Renee C. Nash

Renee C. Nash

Roseville, California

Renee C. Nash is thrilled to be joining Cecil Cianci as Partner. Renee spent the last two and a half years with another Roseville-based firm, Jeppson & Griffin. “Making this move will allow me the freedom I want to manage the type of practice I wish to build,” Renee said.

Renee is not just an experienced lawyer, she is an experienced business owner and entrepreneur and brings together her strong knowledge of the law with her experience in the “real world.” Renee worked in house for three different companies over the course of her career and strives to provide that intimate type of service to her business clients of all sizes.

In all of her practice areas, Renee brings her experience in both the public and private sector to assist her clients in dealing with both simple and complex legal matters.

In the private sector, Renee has extensive experience dealing with employment law matters. She served as a legislative advocate and legal counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers where she advised newspapers around the state on a variety of business law topics, including employment law. She provided hands-on training to managers in a variety of areas, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment and wage and hour laws. She also dealt extensively with the issue of proper worker classification (employees versus independent contractor issues).

Renee’s broad business practice includes formation of business entities, tax and strategic planning, human resources, contracts, buy-sell agreements, a wide variety of transactional work and estate planning. “Any lawyer can create an LLC or a C corporation in California. It’s a one-page form and a few hundred dollars. What is important to the client is not just the type of entity that is formed by the reasons for selecting one type or another, including tax implications, whether the company intends to seek silent financial partners, whether they are in a highly regulated industry, how many employees they envision, whether they are planning on leaving the business to their kids or selling it in a few years. And these are just a few of the dozens and dozens of questions that are part of my analysis of what type of business entity someone should form.

“And it’s not enough to simply set up the business. It is imperative to make sure they understand the types of regulations they will be subject to, how to set up a comprehensive HR program to keep the plaintiffs’ attorneys from knocking their door down, to have the appropriate contracts and insurance in place and so much more. I can’t even begin to tell you how many commercial leases I’ve negotiated over the years. Sometimes a business is doomed before they open for business because they have leased a space that is too big for the business to support. I like to offer a holistic approach to starting and managing a business,” Renee said.

“And I’m thrilled to be able to assist high-net worth divorces or other dissolutions or separations that involve complex financial matters as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements.”

In the public sector, Renee has been a member of the Eureka Union School District Board of Trustees since 2012. Renee is currently president of the board of trustees. In this capacity, Renee is one of five elected persons responsible for setting policy for the school district composed of seven schools and serves approximately 3,400 students in grades TK through 8th grade, and managing an annual budget of over $35 million. Renee is also a member of the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association, a statewide organization that advocates for public education. Because of this experience, Renee has a strong understanding of the needs and issues of school districts and other public agencies.

In the non-profit sector, Renee was a founder and is still a member of the Board of Directors of the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy in Roseville. She served on the Board of Directors of the Eureka Schools Foundation for nearly a decade. She has formed, advised and sat on the board of numerous other non-profit organizations. Her experience allows her to provide a full spectrum of legal services to non-profits, including formation, governance and tax-related issues.

Renee’s other experience includes serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento for 14 years where she taught both Employment Law and Mass Media Law. Prior to attending law school, Renee was a newspaper reporter and editor for several daily newspapers in Northern California.

Renee received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, and her Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif and with Great Distinction. Renee lives in the Granite Bay area with her husband Steve and their four teenage daughters.