Steven Rabinowitz

  • Lecturer in Law

Steven Rabinowitz has been in private practice at Pryor Cashman in New York, where he is a partner, since 1987. 

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, laborand 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, Rabinowitz has proudly represented the chiefs, captains, and lieutenants in the Fire Department of New York in all investigative and disciplinary matters. He has also provided 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 health care doctors.    

From 1986 to 1987, Steven served as vice president and general counsel of Mendik Realty Company in New York where he was involved in all aspects of the business and legal affairs. 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.

Rabinowitz was an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office from 1983 to 1986, where he was responsible for trial preparation and practice in hundreds of criminal matters ranging from simple assault to attempted murder. He 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.

He earned 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, and his bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia College in 1979.