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Rena Sauer

Rena Sauer


Rena Sauer has over 25 years of legal experience. Prior to joining Ledbetter Partners in 2010, Rena worked in the areas of employment law, business law and general litigation. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of business disputes, employment matters and collection actions.


In her current role, Rena focuses on all aspects of apprenticeship and training programs, including EEO matters, collection of scholarship loan agreements, JATC compliance, employment issues and advising apprenticeship programs on their fiduciary duties as both trustees and employers.


In addition to apprenticeship fund matters, Rena also handles:

  • Litigation involving ERISA claims

  • Withdrawal liability

  • Subrogation Claims

  • General collection issues and litigation

  • Representing the funds’ interests as creditors in bankruptcy cases


Rena earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and her law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio, before the federal courts in the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana, before the U.S. Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • 2022 ERISA Boot Camp (Louisville, KY; October 2022)

  • IFEBP, 68th Annual Conference, "Legislative and Legal Regulatory Update for Apprenticeship Funds" (Las Vegas, NV; October 2022)

  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America Association Executives Council, "Best Practices Conference Apprenticeship Application" and "Interviews Best Practices" (July 2022)

  • Sheet Metal Workers, Eastern Regional Apprenticeship Conference, JATC Trustee Travel & Program Expenses (Clearwater, FL; April 2022)

  • IFEBP, 67th Annual Conference, "Legislative and Legal Regulatory Update for Apprenticeship Funds" (Denver, CO; September 2021)

  • IFEBP, Apprenticeship Institute, “Guided Open Forum on Apprenticeship Issues,” (January 2020; Rancho Mirage, CA)

  • Mechanical Contractors Association of Ohio, 2019 Convention, ERISA Update: Apprenticeship, Health & Welfare and Pension Funds (September 2019; Cleveland, OH)

  • IFEBP, Online Apprenticeship Answer Guide, Contributor (January 2019)

  • IFEBP, Apprenticeship Conference, Supporting Apprentices with Learning Disabilities (Miami, FL: January 2019)

  • ERISA Boot Camp (Indianapolis, IN;  November 2018)

  • Sheet Metal Workers, Eastern Regional Apprenticeship Conference, EEO Update (Cleveland, OH; April, 2018)

  • Apprenticeship Fund Boot Camp (Evansville, IN; September 2017)

  • National Electrical Contractors Association (Indianapolis, IN June; 2017)

  • Western Ohio Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (Dayton, OH; May 2017

  • ERISA Boot Camp (Columbus, OH; March, 2017)


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