Julie Rizzo focuses her practice on securities law compliance and corporate governance, including environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations. She brings a unique perspective to her clients, having worked for a leading technology company, a federal regulator, and a Big Four accounting firm. She has earned a certificate in sustainable capitalism and ESG from Berkeley Law Executive Education.
Prior to joining Parker Poe, Julie served as corporate counsel for Red Hat. Julie was a member of the corporate legal group and served as Red Hat’s in-house securities lawyer. She was a member of the legal team that navigated the company through its $34 billion acquisition by IBM and was responsible for Red Hat’s securities law compliance and managing acquisition-related communications. During her tenure at Red Hat, she also worked closely with the finance and marketing teams on a broad range of corporate communications and the human resources team on internal investigations.
Julie is a former attorney-advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As an attorney-advisor in the SEC's Division of Corporate Finance, she reviewed Securities Act and Exchange Act filings for compliance with disclosure requirements, assisted in rulemakings related to asset-backed securities, and participated for three seasons on the Shareholder Proposal Task Force.
Earlier in her career, Julie served as a staff accountant for PwC, auditing clients in industries that included technology, real estate, and education.