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Stephen John Riebling

Criminal defense Attorney at Mount Kisco, NY

4.5   26 reviews

also known as Steve Riebling

  • State Years
    New York - NY 27 years
    Connecticut - CT 27 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1997
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1996
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    If you or a loved one is charged with a criminal, it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible. At Riebling & Payton, PLLC we understand that you need a strong advocate to fight for your rights & answer your questions.

    4 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime that comes with heavy penalties if you are convicted. If you find yourself facing these charges, don't go through this alone. Our Westchester County DWI defense attorneys are well-equipped to defend you.

  3. Divorce and separation
    If you have made the decision to get divorced, it is important that you consult with a divorce attorney at Riebling & Payton, PLLC. We will review your options, the legal process and tailor your case to your needs.

  4. Family
    In family law, the advocate you choose to represent you and your family can make all the difference. We understand how important family matters are, and we know how to mediate, litigate, and negotiate when necessary, to get the results you seek.

The Riebling & Payton Difference

Westchester defense attorneys Marcia Payton and Stephen Riebling started working together more than 25 years ago when they first met in law school at the Pace University School of Law in White Plains, NY. Since then, and over their more than 20 year marriage, they have dedicated themselves to helping people and families throughout Westchester County, New York City and the surrounding areas.

Unlike other Westchester lawyers and law firms, Marcia and Stephen are truly a “legal family” having spent their legal careers collaborating with each other to provide personalized and dedicated representation to people and their families. They truly help clients face the uncertainty of an arrest, build a strong defense criminal charges or navigate numerous family law issues and implications.

When you hire Riebling & Payton, PLLC, you will speak directly with Stephen and Marcia, and you will have their 5 decades of combined experience on your side - to answer your questions, fight for you in court, and protect you and your family.

We guarantee our commitment to your case and being available to you and to your family.

This proven approach is unique and unlike any other in Westchester County, NY. While most firms and lawyers go home at the end of the day, Marcia and Stephen are available 24/7 to help, especially when that help is needed immediately.

Westchester’s Foremost Defense Trial Attorney | Former NYC Narcotic Prosecutor

Joining Forces to Work For You

Marcia Payton started her career as a prosecutor in the NYC District Attorney’s Office, where her attention to details and zealous advocacy in the courtroom earned her widespread respect and recognition. Her accomplishments led to her quick promotion to the prestigious Office for Special Narcotics. There, she was responsible for handling some of the most complex and important felony investigations and prosecutions involving all types of drug crimes in New York City. In private practice, she has taken all of the insight, lessons and knowledge acquired as a NYC prosecutor to successfully represent countless clients charged with crimes in Westchester, New York City and the surrounding areas.

Stephen Riebling took a slightly different path and started his career exclusively as a Westchester defense attorney. For decades he has handled the defense and has been lead trial attorney for some of the most involved and noteworthy cases in Westchester County, New York City, Bronx County and the surrounding areas. He received national attention and widespread praise for his ardent defense as Lead Defense Counsel for Lacey Spears during her murder trial. His dedicated and focused representation has been recognized by various professional organizations and has received the praise of both lawyers and judges alike. However it is the appreciation of his numerous clients which is most rewarding.

They have a remarkable success record at trial, winning unanimous verdicts for defendants in Westchester County, New York City, Bronx County, Queens County, Brooklyn, Putnam County, Orange County, Rockland County, Dutchess County, Nassau County and Staten Island. These verdicts have come in the County, City and local courts throughout New York.

Their varied careers, experiences and perspectives, have allowed Marcia and Stephen to offer all of their clients a unique and specialized approach which is different from any other offered in Westchester County. We are committed to representing you with the integrity, preparation, knowledge, and attention that you, your family and your case deserve.

Put Riebling & Payton, PLLC to work for you. Contact Us at.

Photos and videos

From CBS's "48 Hours" featuring Stephen Riebling as lead defense counsel in the murder trial of Lacey Spears.
Lawyer Stephen Riebling featured best-selling author of "A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the United States."
Westchester's News12 interviews Criminal Defense Lawyer Stephen Riebling after court appearance.
Westchester Defense Attorney Stephen Riebling interviewed on ABC7 about Felony Assault and Weapons Trial.
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Riebling & Payton, PLLC
118 North Bedford Road
Suite 100
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
Riebling & Payton, PLLC
445 Hamilton Avenue
Suite 1102
White Plains, NY, 10601
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2024
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Best Lawyer
Working with Riebling & Payton, PLLC was a truly positive experience from start to finish. They provided expert legal advice and guidance throughout my case, and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Mr. Stephen Riebling demonstrated a deep understanding of the law and approached my case with professionalism and integrity. They kept me informed at every stage of the process, promptly responding to my calls and emails. Thanks to their dedication and hard work, we were able to reach a favorable resolution. I felt supported and well-represented throughout the entire process.I highly recommend Mr Riebling to anyone in need of legal assistance. Their expertise, communication skills, and personalized attention make them stand out in their field. Thank you for everything
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Posted by Timothy | January 19, 2024
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Phenomenal representation
Mr. Reibling was incredibly supportive, cooperative, and diligent with me. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by A.L. | October 5, 2023
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Unmatched Professionalism
I am beyond satisfied that I retained Stephen for a family court case. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable throughout the entire ordeal. Even the way he carried himself was a tell all of his confidence when it came to the courts. He is has an excellent reputation for a reason. I thank him for his hard work and skills!
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Posted by Kevin | October 14, 2022
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First-class, professional representation
I stupidly was on my cellphone a block from my office when I was stopped by the police and issued a summons for operating a vehicle while on a cellphone. I contacted Stephen Riebling on a friend's recommendation to see if he could help. He listened and suggested with my clean driving record he might be able to get the charge reduced to fewer points and a fine. I agreed to his very reasonable fee and processed paperwork for him to represent me. Several months later he informed me that he was able to get the charge significantly reduced to a reasonable fine. Needless to say I was thrilled and can't say enough good things about Mr. Riebling. Hopefully, I never need his services again, but I will recommend him to anyone I know who needs a lawyer to help them! Thank you Stephen!
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2022
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Do nøt hesitate to retain Mr. Riebling!
Bad and unexpected things happen to us all. But when they happen to your child, no matter his or her age, you are likely unprepared, emotional, and don’t know what to do. That’s what happened when we got a call in the middle of the night advising that our adult child was in a police station, allegedly driving while intoxicated. Even though we are both attorneys, we had no idea how to navigate this situation. We searched online and fatefully stumbled onto the website of Riebling and Payton. We read the reviews of others, and immediately called their office. Despite the hour, we received a response and immediate guidance, and retained the firm before we went to retrieve our son. With his expertise in this niche area of the law, Steve Riebling guided us, and more importantly, our child, with patience and kindness. This part of the legal system is difficult to navigate, and we know that we could not have gotten through this without him. Do not hesitate to contact him when you or any of your loved ones finds him or herself in this situation!
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Posted by Kathleen | June 6, 2020
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Great Attorney!! Professional, Well Prepared and Gets Reults!!
I highly recommend Steve Riebling, as I found him to be a very ethical, caring and professional attorney. Mr. Riebling took my case, set the goals and plan, and achieved perfect results for me! We’ve worked together over the past few months to resolve some complicated family matters that required a good understanding of the law, superior negotiating skills and patience. Steve gave me sound, objective advice, and protected me and my interests in several adversarial situations. He helped me make good decisions so that we could continue to make progress toward a final resolution, even though everything seemed delayed because of pandemic related closures. Working though all my legal issues, in a virtual manner, turned out to be a smooth and workable process. I’m in a good position now to move forward and feel that Steve’s attentiveness, and focus on what’s important, was a key factor for me to keep working the process along too, during a difficult time. Steve Riebling is the kind of attorney and person you want representing your case. He is the best!!
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Posted by Ron | June 17, 2019
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Stephen Riebling got my traffic ticket thrown out completely! No Fine, No Fees, No Ticket, Nothing on my driving record! He was very easy to work with and got the job done with the results I wanted! Highest Praises for the Finest Service!
Posted by Jay | May 16, 2016
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Best Defense Lawyer in Westchester County, NY
I was charged with a crime in White Plains, NY. Mr. Riebling jumped right in on my behalf and worked hard to defend my case. The charges were eventually dismissed. I'm so thank for his time and effort. Truly a professional. He saved my life.
Posted by KM | January 12, 2016
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A great Lawyer-child modification
After an extensive research and dissatisfied consultation with a couple of lawyers, I came across with Steve Riebling at Riebling, Proto and Sach LLP in Whiteplains and decided to see him for a consultation. I was very happy that I did. Mr. Riebling was very professional and very knowledgeable with the family law and the court procedures. He listened attentively to my situation and explained the law and the steps for child modification petition and what I would expect. I was very anxious about starting the process but he really put me at ease. I hired him right after the initial consultation. Mr. Riebling filed the necessary paperwork right away, and i received a letter from the court for a scheduled court date within a week. Before the court date, Mr. Riebling would always return my phone calls in a timely manner and addressed all my concerns. My ex and I were able to reach an agreement in the end, the case was settled on the court date without any drama or surprises, but if it wasn't for Mr. Riebling's smart strategy and experiences, the settlement might not have happened on the court date, it would probably linger for another few months. Besides great services and staffs, Mr. Riebling's rate is very reasonable and pretty standard, not to mention the half hour consultation was free! i strongly suggestion this law firm if you need help to address your post divorce issues. Thank you Mr. Riebling, your service is greatly appreciated!!
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Posted by Barry | June 23, 2015
Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Westchester
I hired this firm when I was arrested and charged with felony assault & criminal possession of a weapon in the Westchester County Court. Stephen Riebling represented me throughout the case and during the trial. He handled every aspect of my case professionally and was incredibly attentive to me, my family and my case. Mr. Riebling answered all my questions promptly (even on weekends and evenings). Every time we went to court he was obviously well prepared and equipped to handle any issue that arose. His work in the courtroom was fantastic and I was eventually acquitted after a jury trial of all charges. I owe my life and freedom to him and his firm. I would highly recommend Stephen and the firm to anyone who needs a lawyer. They are excellent!
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Posted by Sheena | June 3, 2015
Received speeding ticket on Sprain Brook Parkway. The officer said they clocked me doing 85mph in a 55mph limit zone. Stephen explained that was cause for 6 points on my license. I did search for prospective lawyers. Stephen was the only lawyer who proposed closing with no points on my license!!!! AND HE DID!!!!
Posted by Rod | March 27, 2015
Mr. Riebling has helped me 2 times with Great Results
I hired Mr. Riebling 2 years ago for a very serious case and I was so pleased with how he handled my case and the results. When I got a speeding ticket in a different court recently, I called Mr. Riebling for help. Not only did he quickly and professionally handle my case but he also helped me big time. I didn't have to go to court and when the case was over I did not have any points on my license. I would recommend Mr. Riebling, his office and his staff to anyone who has a criminal case or a traffic ticket. Thank you Mr. Riebling for your good work!
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Posted by Jason | November 19, 2014
great job
After three other law firms told me they would not be able to help with a traffic violation issued on the NYS thruway, (they said the village where I needed to appear was very difficult to deal with) Mr. Riebling agreed to represent me and said they would do their best. Their 'best' was beyond my expectations, as my summons was dismissed and I did not even have to appear in court. Great job.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2014
A great job....
I interacted with Stephen and his partner, Andrew Proto. They represented me in the context of a traffic violation. They were very knowledgable and offered good advice. They always responded to my questions. And I can't argue with the outcome -- dismissed!
Posted by Amely | March 28, 2014
Great Lawyer, Great outcome!
I would highly recommend Stephen Riebling to everyone looking for an attorney. He acted upon my case immediately and kept me informed at all times. He was always there when I had questions, always professional and knowledgeable. He was there for me every step of the way, until he WON my case. I couldn't be any happier with the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2014
Very positive experience.
I received a summons for a cell phone violation and informed the court that I wished to dispute the charge. I did not receive notification of a court date, but I did receive a letter from the DMV informing me my license would be suspended for not appearing in court on my appointed date. Because of my work schedule, I needed assistance with this issue and contacted Stephen Riebling. Stephen explained the process and how he would handle the case; he was very clear and quick to respond to my questions. I found him to be very professional and knowledgeable and I would gladly recommend his services.
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Posted by jen | February 25, 2014
A Criminal Attorney You Can Trust- There's No One Better!
I can't say enough about Mr. Riebling and his law firm. They are professional and extremely helpful. I got answers to some very difficult questions and sometimes I didn't like what I was hearing. But the job of your lawyer is to tell you the truth and work with you to figure things out. He certainly did that. When I heard the outcome of my case, I literally started to cry. "Not Guilty" the greatest two words that I ever heard and it was all because of Mr. Riebling. He was amazing in court and did everything that he could to help me and my family. I could've lost my job, my kids, basically everything. And now I get to move on with my life. If you need a criminal lawyer, for anything, you should definitley call this office. The lawyers are great and the young lady answering the phone is so polite and helpful.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2014
Professional and knowledgeable!
Stephen J. Riebling, Jr. was very professional and knowledgeable about the particulars of my traffic case. He kept me informed throughout the process as I was overseas during the court proceedings and he delivered. I recommend this him!
Posted by Kate | January 22, 2014
Did a great job for me when I needed help
Couldn't be happier with the service and the result!!! Mr. Riebling took my case, answered all my questions and did an outstanding job when we went to court. I would definitely hire him again. Thanks.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2013
Terrific Attorney- Helped my when my drivers license was in trouble
Mr. Riebling really saved me. I had neglected a speeding ticket, missed the court date and got a notice of suspension from DMV. Not only did Mr. Riebling help prevent my license from being suspended, he was able to get the ticket reduced so that I didn't receive any points. Before I hired Mr. Riebling, I was facing a six point speeding ticket and a suspension because I missed the court date but I avoided a suspension and got zero points thanks to his quick response and excellent work!! The best part was that he did it all without me having to go to court. I would recommend Mr. Reibling to anyone who needed a lawyer.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Riebling & Payton, PLLC
  • 2020 - Present


  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Richmond
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People of the State of New York v. Barry S.
  • Jury Acquittal on All Counts (Not Guilty)
  • People of the State of New York v. I.H.
  • Jury Acquittal on All Counts (Not Guilty)
  • People of the State of New York v. A.B.
  • Charges Dismissed at Trial

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer in New York Metro Area
  • Wordwide Registry
  • N/A
  • Top Attorney in the New York Metro Area
  • New York Times
  • N/A
  • Nation's Top 1%
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • N/A
  • Top 100 Attorneys in New York
  • Rue Ratings
  • N/A
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
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  • Rutherford Publishing House
  • A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the United States
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Banquet
  • The Law, High Schoolers & Parents
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Highly qualified and skilled attorney in criminal defense, as well as family and matrimonial litigation."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense