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Stephen J. Riebling

“The Court has to say, I have been impressed by Mr. Riebling’s knowledge … and his grasp of the records in this case. It is beyond any that I have seen in any kind of a case similar to this. I am just saying, it’s part of my thinking that someone with your knowledge would be able to understand these things certainly better than I am and perhaps most laymen or even attorneys…”

- Westchester Supreme Court Judge Robert Neary

Judge Neary was the presiding judge in the murder trial of Lacey Spears. Judge Neary made these comments in open court and on-the-record during Mr. Riebling’s cross-examination of the prosecution’s primary expert witness. Mr. Riebling was the Lead Defense and Trial Attorney garnering international attention and news coverage for his work on the case.

For more than 23 years, Stephen Riebling has diligently served to protect the rights and interests of his countless clients throughout the Federal, State, and Local Courts of New York and Connecticut. In particular, Stephen is well-known and recognized for his effective legal strategies and representation of clients as a Westchester criminal defense lawyer and family law attorney.


Those accomplishments in criminal law and family law have been recognized by Stephen's inclusion in and selection to a number of lists for the top attorneys in Westchester County, New York, including:

  • Super Lawyers Magazine and
  • The New York Times (Top Attorney in the New York Metro Area)
  • Avvo’s Client Choice (Criminal Law)
  • The Nation’s Top One Percent by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers
  • The Worldwide Registry (for Lawyers)
  • Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America (Top 100 Attorneys in New York)
  • National Best-Selling Co-Author on Amazon (“A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the United States”)

Stephen regularly appears in the City, Town, Village, and County Courts throughout Westchester County, Putnam County, Orange County, Rockland County, New York County, and Bronx County, defending and protecting the rights of those who have been arrested and charged with crimes ranging from traffic tickets to criminal violations to DWI/DUI offenses to criminal misdemeanors and felonies.

He also assists his various family law clients in the Family Courts of Westchester County, Putnam County, Orange County, Dutchess County, Rockland County and Bronx County in New York and Connecticut. His experience includes all matters involving child custody, child visitation, child support, family offenses and orders of protection.

Born and raised in Westchester County, NY, Stephen is a graduate of Pace University School of Law in White Plains, NY where he earned a Juris Doctorate. His two undergraduate degrees are from the University of Richmond, where he played intercollegiate football for the Richmond Spiders as a scholarship athlete.

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • New York Metro Top Attorneys
  • 2023 Super Lawyers
  • Thomas Reuters Super Lawyers Rating 2023 - Stephen Riebling
  • Super Lawyers 10 Year Milestone
  • Super Lawyers 2022
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Super Lawyers 5 Year Milestone
  • Super Lawyers Stephen J. Riebling
  • Avvo Clients' Choice
  • Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York
  • University of Richmond


  • Truly positive experience

    “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.”

Why Choose Riebling & Payton, PLLC?

  • Award-Winning & Peer Recognized
  • Experience, Insight, and Results over a Combined 5 Decades of Practice
  • Former NYC Narcotics Prosecutor
  • Free Initial Consultations
  • Westchester's Foremost Criminal Defense Trial Attorney

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