Erin Rhinehart

Erin E. Rhinehart


I lead our firm’s media and communications practice, which includes First Amendment issues, online & traditional defamation, public records, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, open courts, branding, advertising law, social media, 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)
  • Banford v. Aldrich Chemical Company, Inc., Case No. 03CV8704 (Montgomery Cty. Ohio) (defense of mass tort class action involving chemical plant explosion)
  • In re Huffy Securities Litigation, Lead Case No. 3:05-cv-0028 (S.D. Ohio) (defense of four former officers and directors of Huffy Corp.)

Areas of Practice

Media & Communications Law

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

Class Action

  • False Advertising
  • Consumer
  • Mass Tort

Breach of Contract

  • Non-Compete
  • Trade Secret

Environmental Litigation

  • Strategic coordination with EPA and OEPA in litigation


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

Benchmark Litigation, Under 40 Hot List, 2016-2017 (honoring the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners forty or younger)

Ohio Women’s Bar Association, President’s Choice Award, 2017

WiBN/BBB Top 25 Women to Watch Honoree, 2016

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

American Bar Association

  • Associate Editor, Litigation Section, Litigation Journal (2017-present)
  • Member, Forum on Communications Law
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Editorial Board Member, TYL (official publication of ABA’s Young Lawyers Division) (2006-2015)

Ohio State Bar Association

  • Chair, Media Law Committee (2016-2018)
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation

Ohio Women’s Bar Association

  • OWBA Board Member (District 2 Trustee), 2016-current

Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter

  • Chapter President (October 2017-October 2018)
  • Executive Board Member (2013-present)
  • Chair, Publicity & Public Relations Committee (2013-2015)
    • On the Merits newsletter, founder & inaugural publisher/editor (2013-2015)

Media Law Resource Center

Dayton Bar Association

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


University of Dayton School of Law

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • CALI recipient
  • Honor Council
  • Dayton Law Review – Staff Writer (published)
  • Clerk, Immigration & Naturalization Service, Office of the District Counsel, Chicago, IL
  • Law Clerk, 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

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Associate Board Member (2016-current)

Dayton Business Journal, BizWomen Mentoring Monday, Keynote Speaker (2017)

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

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

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

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

  • Litigation Journal
  • 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

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