Skip to main content

David S Rintoul

Employee benefits Attorney at Wilton, CT

4.8   32 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 7 years
    Connecticut - CT 33 years
    Illinois - IL 37 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2017
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1986
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    Representing clients appealing employee benefit claims, including long and short term disability, health insurance coverage and severance. Pensions: from companies; Connecticut state and municipal regular and disability pensions

  2. Employment and labor
    Representing employees and employees in all aspects of employment litigation in courts and administrative agencies, including employment agreements, non-compete litigation, wage and hour, whistle-blower and retaliation claims

  3. Litigation
    Litigation of all Employment Contract, including non-competition agreements.

Attorney Rintoul has a diverse ERISA benefits, business law, employment law, and general litigation practice. He advises employers and employees regarding Connecticut non-competition and employment agreements.

 Attorney Rintoul has handled numerous trials and appeals in state and federal court. He has been class counsel in national and Connecticut class action lawsuits. He represents claimants in long-term and short-term disability benefit appeals, for both group ERISA plans and private disability insurance in Connecticut and New York State.  He advises individuals in initial disability benefit denials, and management of on-going disability insurance claims.  He represents individuals regarding State of Connecticut regular and disability pensions, and appears regularly before the Connecticut State Retirement Commission and the Medical Examining Board, and represents individuals in Connecticut municipal pension claims and appeals.

 Attorney Rintoul also regularly lectures and writes on a variety of subjects on Connecticut law. He has taught seminars in a broad range of employment and employee benefit matters for the Connecticut Bar Association and other continuing legal education organizations. 

Attorney Rintoul is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York State, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. He ais past president of the Labor & Employment Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

 He resides in Wilton, Connecticut. He is an avid amatur trombonist, and has plaid with the Wesleyan Orchestra; the Eric Kuhn Group, a Middletown-based rock band; the American Chamber Orchestra, the Civil Orchestra of New Haven (principal) and other classical, jazz and rock groups around the state.  For many years, he organized an annual Family Shakespeare in Portland program, which brought professional theatre companies to perform Shakespeare for free on the Portland, Connecticut Town Green.



Rintoul Law, LLC
70 Danbury Road, Suite 2B
Wilton, CT, 06897


4.8 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding professionalism!
Attorney Rintoul is a consummate professional: experienced, knowledgeable, and approachable. He won two substantial appeals, and he has been invaluable with isolated paperwork questions. He always provides specific, clear, timely guidance that leaves me feeling confident and calm. As well, he is very respectful of billed time, which I appreciate tremendously. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Read less
Posted by Matthew | March 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Local Counsel for Pro Hac Vice
I worked with David as pro hac vice counsel in a Connecticut disability insurance case. He is incredibly nice to work with, he is thorough, prompt and professional. His expertise in disability insurance, ERISA and litigation practice is excellent. I will only work with David in future cases.
Posted by Margit | January 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant and knowledgeable Attorney especially in Labor Law, he is a true gem.
I hired Attorney Rintoul because of his deep knowledge and expertise regarding ERISA and the IRS labor law. I retired after working for 56 years, at a well known private Ivy League University. After a month of retirement, the University was unable to give me a pension estimate (because of the incompetent outsourcing company). Once Attorney Rintoul was onboard and worked on my case, I received a written contract from HR shortly after. Thank you Attorney Rintoul for making the impossible possible, so that I can look forward to retirement. You are a rare gem of one in a million!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I recommend
David was quick to respond to my inquiry, offered a prompt analysis of my case, and was ready and willing to help.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The “Go To” Attorney
It was difficult to choose a title for this review, as none would give him justice. I did not initially start with Atty. Rintoul regarding my disability retirement issues. The law practice I was working with experienced a sudden loss and unable to give my case the attention it deserved, I was referred to Atty. Rintoul. He had been the utmost expert in his field my prior atty. had consulted. I was a bit apprehensive prior to meeting with him and I was not comfortable with a change in representation. All my fears quickly disappeared. Atty. David Rintoul performed the most comprehensive review of my case and was able to glean critical information from my medical files critical to my claim for disability. His attention to detail is unmatched, he is so easy to communicate with, and I have complete confidence in him. During my professional career I interacted with numerous attorneys, and none of them matched the caliber of Atty. David Rintoul. I understand completely why my prior attorney referred to him as the expert in the field of labor and disability cases. Though my case is still in the early stages of resolution, what ever the outcome, I have complete confidence in him and would highly recommend him and his firm.
Read less
Posted by Ruth Ann | November 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely a Trusted Advisor
I have worked with David since I started my company a few years ago, and his help has been hugely valuable. He understands my business and my needs, and he is always very fast and responsive. I highly recommend him to anyone needing legal work for their business.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Candid, knowledgeable and responsive
David handled our real estate matter with professionalism, knowledge and compassion. He took the time to understand the complex context of our situation, worked closely with us to gain an understanding of our values and how those aligned with our expected outcomes, and explained each step of the process in layman's terms.
Posted by Tom | September 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend! Great lawyer
After extensively interviewing employment lawyers to help me with my severance negotiation, I felt most comfortable with David Rintoul. He was personable and honest. On the initial call he explained his strategy with negotiating and provided estimate fees that were reasonable and accurate. He was easily reachable, worked on my case himself, very knowledgeable and provided the appropriate guidance for a successful negotiation. I highly recommend David Rintoul!
Read less
Posted by Alice | January 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disability Benefits
We believe that without Attorney Rintoul expertise in pursuing our appeal for disability benefits from the disability insurance company, our appeal would have been denied. Anyone facing disability appeals should consult a lawyer such as Attorney Rintoul as insurance companies do not answer a client emails in a timely manner therefore the time limit for appeals is not met. We are extremely lucky to have such an attorney representing our family. Alice Kelly
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compensation Issue
David Rintoul was highly recommended to me by a very well respected attorney. I hired Mr. Rintoul after not getting any answers from my Human Resources department involving an issue with my compensation package. David is knowledgeable and personable. He explained things in layman’s terms. My compensation issue was resolved quickly and in my favor. I would highly recommend Mr. Rintoul.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
LTD Claim Settled Successful
Mr Rintoul was instrumental in our claim settlement for long term disability insurance. I do not think we would have received the extremely life changing results we did without his help and guidance through this process. I would highly recommend his services through this difficult time in your life.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Competent and Supportive
David was very competent and responsive to our case while always providing a thorough explanation of the law and strategy recommended. Importantly, he was also very realistic at every turn in the case. We were totally comfortable with David making the experience very positive and successful.
Posted by Sally | December 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally devoted and knowledgeable
David has been handling my appeal with an insurance company that denied my short term disability claim. My disability is migraine related so it was important to find someone knowledgeable about the issue. David is phenomenal. He really understands migraine and the issues sufferers face medically and legally. His handling of my case has been superb at every step. He is also incredibly accessible: if you need to reach him, he's there. And finally, while lawyers have a reputation for being personally unpleasant, I found the opposite to be true of David. He is kind, friendly and has a good sense of humor. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Read less
Posted by Adam | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
LTD attorney - look no further
Cutting to the chase, I would wholeheartedly and without any reservations recommend using David Rintoul for any short or long term disability matter. Now for my story: Roughly eight years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Like most people, I didn’t know much about the disease, other than it has no cure and it is progressive in nature. That being said, I vowed not to let it affect my work, and for several years that held true. Unfortunately, the MS began affecting me in ways I didn’t anticipate, and eventually started impacting my ability to do my job. Though I loved what I did, I reluctantly explored the possibility of going out on disability. My wife and I interviewed a few disability attorneys in CT and NY. We came to David through an MS Society recommendation, and fortunately for us, decided to use him. David has years of experience with disability law, and his vast knowledge most definitely came out in our dealings with him. Throughout the entire process (including the initial interview) he was candid and honest, assessing our chances without promising us anything. There was not a question he could not answer, and we asked plenty. He told us what to expect before and during the entire process, and he was spot on with everything. Additionally, David was extremely accessible and user-friendly (I would equate it to a doctor with a great bedside manner), which, considering how "needy" I was at times, was impressive and very much appreciated. He was very transparent when it came to his pricing, and frankly, was quite reasonable compared to some others. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, David Rintoul was a calming and reassuring voice in what was a difficult and stressful time. Given our experience with him, if you unfortunately find yourself in need of a LTD attorney, then David Rintoul is your man.
Read less
Posted by Robyn | June 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Rintoul came recommended to me by a friend. After being denied both short term and long term disability for a seemingly straightforward claim, David’s experience navigating the rough waters of insurance bureaucracy proved to be the most beneficial. David was thoughtful, respectful, knowledgeable and was communicating every step of the way. Five stars for this guy!
Read less
Posted by Pamela | April 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Know that you're in the best of hands!
I had been seeking a solution to my pension issue for two long, frustrating years. Another attorney referred me to David, saying that her office directs all clients with pension issues to him. It was quickly evident why. His grasp of that which is legally relevant - and that which isn't - is extraordinary. His wealth and breadth of experience made me feel utterly comfortable in trusting his expertise and judgment. It so happened in my case that the law was not on my side, but David took pains to explain why, citing pension plan language and referencing his own legal experience. The outcome may not have been what I hoped for, but for the first time in two years I feel that that burden has been lifted off my shoulders. It's a curious thing to feel relief in such a circumstance, but that reflects the utter confidence I have in David's legal expertise. He is a consummate professional, and I would not hesitate to engage his services again.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest Advice
I contacted Atty. Rintoul for advice on a pension issue. His recommendation was that it was not in my best interest to file suit. I was very impressed by his knowledge of the subject matter and his honest appraisal of my case.
Posted by Mark | December 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney
David has assisted me several times. He successfully negotiated a separation agreement with a company where the HR department had "lost" the original document. Further, he was supportive and successful in correctly demanding that stock options, due to me, be awarded as a result of the same separation as there was no just cause for termination. More recently, David help me to negotiate a retirement agreement that included a multi-year consulting package.
Read less
Posted by Tom | December 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful LTD appeal
Five stars to David Rintoul! My story: I have a rare, progressively debilitating autoimmune disorder, which caused me to stop working five years after its onset. I collected STD benefits through my company's group disability plan, and those rolled over to LTD benefits as expected. On reviewing the latter however, the insurer declined further LTD payments. I could not understand that, given how I felt, and all the history: hospitalizations, surgeries, ongoing steroid regimes, chemotherapies, etc. A family friend and attorney recommended David, stating, that's who he'd go to if he were in our shoes. David sat down with us and went over my medical issues. He next reviewed hundreds of pages of medical records, and researched my condition so he could fully represent the case. My condition is uncommon, difficult to diagnose, and crosses multiple medical specialties, so David's knowledge and experience were much appreciated here. He gave clear advice on what steps to take and what information was needed to be gathered and submitted for an appeal. Not surprisingly, a second appeal was required, with some additional wrangling along the way, but David finally called us with the news that my LTD benefits were fully restored, and all back payments were forthcoming. In general: David was always direct with what his preferred approach would be, but included my wife and me in decision making, getting our input and okay before proceeding. He was upfront regarding his fees, which were certainly reasonable. David is easy to talk to and takes the time to actually listen to what you're saying. He answers emails and phone calls quickly. I am very satisfied with the work David has done for us, and I would highly recommend him to others. Yes, five stars to David Rintoul!
Read less
Posted by MaryJo | December 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pension issue
David helped me solve a pension issue in which I was hitting a stone wall alone. With his help, expertise and advice we were able to solve this issue with in 7 months. He is sincere and very honest in his advice. There were no illusions as to what to expect and what could be delivered. The best part of this whole ordeal was David's sympathy and sense of justice. I knew it was wrong what my former school district did by not granting me my 1/2 year of pension when I paid into it, but was getting nowhere on my own. With David's help, all is resolved and I can now move forward in my retirement. I would recommend David Rintoul for a lawyer- a person who fights for people's rights.
Read less
View less reviews


  • Hourly Rates $ 450-600 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-34%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Partner
  • Rintoul Law, LLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Partner
  • Zeldes Needle & Cooper, PC
  • 2016 - 2022
  • Partner
  • Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
  • 2001 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Rintoul & Rintoul
  • 1991 - 2001
View all work experience


  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Uncle Al's v. Service Road Corp
  • Plaintiff's Verdict: $622,800


  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Connecticut Bar Association Labor & Employment Section
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2022
  • Connecticut Bar Association Labor & Employment Section
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2015
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • 2006


  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Annual Review
  • 2015 ERISA Litigation Update
  • 2015
  • Disability Law Seminar for the Labor and Employment Section of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Mental Impairments: Disabilities And Accommodation
  • 2004
  • ERISA Seminar before the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
  • Appealing Benefit Denials with the Plan: Law, Regulations and Practice
  • 2003
  • Connecticut Bar Association Labor & Employment Quarterly
  • Jack Welsh’s Red Sox Tickets, Devlin v. Empire Blue Cross And Vesting of Welfare Benefits
  • 2002
View all publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Labor & Employment: Back to the Future
  • Trade Secrets: Data Security and Computer Forensics
  • 2014
  • Labor & Employment: Back to the Future
  • The Affordable Care Act
  • 2014
  • November 2014 Connecticut Employment Lawyers Meeting
  • ERISA: What the General Employment Attorney Needs to Know
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (11)
Endorse David
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"David is an excellent attorney who works to find practical solutions for even the most complex of issues. He always conducts himself with the utmost professionalism and is persistent and thorough."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an excellent ERISA attorney who has a keen understanding of what it takes to win benefit cases both in court and during the administrative process."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Rintoul for many years. As a Massachusetts employment attorney, I confidently refer any Connecticut matters to him."
Employee benefits
Residential real estate
Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and debt
Employment and labor
Employment and labor
Employment and labor
Social Security & Disability