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Location: Santa Barbara, California
Phone: (866) 298-2041
Fax: (805) 962-5001
E-mail: E-mail Me

Santa Barbara Attorney Renée J. Nordstrand-Black For the last 33 years, Renée Nordstrand-Black has represented those who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of others. A persuasive and successful trial lawyer and certified negotiator, Renée specializes in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases including those involving negligence, vehicle collisions and defective products. Bringing decades of experience, tenacity, and a strategic goal-oriented approach, Renée finds every possible avenue and option for recovery no matter how complex the circumstances. Whether taking on big insurance companies to get fair settlements or litigating to attain judgments that fully compensate injured victims for their losses, Renée has won millions of dollars for her clients.

Renée’s determination, compassion and drive for justice were inspired at a young age by three things: Her father, Sheldon Rosenfield, who is still practicing law at age 87; her mother, Elaine Rudin, who earned her BS and MS degrees as an adult with 3 children; and a devastating high school skiing accident which left her hospitalized for weeks. This harrowing experience gave Renée an intimate understanding of the trauma, rehabilitation and ongoing pain a crash victim endures as well as the medical and financial challenges required to heal. Read what Renée’s former clients have shared about their experience.

Santa Barbara Attorneys Renée J. Nordstrand-Black and Doug Black

Today, Renée enjoys a full, active life with her husband and law partner Doug, their twin tween daughters, three adult children, grandchildren, and two dogs – Jesse, a Miniature Australian Sheppard and Bandito, a Schnoodle. They also have two pet bunnies and six chickens that lay lots of eggs! Renée enjoys playing golf and tennis, snow skis, and practices Iyengar Yoga. Renée is an avid reader and loves to travel.

Practice Focus

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Motor Vehicle/Motorcycle/Rideshare Accidents
  • Defective Products
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Animal/Dog Bite Injuries
  • Trucking Accidents


  • J.D., Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1988 (top 20)
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Strategic Legal Negotiation Skills, Certificate of Completion, 2006

Admitted to Practice

  • California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2017

Awards, Recognition & Memberships

Professional and Community Volunteer Positions

  • Foundation Board Member for Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (2015 to present); Chair (2020 to 2023)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASA)
  • Girl Scout Troop Leader (and former Girl Scout)
  • Girls Inc. / Take Your Daughter’s To Work Day
  • Participated in and anchored mentoring circles for women lawyers (over 10 years)