Steven Rabinowitz

Lecturer in Law

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Email: steven.rabinowitz@law.columbia.edu

Since 1987, Steven Rabinowitz has been in private practice at Pryor Cashman in New York, where he is a partner. He has been lead counsel in trials, arbitrations, administrative hearings, and grand jury proceedings involving a wide range of civil, criminal, and family law matters. He trains and supervises associates in oral advocacy, depositions, trial practice and briefcraft. His practice includes general commercial litigation, criminal defense, labor/employment, alternative dispute resolution, and family law. In addition, he is extensively trained in and experienced with mediation, frequently serving as a mediator in both business and personal disputes.

For more than 20 years, through his firm’s representation of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Steven has proudly represented the chiefs, captains, and lieutenants in the FDNY in all investigative and disciplinary matters.  He has also been proud to provide similar representation to the doctors in New York City’s public health system, through his firm’s representation of Doctors Council, a union representing public healthcare doctors.    

From 1986 to 1987, Steven served as Vice President and General Counsel of Mendik Realty Company in New York (since merged with Vornado Realty), where he was involved in all aspects of the business and legal affairs of this real estate investment and management company. He negotiated commercial real estate sales and mortgage agreements; coordinated marketing, communications, and SEC compliance for a related public partnership; supervised outside counsel in matters involving labor, asbestos liability, and landlord/tenant disputes; and oversaw a variety of real estate transactions involving tax, financing, partnership, and corporate issues.

Steven was an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office from 1983 to 1986, where he was responsible for all aspects of trial preparation and practice in hundreds of criminal matters, ranging from simple assault to attempted murder.  During his tenure there he also specialized in the prosecution of juvenile crime. Steven tried more than 20 jury and bench trials in Criminal, Supreme, and Family Court, and represented the District Attorney's Office before the grand jury in scores of presentations.

Steven earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia College in 1979 and his J.D. in 1983 from Columbia Law School, where he won the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for outstanding advocacy and commitment to public service. Previous teaching positions have included Legal Practice Workshop (Columbia Law School – 2007-2010) and New York Civil Procedure (Seton Hall Law School – 2001-2003).