Overview

Laura Renstrom is a trial lawyer in Holland & Knight's Jacksonville office, where she focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including product liability, tort and class actions, as well as business, insurance and contract disputes. Ms. Renstrom has litigated and tried commercial matters across many industries, focusing on real estate, transportation, financial services and healthcare.

Ms. Renstrom has substantial class action experience, successfully representing plaintiffs in obtaining class certification and defendants in defeating class certification or obtaining dismissal of claims. This includes cases in Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina in both state and federal courts.

Ms. Renstrom is committed to community and pro bono work. Recently, on a pro bono basis, she helped secure a statewide settlement with the Florida Department of Corrections to ensure that inmates with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities obtain necessary treatment. She also serves on the board of directors for Sanctuary on 8th Street and the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Renstrom served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Tallman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Representative Matters

Product Liability

  • Successfully represented a national homebuilder at trial, obtaining a $14.65 million verdict against a manufacturer of wood products on claims of negligence, negligent misrepresentation and fraud
  • Represented a product manufacturer on claims of personal injury and negligence

Class Action

  • Represented consumers at trial and at the appellate level in multimillion-dollar class actions against a manufacturer of sunglasses, alleging claims under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA)
  • Defended rural electric cooperatives in class actions around the country concerning patronage capital disputes, including obtaining dismissal of six separate lawsuits in Florida

Appellate

  • Successfully represented an electric cooperative on issues of federal preemption before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Represented a trustee in protecting real property against misappropriation by a co-trustee at the trial court and at the appellate level on a matter of first impression
  • Preparation of amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of a statewide association in support of a decision dismissing a class action brought against electric cooperative
  • Successfully represented a local nonprofit at trial and appellate levels on claims alleging violation of public record laws
  • Represented an engineering firm on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit regarding claims for negligent misrepresentation and professional negligence
  • Represented a white collar defendant on an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit regarding issues including sufficiency of the evidence, erroneous jury instructions and prosecutorial misconduct

Other Representative Matters

  • Represented a power company in obtaining a favorable summary judgment ruling in an easement dispute involving claims of trespass and injunctive relief
  • Obtained a successful summary judgment ruling in favor of a hospital and pediatric group in a lawsuit involving claims for alleged violations of the Lanham Act, Sherman Act, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and breach of contract
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in obtaining full dismissal of antitrust and patent invalidation claims
  • Represented a healthcare provider in obtaining dismissal with prejudice of claims brought by product manufacturer for unlawful restraint of trade, tortious interference and deceptive trade practices
  • Represented a national homebuilder in contractual and construction defect disputes with buyers
  • Represented financial institutions, banks and consumer finance companies against claims alleging violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (CCPA), including claims with potential liability greater than $10 million

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Florida, M.S., Business Management
  • University of Florida, B.M., Piano Performance, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Memberships
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter, Vice President
  • Sanctuary on 8th Street, Board of Directors, Vice President 
  • Jacksonville Jaguars JAX MVP, Class of 2017
  • The Players Championship, Committee Chairperson
  • Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, 2015-2016
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Florida Law Review, Executive Editor
Honors & Awards
  • University of Florida Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Order of the Coif
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2017-2018

Publications

Speaking Engagements

News