Stephen G. Rinehart


New York
Business Phone: 212.704.6305
Business Fax: 212.704.5957


Steve Rinehart specializes in the prosecution, defense and management of complex commercial disputes in the federal and state courts, at both the trial court and appellate levels. His 33 years of litigation experience encompass a wide spectrum of business relationships and disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, the federal securities laws, financial services, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, professional liability, and claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Steve has also represented clients before the SEC, FINRA, the AICPA, and other state and Federal regulatory bodies. Steve’s objective is to efficiently and effectively manage complex matters, and to always return your calls.

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel for nationwide book distributor in federal jury trial involving breaches of personal guarantees, resulting in judgment of over $ 29 million in favor of our client.
  • Lead counsel for owner of multimillion-dollar equipment lease portfolios in four related actions and appeals against lease portfolio servicing company alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and diversion of funds, resulting in 100% recovery for the client.
  • Lead counsel in numerous successful representations of accounting firms in cases alleging professional negligence, common law fraud, securities fraud and breach of contract brought by former clients, creditors and state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Defense of officers and directors of insolvent department store chain in consolidated shareholder class actions alleging violations of the federal securities laws.
  • Representation of corporate officers and directors in SEC civil enforcement proceeding alleging filing of false and misleading form 10-K.
  • Representation of owner of 20 Broadway theatres in wide-ranging Justice Department investigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Representation of financial services company in hearings before the New York State Department of Financial Services.
  • Lead counsel for the lender at trial and in two appeals to the Second Circuit involving enforcement of a guarantee and pledge agreement.


  • “Accountants’ Liability Under the Federal Securities Laws,” Chapter 5A of Federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., 2015) (co-author with Elliot Cohen)
  • “You’ve Got a Confession (of Judgment). Now What?” New York State Bar Association Journal, Vol. 84, No. 3 (March/April 2012) (co-author with Adam Libove)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • The Children’s Law Center of New York
    • President, 2013-present
    • Member of the Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • Public Service Network Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2011-present
  • Organizer and Moderator, “The Role of an Attorney on a Nonprofit Board: CLE and Nonprofit Meet-and-Greet,” Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2012
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2005-present
  • Partner, Jenkens & Gilchrist Parker Chapin LLP, 2001-2005
  • Partner, Parker Chapin LLP, 1992-2001
  • Associate, Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl, 1982-1992



  • New York University, J.D., 1982
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1979

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit