Rene Ugarte has a passion for helping underserved individuals. She represents Social Security disability claimants and is part of our criminal defense team.
Rene attended the University of Kansas School of law, where she was a staff editor for the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. She also participated in the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies. As part of that program, Rene drafted a criminal appeal that was granted by the Kansas Supreme Court in 2013. While in school, she interned at Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD). She continued to pursue criminal work after graduation with MSPD’s trial office in Liberty, Missouri. During her first year in practice with a small firm, she won a civil appeal at the Missouri Court of Appeals. Rene’s background makes her a powerful advocate and a compassionate advisor for her criminal and Social Security clients.
Rene was born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado and a graduate of Denver North High School. She attended Stephens College, a small private women’s college in Columbia, Missouri. There she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with an emphasis in jewelry design and printmaking.