Renée is Chair of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group. Clients seek her assistance with the establishment, compliance, and administration of pension plans, welfare benefit plans, and fringe benefit plans, including defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock purchase plans, ESOPs, governmental plans, Taft-Hartley multiemployer pension and welfare plans, municipal pension plans, 457(b) and (f) plans, 403(b) plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts,  HRAs, VEBAs, and insured and self-insured welfare plans.

Renée has extensive experience counseling clients on ERISA and the complex tax laws which impact benefit plans, including Sections 409A and 280G of the Code. Her experience includes reviewing plan documents for compliance with applicable laws and assisting clients with correction procedures. She regularly advises clients on fiduciary compliance and best practices.

Renée also advises clients on employee benefits issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions, including benefits due diligence, negotiating benefits related issues, and the merger or termination of benefit plans.

She has assisted nonprofits and privately held and publicly traded companies in the negotiation of employment agreements, severance agreements, and director and executive compensation programs. She designs and assists in the implementation of non-qualified deferred compensation plans and equity compensation plans, including SERPs, option plans, restricted stock plans, unit appreciation rights, and profit interests. She has advised compensation committees and publicly traded companies and has extensive experience advising clients in the financial services industry.


Georgetown University Law Center, LLM

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.

Northwestern State University, M.A.

Louisiana State University, B.A.


Best Lawyers in America®, 2020-present

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer®, 2014-2018

Named a Local Legal Leader by Harrisburg Magazine (2016)

Named a Select Lawyer in Business/Commercial Law (2016)

Named a Select Lawyer in Business/Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Law (2015)

Central Penn Business Journal’s 2012 Women of Influence

2010 Tribute to Women of Excellence Award Winner

Member of 2008 Harrisburg MS Leadership Class

Member of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2007 Class of “40 under 40”


ESOP Association

The National Center for Employee Ownership, Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Louisiana Bar Association

“Arts for All” Partnership, Grantmaking Committee, Chairperson

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Secretary, Director (2017-2023)

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Grantmaking Committee (2010 – 2020)

West Shore Rotary, Member (2015 – 2021)

Master Mind Group for The Foundation for Enhancing Communities Women’s Fund, Committee Member (2009-2012)

Penn State Diabetes Center Gala, Committee Member (2004-2010)

Mortimer Levitt Foundation, Trustee (2002-2009)

Cultural Enrichment Fund, Campaign Cabinet (2007, 2008)

Art Association of Harrisburg, Board of Directors (2000-2006)

American Diabetes Association, Tri-County Board of Directors (2000-2002)

Community Historic Preservation Fund, Trustee (2001-2004)

Broad Street Market Corp., Board of Directors (2002-2004)

Historic Harrisburg Association, Board of Directors (2001-2004)


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Bar Admissions


New York



August 17, 2023 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 42 McNees Attorneys, Three Named “Lawyer of the Year”

November 17, 2022 - Cybersecurity and Employee Benefit Plan Best Practices

August 18, 2022 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 34 McNees Attorneys, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

May 12, 2022 - McNees Attorneys Reviewing Advancements in Employment, Benefit Law

August 19, 2021 - 39 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

January 14, 2021 - McNees Attorney to Present on ESOPs and Closely-Held Businesses

October 6, 2020 - McNees Labor & Employment Attorneys to Participate in Central Keystone Valley HR Professionals’ Conference

August 24, 2020 - 34 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Four Named “Lawyer of the Year”

August 17, 2020 - McNees Labor & Employment Attorney to Present Webinar Detailing the Role of an Employee Benefits Paralegal

August 11, 2020 - McNees Labor & Employment Attorney to Present Webinar on Reducing the Risks of a Government Audit

November 20, 2019 - McNees Attorney to Present During McKonly & Asbury’s Employee Benefits Webinar

November 7, 2019 - McNees Labor & Employment Attorneys to Present at McKonly & Asbury’s Collaborate 2019 Conference

October 14, 2019 - McNees Attorneys to Provide Labor & Employment Law Updates at Annual HRACC Seminar

October 8, 2019 - McNees, Murphy McCormack Capital Advisors and Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz to Host Joint Seminar

October 7, 2019 - McNees Attorney to Host Webinar on Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements

August 15, 2019 - 33 McNees Attorneys Among 2020 Best Lawyers in America, 7 Named Lawyer of the Year

July 24, 2019 - McNees Attorney Hosts Webinar on Health Reimbursement Arrangement Plans