Cari Rincker

Top rated family law attorney in Champaign, Illinois

Rincker Law, PLLC
Cari Rincker
Rincker Law, PLLC

Practice Areas: Family law, Alternative dispute resolution, Animal law; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2014

Education: Pace University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
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Rincker Law, PLLC

301 N. Neil Street
4th Floor
Champaign, IL 61820 Visit website


Attorney Cari Rincker is the founder and principal of Rincker Law, PLLC, which has law offices in Champaign and Shelbyville, Illinois, and New York, New York. Nationally ranked as one of the top attorneys in the country, Ms. Rincker has more than 13 years of legal experience, and she provides invaluable counsel and support to a diverse range of clients in Champaign, Shelbyville, Decatur and surrounding regions as well as all across New York City and beyond who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Alternative dispute resolution

·       Family law and divorce

·       Animal law

·       Business and commercial law

·       Estate and succession planning

·       Food and agriculture law

·       Intellectual property

·       Real estate law

Along with her impressive legal credentials, Ms. Rincker has extensive academic and professional training in a variety of areas related to agricultural, environmental and animal sciences, and she has earned a reputation as a leading attorney for food and farm law. She has served on the adjunct faculty at Vermont Law School and New York University, where she has facilitated classes on food law, agriculture and environmental law, nutrition, and other subjects. She has also competed in several livestock shows across the country, winning first place in several categories.

Finding equal success in her other practice areas, Ms. Rincker has guided many families through the difficult and complex divorce process, offering effective mediation services to help them make the best-informed decisions and resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Moreover, she has also assisted numerous business owners with their ongoing operational and transactional needs while helping many others establish their final wishes for the future, protect themselves and their assets, and create a lasting legacy for their heirs.

Honored for her professionalism and service, Ms. Rincker has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a lead counsel designation along with many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers. She has also received Avvo's Clients' Choice Award for Divorce. Moreover, she received the Excellence in Agriculture Law Award from the American Agriculture Law Association, the Best Livestock Lawyer award from Best of the Barns and the Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A&M's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

A 2000 graduate of Lake Land College with an associate's degree in agriculture, Ms. Rincker earned her Bachelor of Science in animal science from Texas A&M University in 2002 and her Master of Science in ruminant nutrition from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2002. In 2007, she obtained her Juris Doctor from Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law.

Ms. Rincker is licensed to practice in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas and the District of Columbia, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Central districts of Illinois, the Southern and Eastern districts of New York, and the District of New Jersey.

She has served as chair of the American Bar Association's Agriculture Law Committee and is an active member of the New York State Bar Association's Agriculture and Rural Issues Committee. Ms. Rincker is also a member of the Bar Association for the City of New York's Matrimonial Law Committee and the Champaign County Bar Association's Family Law Committee along with her memberships with various other local, state and national legal organizations, including the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Inc.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family law, Alternative dispute resolution, Animal law, Business/corporate, Estate planning & probate, Food and drugs

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Name change, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Arbitration, Mediation, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business organizations, Estate planning, Guardianships & conservatorships, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts

  • 50% Family law
  • 10% Alternative dispute resolution
  • 10% Animal law
  • 10% Business/corporate
  • 10% Estate planning & probate
  • 10% Food and drugs

First Admitted: 2007, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Homelessness Prevention Unit for the Los Angeles Public Counsel, Intern
  • COVID-19 Child Support Payor Modification Program via the Champaign County Bar Association's Family Law Committee, 2020
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct professor at New York University, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies teaching an undergraduate food law course
  • Adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, School of Law teaching mediation and Vermont Law School teaching several online agriculture, food law and environmental law courses
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois  
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Texas  
  • Downtown Lawyers
  • District of Columbia
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Inc.
  • Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • American Simmental Association
  • American National Cattlewomen
  • Illinois Bar Association, Champaign County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • American Agri-Women, New York Agri-Women, Past-President, Founding Member
  • American Agriculture Law Association
  • Illinois Bar Association, Shelby County Bar Association, Secretary
  • Bar Association for the City of New York, Matrimonial Law Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Agriculture and Rural Issues Committee
  • American Bar Association, Chair of the Agriculture Law Committee in the General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2017
  • Member of, 2020
  • Douglas County Bar Association, 2020
  • American Professional Mediators Academy, 2020
  • Vermilion County Bar Association, 2020
  • Shelby County Bar Association, 2019
  • Chambers of Commerce, Champaign and Shelbyville (Illinois), 2017
  • Business Networking International, 2017
  • Co-Chair of Family Law Committee of the Champaign County Bar Association, 2019
  • Board Member of the Champaign County Bar Association, 2020
  • Distinguished Alumni Award (Lake Land College, 2011)
  • Lead Counsel Rated in Family Law
  • Rising Star in Illinois, Super Lawyers (2018)
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubble (2017)
  • Vision Award (American Agri-Women, 2010)
  • New York Metro Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018)
  • Top 100 Law Blawg (American Bar Association, 2011)
  • Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A & M (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2012)
  • Best Livestock Lawyer (Best of the Barns, 2012-2014)
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A & M University in Animal Science, 2002
  • Associates in Science at Lake Land College in Agriculture Science, 2000
  • Masters of Science, University of Illinois in Ruminant (Beef Cattle) Nutrition, 2004
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Alumnus of the Year, Lake Land College, 2018
  • Early Career Award, Texas A & M University, 2014
  • Excellence in Agriculture Law, American Agriculture Law Association, 2015

Office location for Cari Rincker

301 N. Neil Street
4th Floor
Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217-395-5733


3 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020

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