M. Kristan Rizzolo

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • International Tax
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Taxation
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Insurance M&A and Demutualizations
  • Insurance Products
  • Federal Tax
  • Captives
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0908
Fax: 202-637-3593
University George Washington University, B.A., magna cum laude
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University, J.D., with honors; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., with distinction
Admitted1991, Virginia; 1993, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities
Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Member, Virginia Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Insurance Companies Committee


With more than 20 years of advising insurance clients on federal tax issues, Kristan Rizzolo helps clients maximize tax efficiency in their business operations. She counsels clients in tax planning, including the tax implications of creating or operating captive insurance companies. Kristan regularly advises global and domestic insurance clients on multinational mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and offshore agreements.

Kristan has extensive experience with the tax controversy and litigation process at the federal level and represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court. She advises clients on audits and appeals in addition to representing them on regulatory matters.

Before joining Sutherland, Kristan was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. Earlier in her career, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Charles E. Clapp, II of the U.S. Tax Court.

Selected Experience
Sutherland counsels a leading global insurance provider on tax issues related to acquisitions and divestitures.
Sutherland advises numerous corporate groups on an array of federal tax policy matters regarding captive insurers.
Sutherland represents client in IRS audit and appeal.


Honorable Charles E. Clapp, II of the U.S. Tax Court

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Office Information

M. Kristan Rizzolo

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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