A U.S. judge has ordered that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke can be questioned in a lawsuit against the government filed by the former head of American International Group Inc.
Law School/Year: University of San Diego School of Law, 2006
College/Year: University of California, San Diego, 2001
Civil Litigation; Labor
Since opening her practice, Kristin Rizzo has obtained more than $1 million in verdicts and settlements for her plaintiff clients. Case exemplars include: Rizzo co-tried a sexual orientation discrimination case receiving a six-figure jury verdict. Rizzo litigated on behalf of a female plaintiff who had been sexually harassed by her corporate boss, receiving a six-figure settlement against a large national corporation. Rizzo represented three minority plaintiffs who had been racially discriminated against by their corporate employer, obtaining a six-figure settlement against a national company. Rizzo represented two plaintiffs who had been unlawfully denied overtime by their multinational corporate employer.
Rizzo’s practice is devoted to the representation of employees in a wide range of employment matters, including harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, and breach of contract claims. Rizzo also counsels employees on strategic planning and positioning. In addition to employment matters, Rizzo handles a variety of complex litigation matters, including assisting clients at the advisory stage through litigation of matters via alternative dispute resolution and trial. Prior to opening her own practice, Rizzo worked at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, where she practiced corporate defense. Rizzo’s former defense background provides her with keen insight when representing plaintiffs now.
Rizzo is an active leader and participant in the San Diego legal community. Rizzo is the co-chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section, the past president of the New Lawyer Division, a member of the USD Law Alumni Board of Directors, a Barrister of the Enright Inn of Court, a committee member of Lawyers Club, a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, La Raza Lawyers and Tom Homann Association. Rizzo is a graduate of the National Conflict Resolution Center’s Mediation Course and of the San Diego Inn of Court Trial Program and Evidence Workshops.
Rizzo donates her free time as a frequent volunteer mentor, author and speaker for the San Diego community. She is an adjunct professor at USD, where she teaches a class on “The Real Work of Lawyers.” She lectures at the San Diego County Public Law Library and for various neighborhood programs on employment laws. She has authored articles on networking techniques for attorneys and she mentors new attorneys, law students and high school students.
Rizzo is a San Diego native and lives in Ocean Beach with her loving husband and two dogs.
Aug. 14, 2013 -- Reporter Doug Sherwin talks with attorney Lonny Zilberman, a partner with Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP and a 2013 Top Attorney, about sexual harassment lawsuits and the nuances of these types of cases.
Partner liability has emerged as one of the most important issues for law firms and is increasingly the crucial factor that determines building selection and the structure of other economic lease terms. Arguments over liability complicate — even kill — otherwise easy lease transactions. Law firm decision-makers contemplating a relocation or renewal would be well-served to understand and carefully consider how they intend to deal with partner liability from the outset.
Top Attorneys 2013 pays tribute to San Diego County's legal cream of the crop. It is the culmination of a lengthy peer voting process that began in April with the announcement of a call for nominations. San Diego County lawyers were asked who among their peers -- with whom they had professional experience -- were worthy of recognition.
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, it opened up more than 1,000 federal benefits and responsibilities to legally married same-sex couples.
Thomas Guernsey has been at the job as Thomas Jefferson School of Law's new dean and president for less than two months and he's already made quite an impression.
Recently, I received calls from two human resources managers regarding articles in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. They were concerned about the WSJ’s claim that the position of legal secretary is extinct and USA Today’s assertion that the growth of temporary hiring is a negative devolvement.
Established in 2001, Morris, Sullivan & Lemkul was founded by Shawn Morris and Mike Sullivan. Shawn and Mike are former partners of Wingert Grebing, one of San Diego's oldest and most respected law firms.
The U.S. Department of Treasury recently announced that it is delaying until 2015 the enforcement of the so-called “employer mandate” provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA” or “Obamacare”), which were supposed to take effect in 2014.
#1. Put all commission agreements in writing (Labor Code section 2751).
RJS Law is a full-service law firm that can help resolve your personal, small-business or corporate tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service and California state tax authorities.
As the practice of law adapts to meet the changing needs of clients and organizations, opportunities exist to develop partnerships between law firms and law schools. Together, firms and schools can prepare profession-ready graduates and meet the growing need for legal services. California Western School of Law, San Diego’s oldest law school, is poised to lead the way in this national effort.
The University of San Diego School of Law develops resources and clinics that offer practical training to law students while making it possible for them to give back to the community. With San Diego County’s estimated veteran population of 250,000 and more than 2 million veterans living in California, there is no doubt that many have and will benefit from the school’s Initiative to Protect Student Veterans.
California’s employers are burdened with a long list of onerous regulations, so it’s no surprise that many employers fail to recognize the daunting requirements of the California Labor Code -- until it’s too late.
Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys is a plaintiff's only law firm based in downtown San Diego, specializing in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, complex product liability and mass torts.
The attorneys at CaseyGerry specialize in serious personal injury and traumatic brain injury cases, and are at the forefront of the complex medical issues related to brain injury. These include chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease thought to be caused by repeat concussions or blows to the head, and second impact syndrome, a condition in which the brain swells rapidly after a person suffers a second concussion.
Ralph Nader has a new cause.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that, at least when it comes to voting rights, the U.S. Supreme Court is guilty of wishful thinking. He is also showing both how difficult and how important it is to overcome that kind of thinking.
A federal jury in Oregon awarded $18.6 million to a woman who spent two years unsuccessfully trying to get Equifax Information Services to fix major mistakes on her credit report.
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the Cuomo administration over dairy farm regulations intended to bolster the state's growing yogurt industry, the groups announced Monday.
It was late at night on Feb. 27, 2001, and Penn State's then-president, Graham Spanier, one of academia's most prominent administrators, typed a brief email to two other top administrators as they debated how to respond to a thorny situation.
FedEx Corp., the world’s largest cargo airline, will pay $21.5 million to settle a lawsuit over claims that it overcharged customers by billing for deliveries to businesses and governments at higher residential rates.