My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner. I grew up in a small family owned and operated business in San José that was anything but "small" to our family.
We all worked very hard, seven days a week, in the shop. This inspired and drove me to attain a higher education. My upbringing instilled a uniquely strong and unwavering work ethic, and uncommon persistence, assets that serve my clients very well. I work hard and do not give up.
For many years I worked steadily to achieve each and every one of my educational goals, never giving up. I went to school at night while working full-time during the hours that I was not in school or studying.
I graduated from Saint Mary's College of California. After undergraduate, I embarked on my law school studies. I attended Santa Clara University School of Law, at night, while still working full-time during the day.
Throughout my studies at Saint Mary's and Santa Clara, I worked full-time for attorney Paul A. Noboa at his San José law practice, as a paralegal on serious personal injury, wrongful death, death benefits, criminal defense and post-conviction relief cases. Most of Mr. Noboa's clientele was Spanish speaking only - - I am proud to share that I also speak Spanish.
I earned my law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. I also earned a Certificate in Public Interest and Social Justice Law because public interest and social justice attorneys want to do more than just get ahead in their legal careers - they really want to make the world a better place. My passion for the law, and how it can make a difference to people, is why I chose this certificate to accompany my law degree.
Since 2006, I have been a member in good standing with the State Bar of California. I am also a member of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, the Santa Clara County Bar Association and Consumer Attorneys of California. Once I became an attorney, I continued to work for the same lawyer, on serious personal injury, wrongful death, death benefits, criminal defense and post-conviction relief cases, with mostly Spanish speaking clientele.
In 2019, opened my own law office, Gardner Law, where I continue to fight for justice for my clients.
In the legal profession for more than 20 years, I serve my clients in English and in Spanish during some of the most vulnerable and challenging times in their lives.
My clients are a range of people from our community.
- Some face the physical and emotional pain of a personal injury case.
- Others bear the unexpected and indescribably crushing heartbreak from the loss of a loved one who was killed as the result of wrongful death accident or a job-related accident.
- Some carry the looming burden of a pending criminal case.
- Others feel the sting of their criminal record preventing them from reaching their goals in life.
Did you know that some attorneys give their assistants almost full control over a client's file? Especially some personal injury attorneys. Rest assured that I am not one of those attorneys.
When you hire me, I will not hand off your file to an assistant, giving them free reign over your file, and then cross my fingers hoping they might keep me up to date about what they're doing on your case.
I know what is going on with each case of each client. I most of the legal work on my clients' files. I work one-on-one with my clients, because I believe working that way serves my clients better than other options.
I have been approached by the press on some of my cases. I have never made a comment to the press. I am not concerned with prestige and glory. I keep my focus on my clients. I want each of my clients to regain the peace of mind that has been lost because of their pending legal case.
I am not ashamed to say that I love being an attorney! I am proud to be a part of the legal profession. When I am not serving my clients, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and enjoying nature.