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As the founding member of Livingston Law Firm, Renée Welze Livingston had the vision and resolve to build a preeminent civil trial firm in the thriving East Bay community of Walnut Creek in 2000. The firm attracts top lawyers dedicated to serving an elite and discriminating national client base, and is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession. Renée serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 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, 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 is an active member of the Defense Research Institute and the Association of Defense Counsel, a frequent lecturer on civil trial practice, and a tireless volunteer for her alma mater, the University of California, Santa Barbara.


A-V (5.0) rated civil trial attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. Northern California SuperLawyer 2011 and 2012. Listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and AdjustersOn Board of Directors for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.  Tried numerous cases to verdict before juries in State and Federal court.  Particular expertise in product liability, wrongful death and catastrophic injury, trucking and commercial transportation, fire and casualty, intentional torts including sexual assault and molestation, premises liability, and insurance coverage.



Livingston Law Firm
A Professional Corporation
Walnut Creek, California

Livingston Tate LLP
Walnut Creek, California

General civil litigation practice with emphasis on representation of corporate and individual clients in complex personal injury and wrongful death matters. Served as regional counsel for national beverage bottling and distributing company, and currently serves as California counsel for national wholesale distributor of grocery and food service industry products and equipment.



Bledsoe, Cathcart, Diestel, Livingston & Pedersen LLP
San Francisco, California

General partner in defense trial practice and litigation firm.


Defense Research Institute (DRI), Insurance Law, Product Liability and Trucking Law, Diversity and Women in the Law Committees; American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice and Litigation Sections; Queen’s Bench; Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada; San Francisco and Contra Costa County Bar Associations; National Association of Women Lawyers; National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).


Arbitrator and Settlement Mentor, San Francisco and Contra Costa County Superior Courts; Mentor, U.S.F. Women Lawyers Committee; Officer and Director, UCSB Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1991-1997; Member, UCSB Bay Area Leadership Forum, 1998-2006; Member, UCSB Northern California Campaign Committee, 2004-present; Director, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, 2004-present; Chair, NAMWOLF Annual Meeting Steering Committee, 2006.


Overcoming the Challenges of Starting and Growing a Woman-Owned Law Firm, ADC Defense Comment, Vol. 19, No. 2/Summer 2004;  Contra Costa Lawyer, October 2003


Defense Research Institute, Faculty:

Trucking Law Seminar, Road Warriors 2012 - Reshaping Trucking Litigation, Defending the Driver's History: When the Focus Is on the Driver and Not the Accident (January 2012)


National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms:

Moderator, Tips, Trick and Marketing Tools for Your Next Annual Meeting, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (October 2012)

Moderator, Trial Strategies: Demystifying the Corporate Client, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (October 2009)

Featured Panelist, Law Firm Membership and Corporate/Public Entity Partnership, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (October 2005)


American Conference Institute, Faculty:

3rd National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation: Preparing and Presenting Company Representatives and Truck Drivers for Depositions: How to Ensure that Testimony Does Not Inadvertently Sink Your Case (November 2012 Atlanta)


2nd National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation: Valuing a Claim, Determining Damage Reserves and Defending Against Plaintiffs' Damages Claims, Including Punitive Damages (December 2011 Orlando)


National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation: Accident Reconstruction and the Use of Biomechanical and Human Factors Experts (March 2011 Chicago)

Workshop on Trucking Litigation: Litigation of a Catastrophic Trucking Suit from Start to Finish (March 2011 Chicago)


Contra Costa County Bar Association:

Featured Panelist, 17th Annual MCLE Spectacular, Navigating Gender Bias: Empowering Women to Overcome Barriers Above and Below the Glass Ceiling on the Road to Success (November 2011)


National Business Institute, Faculty:

Tips for Handling the Personal Injury Case (September 2008)

Trying the Wrongful Death Case in California:  Strategies in Preparation and Valuation (January 2003)

Featured Panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar

Preparing and Examining Expert Witnesses: Reports, Depositions and Cross-Examination (May 2009)

Maximizing the Use of Experts (May 2006)

Preparing & Examining Expert Witnesses (August 2004)

Getting the Most Out of Your Expert Witnesses (August 2003)

Preparing a Case for Trial: The Last 100 Days Before Trial (February 2001)

Preparing for and Conducting Expert Witness Depositions (November 2000)

Featured Panelist, Women in the Profession Roundtable, Cal Law/The Recorder Roundtable Series (November 2006 and October 2008)

Guest Lecturer on Civil Procedure and Evidence, Hastings College of Law; Guest Lecturer on California Litigation:  Practices and Procedures, Premises Liability, Insurance Claims Handling, Discovery Procedures, Wrongful Eviction Under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, for The PMA Insurance Group, State Farm Insurance Companies and The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.


Becker v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. (N.D. Cal. 1987) 664 F.Supp. 460; Bakanauskas v. Urdan (1988) 206 Cal.App.3d 621; Calvillo-Silva v. Home Grocery (1998) 19 Cal.4th 714; Jankey v. Lee (2010) 181 Cal.App.4th 1173 (pet. for rev. granted)


University of San Francisco School of Law
MAY 1986, San Francisco, California
Admitted to California Bar, December 1986

Admitted to United States District Court
        Northern District of California, December 1986
        Eastern District of California, December 1998
        Central District of California, September 2005
        Southern District of California, March, 2008

Admitted to United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, December 1986

University of California, Santa Barbara
JUNE 1982, Santa Barbara, California


East Bay native.  San Leandro High School, Class of 1978.  Married, three teenagers.  Enjoys antique shopping in Brimfield, wine tasting in central California, the beaches on Kaua'i, 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.

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