Rebecca is smart, responsive and caring. I look forward to our continued work together.
—Jackie DeCarlo, Executive Director, Manna Food Center

Rebecca Carr Rizzo counsels clients to ensure compliance and avoid litigation and investigates and defends clients against discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims. Rebecca also counsels clients on and litigates employment contracts, including non-competition agreements.

Rebecca’s clients include large corporations, startups, nonprofits, government contractors, restaurants, hotels and universities. Frequent areas of counseling include internal investigations, disability accommodation, protected leave, FLSA compliance, noncompetition agreements, restructurings and reductions in force, difficult terminations, and employment policies and procedures. Frequent areas of litigation include claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge under discrimination and protected leave laws; whistleblower claims in various industries including nuclear and restaurant; wage and hour claims; and employment contracts.

Representative Experience

  • Regularly advise government contractors with respect to policies and procedures, including drafting and reviewing employee handbooks.
  • Regularly provide counseling to government contractors on difficult employee terminations and other discipline and performance issues.
  • Represent government contractor with respect to enforcement of its restrictive covenants against its former employees.
  • Draft employment, intellectual property, confidentiality, and non-competition agreements for government contractors.

Professional Highlights

  • Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll (2018)
  • A Starter Guide to Doing Business in the United States, 2016. Co-author.
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars – Washington, DC Employment Litigation: Defense (2014 – 2015)

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  • Speaking Engagements
    • Virginia Employment Law Round-Up,” Pillsbury webinar, September 30, 2020
    • Reopening to a ‘New Normal’: Is Your Business Ready? Practical and Legal Considerations for Deciding Whether Your Business is Ready,” Pillsbury webinar, May 15, 2020
    • "Modern Work Arrangements: A Gift or a Curse?" Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman MCLE Marathon, Virginia, September 26, 2019
    • “Avoiding Potential Pitfalls in Pre-Hire Screening and On-Boarding Employees,” Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Annual MCLE Marathon, Virginia, September 20, 2018
    • “You and #MeToo: Crisis Management for Media Companies Addressing Sexual Harassment Complaints, webinar, March 20, 2018
    • “When Taking Care of Business Requires Working Overtime,” Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Annual MCLE Marathon, Virginia, September 27, 2016
    • “When Taking Care of Business Requires Working Overtime,” National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations webinar, June 22, 2016
    • "Labor and Employment Issues Up and Down the Supply Chain," The Supply Chain Symposium webinar, March 16, 2016.
    • “Avoiding a Social Media Sinkhole: The Need for a Social Media Audit,” Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Annual MCLE Marathon, Virginia, September 25, 2013

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2005

    A.B., Duke University, 2002
    magna cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

    Virginia