Richard Renner is a Partner in the Washington, DC, law firm of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. He represents environmental and other whistleblowers nationwide. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, eleven U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the courts of Ohio, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
He has been Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association Whistleblower Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center. He has won environmental whistleblower cases involving a hazardous waste incinerator, a regional wastewater authority, and local governments that didn't want misconduct reported to the EPA. A community activist against the hazardous waste incinerator said the successful court action had "given new hope to efforts against an illegal and unsafe plant."
Renner earned a degree in mathematics from MIT and a law degree from the New York University School of Law, taught environmental law at Kent State University, and has authored numerous articles on environmental whistleblower issues.
He speaks on the importance of whistleblower protections and on how conscientious individuals can utilize these protections if they are threatened or punished for exposing environmental wrongdoing. The web of whistleblower protections is uneven, and Renner calls attention to both areas of strong protection and to the gaping holes in those protections. Currently, federal sector whistleblowers enjoy one of the strongest whistleblower protection laws, but face hurdles when enforcing those rights.
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