Born in Brooklyn, NY, Rita Costabile Tobin attended Brooklyn College and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English and J.D. from Columbia University. She has practiced law for 25 years and is currently the member and owner of RCTobinLaw, PLLC (www.rctobinlaw.net), where she focuses on civil litigation, business ;aw and employee-side employment law. Although she now lives in Westchester County, Rita continues to regard herself as a "native New Yorker."