Joseph Steinfield

Joseph Steinfield

I practice in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Massachusetts, New Hampshire
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I am a trial lawyer with extensive experience representing clients in civil cases in both state and federal courts in many jurisdictions. I have specialized in First Amendment matters over the years but consider myself a trial lawyer with experience litigating a large variety of matters. I frequently serve as a mediator and as an arbitrator and have been a member of the Commercial Arbitration panel of the American Arbitration Association for more than 30 years. I have testified as an expert witness in cases involving alleged legal malpractice and reasonableness of attorneys' fees. I now divide my time between Boston and Keene NH. I became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1984 and have held several leadership positions in that organization. I have chaired many bar committees including the Massachusetts Clients Security Board and the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct. I am an adjunct professor at two law schools, Boston College and University of New Hampshire, where I teach a seminar called "Defamation Law and Litigation." I have taught abroad, twice in Russia, once in Slovenia, and once in Iceland. I also write. My book "Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory," was published in 2014. I am a monthly columnist for two New Hampshire newspapers, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Peterborough) and the Keene Sentinel. I have served on numerous government and non-profit boards. Following law school I served as law clerk to Justice Paul C. Reardon, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. I then joined Hill & Barlow in Boston and became a partner in 1971. The firm dissolved in 2003, and I then joined Prince Lobel in January 2003 as a partner. For additional information and links to my published articles go to

Practice Area
Arbitration & Mediation
Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
Additional Practice Areas
  • Media Law
  • Complex business litigation
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I customarily charge by the hour. Alternative arrangements are also possible. Rates available upon request.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New Hampshire
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English
Professional Experience
Member, Commercial Arbitration Panel
American Arbitration Association
AAA arbitrator for last 30 years (approximately)
Harvard Law School
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Brown University
B.A. (1961) | English Literature
Honors: Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Activities: Station Manager, WBRU Chief Justice, Student Court
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"Bet-the-Company" litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - First Amendment
Best Lawyers in America
25+ years
AV - Preeminent
"100 Best Super-Lawyers in Massachusetts"
listed for many years
First Amendment Litigation
Chambers USA
listed for many years
Professional Associations
New Hampshire Bar Association
Member, Board of Governors, 2018-
- Current
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American Law Institute
- Current
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American College of Trial Lawyers
- Current
Activities: Massachusetts State Chair, Chair/member of several committees
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American Bar Association
- Current
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Boston Bar Association
Former member of Council
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory
Bauhan Publishing
Speaking Engagements
Blasphemy in the Modern World, Newport RI
Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Blasphemy in Modern Times, Rindge NH
Franklin Pierce University,
Blasphemy in Modern Times, Peterborough NH
Monadnock Center for History and Culture
Religion & Satire, Is Anything Sacred?,, Boston MA
Suffolk University Law School
Defamation of Religion – Muslims, Jews, and the First Amendment, Nathan E. Cohen Memorial Lecture Series, Keene NH
Congregation Ahavas Achim
The Danish Cartoons and the Charlie Hebdo Cartoons: Shouting Fire in a Crowded Theatre?, Franklin Pierce University, Rindge NH
Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communications
Is the First Amendment Sacrilegious?, Boston MA
American Constitution Society
Citizens United: Impact on the Mid-Term Elections & Long-Term Prospects (Moderator), Boston MA
American Constitution Society
The War on Words: Terrorism, Media and the Law (Organizer and Moderator), Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria
International Press Institute
New Media and the Marketplace of Ideas (Symposium Organizer & Co-Chair), Boston MA
Boston University School of Law
30 hour mediation training program
Community Dispute Settlement Center, Cambridge MA
Websites & Blogs
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Contact & Map
Joseph D. Steinfield, Attorney at Law
130 Court Street
Keene, NH 03431
Cell: (617) 285-3937
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
One International Place
Suite 3700
Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: (617) 456-8015
Cell: (617) 285-3937
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