Renee Coover

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Chicago, IL

 | 224 N Desplaines, Suite 600S
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 214-291-3200
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (40%),
  • Health Care (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (30%)
Attorney Profile

With a unique background in both health care law and litigation, Renee Coover is part of the team at ByrdAdatto, representing businesses in the Chicagoland area in employment matters, policies and contract disputes. She also defends business owners in both federal and state trials and has a strong business acumen, is excellent in oral communication, and is an advocator for women’s rights and a regular volunteer mentor for local teens.

Ms. Coover is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, The Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. With over a decade of experience, she is now admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the state of Illinois.

With a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance and psychology earned in 2004 from the University of Miami, Ms. Coover attended DePaul University College of Law and in 2007 obtained a Juris Doctor. Throughout her career, as she focused on the health care industry, she has represented dentists, doctors and a variety of other health care professionals in regulatory and business challenges. Business owners routinely come to her for counsel and advice on how to comply with specific state regulations and laws, how to properly form a corporation, and how to implement proper practices and policies for employment.

A comfortable, engaging speaker and talented writer, Ms. Coover has published articles and given presentations on a long list of topics for many organizations. Some of those include the Professional Liability Attorney Network, The Chicago Bar Association’s Health & Hospital Law Committee Meeting, and the American Health Lawyers Association newsletter.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Business/Corporate
  • 30%Health Care
  • 30%Employment & Labor
Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Contracts, Business Organizations, Health & Health Care Law


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Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

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About Renee Coover

Admitted: 2007, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Thompson Reuters, 2015-2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Associate General Counsel, Illinois Med Spa Association (ILMSA)
  • Associate General Counsel, American Med Spa Association (AmSpa)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • CBA Young Lawyer's Division, Special Project Coordinator, 2010
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyer's Association, Member, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2014
  • Illinois, 2007

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), Junior Board Member Volunteer, 2010
  • Reclaim13 , 2017
  • Junior League of Chicago, Active Member, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • This article is a discussion of the legal perils of paying commissions to non-physicians for aesthetic medical treatment. In Illinois, fee-splitting between physicians and non-physicians is illegal but many practitioners in the medical field are unaware of this. The article explains the prohibition against fee-splitting and the consequences for not complying with the law, Author, Fee-Splitting and Medical Spa Treatments, Skin Inc. Magazine, 2014
  • This article discusses the concept of adequate consideration as applied to non-competition agreements used in the med spa setting. The use of non-competes is becoming more popular in this field to prevent employees from taking clients, patient lists or other confidential information if they leave, but many agreements do not have adequate consideration to be enforceable, Author, Enforcing Non-Competition Agreements in Med Spas: Is there adequate consideration?, 2013
  • This article discusses the increase in retaliation claims filed by current and former employees against private sector employers and the influence of a Supreme Court landmark decision, Author, Retaliation Claims on the Rise, Thiersch & Associates, 2012
  • One question that arises again and again for new business owners in the med spa industry is whether to classify medical professionals as independent contractors or employees of the medical spa.  Choosing to use independent contractors has many advantages; however, it is critical to use independent contractors legitimately because the consequences of misclassifying these individuals can be severe, Author, To Employ or Contract: Classifying Employees vs. Independent Contractors in Medical Spas, 2012
  • This article discusses the prevalence of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, what the government is doing to combat it and why, even with the protection of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, claims are on the rise, Author, Pregnancy Discrimination Is on the Rise, American Bar Association Young Advocates Litigation Section, 2012
  • Presented to group of medical spa professionals including physicians, nurses, estheticians, and industry vendors on the issue of non-competition and non-solicitation Agreements. I specifically addressed topics like: using non-compete and non-solicitation clauses to protect your practice and create loyal employees; how non-competes and non-solicitations help and hurt your practice; and how to make the agreements enforceable and still have employees sign, Presenter, AmSpa Southeastern Med Spa Workshop, American Med Spa Association, 2014
  • In July of 2014, as Assistant General Counsel for AmSpa, I presented as Faculty at THE Aesthetic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, I educated a group of industry professionals- including dermatologists, plastic surgeons, nurses, estheticians, office and marketing managers on the laws and regulations affecting the medical spa industry. My presentation focused on understanding the most common legal and risk management issues confronting aesthetic practices and how to avoid them, Faculty Presenter, THE Aesthetic Show, Aesthetics Professionals, 2014
  • “From the Stairway to Cyberspace: Where We Are Headed with the ADA,” Presentation, Professional Liability Attorney Network, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
  • “Legal issues Confronting Aesthetics Practices and How to Avoid Them,” Presentation, The Aesthetic Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • “Restrictive Covenants in the Medical Practice Setting,” AmSpa Southeast Medical Spa Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  • “Illinois Med Spa Laws & Regulations,” Young Lawyer Section, Health & Hospital Law Committee Meeting, Chicago Bar Association
  • “Laser Regulations & Laws: What You Need to Know,” Face & Body Spa Conference & Expo, Presentation, Chicago, Illinois
  • “Discrimination in the Workplace Applies to You: What Solo Entrepreneurs Need to Know,” The Founding Moms, Webinar Presentation
  • “Discrimination in the Workplace: A Primer for Employers,” The Founding Moms, Presentation at Chicago, Illinois, 1871
  • Affordable Care Act creates new retaliation claim for employees, Thiersch & Associates
  • “Physician Liability in Med Spas,” American Health Lawyers Association Health Briefs e-Newsletter
  • “Medical Spas: Formation, Licensing and More,” Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Health Law Committee meeting
  • “How to Stay Off the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Radar,” Illinois Medical Spa Association Med Spa Success Workshop
  • “Marital Cybertorts: How Your Client’s ‘Self-Help Discovery Gets You in Trouble,” CBA Record, Young Lawyers Journal, Chicago Bar Association
  • ADA presentation to the Professional Liability Attorney Network, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL., “From the Stairway to Cyberspace: Where We Are Headed with the ADA,”, Employment Law, 2016
  •  Renee frequently travels the country presenting to health practitioners and entrepreneurs on the important legal considerations that anyone opening or running a medical spa should understand. The legal presentation, entitled “The Law,” covers topics including an overview of regional rules and regulations affecting the medical spa, medical aesthetic, and laser industries; trademarking a medical spa brand; employment law basics; current state-specific hot topics affecting the industry; medical spa supervision and delegation; anti-kickback laws; setting a compensation plan without violating fee-splitting laws; and HIPAA. The presentation aims to provide valuable information to operate a legal and compliant medical spa or aesthetic practice., Presenter , The Laws of Medical Aesthetics, Health Care, 2017
  • Renee presented at the 2018 Medical Spa Show, hosted by the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Renee spoke on panels with other industry experts on several topics, including, "The Future of Aesthetics" and "How Med Spas Partner with Plastic Surgeons". , Presenter , The Medical Spa Show , Health Care And Medical Asesthetics, 2018
  • On September 27, 2018, Renee was invited to present to law students, faculty and other attorneys at the Jaharis Health Law Institue at the DePaul University College of Law on the legalities affecting hte medical spa industry. This lecture focused on the laws and regulations affecting the medical spa industry, taking a closer look at the issues surrounding ownership, delegation and supervision of medical treatments and fee-splitting between physicians and non-physicians. , Presenter , The Legalities of Medical Aesthetics , DePaul University College Of Law- Jaharis Health Law Institute, 2018


Educational Background:

  • The University of Miami, Oxford, Ohio, USA, Major: B.A., Major: Psychology and Vocal Performance, Honors: cum laude, 2004

Industry Groups

  • Employment
  • Health Law
  • Medical Spas
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224 N Desplaines
Suite 600S
Chicago, IL 60661

Phone: 214-291-3200

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