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Robert A. Rizzi

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Robert Rizzi is a partner in O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Washington office, and is the former Chair of the firm's tax practice group. He was one of the founding partners of the firm's Silicon Valley office in 2001.   

His practice covers federal and state income tax aspects of corporate and partnership business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures, and workouts, as well as tax advice on executive compensation plans and equity participation arrangements. Bob's representations have included tax planning for major transactions in the telecom, financial services, technology, real estate and hospitality sectors, principally in international markets as well as tax advice and structuring for mid-market and private equity transactions in the U.S. and abroad. 
For the past 10 years, his practice has also included advising senior executive branch appointees on "vetting" and related matters. His clients have included cabinet and subcabinet members, administrators and commissioners of various agencies, and a numerous ambassadorial appointees in both Democratic and Republican administrations. 
Bob has taught corporate taxation at Catholic University Law School and government ethics at the Georgetown University Law Center, and graduate tax courses in real estate taxation and in bankruptcy taxation. He has written and spoken on a wide range of tax-related topics. 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. 

Bob has served on the Board of Trustees of American Friends for New College (Oxford). He was an attorney for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1981-1982.


Harvard University, J.D., 1978: cum laude
Oxford University (New College), M. Litt., 1975: Marshall Scholar
Princeton University, A.B., 1972: Phi Beta Kappa; Woodrow Wilson School Scholar
Dartmouth College, 1968-70: Rufus Choate Scholar

Professional Activities

Admitted, District of Columbia; California
Member, Office of General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency (1981-82); American Bar Association Tax Section
Contributing Editor, Journal of Corporate Taxation; Mergers and Acquisitions, The Monthly Tax Journal
Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University Law Center (2004-Present); Columbus Law School, Catholic University of America (1997-99); Masters in Taxation Program, Golden Gate University (1992-94)


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