Areas of Practice
  • Arabic
  • French
Practice-Specific Experience
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1993
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, US District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1996-1997
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, District of Maryland
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Supreme Court

Gwendolyn Prothro Renigar

Vice Chair
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6750
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Gwen Renigar defends law firms, professionals, fiduciaries, financial services providers, retirement plans, and healthcare industry clients in complex litigation and class actions raising breach of fiduciary duty, commercial contract, malpractice, and professional liability claims, as well as in U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) government investigations into alleged ERISA violations. Gwen also counsels lawyers and law firms on loss prevention practices, risk management, policy setting and implementation, and lawyer mobility.

In addition to her work for Steptoe clients, Gwen serves as the firm’s Vice Chair and General Counsel.

Representative Matters

  • 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 20 large-scale disputes arising out of sophisticated tax strategies, achieving several dismissals, summary judgment on key claims, and favorable settlements.
  • Represented government corporation in class action litigation arising from $1 billion ERISA settlement run by a third party settlement administrator.


Legal 500 US, Labor & Employment: ERISA Litigation, 2015-2017

Legal 500 US, Labor & Employment: Employee Health and Retirement Plans, 2017

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