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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 as the 2021 President on the Board of Directors, and inaugural Chair of the Association’s high-profile Law and Technology committee, which was 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 host of its podcast “Meet & Confer” and as a regular contributor to San Diego Lawyer magazine, and 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.  She is a 2012 graduate of the The Trial Lawyers College. She earned a Women in Leadership Executive Certificate from Cornell University in 2019.

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

Media Inquiries/Public Speaking

Renee is available for media appearances on injury litigation, state and federal crimes, and women’s rights issues. Renee is also available for legal association/education panels on legal ethics and social media, trial skills, women in the law, and diversity in the profession.


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


  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocates

Leadership Experience

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California Lawyers Association & California Judges Association, Joint Taskforce on Remote Proceedings, Co-Chair
  • California Lawyers Association, Long-Term and Strategic Planning Committee Member
  • California Lawyers Association, Solo & Small Firm Executive Committee Immediate Past Chair
  • California Lawyers Association, Past Awards Committee Chair
  • California Women Lawyers, Past President
  • California Women Lawyers Foundation, Past President
  • Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter, Member
  • Lawyer Club of San Diego, Past Board Member, Past Co-Chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force, Past Steering Committee, Women in ADR Task Force
  • MOXIE 2020 Awards Committee
  • National Association of Women Judges, Amicus Judicii Member, Mothers in Court Committee Co-Chair
  • North County Bar Association, Member
  • Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, Strategic Framework Facilitation
  • Probate Attorneys of San Diego, Strategic Framework Facilitation
  • San Diego County Bar Association, President
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, Past President
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship Fund, Past Board Member, Website Administrator, Scholarship Selection Committee
  • 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
  • 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
  • Legal Education Access Pipeline (LEAP), Presenter
  • National Association of Women Judges (Mentor Jet), Presenter
  • National Defender Investigator Association, Faculty
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Presenter & Podcast Host
  • San Diego Law Library, Presenter
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association, Presenter
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Commencement Speaker
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Legal Writing I Adjunct Professor
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, National Trial Team Adjunct Professor
  • Trial Lawyers College, Weeks 2 and 3, Faculty
  • Trial Lawyers College, Voir Dire, Opening Statements, & Direct Examination Regional Programs, Faculty
  • Trial Lawyers College, Graduate Course I, Faculty
  • UCSD, Department of Political Science, Presenter
  • UCSD Extension, Sorbonne Winter Symposium, Faculty
  • Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo, Presenter
  • Women Lawyers of Long Beach, Keynote Presenter

Awards, Honors and Accolades: 

  • America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys (2019, 2020)
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow (2020)
  • AVVO Rated 10.0 (Superb)
  • Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” San Diego Personal Injury- Plaintiffs (2019-2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Southern California; Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs (2018-2022)
  • California Women’s Leadership Association, Women to Watch in 2019 Finalist
  • City of Los Angeles, Certificate of Appreciation (2005)
  • Commendation, Commanding General MCB Camp Pendleton (2004)
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego Community Service Award (2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney (2017-2021)
  • Moxie Theatre, Moxie Award (2019)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Outstanding Law Student Award (2008)
  • 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 Business Journal, Business Women of the Year Finalist (2019)
  • 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 Law Library Foundation, Witkin Award-Excellence as Community Changemaker (2019)
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association President’s Award (2015)
  • San Diego Magazine, Top Lawyers (2017-2021)
  • 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)
  • Super Lawyers (2017-2021)
  • Super Lawyers 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)
  • Woman Leader in the Law, ALM (2020)
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