Teresa S. Renaker

Teresa S. Renaker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP
 | 505 Montgomery St, Suite 1125
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-653-1733
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits
    Attorney Profile

    Teresa Renaker represents plaintiffs in individual and class actions under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including claims for benefits and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as in claims for professional negligence by service providers to employee benefits plans and claims for government employee benefits.

    About Teresa Renaker

    Admitted: 1997, California

    Professional Webpage: http://renakerhasselman.com/attorney-profiles/teresa/


    • Alumna of the Year, California Law Review, 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Volunteer Appreciation Award, 2015; Hero Award, 2018
    • Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2017-2018
    • ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS): Employee Benefits Committee, Chair, 2008-2010, Chair-Elect, 2006-2008, Vice Chair, 2003-2006
    • Commissioner, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 2014-2017
    • Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2014-2016
    • Member, ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, 2006-2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Publications:  Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits in California Divorces, Chapter 9, "Employee Welfare and Other Nonpension Benefits" (Continuing Education of the Bar 2006 and annual updates); California Domestic Partnerships, Chapter 8, "Employee Benefits" (Continuing Education of the Bar 2005 and annual updates); Employee Benefits Law, 2d ed., Chapter 14, "Liability Issues Unique to Welfare Plans" (BNA 2000) (Chapter Editor, 2006-2008 updates); Gill Lays Groundwork for DOMA Challenges to Employee Benefits,” Pension & Benefits Daily, Aug. 24, 2010 (BNA);"State Regulation of Discretionary Clauses in Insured ERISA Plans," The Brief, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Fall 2007); "An Overview of the Legal Structure Surrounding the Termination of United Airlines' Defined Benefit Plans," Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin (Sept. 2005); "ERISA Precludes Post-Retirement Plan Amendments that Curtail Retirees' Benefits," Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin (Jan. 2004); Comment, Evidentiary Legerdemain: Deciding When Daubert Applies to Social Science Evidence, 84 Cal. L. Rev. 1657 (1996). Recent speaking engagements: American Conference Institute, 16th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York, Nov. 15, 2018:“Unraveling the Challenges Relative to Executive and CEO Compensation from Defined Benefits and the Resulting Fallout in Top-Hat Litigation” (panelist); American Conference Institute, 15th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York, Nov. 3, 2017:“What’s New in the World of Individual Benefit Claims: The Battle Over Discretionary Clauses, Venue Selection Concerns, Statute of Limitations Challenges and Preemption” (panelist); Professional Liability Underwriting Society, PLUS Management & PL Symposium, Chicago, April 5, 2017: “A Man Walks Into an ERISA Law Office” (panelist); ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee Midwinter Meeting, Austin, Feb. 10, 2017: “Writing ERISA Out of the Plan” (panelist);Western Benefits Conference, Seattle, July 21, 2016: "The Litigation Landscape in Employee Benefit Plans" (panelist); ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, webinar, July 12, 2016: “The Final Answers: The Supreme Court ERISA and Litigation Decisions” (panelist); American Conference Institute’s 12th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, San Francisco, June 27, 2016: “The Intersection of Affordable Care Act Rights and ERISA: External Review Requirements; Discrimination, Retaliation, and Whistleblowing; Benefit Mandates, and Beyond” (panelist); National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, Los Angeles, June 22-25, 2016: “Advocating for the Rights of LGBT Employees” (moderator/speaker); ALI-CLE, The Year in Employee Benefits 2016: Insights and Strategies for Retirement, Health, and Executive Compensation Plans, San Francisco, April 13-15, 2016: “Employer Stock Funds: Fiduciary Processes for Keeping or Shuttering Them” (panelist) and “Effectively Anticipating Litigation: Venue, Arbitration, and Other Magic Clauses”; ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, webinar, Feb. 23, 2016: “Sexual Orientation Discrimination: The Legal Case for Coverage Under Title VII” (moderator); ABA Section of Taxation, Midyear Meeting, Los Angeles, Jan. 30, 2016: “Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Decisions” (panelist)


    • Significant cases include Paulsen v. CNF Inc., 559 F.3d 1061 (9th Cir. 2009); Vaughn v. Bay Environmental Management, Inc., 544 F.3d 1008 (9th Cir. 2008), amended, 567 F.3d 1021 (June 4, 2009); Barling v. UEBT Retiree Health Plan, 145 F. Supp. 3d 890 (N.D. Cal. 2015); McVey v. McVey, 26 F. Supp. 3d 980 (C.D. Cal. 2014); Moon v. Rush, 2013 WL 4012828 (E.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2013); Cozen O’Connor, P.C. v. Tobits, 2013 WL 3878688 (E.D. Pa. July 29, 2013); Taylor v. ANB Bancshares, Inc., 2010 WL 4053575 (W.D. Ark. Oct. 14, 2010), and 2010 WL 4054362 (W.D. Ark. Sept. 20, 2010); Lively v. Dynegy, Inc., 2007 WL 685861 (S.D. Ill. Mar. 2, 2007), and 420 F. Supp. 2d 949 (S.D. Ill. 2006); McMunn v. Pirelli Tire, LLC, 161 F. Supp. 2d 97 (D. Conn. 2001); Gerlib v. R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 2002 WL 1285795 (N.D. Ill. June 11, 2002), and 2001 WL 1313794 (N.D. Ill., Oct. 26, 2001).

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Judicial Law Clerk to District Judge Irma E. Gonzalez, United States District Court, Southern District of California, September 1996-August 1997
    • Senior Executive Editor, California Law Review, 1995-1996

    Educational Background:

    • J.D., University of California at Berkeley School of Law, 1996
    • B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1986
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    505 Montgomery St
    Suite 1125
    San Francisco, CA 94111

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