Overview

Renee Diaz is Senior Counsel in Freeman, Mathis & Gary’s downtown Los Angeles office.  Design professionals, owners, and contractors rely on Ms. Diaz’s counsel to guide them through conflicts involving contract, lien claims, delay claims, unforeseen site conditions, payment remedies, licensure, and claims of defective design or construction. Ms. Diaz’s practice also includes defending attorneys in professional liability matters, counseling clients in real estate and commercial disputes, advising businesses on risk exposure and risk management, and negotiating cost effective resolutions. Among her notable engagements was demonstrating that a multi-million dollar subrogation mold claim against the project architect was negated by the doctrine of superior equities as the general contractor failed to properly install antimicrobial flooring material, spurring a settlement for a fraction of the claimed value, and achieving the early dismissal of suit against a law firm and attorneys negating a freelance paralegal’s claim that the law firm was obligated to pay for the paralegal’s fees for services despite a written contract obligating the fees be paid by the firm’s client, a dismissal that was upheld on appeal.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Diaz represented corporate clients, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, in complex products liability and catastrophic injury actions involving medical devises, pharmaceutical drugs, and off-road vehicles.

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Bar Admissions

California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Publications & Engagements

“Best Practices for Avoiding Payment Disputes in Commercial Tenant Improvement” published in Construction Executive, July 2020.  link:  https://www.constructinexec.com/article/best-paracties-for-avoiding-payment-disputes-in-commercial-tennant-improvement-contracts

ABA Construction Forum Checklists Book: 2021 update for “Preparing for an Architect’s Deposition”

Representative Cases & Clients

Estate of Helga Brasch Simon (David Simon) v. Robert Eroen, et al., 2007 WL 2045334 (drafted successful motion for summary judgment in probate action, affirmed on appeal)

Simon v. Eroen, et al., 2009 WL 1299341 (motion to dismiss legal malpractice action, affirmed on appeal)

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. v.  Superior Court (2009) 174 Cal.App.4th 264 (American subsidiary of Japanese corporation deemed general manager in California for purposes of service of process, eliminating need to serve via Hague Convention procedures)

Lichtenberger v. Hunt Ortmann, 2020 WL 7252665 (drafted successful demurrers, upheld on appeal)

Affiliations

Los Angeles County Bar Association – Real Estate Section and Construction Subsection

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel /Amicus Committee