Rebecca Carr Rizzo is a counsel in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. She has participated in a wide variety of civil litigation matters in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels and in arbitration proceedings with a particular emphasis on employment law, real estate contract disputes, the Fair Housing Act, and fiduciary law. In addition, Ms. Rizzo’s practice includes investigating and defending employment claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and local human rights agencies and counseling on a broad range of employment law matters to ensure compliance and avoid litigation.
Frequent areas of employment litigation and counseling include claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge; disability accommodation issues; Family and Medical Leave Act claims; Fair Labor Standards Act claims; noncompetition agreements; restructurings and reductions in force; the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act issues; and employment policies and procedures. Ms. Rizzo counsels clients on the use of social media at each stage of the employment relationship. As part of her practice, Ms. Rizzo works with clients to design and implement social media policies and procedures. Ms. Rizzo is a frequent speaker and author on social media and its impact on employers.
While in law school, Ms. Rizzo served as a judicial intern in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
- Super Lawyers, Rising Stars – Washington, DC Employment Litigation: Defense (2014)
American Bar Association
U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Eastern District of Virginia
“Avoiding a Social Media Sinkhole: The Need for a Social Media Audit,” Pillsbury’s 2014 CLE Marathon – New York City, February 20, 2014
"Avoiding a Social Media Sinkhole: The Need for a Social Media Audit,” Pillsbury’s 2013 CLE Marathon – Virginia, September 25, 2013
"Employment Tests: How to Reduce the Risks of Tests Used in Hiring and Promotion Decisions," Business and Legal Reports Teleconference, March 25, 2008
magna cum laude