James F. Rittinger

James F. Rittinger is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP, the Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of its Litigation Department. 

Mr. Rittinger is a litigator who has tried and handled appeals in leading cases in all areas of commercial litigation.

Mr. Rittinger has particular expertise in complex commercial litigation involving antitrust, securities, commercial contracts, and insurance coverage, as well as intellectual property areas such as copyright, trademark, defamation, the rights of privacy and publicity, advertising, the music industry and media contracts.  He represents publishers, advertising agencies and broadcasters in a variety of negotiations and litigated proceedings.  He has extensive experience in arbitrating cases before the American Arbitration Association and other forums and has served as a party-selected arbitrator.

A member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Mr. Rittinger is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth and Ninth Circuits, and numerous Federal district courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Rittinger served as Justice of the Village of Briarcliff Manor, New York, from 1983 through 1994.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of Waterhouse Investor Services, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, from 1987 through its acquisition by Toronto Dominion Bank in 1997.  Mr. Rittinger served as Chairman of National Investors Cash Management Fund, Inc., a mutual fund affiliated with Toronto Dominion, from 1997 through 2007.

Mr. Rittinger has been selected for inclusion in the Super lawyers list from 2012-2018.1 The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at the Super Lawyers website2 Mr. Rittinger is rated AV® Preeminent™, “Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence,” by Martindale-Hubbell.® . Martindale-Hubbell is part of the Martindale-Nolo Legal Marketing Network. A description of the selection methodolgy can be found at their website

Mr. Rittinger earned his undergraduate degree (B.A.) cum laude from St. Bonaventure University and his law degree (J.D.) on a full academic scholarship from the University of Notre Dame, where he was an editor of the Notre Dame Law Review.  

He served on active duty as a Lieutenant in the United States Army (1971-1972). 

  • 1. Selection to the Super Lawyers list is not subject to, nor does it indicate approval by, the courts to which Mr. Rittinger is admitted to practice.
  • 2. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the courts to which Mr. Rittinger is admitted to practice.

Contact Information



(212) 404-8770


Practice Areas: 


University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D.)
St. Bonaventure University (B.A.)


United States Supreme Court
Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
Federal Districts Courts
New York