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Julie F. Rizzo

Raleigh | 919.835.4018
Fax | 919.834.4564

Julie Rizzo focuses her practice on securities law compliance and corporate governance. She brings a unique perspective to her clients, having worked for a leading technology company, a federal regulator, and a Big Four accounting firm.

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.

*Julie is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, is not licensed in North Carolina, has an application for admission to the North Carolina State Bar pending, and is practicing law in North Carolina pursuant to Rule 5.5(e) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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Honors & Awards

  • Red Hat's General H. Hugh Shelton Chairman’s Award Winner, 2018
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Productivity Improvement Award, 2009 (Presented to the Shareholder Proposal Task Force)