Renee Stackhouse (née Galente) is a serious force in San Diego’s legal community, recognized equally for her tenacity, diligence, legal knowledge, and exceptional trial skills. As an advocate, Renee is lauded for her strategic and empathetic approach, and she is known as a leader in the profession and the community. In her years as a practicing lawyer, Renee has successfully represented clients in civil matters ranging from business disputes to construction defect and personal injury cases, while also growing a significant criminal defense practice. In addition, Renee has a strong military defense practice, and is recognized for her understanding of military processes and protocols, and the nuances involved in representing service members in various matters. Her knowledge and understanding of the United States Military stems from her work as a civilian employee working in Marine Corps Community Services at Southern California’s largest base, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, from 1997-2007. Renee’s zealous advocacy expands beyond her role as a lawyer – she is a dedicated champion of causes related to civil rights, diversity and inclusion, and equal rights for women. In 2018, Renee headed one of the state’s largest law-related associations, serving as President of California Women Lawyers. Her work with this organization inspired her new passion project, “MSheLE,” an online service providing quality continued legal education to lawyers geared towards issues women face in the profession. Her substantial volunteer experience also has included leadership roles with the San Diego County Bar Association, serving on the Board of Directors, and chairing the Association’s high-profile Law and Technology committee, which has been responsible for not only guiding educational program related to technology, but also hiring a Member Technology Officer to assist lawyers in acquiring basic technology competency. She also serves the organization as regular contributor to San Diego Lawyer magazine, and as frequent speaker on social media, trial skills, and general civil litigation. In addition, Renee has served San Diego’s legal community as the President of San Diego La Raza Lawyers and on the board of Lawyers Club of San Diego. She earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, and earned a B.S. in Management and Marketing from Park University, also graduating magna cum laude. Currently, Renee is in the process of earning a Women in Leadership Executive Certificate from Cornell University. Though she has myriad professional accomplishments, Renee is most proud of the small human she created with her husband, Phil; their son Gabriel.