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.

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.

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 Experience

  • 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 arising from an allegedly defective saw
  • Represented a product manufacturer on breach of implied warranty claims arising out of an allegedly defective tractor

  • Counsel for a privatized military housing operator defending purported class actions alleging mold exposure to residents on U.S. military bases
  • Successfully obtained class certification and final approval of a $40 million class action settlement against a manufacturer of sunglasses arising from deceptive warranty practices
  • Successfully defended a Florida healthcare organization and two partners in a series of data breach class action lawsuits, including obtaining dismissal of claims for violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice Act (FDUTPA), negligence, negligence per se, breach of express contract, breach of implied contract in fact, invasion of privacy, unjust enrichment, breach of confidence and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented a class of approximately 2 million nationwide consumers in Florida state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels 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 purported class action lawsuits in Florida

  • Represented a major health insurer on appeal in defending against putative class action claims regarding a challenge to medical coverage guidelines with respect to behavioral health coverage, and alleging claims for breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims, after obtaining complete dismissal with prejudice at trial court level
  • 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

  • Represented healthcare providers in hundreds of matters alleging underpayment of claims under Sections 641.513 and 627.64194, Florida Statutes
  • Represented a power company in obtaining a favorable summary judgment ruling in an easement dispute involving claims of trespass and injunctive relief
  • Represented a hospital and pediatric group in a lawsuit for alleged violations of the Lanham Act, Sherman Act, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and breach of contract; obtained successful summary judgment and dismissal of the claims
  • 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
  • Represented a financial institution in funds transfer disputes

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. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Memberships
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter, President-Elect, 2021-2022
  • Merit Selection Panel for United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2021
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Bench-Bar Fund Committee, 2020-Present
  • Sanctuary on 8th Street, Board of Directors, 2015-2020
  • Jacksonville Jaguars JAX MVP, Class of 2017
  • The Players Championship, Committee Chair, 2015-Present
  • Constellation Furyk & Friends, Committee Chair, Player Services, 2021
  • Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, Associate, 2015-2016, Barrister, 2021-Present
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Florida Law Review, Executive Editor
Honors & Awards
  • First Coast Women in Law, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2022
  • Women of Influence, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Jacksonville Appellate Practice Ones to Watch, 2022
  • Holland & Knight Rising Star, Class of 2022
  • 40 Under 40, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2020
  • University of Florida Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Order of the Coif
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2017-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

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