Partner

Erin E. Rhinehart

Erin leads 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. She also represent clients in a variety of state and federal consumer and mass tort class action lawsuits. The remainder of her 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.)

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Erin E. Rhinehart
Partner

(937) 227-3714

110 N. Main St., Suite 1600
Dayton, OH 45402

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Media & Communications Law

Branding & Advertising

First Amendment

Defamation

Public Records

Open Courts

Privacy Torts

False Advertising

Trademark

Copyright

Class Action Defense

False advertising

Consumer

Mass Tort

 

Breach of Contract

Non-Compete

Trade Secret

 

Environmental Litigation

CERCLA

Strategic coordination with EPA and OEPA in litigation

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 205 Women to Watch Honoree, 2016

Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2014-2018

 

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

Supreme Court of Ohio

 

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

 

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

 

Supreme Court of the United States

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

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

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)

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)

 

Faruki Blog