Congratulations to Elizabeth Newman on the occassion of her retirement party.

Elizabeth Newman

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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.

  • The Uneven Web of Whistleblower Protection is the slide show for a presentation by Lindsey Williams and Richard Renner for the Whistleblowers Summit, 2015-07-31.
  • Maricé Morales hosts a party at La Fogata restaurant at Plaza del Mercado, 2015-06-13

    Maricé Morales

  • Pollo Campero food safety whistleblowers featured in El Tiempo Latino, 2015-06-12

    Pollo Campero whistleblowers

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

    Toc Ramos

  • Lead author for MWELA amicus brief in Foster v. UMES, No. 14-1073, 2015 WL 2405266 (4th Cir. May 21, 2015), persuading the Fourth Circuit to reinstate retaliation claims.
  • 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 successful amicus brief in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 134 S. Ct. 1158 (2014). Supreme Court restored whistleblower protections for the employees of corporate contractors.
  • Submitted comments to Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 2014-02-14, expressing concern that restrictions on discovery will disadvantage whistleblowers.
  • 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.