In Memoriam

Mort Yeomans


Mort Yeomans

Follow this link for the latest photos of Audrey Carol Copeland, 2015-02-26


Tate & Renner was a private law office in Dover, Ohio (1995-2009) and Silver Spring, Maryland (2012-2013). Established in 1995 by Al Tate and Richard Renner, we advanced social justice through the practice of civil law. We handled employment matters, especially on behalf of whistleblowers. We also handled consumer, landlord-tenant, domestic violence, immigration and wage theft cases. Richard is now an attorney at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. Richard's blog is now here. We maintain this legacy web page for professional and personal reference.

On this web page, you can see Richard's collection of his photography and his travels to Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico. You can even play with our "clock" and subscribe to Richard's free weekly synopses of the NPR puzzle.

Click here to listen to Richard's experimental podcast about a visit to the American History museum. Click here for the links to subscribe to the experimental podcast.

For more information about Richard Renner, visit his résumé. It has links to his cases, accomplishments, and affiliations. Under "Articles," (above, on this page) you can read advice that we give to our clients about taming stress, buying a used car, defending yourself from professional debt collectors, what to do if the boss questions you, and how to meet the 30-day deadline for environmental whistleblower complaints.

Contact Richard Renner by email at This web page features an early design by Chris Renner. Follow this link to see his more recent work. We welcome your comments.

  • Richard, Silver, Elder and Elton have returned from a trip to Guatemala. Follow this link for photos.

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  • Lead author for MWELA amicus brief in Foster v. UMES (pending), urging the Fourth Circuit to reinstate retaliation and sexual harassment claims. 2014-05-16.
  • Submitted comments to EEOC on management directives for federal sector discrimination and retaliation cases. 2014-04-25.
  • Submitted comments to OSHA on regulations for food safety whistleblowers. 2014-04-14.
  • Co-wrote amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 134 S. Ct. 1158 (U.S. Mar. 4, 2014), arguing that the Supreme Court needs to restore whistleblower protections for the employees of corporate contractors. The Supreme Court agreed. Wrote brief for National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and Government Accountability Project (GAP).
  • Submitted comments to Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 2014-02-14, expressing concern that restrictions on discovery will disadvantage whistleblowers.
  • Presented "Overview of Whistleblower Claims" to NELA's Fall Seminar, Shining The Light On Whistleblower & Retaliation Claims, 2013-10-18.
  • Co-wrote NELA amicus brief in Hithon v. Tyson Foods, Inc., urging an award of reasonable attorney's fees for prevailing in race discrimination claim.
  • Wrote "It Is Illegal To Punish Workers For Qualifying For Health Care Assistance," for KCNF blog. 2013-08-12.
  • Presented Developments in Department of Labor Whistleblower Practice to NELA's 2013 Convention. 2013-06-26.
  • Wrote amicus brief in Howe v. City of Akron for the National Employment Lawyers Association against a $97,056.18 sanction imposed on civil rights attorneys. We filed the brief on 2013-04-23 with the Sixth Circuit. The brief argues that the sanction is in error when counsel violated no law, rule or court order, and the submission of a new exhibit was good faith compliance with the court's own order.
  • Richard submitted comments to OSHA about their new Whistleblower Complaint form, 2013-03-18.
  • We advocated for the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act (CRTRA) before Maryland House and Senate Committees with other members of the Maryland Employment Lawyers Associations, 2013-03-08.
  • Erik Snyder and Richard Renner co-wrote an amicus brief in Day v. Department of Homeland Security on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), together with other attorneys. The brief, filed 2013-02-28, successfully argued that the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) should apply Section 101 of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) to protected disclosures made before WPEA's effective date.
  • Submitted comments to U.S. Department of Labor on Rules of Practice and Procedure for Hearings Before the Office of Administrative Law Judges, 2013-02-04. Urged Department to express remedial purpose of whistleblower laws, reduce barriers to discovery and modernize electronic filing and discovery.