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With thirty years of experience in all facets of
litigation, Steven L. Herrick, Esq., Managing Partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s
office in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Golden Triangle, provides
representation to clients across a broad spectrum of employment-related
matters, including reemployment rights, discrimination and retaliation under
the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, veterans
preference under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, adverse actions (terminations and suspensions), all forms discrimination, including those based
on race, gender, age, and disability (Federal) whistleblower and other types of
retaliation, claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Federal
workers’ compensation.


Steve practices before Federal, State and District of Columbia courts, the Merit
Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
, as well as representing clients in arbitration, mediation and agency


Steve’s commitment to representing servicemembers, veterans,
and the federal workforce comes following his son’s deployment to Iraq. When he
joined Tully Rinckey PLLC in March 2006, he found a firm that shared this
commitment. He managed the firm’s Corporate, Commercial and Municipal
litigation practice for two years, continuing a thriving business practice,
while at the same time beginning his transition into the area of employment
. This transition accelerated two years later when Steve moved to Washington to manage the
firm’s office on K Street, N.W.
Although Steve continues to handle business litigation for the firm, the lion’s
share of his practice is now devoted to Federal and military employment rights
and benefits.


After graduating with honors from Tufts
University, Steve earned his law
degree from the prestigious University
of California, Berkeley
(Boalt Hall) School
of Law. Following law
school, Steve served as Confidential Secretary to the Justices of the Appellate
Division, Second Department, a state appeals court, for whom he prepared case
memoranda and opinions on both appeals and motions.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Steve served as partner
with the full-service Long Island law firm of
Farrell, Fritz, P.C. As co-head of the firm’s sophisticated Commercial
Litigation Department, he represented many high-profile clients in complex
matters, conducting numerous trials and frequently arguing cases in the
appellate courts. Thereafter, Steve formed his own firm in 1991, where he
continued his successful litigation practice first on Long Island, and then in
the Albany


Steve is a member of the bars of Washington,
D.C. and New York
and is admitted to practice in the United States Courts of Appeals for the
Federal, District of Columbia and Second
Circuits and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and
Eastern Districts of New York.
He has been admitted pro hac vice to practice in specific matters in courts
from Virginia to California.


Steve is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association
and its Labor and Employment Section. In 2009 leg, he was selected as the legal
columnist for the Washington Business Journal. His “Capital Counsel” column
provided legal advice to employers and employees attempting
to navigate the complex rules and regulations of the workplace, including
USERRA, the revised and expanded Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII
gender discrimination, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Genetic
Information Nondiscrimination Act. He has been interviewed by various media
outlets regarding employment law matters, including the National Law Journal,
Government Executive, Federal Daily and the Washington Post.


Steve is a past member of the Judicial Officer Screening
Committee for the Tenth Judicial District in New York. He has lectured on New York civil practice at both professional associations
and law schools and is a former adjunct professor of New
York practice at Touro
Law School.
For more than a decade, Steve served as a director and officer, including six
years as President, of Harbor Child Care, Inc., a nationally accredited
not-for-profit provider of child care services for both communities and
organizations such as North
Shore University
Hospital and Cablevision.
He is a semi-retired modified fast pitch softball player (over 50 only, please)
and a definitely retired high school soccer referee.


Steve and his wife Beth are enjoying a return to city living
in their apartment in the District from which neither has to drive to work.
Beth, a Masters level Social Worker, works in palliative care at The Washington
Home and Community Hospices and is a certified Master Gardener. Their daughter
Molly, completely ignoring her college curriculum, is a research analyst at a major
commercial real estate firm. She lives in the same Oakland, California,
neighborhood as Steve did when he was in law school. Beth and Steve’s son, Sgt.
Andrew Herrick, received his medical discharge from the U.S. Army after a four
and one-half year tour as a combat infantryman. He now resides In Tempe
Arizona. Andrew’s experiences have reinforced Steve’s commitment to serve the
legal needs of service members, especially disabled veterans.


Professional Affiliations

  • Military Disability Pro Bono

  • Judicial Hearing Officer
    Screening Committee for the Tenth Judicial District, Past Member

  • Former Chair of the Albany
    County Bar Association’s Commercial and Appellate Practice Committee

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Former Adjunct Professor, Touro Law School

  • Frequent lecturer on New York civil
    practice at professional associations and law schools

Community Affiliations

  • Former President of Harbor
    Child Care, Inc., a nationally accredited not-for-profit provider of child
    care services for both communities and organizations such as North Shore University
    Hospital and




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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 70%
    35 years
  2. Litigation: 15%
    35 years
  3. Appeals: 15%
    25 years


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Trevor Quinlan Gasper

    Steve has assisted me and my clients with litigation matters. He is always very responsive, courteous and professional. I endorse him and his work.


    Trevor Gasper Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Barbara J. King

    Steve Herrick is an attorney who uses his fullest talent to get extraordinary results. He is a no nonsense attorney who can cut through the drama that often involves litigation, and obtain excellent results. Steve is highly experienced in federal employment and military law issues and his knowledge of the procedures helps bring cases to swift and successful conclusion.


    Barbara King Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Tully Rinckey, PLLC

501 West Broadway
Suite 800
San Diego, CA, 92101


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerTully Rinckey, PLLC2015 - Present
PartnerTully Rinckey PLLC2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaMember2008 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Isabella v. Department of StateIn favor of Isabella, Mr. Herrick's Client
Crawford v. Department of the ArmyIn favor of Crawford, Mr. Herrick's client
James Townsend v. JP Morgan ChaseIn favor of James, Mr. Herrick's client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Tufts UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A