Erin E. Rhinehart

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Dayton, OH

Faruki PLL
 | 110 North Main St, Suite 1600
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-227-3714
Fax: 937-227-3717
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense (30%),
  • Media and Advertising (30%),
  • Health Care (10%),
  • Environmental Litigation (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Erin is a Partner with Faruki PLL.  Her litigation practice focuses on class action defense, media and communications law (First Amendment, defamation, privacy, public records, advertising, social media, trademark, and copyright litigation), breach of contract, non-compete and tortious interference, and environmental litigation matters.  Erin has significant trial experience in federal and state courts across the country.  She has first-chair jury trial experience, and has argued before various appellate courts in Ohio.  Erin has been repeatedly recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer; and, she was selected for inclusion in the Benchmark Litigation Under 40 Hot List each year since its inception.  In 2017, Erin was named Corporate Vision's 2017 Ohio Attorney of the Year, and received the Ohio Women's Bar Association's President's Choice Award.  She is an active member of several local, regional, and national bar associations; holding various leadership positions, including Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Media Law Committee and President of the Dayton Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  She is an Executive Editor of the ABA's Litigation Journal; a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation; has been honored by the Dayton Business Journal as one of Dayton's Power 50 (recognizing the Dayton region's most influential women in the business community); is a 40 Under 40 honoree; and, a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Dayton program.

Erin is a prolific author and speaker.  She has published articles in numerous American Bar Association publications, The Federal Lawyer, the Ohio Lawyer, the Dayton Business Journal, and has been quoted on various legal issues in a variety of national publications, including Consumer Reports and [email protected], the online business analysis journal of The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.  She regularly speaks on media law issues, general litigation topics, and negotiation skills.  She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, teaching the Trial Practice Capstone to graduating 3Ls, and lectured to law students on client interviews, negotiation, and mediation. 

Erin is an active member of her community, having served as the legal advisor to an area high school's mock trial team, and served on several non-profit boards.  In 2008, Erin received the Community Service Award from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts
  • 30%Media and Advertising
  • 10%Health Care
  • 10%Environmental Litigation
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Appellate
Focus Areas

Class Actions, Defamation, Libel, Slander, Communications and Media Law, Hospital Law, Health & Health Care Law, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Appeals


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018

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About Erin Rhinehart

Admitted: 2004, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Ohio State Bar Association Foundation, Community Service Award, 2008
  • Leadership Dayton – Dayton Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2012
  • Dayton Business Journal, Power 50 Honoree, 2018
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association, President’s Choice Award, 2017
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014 - 2018
  • Presidential Scholarship, University of Dayton School of Law
  • Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star recognition, 2016 - 2018
  • Member, Order of Omega Honors Fraternity
  • Member, Honor Council, University of Dayton School of Law
  • Ms. Rhinehart was selected by the DBJ in 2013 as one of Dayton's 40 Under 40., Dayton Business Journal's 40 Under 40, 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Community Service Award for Lawyers 40 and Under, 2008
  • Member, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, Miami University
  • BBB WiBN select the Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton based on past accomplishments, professionally and within the community, as well as future potential., Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton , BBB WiBN, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chapter President, Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter, October 2017 - October 2018
  • Member, Forum on Communications Law, American Bar Association
  • Chair, Publicity & Public Relations Committee, Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter, 2013 - 2015
  • Chair, Media Law Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 2016 - 2018
  • OWBA Board Member (District 2 Trustee), Ohio Women’s Bar Association, 2016 - 2018
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • Co-Chair, Dayton Bar Association's 5 for the Kids, 5K race to benefit CARE House, 2007
  • Recipient of the Federal Bar Association, Dayton, Ohio Chapter's Outstanding Member Contribution Award
  • Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter-Secretary (2014-2015)-Chair Publicity & Public Relations Committee (2013-current)-Creator & Editor, Chapter Newsletter, 'On the Merits' 
  • Co-Founder, Dayton Bar Association's 5 for the Kids, 5K race to benefit CARE House, 2006
  • State Bar Association Foundation
  • Leadership Dayton, Member Class of 2012, 2012
  • Chair, Bar Briefs Editorial Board, Dayton Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Dayton Bar Association's 5 for the Kids, 5K race to benefit CARE House, 2008
  • Recipient of 40 Under 40 Honor by the Dayton Business Journal

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Associate Board Member, 2016 - Present
  • Member, Board of Directors - Hannah's Treasure Chest, Centerville, Ohio, 2012 - 2013
  • Legal Advisor, Chaminade Julienne High School's Mock Trial Team, 2005 - 2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Dayton Business Journal, BizWomen Mentoring Monday, Keynote Speaker, 2017
  • Contributor, Be Leaderly, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Dayton Business Journal, BizWomen Mentoring Monday, Mentor, 2015 - 2017
  • Diluting the Strong Inference Standard, The Federal Lawyer, May 2008
  • On the Merits newsletter, founder & inaugural publisher/editor, Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter, 2013 - 2015
  • Executive Editor, Section of Litigation, Litigation Journal, American Bar Association, 2017 - Present
  • Co-Chair, Section of Litigation, Content Summit, American Bar Association, 2018 - Present
  • Pleading For Particularity, The Federal Lawyer, November/December 2006
  • Mimicking Marriage: As The Evolution of the Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Progresses, Civil Unions Currently Represent The Best Alternative To Marriage, 30 U. of Dayton L. Rev. 119 (2004)
  • Managing Editor of TYL, American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Dayton School of Law, 2004 - 2008
  • Dayton Business Journal and the Dayton Bar Association
  • Staff Writer, Dayton Law Review, University of Dayton School of Law
  • Study Abroad Program, Western Europe studying International Accounting and International Business Law
  • The End of Consumer Class Actions?,(linked article to come) The ABA's Young Lawyers Division Publication, TYL, September 2011
  • Civil Subpoenas in Federal Court, Parts I and II, The ABA's Committee on Pretrial Practice & Discovery Publication, PP&D, Summer 2010
  • Legislating Lactation in Ohio Business Settings, Dayton Business Journal, Vol. 21, No. 17, April 23, 2010
  • Adapted version published in December 2010/January 2011 edition of TYL, the official publication of The American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division
  • Professional Email Protocol, The ABA's Committee on Pretrial Practice & Discovery Publication, PP&D, Summer 2009


  • Reed Elsevier Inc., through its LexisNexis Div. v. Legal Research Center, Inc.
  • Banford v. Aldrich Chemical Company, Inc.
  • George, et al. v. Cargill, et al.
  • Operation: Heros, Ltd. v. The Procter & Gamble Company, et al.
  • Valco Cincinnati Inc. v. MeltonUS, Inc.
  • Cunningham v. Cox Media Group Ohio, Inc.
  • Rikos, et al. v. The Procter & Gamble Company

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Honored as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation & Ohio State Bar Foundation

Educational Background:

  • Miami University, B.A. in Political Science, 2001
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2004
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Office Location for Erin E. Rhinehart

110 North Main St
Suite 1600
Dayton, OH 45402

Phone: 937-227-3714

Fax: 937-227-3717

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