K. Renee Schimkat

Professor of Legal Writing & Lecturer in Law

J.D., Fordham University School of Law
B.A., Syracuse University

Phone: (305) 284-9492
Office: C421

Professor Schimkat teaches two core writing courses to foreign students enrolled in Miami Law’s LL.M. programs: (1) Legal Communication and Research Skills and (2) Introduction to Legal Communication and Writing.  She also teaches an upper-level writing course on Electronic Discovery.  

Prior to joining the full-time faculty at Miami Law, Professor Schimkat taught an insurance law course to upper-level law students as a member of the adjunct faculty.  She also taught both insurance law and advanced legal research and writing at Florida International University College of Law. 

In addition to her teaching experience, Professor Schimkat has more than seventeen years of experience practicing law across a wide range of complex litigation matters.  Most recently, she was Of Counsel with the law firm of Carlton Fields, focusing her practice on insurance coverage analysis, claim investigation, and coverage litigation in federal and state courts.  She also practiced law in New York City and worked in-house at an international insurance company where she managed high-profile claims against directors and officers of Fortune 3000 companies and developed and implemented strategies for the resolution of securities and employment class actions.

Professor Schimkat has published several articles.  Her writing has appeared in Bloomberg BNA, Global Reinsurance, and Harris Martin, among other publications.

Professor Schimkat is admitted to practice law in Florida; New York; New Jersey; the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, District of New Jersey; and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Professor Schimkat earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.  She earned her B.A. from Syracuse University, where she graduated with a dual major in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Is a Recent Ninth Circuit Opinion a Wake-Up Call for Sophisticated Parties when Drafting Contractual Language?, HarrisMartin, Reinsurance & Arbitration (2019).

Are Reinsurers Requesting 502(d) Orders? If Not, Should They Be?, HarrisMartin's Reinsurance & Arbitration Publication (2018).

Is There a Contractual Solution to the Recurring Litigation Arising From Service of Suit Clauses?, HarrisMartin's Reinsurance & Arbitration Publication (2016).

Is There Rhyme or Reason to the Scope of Permissible Reinsurance-Related Discovery?, HarrisMartin's Reinsurance & Arbitration Publication (2015).

Is It Still Privileged? An Insurer's Disclosure of Information to its Reinsurers and Brokers Waives Privilege ... Sometimes., HarrisMartin's Reinsurance & Arbitration Publication (2014).

Is It Time to Include Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in All Reinsurance Policies?, Global Reinsurance (2014).

The Danger of Inconsistent Choice of Law, Jurisdiction, and Arbitration Clauses in Insurance Policies, with Patricia Thompson, Bloomberg BNA (2014).

The Interplay of Fidelity, Director & Officer, and Errors & Omissions Insurance Policies, Vol. VIII The Fidelity Law Journal/The Fidelity Law Association (2002).

Phone: (305) 284-9492
Office: C421
Faculty Assistant


Phone: (305)285-5567
Office: B350
Faculty Assistant

Sutton, Tina

Phone: (305)284-4241
Office: G287

Area of Expertise

  • Legal Writing