Tyson Arbuthnot
David E. Aron
Gayle M. Athanacio
Stephen L. Bacon
Merri A. Baldwin
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Alecia E. Cotton
Joshua M. Deitz
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
E. Jacob Lubarsky
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Brian D. Miller
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Dean D. Paik
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
Aaron P. Silberman
Katherine M. Svinarich
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Paul M. Zieff

Renée D. Wasserman
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Areas of Practice

Ms. Wasserman is chair of the firm’s Retail Industry Trade Regulation Practice Group and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law Practice Groups.

Professional Qualifications

Ms. Wasserman’s litigation practice focuses on defense of environmental and regulatory matters, including unfair competition, consumer protection, and Proposition 65 litigation for the retail industry. She has litigated multi-party cases, consumer class actions, and numerous private and public enforcement actions brought under state and federal consumer and environmental laws. She has litigated individual and class action cases involving consumer products, discrimination, antitrust, unfair business practices, false advertising, unfair competition, violation of state and federal regulations, consumer and environmental laws, challenges to local ordinances and vendor contract disputes. Ms. Wasserman regularly negotiates with regulatory and enforcement agencies on behalf of the companies she represents and has defended cases brought by public interest groups, the California Attorney General, District Attorneys and City Attorneys throughout the State.

Ms. Wasserman regularly advises retail clients on regulatory and business practices matters. She has repeatedly represented companies before the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“CABC”). Ms. Wasserman represents national and regional manufacturer, supplier and retailer business in both the application and litigation of Proposition 65 laws, state unfair competition and consumer protection laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Unruh Act equal access and web access claims, weights and measures, hazardous waste and alcohol beverage laws. She has advised and represented the California Grocers Association (“CGA”) in litigation and regulatory matters, has provided comments for the state's Green Chemistry laws, and has worked with the State Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) in drafting proposed regulations for food warnings under Proposition 65.

Ms. Wasserman has tried cases to verdict before judges and juries in both state and federal courts and has argued before most of the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. She is an associate member of the California Grocers Association and California Retailers Association and has taught trial advocacy skills as a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Northeast Region. She is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and is a member of the State Bar's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section.


J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

B.A., San Diego State University
With distinction in Psychology

Bar Admissions

Complex Commercial Litigation
Environmental Law
Retail Industry Trade Regulation

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

California Department of Pesticide Regulation Updated Registration Requirement, RJO Update, July 2017 (co-authored)

Clear and Reasonable Warnings, Speaker, California Grocers Association webinar, Nov. 16, 2016

Clear and Reasonable Warnings, Speaker, California Grocers Association seminar, Nov. 10, 2016

New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Adopted (PDF) RJO Update, September 2016, co-authored

May 11, 2016 Deadline to Post Proposition 65 Warnings for Food and Beverage-Based BPA Exposures (PDF) RJO Update, April 2016, co-authored
See Re-adoption of BPA Emergency Regulation as of 9/16/2016

Proposed Reform to California's Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Adds Complication for Most Companies but Some Relief to Small Retailers (PDF) RJO Update, April 2014, co-authored

FDA Proposes Regulations for Electronic Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (PDF) RJO Update, April 2014, co-authored

California Offers Relief to Retailers Seeking to Reverse Distribute Pharmaceuticals, December 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)


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Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
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