ByrdAdatto attorney Rene Coover

Renee E. Coover

Partner

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“Communication is the key to a successful client relationship. I enjoy listening to our clients’ challenges and helping them find creative solutions.”

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A trained opera singer, Renee E. Coover has always been an excellent 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 as an owner of several businesses in the healthcare and legal industries, 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 (AmSpa), advising health care professionals on regulatory and legal issues governing the medical spa industry.

Renee’s practice focuses on representing business clients, primarily in the health care industry. Renee assists doctors, dentists, nurses 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, traveling and spending time with her husband and two young children. She is very involved in her community, and enjoys serving others by serving as a board member of the Riverside Junior Women’s Charity, volunteering with Reclaim13 and advocating for women’s rights.

Credentials & Experience

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Education

  • The University of Miami, Oxford, Ohio, B.A, Psychology and Vocal Performance (2004)
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (2007)

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar

Honors

  • Selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Stars Edition, published by Thompson Reuters (2015-2021)

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

Publications

  • “Alert: New Illinois Amendment Significantly Limits Use of Restrictive Covenants”, AmSpa NOW Blog (July 2021)
  • “Should Employers Mandate the COVID-19 Vaccine?”, AmSpa QP, Spring 2021, Volume 3, No. 1
  • “Paying Commissions in a Medical Spa”, AmSpa NOW Blog (June 2020)
  • “Influencer Pitfalls,” MedEsthetics Magazine, May/June 2020
  • “Can Your Employees Decline Re-Employment in Favor of Unemployment Benefits?”, AmSpa NOW Blog (April 2020)
  • “How Your Employment Policies Shape Your Practice”, AmSpa website (February 2020)
  • “Med Spa Law Update: Illinois Nurse Practitioners and Full Practice Authority”, AmSpa website (2018)
  • “Physician Supervision: Keeping the “Medical” in Medical Spas”, AmSpa NOW Blog (2018)
  • “Exit Strategy: When the Physician Leaves a Med Spa”, AmSpa NOW Blog (2018)
  • “Affordable Care Act Creates New Retaliation Claim for Employees,” (2013) Thiersch & Associates website
  • “Physician Liability in Med Spas,” (2013) American Health Lawyers Association Health Briefs e-Newsletter
  • “Enforcing Non-Competition Agreements in Med Spas: Is There Adequate Consideration?” (2013) AmSpa website
  • “Retaliation Claims on the Rise” (2012) Thiersch & Associates website
  • “To Employ or Contract? Classifying Employees v. Independent Contractors in Medical Spas” (2012) Thiersch & Associates website
  •  “Pregnancy Discrimination is on the Rise” (2012) American Bar Association website, Young Advocates Committee

Media

Presentations

  • Co-Speaker with Brad Adatto and Bala Mohan, COVID-19: The Customer That Nobody Wants, ByrdAdatto University
  • Speaker, Changes in Employee Status During COVID-19 and What It Means For Your Dermatology Practice, Association of Dermatology Administrators and Managers
  • Co-Speaker with Brad Adatto and Michael Byrd, Re-opening Toolkit for Medical Spas, American Med Spa Association webinar
  • Speaker, Changes to Employee Status During COVID-19 and What It Means, American Med Spa Association webinar
  • Speaker, Update on FFCRA, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Speaker, Episode One & Two: “What do I do Now?”, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Speaker, How do Small Businesses Handle Employment Issues During COVID-19, American Med Spa Association webinar
  • Co-Speaker with Courtney Cowan, Legal Pitfalls Surrounding Social Media Influencers, American Med Spa Association- Medical Spa Show
  • Co-Speaker with Sam Pondrom and Courtney Cowan, Legal 101: The Basics of Compliance – Medical Spa Formation and Ownership; Consultation and Treatment Plan; Delegation and Supervision, American Med Spa Association- Medical Spa Show
  • Speaker, Growing Your Practice in Compliance, The Ultimate Aesthetic Training Workshop
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, New York Rules and Regulations a MedSpa Owner Must Consider, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp New York
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, Washington Rules and Regulations a MedSpa Owner Must Consider, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp Seattle
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, North Carolina Rules and Regulations a MedSpa Owner Must Consider, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp North Carolina
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, Illinois Rules and Regulations a MedSpa Owner Must Consider, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp Chicago
  • Speaker, Can Dentists Serve as Medical Directors or Own a Med Spa?, American Med Spa Association webinar
  • Co-Speaker with Brad Adatto, Legal Issues and Social Media: What You Should Know, American Med Spa Association- Medical Spa Show
  • Co-Speaker with Michael Byrd, Who Can Do What? Basics of Supervision and Delegation in a Medical Spa, American Med Spa Association- Medical Spa Show
  • Co-Speaker with Brad Adatto, Top 5 Reasons You’re Going to Get Investigated, American Med Spa Association- Medical Spa Show
  • Co-Speaker with Jay Reyero, Want to be a Medical Director at a Medical Spa? Beware, American Med Spa Association- Medical Spa Show
  • Speaker, Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace, American Med Spa Association webinar
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, Tennessee Rules and Regulations a MedSpa Owner Must Consider, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp Nashville
  • Speaker, Regulatory and Legal Issues governing the Medical Spa Industry, Jaharis Health Law Institute at DePaul University School of Law
  • Speaker, Do I Have to Pay Overtime and Vacation? A Look Into Federal Wage and Hour Laws, American Med Spa Association webinar
  • Speaker, How to Protect Your Business Interests: Confidential Information, Covenants Not to Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp Hawaii
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, Colorado Rules and Regulations a MedSpa Owner Must Consider, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp Colorado
  • Speaker, Is Your Employee Handbook Effective?, American Med Spa Association webinar
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, The Law, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp Los Angeles
  • Co-Speaker with Michael Byrd and Alex Thiersch, How Medical Spas Can Successfully Partner with Plastic Surgeons Panel Discussion, American Med Spa Association- Medical Spa Show
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, Med Spa Rules and Regulations in Illinois, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp Chicago
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, Med Spa Rules and Regulations in New York, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp New York
  • Co-Speaker with Alex Thiersch, The Proper and Legal Ways to Form and Own Medical Spas, Face & Body Midwest
  • Speaker, From the Stairway to Cyberspace: Where We Are Headed with the ADA, Professional Liability Attorney Network
  • Speaker, Legal issues Confronting Aesthetics Practices and How to Avoid Them,” The Aesthetic Show
  • Speaker, Restrictive Covenants in the Medical Practice Setting, American Med Spa Association Southeast Medical Spa Conference
  • Speaker, Illinois Med Spa Laws & Regulations, Young Lawyer Section, Health & Hospital Law Committee Meeting, Chicago Bar Association
  • Speaker, Laser Regulations & Laws: What You Need to Know, Face & Body Spa Conference & Expo
  • Speaker, Regulatory and Legal Issues governing the Medical Spa Industry, Jaharis Health Law Institute at DePaul University School of Law
  • Speaker, Discrimination in the Workplace Applies to You: What Solo Entrepreneurs Need to Know, The Founding Moms webinar
  • Speaker, Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace, American Med Spa Association webinar
  • Speaker, Discrimination in the Workplace: A Primer for Employers, The Founding Moms
  • Speaker, Communicating Cost with Clients, ByrdAdatto University
  • Co-Speaker with Brad Adatto, Legal Issues and Social Media: What You Should Know, American Med Spa Association- Medical Spa Show
  • Speaker, Medical Spas: Formation, Licensing and More, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Health Law Committee Meeting
  • Speaker, How to Stay Off the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Radar, Illinois Medical Spa Association- Med Spa Success Workshop
  • Co-Speaker with Brad Adatto and Michael Byrd, Med Spa Rules and Regulations in Illinois, American Med Spa Association Boot Camp Chicago

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