Vincent Rizzo focuses his practice in litigation at both the federal and state level, with a particular emphasis in the areas of labor and employment, constitutional violations and government. He has extensive experience representing entities and employees in Title VII, Section 1983 and ADA claims. Vincent is a member of the trial bar for the Northern District of Illinois and has litigated countless cases to resolution, including successfully trying several federal civil jury trials to defense verdict and obtaining multiple summary judgments. He also advises employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship, spanning from hire through termination, employee misconduct and other disciplinary matters. Vincent regularly presents trainings to clients on workplace compliance and best practices.
Before joining Hinshaw, Vincent was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law for nearly five years. In that capacity, he represented the City of Chicago and its employees in litigation involving civil rights violations, municipal prosecutions, and appeals. During law school, Vincent was a public interest law intern for the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and also interned for the general counsel of Accident Fund Insurance Company. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he was a teaching assistant for Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy; Torts; and Street Law. Vincent was also an active member of his law school's International Law Review and participated in the Commercial Arbitration Competition and the National Animal Law Appellate Moot Court Competition.
Vincent serves as co-president of the Cook County Bar Association's LGBTQ section, co-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Network of the ABA Section of International Law, a member of the leadership council for Lambda Legal, and secretary of the executive board of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. He also is a pro-bono volunteer for the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, representing low-income plaintiffs in employment matters and volunteers for the name change project, providing free legal name change services to transgender people. Additionally, he serves as a faculty member for Lawline for civil rights litigation and is a committed member of Hinshaw's LGBTQ affinity group, and helped Hinshaw obtain a 100% rating in the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign.
Vincent has extensive trial experience in both federal and state courts. A selection of his successful results includes the following:
- Obtained not guilty jury verdicts in multiple civil rights discrimination cases.
- Successfully argued for judgment as a matter of law during a jury trial in a civil rights discrimination case.
- Obtained multiple summary judgments in civil rights discrimination cases.
- Negotiated favorably low settlement on behalf of client in a wrongful death case.
- Received hundreds of favorable judgments at administrative hearings in matters relating to the public health, safety and welfare.
- Successfully argued for felony resentencing on behalf of client charged with armed robbery and home invasion reducing his sentence from 84 months to 76 months.
- "LGBTQ+ Issues in the Workplace: Legal Obligations and Best Practices," CLE hosted by Hinshaw's LGBTQ Affinity Group, Chicago, Illinois, June 18, 2020
- Panelist, “Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work: A Generational Perspective,” CLE hosted by Hinshaw's LGBTQ Affinity Group, Chicago, Illinois, October 9, 2019
- Panelist, "A Comprehensive Look at Transgender Equality in the Workplace" 2019 Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 7, 2019
- "Can LGBTQ People Have their Cake and Eat it, Too? What the Supreme Court REALLY said," CLE hosted by Hinshaw's LGBTQ Affinity Group, Chicago, Illinois, June 28, 2018
- "Recent Supreme Court Decisions Affecting First Amendment," CLE hosted by Regina Dominican Law Society, Chicago, Illinois, June 18, 2018
- "Overview of Laws Concerning Animals in Film Media," Animal Legal & Historical Center, June 2012
- January 4, 2021
- Vincent Rizzo Addresses Potential Impact for Employers Following Landmark Ruling on LGBTQ Rights from SCOTUSJuly 1, 2020
- June 2020
- October 23, 2019
- Vincent Rizzo Discusses LGBTQ Title VII Cases Currently Before SCOTUS in Business Insurance MagazineOctober 11, 2019
- July 11, 2019
J.D., magna cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, 2013
B.A., magna cum laude, Business Management and Administration, Bradley University, 2010
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar