, Daniel; Barrios, Joel; Barrios, Teresa.] - representation before USCIS. 2012-2016. Pro Bono Representation: U Visa and Permanent Legal Resident Applications for crime victim and family [Davila, Jorge; Davila, Alma; Davila, Gina; Davila, Sandra] - representation before USCIS. 2012-2016. Pro Bono Representation - Stipulated Domestic Violence Restraining Order. [Ware, Marvisha] - representation in 2014
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee, 2013
  • Board of Directors, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. Legal Services Organization serving the Bay Area. Tenure: 2006-2012
  • Planning Commissioner, City of East Palo Alto 2006-Present: Board of Directors, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. Tenure: 2007-2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Best practices guide for use by private and legal services attorneys, and law firms, Co-Author, Pro Bono Best Practices Guide, One Justice, Pro Bono, 2015
  • Seminar addressing particular ethics/professional responsibility issues and strategies within the context of pro bono representation. I have co-presented this PLI MCLE seminar each year since 2015, Co-Presenter, Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation, Practising Law Institute, Government And In-House, Licensed Attorneys - Private Practice, 2020
  • Presentation to real estate licensees and lenders re: changes to California law relating to cannabis and impact on real estate sales, due diligence and interaction with federal law, Presenter, Cannabis, Contingencies and Best Practices, National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate Associates, REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • McFadden v. Robleto, Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG18930291. Defense against claims brought by disgruntled litigant against me as an attorney for my client following a lawful property inspection. Successful anti-SLAPP motion granted in 2019. Plaintiff defaulted on subsequent appeal, 2020
  • Chantler v. Yeganeh - 5 appeals (1st Appellate District Appeal Nos. A143353, A146492, A152138, A150010, and A150544. Successful motion to dismiss all appeals brought by Yeganeh under rarely-used disentitlement doctrine. Unpublished decision available upon request, 2019
  • East Palo Alto Community Development and Neighborhood Association v. : representation of nonprofit housing provider in defense against claims of wage/hour violations brought by terminated on-site property manager, and as plaintiff in related unlawful detainer proceedings due to manager hold-over. Settled following negotiations with partial payment to employee (1/3 of requested amount) and move-out agreement favorable to nonprofit, 2019
  • Ingram v Yeganeh, San Mateo County Case No. CIV410586. Affirmative litigation on behalf of named victim and general public (B&P 17200) against predatory mortgage broker. Judgment for named plaintiff ($400,000) through settlement (2001.) Judgment in favor of the general public following summary adjudication (2001). Post-trial restitution hearings (following substantial delays manufactured by defendant), resulting in judgments providing for full restitution for 32 victims ($480,000 aggregate.) Attorney's fee award with 1.5 multiplier (with co-counsel) - $3,000,000.  Defense against numerous appeals of the judgment and in subsequent bankruptcy proceedings resulting in denial of discharge to the defendant/debtor, 2004
  • Capon v. Monopoly Game (2011). Affirmative litigation for damages and restitution following unlawful home equity transaction and conversion of personal property. Represented Plaintiff. Judgment for Plaintiff following bench trial - $693,000 plus $900K attorney's fees and costs. Additional pre-trial settlement with one defendant (Salma) - $30,000. Trial judgment affirmed and expanded on appeal in published decision establishing new law: Capon v. Monopoly Game, 193 Cal.App.4th 344. Related anti-SLAPP proceedings favorable to Plaintiff following published opinion establishing new law: Salma v. Capon (2008) 161 Cal. App. 4th 1275, 2011
  • Nunez v. Shokeen, Alameda County Superior Court Case No. HF18904101. Representation of survivor in affirmative pursuit of restraining order and defense against retaliatory restraining order application by batterer. Grant of RO to client; denial of RO to batterer. Attorney's fee award and sanctions against batterer, 2018
  • Chantler et al. v. Yeganeh et al. San Mateo County Superior Court Case No. CIV530285. Affirmative litigation against predatory mortgage broker and family to collect attorney's fees. Causes of action included Civil RICO (won on summary adjudication), fraudulent transfer and renewal of judgment. Case settled during trial (Chantler claims only) for transfer to Plaintiff of real property valued at $2,400,000 plus $100,000 payment. Representation: 2014-2019. [There are related actions in Alameda County with these parties, 2019
  • Radio Eden: Representation of short-term co-housing provider in landlord-tenant dispute and defense against unlawful eviction notice by landlord. Resolution through landlord abandoning claim. Representation from 2017-2018
  • Wilhite v. Huan. San Mateo County Superior Court Case No. 16CIV01653. Representation of Plaintiff in affirmative litigation following unlawful eviction. Settlement following mediation - $75,000. Representation 2016-2017
  • Jones v. Stephens et. al., San Mateo County Superior Court Case No. 18CIV000863. Partition Action; represented Defendant [Jennifer Stephens.] Settled in favor of Defendant before trial, 2019
  • Published Appellate Decisions: Capon v. Monopoly Game (2011), 193 Cal. App. 4th 344; Salma v. Capon (2008) 161 Cal. App. 4th 1275; Wolfe v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. (1996), 46 Cal. App. 4th 554. Most Recent Verdicts:  Capon v. Salma: Following Bench Trial (2008). Plaintiff's victory. $693,000 in Capon v. Salma, et. al, (San Mateo County County Superior Case No. 451348; upheld on appeal with published appeals decision establishing new law, and $900,000 attorney's fees award. (Related pre-trial Appellate Decision, Salma v. Capon, 161 Cal. App. 4th 1275 (2008); Related Settlement with additional parties: $30,000.) Largest: Restitution and Attorneys' Fees following Summary Judgment in Wobogo v. Yeganeh, San Mateo County Superior Court Case No. 410586 (2004, co-counseled with DLA Piper LLP). Total Judgment including Restitution, Attorneys Fees and Multiplier:  $4,000,000

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • California State Bar President's Award - won by DLA Piper offices under my supervision for distinguished pro bono service; nominated by Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (September, 2011) ABA Business Section Distinguished Services Award - won by DLA Piper for distinguished pro bono service; nominated by the Community Organizations Representation Project, San Francisco Bar Association, 2011

Educational Background:

  • A.B., Psychology - Stanford University (1982)

Industry Groups

  • Corporations
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Municipalities
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2225 E Bayshore Rd
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Phone: 650-250-5332

Fax: 650-618-0394

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