Christopher Rizzo

Christopher Rizzo

Christopher Rizzo

Co-Director, Environmental Practice Group

2 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
212-238-8677, Fax: 212-732-3232
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Practice Description

Chris Rizzo’s practice includes a wide variety of litigation, environmental and land-use matters. They include litigation and transactional matters arising out of environmental impact reviews for state and city-sponsored projects, compliance with local zoning and preservation laws, open space preservation, open space easements, development agreements and licenses, management of hazardous materials and energy generation. His practice also includes general litigation, often related to land-use disputes, construction and contracts. He works closely with the firm’s real estate department and corporate department on due diligence related to land transactions and corporate mergers and acquisitions. In a pro-bono capacity, he is involved in several community-based organizations focused on revitalization of New York City’s parks and public spaces.


  • 2001 New Jersey
  • 2002 New York
  • 2002 U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • 2002 U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 2004 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (2015-2018)
  • Member, Board of Directors, New Yorkers for Parks (2011-2016)
  • Member, New York City Bar Association’s Land Use Committee (2012-2015)
  • Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law (2009-2011)
  • Co-chair of the Parks and Historic Preservation Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (2008-2012)
  • Member of the Law Committee of the Municipal Art Society of New York (2004-2011)
  • Member of the Pace University School of Law Alumni Board (2009-2011)
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), Green Associate (2010-2012)

Prior Experience

  • 2002-2004 Menapace Fellowship, Municipal Art Society of New York, Inc.
  • 2001-2002 Associate, Environmental Department, Law Firm of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman and Leonard LLP


  • B.A., 1997 Manhattan College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
  • J.D., 2001 Pace University School of Law School (cum laude; Articles Editor, Pace Environmental Law Review; Certificate of Environmental Law)

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