M. Kristan


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 and various tax considerations associated with qualified and non-qualified structured settlement programs. 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

Professional Activities

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

  • LL.M., with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University
  • B.A., magna cum laude, George Washington University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • 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

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

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