Robert "Bob" Rizzi is a tax attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Rizzi advises domestic and multinational businesses on the federal and state income tax aspects of corporate and partnership business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), reorganizations, workouts and joint ventures.

Mr. Rizzi has more than four decades of experience providing tax planning for transactions in the financial services, telecommunications, real estate, technology and hospitality sectors, primarily in international markets. He also advises multinational high-net-worth families on transactional, tax planning and cross-border matters. In addition, Mr. Rizzi provides tax advice and structuring for mid-market and private equity transactions in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Rizzi was an attorney for an international law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., where he represented presidential appointees through the vetting process.

Mr. Rizzi has significant background in tax matters, as well as 20 years of experience in government ethics. His clients have included cabinet and subcabinet members, administrators and commissioners of various agencies, and numerous ambassadorial appointees in Democratic and Republican administrations. He has also worked on vice presidential vetting and has worked closely with the presidential transition teams of three administrations. Over the years, Mr. Rizzi has represented at least 100 presidential appointees.

In addition, Mr. Rizzi co-teaches a course on government ethics at Harvard Law School, and teaches corporate taxation at George Washington University Law School. Mr. Rizzi has also taught corporate taxation at Catholic University Law School, and real estate taxation and bankruptcy taxation in an LL.M. program at Golden Gate University School of Law. He is the editor of three chapters of the Bittker & Eustice treatise, Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders. Since 1986, Mr. Rizzi has written a bimonthly column, "Corporate Organizations and Reorganizations," for the Journal of Corporate Taxation, and he was a founding editor of Mergers and Acquisitions, The Monthly Tax Journal.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Oxford University, M.Litt.
  • Princeton University, A.B.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
Honors & Awards
  • The Legal 500 USA, Tax: Domestic Tax, 2015, 2017-2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Tax: International Tax, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Best Lawyers, Tax, Washingtonian, 2015
  • Marshall Scholar, Oxford University, 1972
  • Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Princeton University, 1971-1972  
  • Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth College, 1968
  • Phi Beta Kappa


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