Erin Rhinehart

Erin E. Rhinehart


I lead our firm’s media and communications practice, which includes branding, advertising law, social media, First Amendment issues, online & traditional defamation, public records, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, open courts, and certain privacy issues. I also represent clients in a variety of state and federal consumer and mass tort class action lawsuits. The remainder of my practice includes assisting clients as they navigate various contract issues (e.g., licensing, distribution, non-compete, trade secrets, software development, entertainment, non-disclosure, non-disparagement).

Representative Matters Include:

  • Rikos, et al. v. The Procter & Gamble Company, Case No. 1:11-cv-226 (S.D. Ohio) (defense of consumer class action)
  • Cunningham v. Cox Media Group Ohio, Inc., Case No. 2015 10 2494 (Butler Cty. Ohio) (defense of defamation claims)
  • Valco Cincinnati Inc. v. MeltonUS, Inc., Case No. 1:15-cv-00811 (S.D. Ohio) (defense of trademark infringement claims)
  • Reed Elsevier Inc., through its LexisNexis Div. v. Legal Research Center, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-00256 (S.D. Ohio) (prosecution of breach of licensing agreement)
  • Operation: Heros, Ltd. v. The Procter & Gamble Company, et al., Case No. 2:12-cv-00214 (D. Nev.) (defense of breach of contract claims)
  • George, et al. v. Cargill, et al., Case No. 10CV028536 (Preble Cty. Ohio) (defense of class action lawsuit involving water contamination)

Areas of Practice

Media & Communications Law

  • Branding & Advertising
  • First Amendment
  • Defamation
  • Public Records
  • Open Courts
  • Privacy Torts
  • False Adverting
  • Trademark
  • Copyright

Class Action Defense

  • False advertising
  • Consumer
  • Mass Tort

Breach of Contract

  • Non-Compete
  • Trade Secret

Environmental Litigation

  • Strategic coordination with EPA and OEPA in litigatio


Supreme Court of Ohio

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States

Awards and Honors

Corporate Vision’s Ohio Attorney of the Year, 2017

Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2014-2017

40 Under 40 Award – Dayton Business Journal, 2013

Leadership Dayton – Dayton Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2012

Ohio State Bar Association Foundation, Community Service Award, 2008

Memberships and Affiliations

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation

Editorial Board of TYL – Official publication of ABA’s Young Lawyers Division

Media Law Resource Center

Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter

  • Chapter President (October 2017-October 2018)
  • Executive Committee member (October 2013–present)

Dayton Bar Association

  • Co-Founder & Co-Chair 5 for the Kids 5k race to benefit CARE House (2006–2008)

Ohio State Bar Association

  • Chair, Media Law Committee (2016-2018)

Ohio Women’s Bar Association

  • Trustee, District 2

American Bar Association

  • Associate Editor, Litigation Section, Litigation Journal (2017-present)
  • Member, Forum on Communications Law


University of Dayton School of Law

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Honor Council
  • Dayton Law Review – Staff writer (published)
  • Clerk for former Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of the District Counsel, Chicago, IL
  • Law clerk for Judge John M. Meagher, Ret., Dayton, OH

Miami University – BA, Political Science

  • Study Abroad Program – Western Europe: International Accounting, International Business Law
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Order of Omega

Community Involvement

Dayton Business Journal, BizWomen Mentoring Monday, Keynote Speaker (2017); Mentor (2015-2017)

Hannah’s Treasure Chest, Board Member (2012–2013)

University of Dayton School of Law – Adjunct Professor (2008–2013)

Ohio State Bar Association, Community Service Award for Lawyers 40 and Under (2008)

Dayton Bar Association, YLD 5 For the Kids, Co-Founder & Chair (2006-2008)

Chaminade Julienne High School Mock Trial Team – Legal Advisor (2005–2008)

Publications and Presentations

Federal Bar Association, The Federal Lawyer magazine

American Bar Association

  • Pretrial Practice & Discovery
  • TYL
  • The Student Lawyer

MLRC, Media Law Newsletter

Dayton Business Journal

Dayton Bar Association, Bar Briefs magazine

Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Lawyer magazine

Dayton Chapter of the FBA, On the Merits Newsletter – Editor/Publisher

Be Leaderly, Contributor

Dayton Law Review (University of Dayton)

FIC Blog

Erin E. Rhinehart
(937) 227-3714

Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.
110 North Main Street
Suite 1600
Dayton, OH  45402


Administrative Assistant
Lori M. Beemsterboer
(937) 227-3745

BBB Top 25 Women to Watch
40 under 40 winner 2013