Renée Dwyer

Renée Dwyer


Renée W. Dwyer is a Trial Attorney focusing on civil litigation. Her litigation practice involves the defense of serious premises liability action for many, large, self-insured companies. She also has experience in sports and recreation litigation. Renée also represents employers in Federal and State Court in cases involving all forms of discrimination including sexual harassment. Renée routinely represents the day care industry before the State Department of Public Health day care regulation violations.


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • Providence College, B,S., 1988, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Honors and Publications

  • “Social Media Etiquette: The Ethics of Collecting and Preserving Social Media Evidence”, Customer Connections, DRI, The Newsletter of the Retail and Hospitality Committee, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (3/26/15) reprinted with permission CDLA, The Defense, Spring 2015.
  • “Slip and Fall in Aisle Four: Modern Premise Liability Challenges to Retail Operations,” DRI – For the Defense, February 2012. Co-authored by Renee Dwyer.
  • Gore v. People’s Savings Bank, Renee W. Dwyer filed a brief for the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association as amicus curiae
  • Orson D. Munn, III, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees v. Hotchkiss School, Defendant-Appellant, Renee Dwyer filed a brief submitted on behalf of American Camp Association, Inc. Broadreach, Inc., Ecology Project International, No Barriers US, National Outdoor Leadership School, Student Conservation Association, Inc., Where There Be Dragons, World Leadership School, Inc., and YMCA Camp Mohawk, Inc., in the Second Circuit from the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • Lead Paint Liability: For the Defense, Sidebar, Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Quarterly, Spring, 1997, 1995
  • Strict Liability Overturned, Sidebar, Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Quarterly, Spring, 1996
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Family Award, 1991
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Professional Responsibility, 1991
  • Trial Practice Award, 1991


  • Holding the Bag: Who can end up paying – Indemnification Issues, Mealy’s Retail and Hospitality Conference, December 9, 2004 – December 10, 2004
  • Student Bullying and Sexual Harassment, 2003 – Present
  • Sexual Harassment Training, Connecticut Companies as Required by State Statute, 2000 – Present
  • Damages in Connecticut Civil Trial Practice, National Business Institute, 2001- Present
  • Basic Practice and Procedure, 2000 – Present
  • Bad Faith Litigation in Connecticut, Lorman Business Center, 1999

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • National Retail and Restaurants Defense Association (NRRDA)
  • Statewide Lead Paint Defense Committee
  • Co-Chairperson of the Legal Issues Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • Business & Professional Women’s Club, First Vice President, Wallingford Chapter, 1998 – 1999
  • Business & Professional Women’s Club, Corresponding Secretary, Wallingford Chapter, 1997 – 1998

Community Involvement

  • Mercy High School Home and School Association Member