A trained opera singer, Renee E. Coover has always been an excellent oral communicator. From the stage, to the board room, in the courtroom, and even on a TED Talk platform, Renee is comfortable in front of any audience. And from an early age, when she negotiated prices for her baked goods at a lemonade stand, Renee developed a business acumen that has been an asset in her career helping others succeed.
Renee has a unique background, blending litigation with healthcare law. A former litigator in high-stakes employment cases, Renee has extensive experience with counseling and representing businesses in employment matters, policies, and contract disputes, and defending business owners in state and federal trials. She has also served as General Counsel for the American Med Spa Association, advising health care professionals on regulatory and legal issues governing the medical spa industry.
Renee’s practice focuses on representing business clients, primarily focusing on the health care industry. Renee assists doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals with their businesses and regulatory challenges. She routinely advises and counsels business owners in proper corporate formation, complying with specific state laws and regulations, and implementing proper employment policies and practices for their business.
Outside of work, Renee enjoys running, yoga, baking, reading, and spending time with her husband and 2 year two-year-old son. She is very involved in her community, and enjoys serving others by volunteering to mentor teens and advocate for women’s rights.
The University of Miami, Oxford, Ohio, B.A., Psychology and Vocal Performance, 2004
DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2007
ADMISSIONS AND HONORS
Illinois State Bar Admittance, 2007
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2011
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2014
Selected in Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, published by Thompson Reuters (2015, 2016, 2017)
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
ARTICLES AND PRESENTATIONS
“From the Stairway to Cyberspace: Where We Are Headed with the ADA,” Presentation, Professional Liability Attorney Network, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL.
“A Message for Women: Taking Back Your Pregnancy Rights,” TEDx Talk, Oak Park, Illinois. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsRNoUx8w3rNehtoxZ5kcKBGJQfg2topp
“Legal issues Confronting Aesthetics Practices and How to Avoid Them,” Presentation, The Aesthetic Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
“Restrictive Covenants in the Medical Practice Setting,” AmSpa Southeast Medical Spa Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
“Illinois Med Spa Laws & Regulations,” Young Lawyer Section, Health & Hospital Law Committee Meeting, Chicago Bar Association
“Laser Regulations & Laws: What You Need to Know,” Face & Body Spa Conference & Expo, Presentation, Chicago, Illinois
“Discrimination in the Workplace Applies to You: What Solo Entrepreneurs Need to Know,” The Founding Moms, Webinar Presentation
“Discrimination in the Workplace: A Primer for Employers,” The Founding Moms, Presentation at 1871, Chicago, Illinois
Affordable Care Act creates new retaliation claim for employees, Thiersch & Associates, http://thierschlaw.com/2013/06/affordable-care-act-creates-retaliation-claim-employees/
“Physician Liability in Med Spas,” American Health Lawyers Association Health Briefs e-Newsletter
“Enforcing Non-Competition Agreements in Med Spas: Is There Adequate Consideration?” http://www.americanmedspa.org
“Medical Spas: Formation, Licensing and More,” Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Health Law Committee meeting
“Pregnancy Discrimination Is on the Rise,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Young Advocates, http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/youngadvocate/email/summer2012/summer2012-0912-pregnancy-discrimination-on-the-rise.html
“How to Stay Off the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Radar,” Illinois Medical Spa Association Med Spa Success Workshop
“Retaliation Claims on the Rise,” Thiersch & Associates, http://thierschlaw.com/2012/08/botox-cure-all/
“To Employ or Contract? Classifying Employees v. Independent Contractors in Medical Spas,” http://thierschlaw.com/2012/08/employ-contract-classifying-employees-v-independent-contractors-medical-spas/
“Marital Cybertorts: How Your Client’s ‘Self-Help Discovery’ Gets You in Trouble,” CBA Record, Young Lawyers Journal, Chicago Bar Association