Kristin Rizzo

Rizzo Law Firm

Young Attorneys 2011: Practicing 3-5 years

Kristin Rizzo is an attorney and the principal of The Rizzo Law Firm.
Rizzo handles a variety of complex matters in the area of civil litigation, specializing in employment law and consumer rights. 

In July 2011, Rizzo launched her solo practice in downtown San Diego, dedicating the majority of her time to the representation of employees on matters of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes and breach of contract claims, through litigation and trial.

In August 2011, she was part of a two-person trial team, which after two weeks of trial for sexual orientation discrimination, successfully obtained a jury verdict award for their client.

A San Diego native, Rizzo attended La Jolla High School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated cum laude with a double major in political science – international relations and Spanish literature. In May 2006, Rizzo graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law. She passed the California State Bar Exam and was admitted to practice law in December 2006. 

While in law school, Rizzo volunteered at several nonprofit agencies helping victims of abuse and immigrants seeking legal services.

In honor of her pro-bono work, she received the Wiley W. Manual Award in 2005.
Also during law school, Rizzo externed at the United States District Court for the Honorable Nita L. Stormes, magistrate judge, and clerked at the United States Attorneys’ Office in the Civil Division.

She led the USD Appellate Moot Court Board both as vice-chair and national team competitor.  After becoming licensed, Rizzo worked as an associate attorney for the law firm of Hosey & Bahrambeygui, where she represented plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters.

In October 2007, she joined the prestigious San Diego law firm of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, where she worked for the next four years in the areas of employment law, business litigation, tort law and insurance coverage matters.

Among many notable achievements during her time at Higgs, Rizzo personally handled a bench trial, and received a verdict for her local business client and obtained a significant defense judgment for her national corporate client.
In addition to running a successful law practice, Rizzo is a Bar leader and an active participant in the legal community. 

For the last five years, she has served as a director on the board of directors for the San Diego County Bar Association’s New Lawyer Division. As a director, Rizzo chaired the Continuing Legal Education Committee where she developed the “Civil Litigation 101” six-part series, a program which still runs. In 2010, Rizzo was elected as president to the division where she also held a director position on the board of the San Diego County Bar Association.

As president, she created the New Lawyer Division “Mentoring Circles” program.
During 2011, she served on the Red Boudreau Advisory Committee, where she developed the “Judge David R. Thompson New Lawyer Award” recognizing a new attorney for their significant service to the administration of justice.
Since becoming a member of the San Diego legal community, Rizzo has donated her time to her alma matter and other local law schools.

She has participated in the Alumni Interactive Program at USD, spoken at law student orientation programs for both USD and Thomas Jefferson School of Law and has lectured for USD’s Civil Practicum course.

In addition, she is a frequent volunteer judge for USD and California Western’s moot court competitions. Rizzo has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring and developing programming to assist newer attorneys practice law successfully, and with civility, integrity and professionalism.

In recognition of her significant service to the legal community, Rizzo is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She received the San Diego County Bar Association’s “Bar Stars” award in 2009 and 2010 for her significant involvement in the SDCBA. She has twice been honored by the San Diego legal community as a recipient of the 2009 and 2011 “Young Attorneys” award by The Daily Transcript, which annually recognizes the area’s most promising young associates. In 2010, Rizzo was invited by The Daily Transcript to serve on the judging panel for the award. In 2011, Rizzo was honored by USD School of Law as one of two recipients of the “Rising Star” Distinguished Alumni awards for her significant work in the legal community.

Rizzo is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the San Diego County, California State and American Bar Associations’ Civil Litigation and Labor and Employment Law sections, the American Inns of Court-William B. Enright Chapter, the Lawyers Club of San Diego and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, which promotes diversity through performing arts in downtown San Diego. Rizzo is fluent in Spanish and in her free time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, foreign and domestic travel and spending time with her loving husband, Tom, and their families including 16 nieces and nephews, and their two dogs, Zucca and Roxie.


The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2011

This is the culmination of a peer nominating process that asked San Diego County lawyers to name the best young attorneys in San Diego County who are: Hard-Working & Detail-Oriented, Knowledgeable & Enthusiastic, Ethical & Professional, and Committed to Furthering the Interests of Justice in Society.

Young Attorneys 2011 Finalists


Oleg Cross

Cross Law Group

Andrew Haden

United States Attorney’s Office

Anna Romanskaya

Stark & D'Ambrosio LLP

Practicing 1-2 years

Andrew Botros

Law Office of James D. Scott

Andrew Custer

Foley & Lardner LLP

Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Francis DiGiacco

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Brittanie McCloskey

Law Offices of Daniel Grunbaum

JP Roach

Hughes Marino

Joe Villaseñor

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.

Practicing 3-5 years

Amanda Allen

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Alissa Bjerkhoel

California Innocence Project, California Western School of Law

Theresa Bowen

Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley LLP

Jenny Bratt


Laura Buckley

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

Robert Chambers, II

McClellan Law Firm

William Concidine

East Village Law Group

Craig Countryman

Fish & Richardson

AnneElise Goetz

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

Catherine Hanna

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Ryan Harris

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers

Sondra Levine

UTC Aerospace Systems

Jenna Leyton

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz

Joseph McMullen

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Julie Park

Morrison & Foerster

Matthew Riopelle

Foley & Lardner LLP

Kristin Rizzo

Rizzo Law Firm

Jason Ross

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP

Andrea Russell

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Puja Sachdev

Sachdev Legal Group APC

Michelle Schill

Martinez & Schill LLP

Kirsten Solberg

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Tyler Theobald

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton

Robert Williams


Practicing 6-7 years

Alyson Amerson

Doyle Lowther LLP

Ilona Antonyan

The Law Office of Ilona Antonyan, APC

Jimmy Cheng


Bibianne Fell

Fleming & Fell PC

Ariel Javier

Law Office of Ariel A. Javier

Dan Kehr

Kehr Law

Brooke Kim


Chris Lawson

San Diego District Attorney's Office

Kate Mangan

Mayer Mangan

Megan Mazza

Allen Matkins

Ashley Palmer

Robbins Umeda LLP

Rachel Scatizzi

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Brett Schreiber

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Jason Sheinberg

San Diego Law Firm

Sean Stapleton

Alere Inc.

Devin Storey

The Zalkin Law Firm PC

David Zachry

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

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Important Dates

Nominations Open: September 14
Nominations Close: October 26
Nominees Announced: November 2
Finalists Notified: November 4
Sponsorship/Advertising: December 13
Publication Date: December 21


Past Events

Young Attorneys reception

Transcript reporter Doug Sherwin talks to Nadia P. Bermudez of the Brown Law Group LLP at the 2007 Young Attorneys reception.