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Learn more about Kristin, one of San Diego’s top-rated employment law attorneys

Kristin Rizzo is an employment attorney, workplace investigator, mediator, and owner of Rizzo Law. Rizzo Law is a boutique employment law firm specializing in the strategic representation of employees and employers, performance of workplace investigations and mediation of Disputes.

Kristin represents individuals in litigation matters in the areas of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, contract and wage and hour disputes. Kristin also provides specialized counsel to employees on employment contracts, severance and separation agreements, leaves of absence and positioning within companies. Kristin advises employers and companies on strategic planning and positioning, including employment agreements, policy manuals and handbooks, wage and hour issues, compliance, employee leaves, training, hiring and termination.

Kristin also works as a neutral, both as an investigator and mediator. She performs workplace investigations, including conducting prompt, thorough and impartial fact-finding investigations, identifying potential policy and legal violations, performing credibility assessments, and providing suggestions for remedial measures. Kristin serves as a mediator for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), San Diego Superior Court Small Claims Division, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Kristin is currently the President of the San Diego County Bar Association – a 10,000 member lawyer organization.

  • California Super Lawyers, Top Attorneys in San Diego, Rising Star Award (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript, Top Attorney Award for Employment Law (2013)
  • Red Boudreau Trial Lawyers, Judge David R. Thompson New Lawyer Award (2012)
  • USD’s Distinguished Recent Alumni, Rising Star Award (2011 – 1st awardee in award history)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript, Top Young Attorney Award (2009, 2011)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript, Judge for the Top Young Attorney Award (2010)
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Bar Stars Award (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Wiley Manuel, Award for Pro Bono Service: Service to the YWCA and Casa Cornelia (2005)

Legal and Undergraduate Education

University of San Diego, School of Law – J.D., 2006

  • Judicial Extern, Federal District Court, Magistrate Judge Nita L. Stormes, Southern District
  • Law Clerk, Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District, San Diego, California
  • Appellate Moot Court Executive Board, Vice Chair and National Team Competitor at Vanderbilt University

University of California, San Diego – B.A., Political Science International Relations, B.A., Spanish Literature, 2001

  • Honors: Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Complutense Universidad de Madrid, Academic Education Abroad, 1999 to 2000
  • A San Diego native, Kristin attended La Jolla High School. She is proficient in written and spoken Spanish.
Professional Licenses and Certifications
  • Licensed to Practice Law by the California Supreme Court, 2006
  • Licensed to Practice Law by the United States District Court of Southern California, 2006
  • Graduate, National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), Introductory Mediation Skills, 2012
Professional History
After becoming licensed in 2006, Kristin 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 representing both individual and corporate clients. Among many notable achievements during her time at Higgs, Kristin personally handled a bench trial to obtain a verdict for her local business client and successfully defended a national corporate client to obtain a significant defense judgment. In 2011, Kristin opened Rizzo Law, PC.
Leadership and Community Involvement
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Board of Directors’ President (2018); President-Elect (2017); Vice President (2016); Treasurer (2015); Director (2014); New Lawyer Division Board of Directors’ President (2010) and Director (2007 – 2011). Committee Leadership: Section & Committee Council Chair (2016); Finance – Ex-Officio Treasurer (2016); Finance Chair (2015); Real Property Chair (2015); CIEL Co-Chair (2015); Section & Committee Council Co-Chair (2014); Labor & Employment Section Co-Chair (2013).
  • University of San Diego, Law Alumni Board of Directors (2012 – 2016); Executive Committee Member (2014 – 2016).
  • American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter (2008 – 2016); Team Leader (2014).
  • Lawyers Club, Member (2005 – Present); Networking Outreach Committee (2012).
  • Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Board of Trustees (2011- 2012).
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Workplace Investigators
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter, Barrister
  • San Diego Inn of Court, Trial Program, Graduate
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association
Lectures and Publications
  • Legal Source Citation,, “Accusations in the #MeToo era: How Companies Handle
    Complaints,” December 17, 2017.
  • Legal Source Citation, San Diego Union Tribune, “Beyond #Me Too: What You Need to
    Know About Reporting Sexual Harassment,” December 10, 2017.
  • Featured, San Diego Lawyer Magazine, “Practicing Parents: Solo Practitioners on Managing
    Your Practice and Pregnancy,” August 2017.
  • Speaker, Ogletree Deakins: Workplace Strategies, National Educational Labor &
    Employment Law Seminar, Perspectives from the Plaintiff’s Bar,” May 2017.
  • Speaker, California Western School of Law: Employment Law Panel, 2017.
  • Speaker, California Employment Lawyers Association: Employment Law Panel, 2016.
  • Speaker, University of San Diego School of Law: Employment Law Panel, 2016.
  • Author, Networking Know-How, Featured in the California Lawyer Magazine, June 2013.
  • Speaker, California Public Law Library: “‘You’re Fired!’ – Layoffs, Severance and
    Unemployment,” 2013.
  • Speaker, California Public Law Library: “A Guide to California Leave Laws –
    Understanding the FMLA, CFRA and PDL,” 2012.
  • Speaker, La Raza and Earl B. Gilliam Neighborhood Law Program: “Basics of Employment
    Law for Employees and Employers,” 2012, 2013.
  • Lecturer, University of San Diego School of Law: Civil Practicum Course – “The Real Life
    of Lawyers,” 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • Speaker, San Diego County Bar Association: “Hanging Your Own Shingle,” Sept. 2013.
  • Speaker, Lawyers Club, Professional Advancement Committee Program: “Increase Your
    Visibility: How to Enhance Current Client Relationships & Build New Ones,” 2013.
  • Author, Networking: Don’t Just Do It – Do It Well. How to Network Your Way to Effective
    Relationship-Building, University of San Diego, School of Law Student Magazine, 2013.
  • Key Note Speaker, University of San Diego, School of Law: Award Luncheon, 2012.
  • Speaker, University of San Diego, School of Law: “Introduction to the San Diego County
    Bar Association,” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
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