Cari Rincker is licensed to practice in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas and Washington D.C. She is a general practitioner with concentrations in food, farm and family law. She is also mediator, prolific writer, and articulate speaker.
Cari is a nationally recognized food, farm and family attorney. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, School of Law teaching mediation and Vermont Law School teaching several online agriculture, food law and environmental law courses. She too is a past adjunct professor at New York University, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies teaching an undergraduate food law course.
Before starting Rincker Law, PLLC, Cari was an associate at Budd-Falen Law Offices, LLC in Cheyenne, Wyoming where her broad practice areas ranged from agriculture, environmental and natural resource issues to federal lands, wind energy development, crop insurance, property law, commercial law, and probate with clients located all over the west.
Cari has developed a strong love for her skillful work as a family and matrimonial attorney. She is a trained mediator for divorces and child custody and visitation disputes. Cari is passionate about alternative dispute resolution with family and matrimonial cases, especially when children are involved, and aims to build stronger families–not tear them apart. Cari does a significant amount of work in Family Court litigating child custody and visitation, child/spousal support, and family offense petitions/orders of protection. She too handles both contested and uncontested divorces. Cari is a careful draftsman of pre – and post – nuptial agreements.
Cari is a past-member of the matrimonial law committee for the Association of the Bar for the City of New York and the family law section for the New York State Bar Association. She is also a volunteer mediator with the New York Peace Institute in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In Illinois, Cari followed her passion to her home state to help families mend from divorce and separation and was recently appointed to the roster of family law mediators for the Sixth and Fourth Circuits.
Cari’s passion for agriculture issues is deeply rooted. She grew up on a seedstock Simmental cattle operation in Shelbyville, Illinois where she spent significant time working on her family’s farm. She showed cattle through 4-H and FFA at both the local and national levels and was involved with the American Junior Simmental Association.
Cari went on to attend Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois where she received her Associate’s in Agriculture Science and had a successful career on its livestock judging team including being selected as First Place in Oral Reasons at the National Western Livestock Show and First Place Overall at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Cari then transferred to Texas A & M University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and was a member of both the Livestock and Meat Animal Evaluation (“Askarben”) judging teams. She was selected as a member of the All-American Livestock Judging Team and was actively involved with the Saddle & Sirloin Club and Texas Aggie Cattlewomen. At Texas A & M University, Cari was selected to participate in the Congressional Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Internship Program through the College of Agriculture. It is here that Cari received her first glimpse into agriculture law and policy during her summer working for Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX).
After Texas A & M, Cari came back home to the University of Illinois to complete her Masters of Science in Ruminant Nutrition where her concentration was in beef feedlot nutrition. Cari completed two research projects in the areas of distillers grain and genetic markers for marbling which each led to published works. During this time, Cari was a research and teaching assistant for Dr. Larry Berger, coached the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, and completed an internship with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Washington, D.C.
Due to her passion for law and policy, Cari decided to complete her Juris Doctor from Pace University, School of Law, in White Plains, New York. At Pace, Cari completed certificates in both Environmental Law and International Law and was a Vice-Chair on the National Environmental Moot Court Competition Board. While in law school, Cari worked at SimmonsCooper, LLC in their international litigation division and completed a consultantcy with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations where she conducted research on national legal frameworks on the conservation of livestock biodiversity and was a contributing author to The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Furthermore, while at Pace, Cari participated in Yale University’s School of Forestry’s Environmental Diplomacy program where she worked as an advisor for the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations, sat the floor of the General Assembly and gave policy recommendations to Ambassador Capelle. In addition to these experiences, Cari interned with Homelessness Prevention Unit for the Los Angeles Public Counsel, the largest pro bono clinic in the world.
Cari continues to have her boots planted firmly in agriculture and enjoys judging livestock shows and taking pictures of the livestock industry and rural life. Cari owns a small farm outside of Champaign with chickens, goats and cattle along with her dog, Kennedy, and cat, Felicity. Cari also enjoys livestock judging, international travel, distance running, completing triathlons, blogging for Discover Illinois, and watching sports.