Renee Bea’s practice focuses on complex business disputes, fraud and intellectual property, and employment litigation. She has experience representing clients in a wide range of matters serving a broad base of clients, from individual entrepreneurs and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Renee has represented clients in both State and Federal courts in California, New York, and Massachusetts. In addition to commercial business disputes and financial products litigation, Renee has successfully served as counsel in cases involving intellectual property licensing disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and patent infringement. Renee has also counseled clients in connection with the negotiation of commercial contracts, pre-litigation settlements, and internal investigations. In 2015 and 2016, Renee was named a Rising Star in Northern California for General Litigation by SuperLawyers magazine.
- J.D., Stanford Law School (2005)
- B.A., Psychology (Highest Honors), University of California, Berkeley (1999)
- Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
- Jones Day LLP
- State Bars: California and New York
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Northern District of California
- Central District of California
- Southern District of New York
- Eastern District of New York
Renee currently represents clients in State and Federal Courts across the country. Some representative matters include:
- Telesocial Inc. v. Orange S.A. et al. (N.D. Cal. 2014) - Co-lead trial counsel (with Benjamin Singer) for plaintiff in a computer fraud and abuse, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract action.
- Heredia v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2015) – Defending Intuitive Surgical, Inc. in an action arising out of plaintiff’s dealings with a medical device distributor in Bolivia.
- San Fernando Community Hospital, et al. v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Cal. Supr.) – Defending Intuitive Surgical, Inc. against counterclaims asserted by hospital in response to an action to recover unpaid amounts due under a financing agreement.
- GPI360, Inc. v. Vigilant Solutions, Inc. (Cal. Supr.) – Defending breach of contract action and pursuing cross-claims on behalf of Vigilant Solutions, Inc. for computer fraud and abuse, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract and conversion arising out of a vendor’s misappropriation and copying of proprietary camera design.
- Mostow v. Caravancicle (Cal. Supr.) – Defending camp producer in an action brought by artist asserting right of publicity violations relating to Burning Man 2014 Festival.
Throughout her career, Renee has represented companies like MBIA, Bank of the West, and IBM, as well as the Federal Housing and Finance Agency, in their most important cases. Her notable matters include:
- Connectrex v. Schwab (Cal. Supr.) – Successfully defended an individual in a shareholder dispute with Connectrex f/k/a Loryx and its CEO concerning ownership of the company. The case was resolved favorably for Mr. Schwab on confidential terms.
- Guziewicz v. ZL Technologies, et al. (Cal. Supr.) – Represented plaintiff in action seeking shareholder rights and return of stock compensation wrongfully denied by ZL Technologies. The matter resolved on confidential terms.
- FHFA v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., et al. (S.D.N.Y.) – Represented the Federal Housing and Finance Agency (“FHFA”) as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a series of securities fraud suits against some of the largest banks in the United States, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., in connection with the banks’ sale of residential mortgage backed securities. The case was resolved favorably for FHFA, with JPMorgan agreeing to a settlement valued at $4 billion.
- FHFA v.Countrywide Fin. Corp. (C.D. Cal.) – Represented FHFA as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a securities fraud suit against Countrywide and its successor, Bank of America, in connection with the sale of residential mortgage backed securities.
- MBIA v.Countrywide Home Loans, et al. (N.Y. Supreme) – Represented MBIA in a case against Countrywide Home Loans and its successor, Bank of America, in an action for breach of contract and fraud arising out of the sale of 15 residential mortgage backed securities. The case settled for $1.7 billion after MBIA obtained favorable rulings on motions for summary judgment.
- Bank of the West v. UBS AG, et al. (Cal. Supr.) – Represented Bank of the West in a case against UBS and its affiliates for fraud and breach of contract in connection with the marketing and sale of a synthetic subprime collateralized debt obligation. The case settled on confidential terms.
- ConnectU, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc. (D. Mass.) – Represented the founders of ConnectU against Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg in an action for fraud, breach of contract, trade secrets theft and copyright infringement concerning the founding and ownership of Facebook. The case resulted in a settlement valued at $65 million.
- International Business Machines Corporation v. Platform Solutions, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) – Represented IBM in a patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation suit against Platform Solutions regarding its development and sale of IBM architecture emulation software. The case settled on terms very favorable to IBM.
I worked with Renee on several complex and widely publicized matters that asserted claims concerning the impact of a number of sophisticated M&A transactions. She has a rare ability to rapidly master complex legal and factual subject matters and develop cutting edge legal strategies that produced real results for her clients. I would recommend Renee to anyone who needs an intelligent, efficient, and dedicated lawyer.
I have worked closely with Renee Bea on several complex matters. She is an extremely talented and creative lawyer and I trust her to handle even the most challenging legal issues. I would not hesitate to work with her again, and any client who has the opportunity to work with her will quickly see that she excels at her profession.
What sets Renee apart from other attorneys is her ability to grasp complex issues and learn the business of her clients. She efficiently and effectively manages even the most complex litigation. She is a strategic thinker who gets results without losing sight of the client’s goals.