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.
- American Bar Association
- Asian American Lawyers Association
- Boston Bar Association, Diversity and Inclusion Section Steering Committee
- Brown University Alumni Association, Board of Governors
- International Trademark Association
- Law Firm Alliance, Labor & Employment and Intellectual Property Communities
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Northeast Human Resources Association
- Asian American Commission, former member of the Economic Development Committee
- Brown University Club of Boston, former Co-President
- Governor Deval L. Patrick's Asian American Commission, former Chair
- Harvard Square Business Association, Inc., former Board member
- Women's Bar Association, Law Firm Advancement Committee
- Ms. Inomata has been listed #3 in the Top 50 Trademark Attorneys (Quarter 3) and #33 in the 2009 Year End Top 50 Trademark Attorneys by Trademark Insider.
- LeadBoston program of the Boston Center for Community & Justice, 2008 graduate
- Ms. Inomata speaks limited Japanese and German
- J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1993
- B.S., Neural Science, Brown University, 1987
- Ms. Inomata was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (2015-2016) in the field(s) of Employment Law - Management. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 52,000 leading attorneys throughout the country cast almost 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor.
- Ms. Inomata was selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® (2008-2014, and 2004). Super Lawyers and Rising Stars employ an annual jurisdictional selection process. Only five percent of lawyers in the state were selected to the Super Lawyers list and 2.5 percent to the Rising Stars list. The listing appears annually in the November issue of Boston magazine and in New England Super Lawyers.
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.
5/2/2008, Boston Business Journal - "Downturn has laid-off workers calling lawyers"
Renee Inomata was quoted in this article.
5/31/2006, Boston Globe - 'Hotel Rwanda' humanitarian finds Boston a second home
The firm was mentioned in this article by Bella English. The article featured Paul Rusesabagina who is a client of the firm.
11/17/2003, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - "Taking the Plunge Into a Records Management Plan"
Victoria (Schmidt) Walton and Renee Inomata were quoted in this article.
11/3/2003, Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly - "Member on the Move"
Renee Inomata was quoted in this article.
Recent Articles and Publications:
The In-House Advisor's Quick Reference Guide for In-House Counsel, Volume 2
A compilation of popular blog posts from in-houseadvisor.com
New Connecticut Noncompetition Requirements for Employees of Surviving Entity of Mergers and Acquisitions
Burns & Levinson Client Update, June 2013
The In-House Advisor's Quick Reference Guide for In-House Counsel, Volume 1
A compilation of popular blog posts from in-houseadvisor.com.
Inside the Minds: Complying with Employment Regulations
Aspatore Books, 2012
Renee Inomata authored the chapter titled, "Perils of Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors."
United States of America (Chapter in Protecting Brands Online)
The European Lawyer Reference Series, 2012
Introduction to Trademark Law
Intellectual Property Practice, MCLE, October 2011
Editor: Jerry Cohen. Burns & Levinson contributing authors: Sara Beccia, Renee Inomata, Deborah Peckham and Mark Schonfeld.
.XXX Is Here. Have You Prepared Yourself?
Intellectual Property Update, October 2011
Ring In The New, But Don’t Forget To Comply With What Was New In 2010
Focus [Page 2], Winter 2011
The Value of Pursuing a TM Portfolio
Burns & Levinson Brand Bulletin, August 2010
COBRA Subsidy Eligibility and Duration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Extended
Employment Update, December 2009
Practical Steps for Personal Information Security: What to do now to comply with the new regulations
Focus [Page 2], Spring 2009
Caution! Employees Not at Work
Focus [page 1], Fall 2008
Mandatory Treble Damages for Failure to Pay Wages
Employment Update, April 2008
The ROI from Employee Training
Focus, Spring 2004
Nondisclosure Agreements, Whistleblowers and Sarbanes-Oxley
www.workindex.com, April 21, 2003
Fair Use or Not Fair Use? The Size of the Image Makes all the Difference
Internet & Technology Update, Spring 2002
Registering Your Company's Marks
Internet & Technology Update, Winter 2002
Minimizing Risks of Monitoring E-Use in the Workplace
Internet & Technology Update, Fall 2001
Protecting Your Trade Secrets: The Basics
Focus, Winter 2001
The In-House Advisor Seminar, 6.10.2014
Location: Burns & Levinson LLP - 125 Summer Street, Boston MA
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
TMA Northeast/ACG Boston Event - Challenges and Opportunities for US Manufacturing, 1.23.2014
Location: Langham Hotel - Boston, MA
Topic: Manufacturing Improvement Strategies - 90 Day Plan
The In-House Advisor Seminar, 10.3.2013
Location: Burns & Levinson LLP, 125 Summer Street, Boston, MA
Topic: Drafting Today’s Contracts to Address Tomorrow’s Problems
International Boston Seafood Show, 3.10.2013
Location: Boston Convention and Exhibit Center
Topic: Brand That Fish! How to Distinguish Your Seafood Products and Services in a Crowded Marketplace
Driving Forward: Automotive Dealer Trends Program, 10.31.2012
Location: Rockland Trust Building, Hanover, MA
Paul Harris will speak on the topic, "Addressing Consumer Issues: Best Practices, Insurance, Lemon Law, Spot Deliveries" and Renee Inomata will discuss, "Hot Topics in Employee Relations."
Boston Bar Association IP Section Lunch Program, 4.21.2011
Location: Boston Bar Association
Topic: Employee risk to trademark value: Being a better gatekeeper.
Boston Tooling & Machining Association's Annual Meeting, 4.13.2010
Location: Woburn, MA
Topic: Employment Law Updates
Practical Steps for Personal Information Security: What to do now to comply with the new regulation, 1.28.2010
Massachusetts General Law: Are You In Compliance?, 2.24.2009
Location: Hosted by NSK Inc. - Boston, MA
Leading the Way to Your Career: Running Out of Law School, 1.15.2009
Location: Boston, MA
Socially Responsible Business in Times of Economic Change, 10.31.2008
Location: Boston Center for Community & Justice (BCCJ) Business Network Fall Breakfast
Handling Challenging Workplace Situatuions, 4.28.2008
Renee Inomata participated as the Chair at this Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) event on April 28, 2008.
Employment and Immigration Law Issues: Employer's Perspective, 10.17.2007
Location: Boston Neighborhood Network, Asian American Lawyers of Massachusetts Legal Line Show
Renee Inomata discussed tips and pointers for employers to address and protect themselves regarding employment and immigration law issues, including commentary on recent developments and trends. (Boston Neighborhood Network, Asian American Lawyers of Massachusetts Legal Line Show)
High Tech Monitoring and Privacy in the Workplace: Spotlight on Labor & Employment Law, 6.27.2007
Location: Boston Bar Association CLE Seminar
For the Boston Bar Association CLE Seminar, Renee Inomata spoke on how to advise corporate clients on drafting effective policies.
AAWIL Conference, 4.29.2006
Renee Inomata was a panelist at the Asian American Women in Leadership Conference put on by ASPIRE (Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence) on April 29, 2006. Renee spoke on the topic "Evolving as a Leader" to an audience of working professionals.
Women in the Law: Options and Opportunities, 4.19.2006
Renee Inomata was a panelist on the Women's Bar Association annual panel, Women in the Law: Options and Opportunities, on April 19, 2006.
Employment Solutions Seminar: Protecting Your IP, 1.26.2006
Location: Burns & Levinson LLP
125 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110
Renee Inomata spoke at the Employment Solutions Seminar: Protecting Your IP on January 26, 2006. The workshop was held at Burns & Levinson LLP.
Chair/Panelist:The Seventh Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, 6.11.2004
Renee Inomata was the Chair/Panelist at the Seventh Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference on June 11, 2004.
Workshop: "Hiring: Getting it Right from the Start", 6.9.2004
Renee Inomata and Nancy Newark conducted a workshop on "Hiring: Getting it Right from the Start" on June 9, 2004 at Keystone Associates.
Speaker: "From Piracy to Privacy: Key Legal Concerns for Workplace Technology", 5.22.2004
Renee Inomata spoke at the New England Chinese Information & Networking Association (NECINA) Information Security Conference regarding "From Piracy to Privacy: Key Legal Concerns for Workplace Technology" on May 22, 2004.
Speaker: "Non-Competes", 5.14.2004
Renee Inomata was a speaker on "Non-Competes" at PESI: 2004 Employment Update on May 14, 2004.
Speaker: "Top 10 Legal Pitfalls: From Piracy to Privacy", 3.18.2004
Renee Inomata was a speaker on "Top 10 Legal Pitfalls: From Piracy to Privacy" at the New England Information Security Group on March 18, 2004.