Gwen Renigar represents law firms, lawyers, professionals, fiduciaries, healthcare industry participants, financial services providers, and retirement plan clients in complex litigation and class actions raising breach of fiduciary duty, commercial contract, malpractice, and professional liability claims, as well as in US Department of Labor investigations into alleged ERISA violations. Gwen also counsels employees, lawyers, law firms, and employers on loss prevention practices, risk management, policy setting and implementation, and lawyer mobility.
Gwen recognizes the importance of pro bono to the profession and the communities it serves, and has represented women, children, and victims of violence seeking visa or asylum relief in the United States.
In addition to her work for Steptoe clients on litigation and counseling matters, Gwen serves as the firm's Vice Chair and General Counsel.
- District of Columbia
- US District Court, District of Columbia
- US District Court, District of Maryland
- US District Court, Southern District of Texas
- US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, US District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1996-1997
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996, cum laude
- A.B., Princeton University, 1993
Areas of Work
- Defended Am Law 100 law firm against ten-figure claim brought by the bankruptcy trustee of a former client. Claim resolved pre-suit.
- Represented Am Law 100 law firm in negotiating departure of partners who had asserted claims against the firm.
- Defended healthcare industry client in DOL investigation into certain alleged transactions and in parallel civil litigation, ultimately resulting in consent agreement that set standards for the industry.
- Obtained court dismissal of ERISA fiduciary breach and prohibited transaction claims against trustees of multi-employer pension plan.
- Defended investment firm in more than 100 large-scale disputes arising out of sophisticated tax strategies, achieving several dismissals, summary judgment on key claims, and favorable settlements. See, e.g., Loftin v. QA Investments, LLC, 2018 WL 691199 (N.C. Sup. Ct. Feb. 1, 2018) (summary judgment granted in full), appeal dismissed, Case No. 18-793 (N.C. App. Sep. 6, 2018).
- Represented federal corporation in class action and $1 billion class settlement litigation arising from plan terminations. Collins v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 881 F.3d 69 (D.C. Cir. 2018); Page v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 213 F. Supp.3d 200 (D.D.C. 2016).
- 11th Annual DC Legal Market Conference, September 22, 2020
"Women Law Firm Leaders," Washington, DC Chapter of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, September 23, 2019
"Top 40 Professional Liability Claims in 40 Years," Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society Annual General Meeting, June 2019
Washington co-chair, ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, Washington, DC, Spring 2018
"The Digital Divide Roundtable," University Club, December 14, 2016
"Representing the Fractured and Imploding Entity," National Legal Malpractice Conference, ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability, Chicago, September 22, 2016
News & Publications
November 16, 2021
November 8, 2021
August 6, 2019
May 30, 2018
January 10, 2018
June 2, 2017
January 26, 2017
June 15, 2016
June 4, 2015
- Legal 500 US, Labor & Employment: ERISA Litigation (2015-2020)
- Legal 500 US, Labor & Employment: Employee Health and Retirement Plans (2017)
- Elected member, American Law Institute
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation