About Joseph D. Steinfield Gwen Ames
Over 50 years of experience
Joseph Steinfield was born and raised in Claremont, New Hampshire. He has been a trial lawyer for half a century. During that time he has been a partner in two Boston law firms, Hill & Barlow and, since 2003, Prince Lobel. Since July 1, 2016, he has been “Of Counsel” to the Law Office of Thomas R. Hanna in Keene, while continuing as a member of Prince Lobel in Boston.
Joe has won many multi-million dollar jury verdicts on behalf of his clients, and he has tried virtually every type of lawsuit, in state and federal courts in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and elsewhere. He has argued many appeals, including landmark cases in the highest courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and in the First and Second Circuits.
Joe has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since the inception of that publication more than 30 years ago and is cited in its most recent edition (2017) in three categories – “’Bet the Company’ litigation,” Commercial Litigation, and “Litigation – First Amendment.”
Joe served as Law Clerk to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Paul C. Reardon.
Involvement in Bar and Community Activities
During his career, Joe has been active in many legal and community organizations, including the following:
Governor Deval Patrick appointed him to the City of Boston Finance Commission, a watchdog agency that monitors expenditures by the City.
The Chief Justice of the Trial Court appointed him to the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct, which he chaired for two years.
The Chief Justice of Massachusetts appointed him to the Massachusetts Clients’ Security Board, and as the Board’s Chair he presided over hearings involving a lawyer’s theft of over $17 million from his clients.
Governor Michael Dukakis appointed him as a trustee of Roxbury Community College.
Governor Francis Sargent appointed him as Chair of the Massachusetts Drug Program Review Board.
He is the Founder and former Chair of the Law Clerks’ Society of the Supreme Judicial Court.
He has recently become a member of the Board of Directors of The Colonial Theatre in Keene.
Joe has been a member of many civic and professional boards, including Celebrity Series of Boston, Partners for Youth With Disabilities, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Teaching, Speaking and Writing Activities
Joe is a member of the adjunct faculties at both Boston College Law School and the University of New Hampshire Law School. He has taught law abroad at Adyghe State University in the Russian Republic of Adygheya (2008); Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg (2011); and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) Faculty of Law (2016). In October 2016 he was a guest lecturer at the University of Iceland, where he taught law students about the American judicial system and American Constitutional Law.
He has been a guest lecturer on the subjects of alternative dispute resolution, trial advocacy, freedom of speech, and other legal topics at many continuing legal education programs and at colleges and universities, including University of New Hampshire Law School, Franklin Pierce University, Harvard Law School, Northeastern University, Boston University, Idaho State, and the University of Nevada Law School.
He has published over 100 articles in journals and newspapers, including the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript and the Keene Sentinel. His “Looking Back” column has appeared monthly in the Ledger-Transcript since 2006. And he is now also a monthly opinion columnist for the Keene Sentinel, where he writes about the law.
He has organized and chaired conferences at several universities, including Northeastern University, Suffolk Law School, University of Hawaii, and Boston University. In 2009 he organized and chaired a symposium entitled “Terrorism, Media and the Law,” held at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.
In May 2014 his collected essays were published under the title Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory (Bauhan Publishing). Read a recent review here. He has given numerous book readings and interviews.
Joe has been a guest on many radio and television programs, including “Greater Boston” (WGBH Channel 2), CNN, New York Public Television’s “Digital Age” (you can watch him on “Digital Age: A Case from Nowhere”) and WHMP Northampton (you can hear him on “A Sense of Place”“).
Digital Age: A Case from Nowhere
Hear the strange story of the case of M.K.B., docketed (filed) in secret, tried in secret, appealed in secret and, with a censored (half secret) brief on file in the Supreme Court.