Joseph D. Steinfield

Of Counsel

Joe Steinfield is a trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. He has been a partner in two Boston law firms, Hill & Barlow and Prince Lobel Tye. As of July 1, 2016, Joe became a full-time resident of Keene and Jaffrey and joined the firm “Of Counsel.”

Over the span of nearly five decades, Joe has represented clients in virtually every type of case, including complex business disputes, real estate cases, First Amendment litigation, construction cases, fraud and deceptive practices cases, will contests, intellectual property disputes, wrongful death cases, civil rights claims, and commercial disputes of all types. He has tried state and federal cases in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Puerto Rico and has argued many appeals in the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court, and the Courts of Appeal for the First and Second Circuits.

Joe has handled many high-profile cases, including a wrongful death case against the telephone company arising out of a murder. The case was televised in Boston and featured on the “Today” show. He represented the Governor of Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico, and a prominent Puerto Rican businessman in constitutional cases involving political discrimination.

Joe’s New Hampshire cases include successful representation of a major newspaper in the Superior Court and in the New Hampshire Supreme Court, resulting in improved public access to documents under the state’s “Right-to-Know” law. He is widely known for his role in the so-called “impeachment case.” In 2000, the New Hampshire State Legislature retained Joe to investigate three members of the state Supreme Court. Following impeachment of the Chief Justice, Joe served as special prosecutor and tried the case before the New Hampshire State Senate.

Joe recently represented the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in a First Amendment case involving the right to reject certain controversial advertisements. The district court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the MBTA, and in January 2016 the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

He has extensive alternative dispute resolution experience, both as a mediator and as an arbitrator. He is a member of the commercial arbitration panel of the American Arbitration Association and has also conducted internal investigations and testified as an expert witness.

Joe is an adjunct professor of law at the University of New Hampshire Law School and at Boston College Law School. He has also taught abroad several times, most recently at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in April 2016. In October 2016, he will be a visiting lecturer at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, where he will teach American Constitutional Law.

Joe writes a monthly column for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript and appears regularly in The Keene Sentinel. His book, Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory was published in the spring of 2014.

He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has held many leadership positions in bar organizations as well as governmental and private boards. More information is available at

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • New York