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Robert Rizzi

Lecturer on Law

Winter 2024

Robert Rizzi
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Robert Rizzi is a partner in Steptoe and Johnson’s Washington and New York offices. His practice covers federal and state income tax aspects of corporate and partnership business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, work outs, and joint ventures, as well as tax advice on equity participation arrangements and compensation plans. Mr. Rizzi has experience in tax planning for large transactions in the financial services, telecom, real estate, technology, and hospitality sectors, mainly in international markets. He also provides tax advice and structuring for mid-market and private equity transactions in the US and abroad.
Mr. Rizzi also represents prospective political appointees requiring Senate confirmation through the vetting process. His clients have included cabinet and subcabinet members, administrators and commissioners of various agencies, and numerous ambassadorial appointees in both Democratic and Republican administrations.
Mr. Rizzi teaches government ethics at Harvard Law School, and has taught corporate taxation at Catholic University Law School, Georgetown University Law School, and government ethics at the Georgetown University Law Center. He writes a bi-monthly column, “Corporate Organizations and Reorganizations,” for the Journal of Corporate Taxation and is a founding editor of Mergers and Acquisitions, The Monthly Tax Journal. He also served in the Office of General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1981-1982.
Bob attended Dartmouth College, graduated from Princeton University in 1972, received an M. Litt. in modern (military) history from Oxford University in 1975, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978, where he was on the Board of Student Advisors.


  • A.B. International Relations Princeton University, 1972
  • J.D. Law Harvard Law School, 1978
  • M.Litt. Oxford University, 1975