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Cari Rincker is licensed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and the District of Columbia.  She is a trained mediator for divorces and child custody and visitation disputes.  She is also on the mediation roster for the New York Agriculture Mediation Program and New Jersey Agriculture Mediation Program.  On the family and matrimonial side of her practice, Cari is a member of the City Bar Association for New York's Matrimonial Law Committee.  

Cari’s passion for agriculture issues is deeply rooted.  She grew up on a seedstock Simmental cattle operation in Shelbyville, Illinois where she spent significant time working on her family’s farm.  She showed cattle through 4-H and FFA at both the local and national levels and was involved with the American Junior Simmental Association

Cari went on to attend Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois where she received her Associate’s in Agriculture Science and had a successful career on their livestock judging team.  Cari then transferred to Texas A & M University where received her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and was a member of both the Livestock and Meat Animal Evaluation (“Askarben”) judging teams and actively involved with Saddle and Sirloin and Texas Aggie Cattlewomen.  At Texas A & M University, Cari was selected to participate in the Congressional Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Internship Program through the College of Agriculture.  It is here that Cari received her first glimpse into agriculture law and policy during her summer working for Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX). 

After Texas A & M, Cari came back home to the University of Illinois to complete her Masters of Science in Ruminant Nutrition where her concentration was in beef feedlot nutrition.  Cari completed two research projects in the areas of distillers grain and genetic markers for marbling which each led to published works.  During this time, Cari was a research and teaching assistant for Dr. Larry Berger, coached the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, and completed an internship with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Washington, D.C. 


Due to her passion for law and policy, Cari decided to complete her Juris Doctor from Pace University, School of Law, in White Plains, New York.  At Pace, Cari completed certificates in both Environmental Law and International Law and was a Vice-Chair on the National Environmental Moot Court Competition Board.   While in law school, Cari worked at SimmonsCooper, LLC in their international litigation division and completed a consultantcy with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations where she conducted research on national legal frameworks on the conservation of livestock biodiversity and was a contributing author to The State of the World's Animal Genetic Reserouces for Food and Agriculture.


Furthermore, while at Pace, Cari participated in Yale University’s School of Forestry’s Environmental Diplomacy program where she worked as an advisor for the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations and sat on the floor of the General Assembly and gave policy recommendations to Ambassador Capelle.  In addition to these experiences, Cari interned with Homelessness Prevention Unit for the Los Angeles Public Counsel, the largest pro bono clinic in the world. 


Cari continues to have her boots planted firmly in agriculture and enjoys judging livestock shows and taking pictures of the livestock industry and rural life.  She is the owner of Rincker Cattle Co., a SimAngus operation in Shelbyville Illinois, and is on the leadership board for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Producer’s Council.  Cari also enjoys international travel, distance running, playing volleyball, watching both Illini basketball and Aggie football, and sitting in the cheapseats for baseball games.  Community service remains a high priority for Cari as she serves the New York metropolitan area through her church and non-profit organizations.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
  2. Agriculture: 25%
  3. Family: 20%
  4. General Practice: 5%
  5. Other: 10%
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Attorney endorsements

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  • Ellen A. Victor

    I have the pleasure of belonging to several national attorney listservs with Ms. Rincker and have gotten to know her on a personal and professional level. Cari has shown herself to be extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to her clients. Her advice and support are an asset to the community. I highly recommend her for all of your Agricultural and Environmental Law needs.


    Ellen Victor Elder law Attorney
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  • Craig P. B. Raysor

    Cari is agriculture in its many facets, as she is knowledgeable, engaged in the industry/community, and bring fresh insights to old and new problems alike. I have had the pleasure to work with her over the past year and bounce ideas off her regarding wind leases and cattle. I have even recommended clients to her, if that isn't a testament to this endorsement.


    Craig Raysor Agriculture Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Rincker Law, PLLC

545 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY, 10017


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201405/11/2016
DCActive 200907/10/2016
NYCurrently registered 200807/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Metro New York Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
New York Metro Rising Stars ListSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Excellence in Agriculture LawAmerican Agriculture Law Association2014
Best Livestock LawyerRanch House Designs, Inc. Best of Barns Competition2013
Outstanding Early Career AwardTexas A & M University2012
Blawg 100American Bar Association2011
Best Agriculture LawyerBest of Barns Competition2011
Distinguished AlumniLake Land College2011
Vision AwardAmerican Agri-Women2010
All American Livestock Judging TeamNAILE2001
Outstanding Agriculture StudentLake Land College2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyRincker Law, PLLC2009 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorPace University School Of Law2013 - 2014
AssociateBudd-Falen Law Offices, LLC2008 - 2009
Delegate/AdvisorPermanent Mission of Marshall Islands to the United Nations2006 - 2006
Law ClerkSimmonsCooper, LLC2006 - 2006
ConsultantFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
ABA General Practice Solo & Small Firm Division's Agriculture Law CommitteeChair2011 - Present
New York Agri-WomenPast-President, Founding Member2010 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
New York Farm BureauMember2009 - Present
New York Simmental AssociationMember2009 - Present
New York Beef Producers' AssociationLegislative Committee Chair2009 - Present
New Jersey Bar AssociationAnimal Law Committee2008 - Present
American Farm Bureau FederationMember2008 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
New York County Lawyers' AssociationMember2008 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationAgriculture and Rural Issues Committee2008 - Present
Illinois Beef AssociationMember2007 - Present
New York Bar AssociationAnimal Law Comittee2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Agricultural Law AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Cattlemen's Beef AssociationResolutions Committee2002 - Present
American Cattlewomen AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Agri-Women AssociationMember2002 - Present
Illinois Simmental AssociationMember1988 - Present
American Simmental AssociationMember1988 - Present
Manhattan BNIVice President2015 - 2016
NCBA Young Producers' CouncilResolutions Committee, Public Relations Chair2009 - 2012
Publication nameTitleDate
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsThe Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Contributing Author)2016
CattleNetworkChecklist of issues to consider for your bull lease2015
CreateSpaceOnward and Upward: Guide for Getting Through New York Divorce and Family Law Issues2015
New York Farm Bureau, GrassrootsNew York Livestock Animal Cruelty Law: What if a Non-Police Officer Comes Knocking?2015
Environmental Law in New YorkOverview of Legal Issues Affecting the Local Food Movement2014
JD SupraTop 10 Reasons Why 'Prenups' Are Romantic2014
New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, The Report, Volume 2013Fido, Fluffy, Elmer & Elsie: New York Divorce Mediation with Companion and Farm Animal2013
Chianina JournalProtect Your Brand: Trademarks for Beef Cattle Operations2013
New York Farm Bureau, The Legal EdgeProtect Your Brand: Trademarks for New York Food and Agriculture Operation2013
SimTalkFarm Estate and Succession Planning2013
Self Published BookField Manual: Legal Guide for New York Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs2013
New York Beef Producer, Vol. 28, No. 5Farm Estate and Succession Planning: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fai2012
Country Folks (Eastern Ed.) Vol. 40, No. 17Does Your Farm or Agri-Business Need to File a Certificate of Assumed Name?2012
Agriculture Law Update at 6, Vol. 28, Number 4Drafting Embryo Transfer Contracts for Livestock Producers2011
Illinois Beef, Vol. 25, No. 4More Than A Handshake: Why the Beef Industry Needs Written Embryo Transfer Contracts2011
The Brahman JournalAgriculture Producer's Guide to Twitter2010
New York Farm Bureau's Legal EdgeThe New York Agriculture Producer’s Guide to FOIA and FOIL: How to Get the Information You Need From Government Agencies2010
Cattle TodayGeneral Partnership Agreements Offer Producers Greatest Flexibility2010
Simbrah World; Southern LivestockGeneral Partnership Agreements For Simbrah Cattle Producers2010
New York Farm Bureau's Legal EdgeWhat New York Livestock Producers Should Do When a Peace Officer Comes Knocking on Their Barn Door2010
American Agriculture Law AssociationHow To Assist Farmers and Ranchers to Negotiate a Windlease on Their Property2009
ABA General Practice Solo, Small Firm DivisionHow Social Media Helped Jump Start My Law Practice2009
New York Beef ProducerLivestock Producers Should Build Their Case Against Farm Animal Cruelty Charges2009
American Bar Association, Environmental and Energy Business Law ReporterObama’s Push for Renewable Energies: How To Negotiate a Wind Energy Lease Agreement on Behalf of Private Landowners2009
Western Ag ReporterContemplating a Wind Lease?2009
SimTalkCOOL: What Does It Mean For You?2009
BeefIt NewsCOOL’s Stalled Final Rule has Potential Implications for Livestock Producers2009
Agriculture Management Committee NewsletterCountry of Origin Labeling and Its Potential Trade Implications in the Obama Administration2009
BeefMag Cow-Calf WeeklyHow To Negotiate a Wind Lease on Your Property2009
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsThe State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture2007
Prof. Anim. Sci. 22Predicting Carcass Composition in Early-Weaned Simmental Steers by Using a Combination of Expected Progeny Differences, Real-time Ultrasound, Live Evaluation, and the GeneSTAR® Marbling Marker2006
J. Anim. Sci.: 84:686-693Relationship among GeneSTAR® Marbling Marker, Intramuscular Fat Deposition, and Expected Progeny Difference’s in Early-Weaned Simmental Steers2004
BeefNetPredicting quality grade and carcass value in early-weaned Simmental steers using a combination of a DNA marbling marker, Expected Progeny Differences, ultrasound, and live evaluation2004
BeefNetEfficacy of a thyroglobulin DNA marker for marbling in explaining variation in carcass and performance traits of early-weaned Simmental steers.2004
J. Anim. Sci. 81(Supp 2)Optimizing the Use of Distiller Grain for Dairy-Beef Production2003
BeefNetOptimizing the Use of Distiller Grain for Dairy-Beef Production2003
J. Anim. Sci. 81(Supp 2)Efficacy of a DNA marker for marbling in explaining variation in carcass and performance traits of early-weaned Simmental steers2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignAnimal ScienceMasters of Science, Beef Cattle Nutrition2004
Texas A&M UniversityAnimal ScienceOther - Bachelors2002
Lake Land CollegeAgricultureAssociate of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Matrimonial Law Committee MeetingDiscussion on ‘Onward & Upward: Guide for Getting Through New York Divorce & Family Law Issues2016 Webinar PresentationBuilding a Law Practice Brick by Brick2016
Lawline WebinarOverview of Common Agriculture Contracts2016
Tennessee College of Law’s Agriculture Law & Policy SymposiumMiscellaneous Legal Issues with Direct Farm Marketing2015
Tennessee College of Law’s Agriculture Law & Policy SymposiumKeynote: National Agriculture Law Update2015
NYSBA Animal Law CommitteeCounseling the Livestock Operator to Prevent & React to Undercover Surveillance2015
NBI WebcastWine and Vineyard Law – Federal and New York State Licenses, Permits & Regulations2015
Lawline webinarOverview of Farm Leases2015
Food, Beverage & Agriculture Law EventSurvey of Legal Issues Affecting Livestock Producers2015
Farm to Table: Agriculture Law in the Era of SustainabilityOverview of Antibiotic Regulations & the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)2015
Bridging the GapMatrimonial Law2015
Association of the Bar of New York CityOverview of Laws Regulating Antibiotics in Livestock & Policy Positions of Stakeholder Groups2015
Antibiotics PresentationOverview of Laws Regulating Antibiottics2015
Ag Policy DayOverview of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)2015
NALC WebinarFarm Leases2014
BNI Chapter 29Mediation Consultation2014
ABA Webinar1031 Exchanges2014
ABA WebinarEquine Law2014
AALA Annual MeetingRetaining Ag Clients2014
Texas Agriculture Law ConferenceEmbryo Transfer Contracts2013
North Carolina Bar AssociationAgricultural Contracts2013
Manhattan BNI Chapter 29Divorce Mediation2013
Lawline WebinarLocal Food Part II2013
Lawline WebinarLocal Food Law Part 12013
BNI Chapter 29Divorce Paths in NY2013
ABA WebinarRenewable Energy Law2013
AALA Annual MeetingTechnology in Law2013
New York Agri-Women Annual MeetingShared Challenges, United Goals2012
CLE webinarLocal Food Law2012
CLE WebinarCrop Insurance from the Ground Up2012
Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholder's SummitLivestock Animal Cruelty Law2012
Seminar for TherapistsOverview of NY Family & Matrimonial Law2011
New York Farm Bureau Animal Welfare ConferenceLivestock Animal Cruelty Law2011
New Jersey State Bar Association's Annual MeetingNew Jersey Livestock Animal Welfare Law2011
Agriculture LeadershipTechnology and Traditions2011
Sigma Alpha/AGR Leadership ConferenceAgriculture Policy2010
NYFB Animal Welfare ConferenceLivestock Animal Cruelty2009