Alternate Office
  • 1114 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10036
  • TEL: +1 212 506 3935
  • FAX: +1 212 506 3950
Areas of Practice
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.,1978, cum laude
  • Oxford University (New College), M. Litt., 1975, Marshall Scholar
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1972 Phi Beta Kappa, Woodrow Wilson Scholar
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • California
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: + 1 202 429 6226
FAX: + 1 202 429 3902

Robert Rizzi, a partner in Steptoe’s Washington and New York offices, is co-head of the firm's tax practice.  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, and advice to high-net-worth families on transactional and cross-border matters.  Mr. Rizzi has experience in tax planning for transactions in the financial services, telecom, real estate, technology, and hospitality sectors, primarily 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, 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.


  • Legal 500 US, Tax: Domestic Tax, 2015
  • Legal 500 US, Tax: International Tax, 2015
  • Washingtonian Magazine's "Best Lawyers" in Tax, 2015

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