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Renee Stackhouse (née Galente) is a serious force in San Diego’s legal community, recognized equally for her tenacity, diligence, legal knowledge, and exceptional trial skills.  As an advocate, Renee is lauded for her strategic and empathetic approach, and she is known as a leader in the profession and the community.

In her years as a practicing lawyer, Renee has successfully represented clients in civil matters ranging from business disputes to construction defect and personal injury cases, while also growing a significant criminal defense practice. In addition, Renee has a strong military defense practice, and is recognized for her understanding of military processes and protocols, and the nuances involved in representing service members in various matters.  Her knowledge and understanding of the United States Military stems from her work as a civilian employee working in Marine Corps Community Services at Southern California’s largest base, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, from 1997-2007.

Renee’s zealous advocacy expands beyond her role as a lawyer – she is a dedicated champion of causes related to civil rights, diversity and inclusion, and equal rights for women. In 2018, Renee headed one of the state’s largest law-related associations, serving as President of California Women Lawyers.  Her work with this organization inspired her new passion project, “MSheLE,” an online service providing quality continued legal education to lawyers geared towards issues women face in the profession.

Her substantial volunteer experience also has included leadership roles with the San Diego County Bar Association, serving on the Board of Directors, and chairing the Association’s high-profile Law and Technology committee, which has been responsible for not only guiding educational program related to technology, but also hiring a Member Technology Officer to assist lawyers in acquiring basic technology competency. She also serves the organization as regular contributor to San Diego Lawyer magazine, and as frequent speaker on social media, trial skills, and general civil litigation. In addition, Renee has served San Diego’s legal community as the President of San Diego La Raza Lawyers and on the board of Lawyers Club of San Diego.

She earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, and earned a B.S. in Management and Marketing from Park University, also graduating magna cum laude.  Currently, Renee is in the process of earning a Women in Leadership Executive Certificate from Cornell University.

Though she has myriad professional accomplishments, Renee is most proud of the small human she created with her husband, Phil; their son Gabriel.


  • California, 2008
  • Military courts worldwide
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2015
  • Veterans Administration Accredited

Leadership Experience

  • California Women Lawyers, Immediate Past President
  • California Women Lawyers Foundation, President
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Member
  • Lawyer Club of San Diego, Past Board Member, Steering Committee, Women in ADR Task Force
  • MANA de San Diego, Professional Member
  • National Association of Women Judges, Amicus Judicii Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Director
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, Past President
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship Fund, Past Board Member, Website Administrator, Scholarship Selection Committee
  • California Lawyers Association Solo & Small Firm Executive Committee, Chair
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association, Past President
  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, Member

Teaching/Speaking Experience

  • Advanced Trial Advocacy Course, USAF Judge Advocate General School
  • Commencement Speaker, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Presenter, California Lawyers Association
  • Presenter, California Women Lawyers
  • Presenter, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Presenter, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Women’s Section
  • Presenter, Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Presenter, National Association of Women Judges (Mentor Jet)
  • Presenter, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Presenter, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association
  • Presenter, Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, National Trial Team Adjunct Professor
  • Trial Lawyers College, Weeks 2 and 3
  • Trial Lawyers College, Voir Dire and Opening Statements Regional Programs
  • Trial Lawyers College, Graduate Course I

Awards, Honors and Accolades: 

  • AVVO Rated 10.0 (Superb)
  • Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” San Diego Personal Injury- Plaintiffs (2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America; Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs (2018-2019)
  • California Women’s Leadership Association, Women to Watch in 2019 Finalist
  • Commendation, Commanding General MCB Camp Pendleton (2004)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney (2017-2018)
  • San Diego Business Journal, Next Top Business Leaders Under 40 Finalist (2018)
  • San Diego Business Journal, Best of the Bar (2014-2016)
  • San Diego Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business Finalist (2016)
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer (2013)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript Top Young Attorneys (2010, 2012)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript Young Influential (2013)
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association President’s Award (2015)
  • San Diego Magazine, Latinos Making a Difference Finalist (2013-2014)
  • San Diego Magazine, Woman of the Year Finalist (2015)
  • San Diego Magazine, Women Who Move the City Finalist (2013)
  • San Diego Metro Magazine, Top 40 Under 40 (2012)
  • SuperLawyers (2017-2019)
  • SuperLawyers Rising Stars (2015-2016)
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Adjunct Professor of the Year Award (2015)
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, A. Thomas Golden Alumni of the Year Award (2013)


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