Renée Welze Livingston

Renée Welze Livingston: Attorney with Livingston Law Firm A Professional Corporation


As the Founding Member of Livingston Law Firm, Renée had the vision and resolve to build a preeminent civil trial firm in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000. The firm attracts top lawyers dedicated to serving an elite and discriminating national client base, and is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Renée served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) from 2003-2012 and takes an active role in mentoring women lawyers on the challenges and opportunities of being a woman attorney and business owner. An accomplished trial lawyer and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Renée is often engaged to handle complex legal matters in state and federal court that require thoughtful evaluation, creative resolution strategy and effective trial presentation. She handles catastrophic injury, wrongful death and other high-exposure cases primarily in the areas of product liability, trucking and transportation, premises liability and aggravated sexual assault. She brings legal excellence, genuine enthusiasm, unending dedication and the utmost professionalism to each engagement. Renée serves on the Boards of Directors for the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada and the Contra Costa County Bar Association, and is an active member of the Women in the Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute. She is a proud graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with high honors and the University of San Francisco School of Law with honors. She is AV-rated (5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell and a multi-year Northern California Super Lawyer.

“Still, after 30 years, I am completely inspired by the practice of law. I am constantly energized by the complexity and magnitude of my cases, my many professional relationships around the country, and the thriving law practice I have built. Because I truly love what I do, my passion shines through in every aspect of my work, and my clients know I will work tirelessly to be the most prepared advocate in the case. I listen to and collaborate with my clients who I know have placed great trust in my instincts and experience to help mastermind a successful case resolution strategy.”

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Motor Carrier Liability
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Negligent Security
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Insurance Coverage

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
925-478-5029  Phone
925.952.9880  Phone
925.952.9881  Fax
University Attended:
University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., 1982
Law School Attended:
University of San Francisco, J.D., 1986
Year of First Admission:
1986, California
State Bar of California; Contra Costa County Bar Association (Director); Bar Association of San Francisco; American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Tort Trial, Insurance Practice and Litigation); Association of Defense Counsel (Director); Defense Research Institute (Member, Sections on: Insurance Law, Product Liability, Trucking Law, Diversity and Women in the Law); Queen's Bench; National Association of Women Lawyers; National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms; Women's Business Enterprise National Counsel.
Birth Information:
Oakland, California, December 23, 1959
Reported Cases:
Becker vs. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company (N.D.Cal. 1987) 664 F.Supp. 460; Bakanauskas vs. Urdan (1988) 206 Cal.App. 3d 621; Calvillo-Silva vs. Home Grocery (1998) 19 Cal 4th 714; Jankey v. Lee (2012) 55 Cal.4th 1038, cert. denied (U.S. April 15, 2013)
Hobbies & interests:
Enjoys antique shopping in Brimfield, wine-tasting in central California, the beaches on Kauai and traveling anywhere. Walked 60 miles in San Diego in 2007 and raised $6,000 for the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk Benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Minority - Owned

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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