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 Renee Inomata

Renee Inomata


Office Phone: 617.345.3340
Location: Boston, MA
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Bar Admissions:

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


In the employment law area, Ms. Inomata’s practice focuses on working with companies to address myriad workplace issues, including strategic planning for staffing, restructuring, and reductions; compensation and wage and hour issues; investigations and addressing claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; policy development and implementation; personnel performance management and discipline; employee leaves and accommodations; drafting, implementing and enforcing noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements and other company asset protection and security vehicles; advising and negotiating executive retention agreements; and managing and conducting due diligence related to employment matters in corporate transactions. Renee also represents high-level executives in their transitions into and out of companies, including executive compensation matters. She has also litigated employment disputes involving claims for discrimination and harassment, failure to grant leaves of absence, wrongful termination, failure to pay wages, breach of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, theft of trade secrets, and breach of contract.

In her intellectual property practice, Renee handles all aspects of clearing, securing, enforcing and maintaining trademark, service mark, trade dress and trade secret rights and copyrights, including registration, licensing and enforcement at the state, federal and international levels, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Renee is co-publisher of The In-House Advisor blog, which is designed to provide practical commentary on a variety of legal issues that many in-house decision-makers face, regardless of their particular business or industry. She has written and spoken on various legal issues, including enforcement of noncompetition agreements, independent contractor classifications, employee training; electronic communications in the workplace, and securing foreclosure surpluses. She has also developed and conducted training for harassment and discrimination awareness for managers and non-managers and on a variety of manager best practices.


Additional Information:




  • 11/8/2016, Burns & Levinson Employment Update - Veterans Day - New Law Requires Time Off
    This year, a new law requires employers with Massachusetts employees to allow a Veteran to take time off to participate in a Veteran’s Day exercise, parade or service in their community of residence.
  • 9/2/2012, Business Insurance - NLRB confidentiality ruling may hamper complaint investigations
    Renee Inomata was quoted in this article by Judy Greenwald.
  • 9/2/2012, Business Insurance - NLRB confidentiality to be determined on a case-by-case basis
    Renee Inomata was quoted in this article by Judy Greenwald.
  • 3/16/2012, Boston Business Journal - Advancing Women: Women in business creating their own paths to leadership roles
    Renee Inomata was quoted in this article by Keith Regan.

Recent Articles and Publications:

Whistleblower Immunity Required Under Defend Trade Secrets Act
Burns & Levinson Employment Law Update, May 2016

Intellectual Property Practice
MCLE, January 2016
Editor: Jerry Cohen. Contributing authors: Sara Beccia, John Hamilton, Renee Inomata, Deborah Peckham, Mark Schonfeld and John Serio.

The In-House Advisor's Quick Reference Guide for In-House Counsel, Volume 3
A compilation of popular blog posts from

The In-House Advisor's Quick Reference Guide for In-House Counsel, Volume 2
A compilation of popular blog posts from

Speaking Engagements:

Association of Corporate Counsel-Northeast Chapter, 10.8.2015
Location: Sheraton Needham Hotel
Role: Moderator
Topic: Closing the Deal- Balancing Risk with Opportunity in Today's Contracts

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The In-House Advisor Seminar, 6.10.2014
Location: Burns & Levinson LLP - 125 Summer Street, Boston MA
Role: Moderator
Topic: Securing the Workplace: Practical Approaches to Protecting Confidential Information, Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property

Making Partner at Large and Mid-Size Law Firms, 3.27.2014
Location: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, 101 Federal St., Boston
Role: Panelist

TMA Northeast/ACG Boston Event - Challenges and Opportunities for US Manufacturing, 1.23.2014
Location: Langham Hotel - Boston, MA
Role: Panelist
Topic: Manufacturing Improvement Strategies - 90 Day Plan

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