Robert F. Renaud

Practice Areas

Robert F. Renaud is a trial attorney and municipal lawyer. He has many years of experience in successfully representing clients in complex litigation, in representing local government entities and officials, and in helping individuals and businesses in dealing with government agencies.

Representative Experience

Complex Litigation

Mr. Renaud is a trial lawyer, with a proven record of success in a wide variety of litigated matters, from land use cases to liquor liability, personal injury, civil rights, police practices, employment and business disputes, challenges to government action, contested estates, property claims and disputes, insurance claims and other complex cases. He has been certified since 1983 by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction shared by fewer than 5% of all NJ attorneys.

Local Government Law

Mr. Renaud represents numerous local government entities, including municipalities, counties. boards and other bodies, either as general or special counsel. He has served as municipal attorney and as attorney to planning boards, boards of adjustment, ABC boards and other agencies.

In the local government/municipal field, he has handled hundreds of cases involving planning and zoning board action, claims against police and corrections officers, real property tax appeals, challenges to government decisions and laws, election contests, discrimination, harassment and whistleblower claims, and tort (accident) claims. He has been a frequent lecturer, advising public officials and other attorneys on this specialized area of the law.

Other Areas

Mr. Renaud and his staff are often asked to assist in the administration of estates, in transactions involving the transfer or development of commercial real estate and in land use and development projects.

Education

Mr. Renaud was graduated from Rider College (now Rider University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended Seton Hall University Law School  and received a Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in 1974. He was admitted to practice in New Jersey in that year, and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Certifications, Awards and Affiliations
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney Named to Super Lawyers® multiple years
  • Awarded designation of Diplomate in New Jersey Municipal Law, Rutgers University and N.J. Institute of Municipal Attorneys, 1991
  • First Vice President, New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys
  • Past Chairman and Member of Board of Directors, New Jersey State Bar Association Local Government Section
  • Member, Certified Trial Attorneys Section, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Recipient, Fred G. Stickel Award, 2007, New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, for excellence in Local Government Law.
Presentations and Articles

SEMINAR “Access to Public Records – The New Law,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Local Government Law Section, May 22, 2002.

SEMINAR “Open Public Records Act – Right to Know,” New Jersey State League of Municipalities Convention, Institute of Local Government Attorneys, November 20, 2003.

SEMINAR “OPRA for Litigators”, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2005

SEMINAR “Tort Claims Update: Title 59 and §1983 Claims Revisited”, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, September 24 and October 8, 2005.

ARTICLE “What’s Hot in 2006/Local Government Law,” New Jersey Lawyer, December 26, 2005.

SEMINAR “Liability of Local and State Governments, Evaluating Title 59 Tort Claims & § 1983 Civil Rights Actions”, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 29, 2007, April 29, 2009.

SEMINAR “Municipal Tort Liability in New Jersey,” Instructor, Diplomate in Municipal Law Program, Rutgers University and N.J. Institute of Local Government Attorneys, 2007-2009

SEMINAR “Litigating State and Local Government Liability,” Lecturer, New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, December 4, 2007.

SEMINAR “Local Government Liability in New Jersey: Torts, Title 59 and Civil Rights Actions against Public Entities and Employees,” N.J.I.C.L.E. and N.J.I.L.G.A., 12 hour series, April 20 & 29, May 6 &13, 2010.

SEMINAR “Defending Title 59 Liability Claims,” Garden State Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, Defense Panel Summit Conference, June 29, 2010.

SEMINAR “Local Government Liability in New Jersey: Torts, Title 59 and Civil Rights Actions against Public Entities and Employees 2011,” Diplomate in N.J. Municipal Law Program, N.J.I.C.L.E. and N.J.I.L.G.A., 12 hour series, 2011-

SEMINAR “The Defense of Title 59 & Police Professional Claims,” Garden State Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, Defense Panel Summit Conference, October 10, 2011

SEMINAR “Tax Appeals for Dummies,” Bar Foundation of Union County, March 7, 2012.

ARTICLE “Supreme Court Upholds Public Entity Nonliability,” New Jersey Municipalities, April, 2012

WEBINAR “Understanding Immunities,” N.J.I.C.L.E., December 13, 2012