Professional Biography
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Renée E. Rothauge Partner

  • Portland

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    1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor

    Portland, OR 97209-4128


  • Los Angeles

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    Los Angeles

    1888 Century Park East, Suite 1700

    Los Angeles, CA 90067-1721




National trial lawyer Renée Rothauge has built a powerful reputation representing clients in high-stakes, complex business litigation. With over 30 years of trial experience, she has earned the trust of regional, national, and global businesses representing and advancing their interests in true bet-the-company litigation.

Renée’s experience includes a substantial number of jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations in matters involving intellectual property, breached contracts, director and officer disputes, shareholder disputes, securities, real estate, fiduciaries, and trusts. She is known and respected for her acumen in advising clients on their national litigation strategies.

Clients have lauded her as “very intelligent” and an attorney whose eye is on “the big picture and strategy.” She is ranked in Band 1 among the top tier of Oregon trial attorneys by Chambers USA and clients say, “We have never seen any attorney who has better litigation and leadership skills than Renée,” “She is so smart and tireless in her pursuit of giving her clients a force to be reckoned with in court,” and “Renée has excellent courtroom skills.”

Renée is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, representing the top 1% of the country’s trial bar, and she is a former chair of the Oregon State Committee and serves on the National Mock Trial Competition committee, and the Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award committee. She is an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which requires 20 or more civil jury trials for admission as well as the highest professionalism in trial advocacy. She is on ABOTA’s National Board and is the vice chair of the Oregon Chapter’s Executive Committee.

As a co-founder of the Rothauge & Kaner Women’s Trial Academy, Renée mentors women litigators in the development of their trial skills. She also is a member of Pipeline Angels.

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Ranked by Chambers USA

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Litigation Lawyers," 2020 – 2021
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate Member
  • Best Lawyers in America 2010 – 2022: Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Band 1
  • Women of Influence Honoree, Portland Business Journal, 2017
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, Top 50 Attorneys, 2012 – 2021
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, Top 25 Women Attorneys, 2006 – 2021
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation, Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2019
  • President's Membership Service Award, Oregon State Bar, 2014
  • American College of Trial Lawyers' Induction Ceremony, Class Responder, 2014

Professional Leadership

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Oregon State Committee Chair
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, National Mock Trial Competition Committee Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Vice Chair, Oregon Chapter, 2022
  • Oregon State Bar Litigation Section, Executive Committee and Former Chair, 2012 – 2022
  • Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section, Former Chair

Community Involvement

  • Rothauge & Kaner Women's Trial Academy, Sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Oregon Trial College, Member
  • Pipeline Angels, Member
  • Arlington Club, Finance Committee, Member
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre, Trustee, 2005 – 2008




Bar and Court Admissions

  • Oregon
  • California
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989, Executive Editor, Willamette Law Review
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1986, Varsity Letter for Womens' Crew