Renee Inomata

Partner | Chair, Employment

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3340
Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Education

J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1993

B.S., Neural Science, Brown University, 1987

Renee has worked side-by-side with companies and executives to navigate complex employment laws to successfully achieve their employment goals. She draws on her experience as a litigator to manage and mitigate risk associated with employment issues.

Clients turn to Renee to strategize and provide advice on high-level, complex employment-related matters, whether addressing issues impacting large groups of employees or an individual executive. She solves sensitive employment situations with an understanding of the client’s culture, risk adversity and business goals. Many regional, national and multinational companies look to Renee as their “outside in-house” employment counsel, addressing a variety of day-to-day workplace issues, including disciplinary, discrimination, leave, and wage and hour issues. Renee also helps companies formulate best strategies for transitioning employees from competitor entities, minimizing risk in re-classifying workers, rolling out updated restrictive covenant agreements, revising and implementing bonus and commission plans.

Renee has advised companies on developing appropriate workplace policies, drafting, implementing and enforcing noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements; advising and negotiating executive retention agreements; and managing and conducting due diligence related to employment matters in corporate transactions.

Renee has also helped executives in their transitions into and out of companies. She has been a trusted advisor to executives in evaluating employment options and compensation arrangements.

Renee is co-publisher of The In-House Advisor blog (www.in-houseadvisor.com), directed in to in-house counsel and C-level executives.  She is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee. 

Experience

Experience

  • Successfully guided client through acquisition of national commercial real estate group from competitor.
  • Navigated multiple rounds of large-scale U.S. layoffs for multinational energy research company.
  • Negotiated employment arrangements for management team of podcasting company in connection with acquisition.
  • Managed sensitive investigations of company and employee improper conduct.
  • Successfully guided Europe-based client through closure of U.S. operations.
  • Represents serial entrepreneur CEO client for over ten years, in transitions into and out of start-up entities.
  • Evaluates and advises employment opportunities for high level executive of publicly held pharmaceutical company.
  • Negotiates complex employment and separation arrangements for high-level executive for retail company.
  • Successfully resolved employee misappropriation of company property and trade secrets.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America© - Employment Law- Management (2015-2018)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004, 2008-2017)

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Brown University President's Diversity Advisory Council

  • Chair

Brown University Alumni Association

  • Past Member of Board of Governors Member

Brown Club of Boston

  • Past Co-President

Harvard Square Business Association

  • Past Board Member

Massachusetts Asian American Commission

  • Past Chair

Asian American Commission Economic Development Committee 

  • Past Member

Memberships

American Bar Association

  • Labor & Employment Section

Boston Bar Association

Women's Bar Association 

  • Law Firm Advancement Committee

Asian American Lawyers Association

Law Firm Alliance

  • Board of Directors
  • Labor & Employment and Intellectual Property Communities

Society of Human Resources

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Employment Law Update 2016," Speaker, The Maids New England, September 2016

"Sick Time, Jury Duty, and Other Paid Time Off," Speaker, Cambridge Licensee Advisory Board Meeting, March 2016

"The Future of Asians in the Legal Profession," Moderator, National Asian Pacific Bar Association Northeast Regional Conference, October 2015

"Partners and GCs in the Spotlight," Panelist, National Asian Pacific Bar Association Northeast Regional Conference, October 2015

"Closing the Deal: Balancing Risk with Opportunity in Today's Contracts," Moderator, Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter, October 2015

"Securing the Workplace: Practical Approaches to Protecting Confidential Information, Trade Secrets, and Intellectual Property," Moderator, The In-House Advisor Seminar, June 2014

"Making Partner at Large and Mid-Size Law Firms," Panelist, Sherin and Lodgen LLP Event, March 2014

"Manufacturing Improvement Strategies - 90 Day Plan," Panelist, TMA Northeast/ACG Boston Event - Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturing, January 2014

"Drafting Today's Contracts to Address Tomorrow's Problems," Moderator, The In-House Advisor Seminar, October 2013

"Brand That Fish! How to Distinguish Your Seafood Products and Services in a Crowded Marketplace," Speaker, International Boston Seafood Show, March 2013

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

Renee has authored numerous posts on The In-House Advisor Blog (www.in-houseadvisor.com).

"Veterans Day: New Law Requires Time Off," Burns & Levinson Employment Law Update, November 2016

"Whistleblower Immunity Required Under Defend Trade Secrets Act," Burns & Levinson Employment Law Update, May 2016

"Trademarks: Law, Practice, and Current Issues," MCLE Intellectual Property Practice, January 2016

Contributing author, The In-House Advisor's Quick Reference Guide for In-House Counsel Volume 3, 2015

Contributing author, The In-House Advisor's Quick Reference Guide for In-House Counsel Volume 2, 2014

"New Connecticut Non-Competition Requirements for Employees of Surviving Entity of Mergers and Acquisitions," Burns & Levinson Client Update, June 2013

Contributing author, The In-House Advisor's Quick Reference Guide for In-House Counsel Volume 1, 2013

"Perils of Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors," Inside the Minds: Complying with Employment Regulations, 2012

"United States of America," The European Lawyer Reference Series: Protecting Brands Online, May 2012

Contributing author, MCLE Introduction to Trademark Law, October 2011

Resources
Renee Inomata
Practices
  • Employment
  • Executive Compensation & Counseling
  • IP Transactions
  • Intellectual Property & IP Litigation
Education

J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1993

B.S., Neural Science, Brown University, 1987

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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