Keith W. Rizzardi Attorney At Law
Keith focuses his practice in administrative, governmental and regulatory law, environmental law, and lawyer regulation. An accomplished litigator, he has argued cases before the Florida Supreme Court and in Federal district and circuit courts from Florida to D.C. to Hawaii.
Keith joined GrayRobinson in 2019 and continues to serve as a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University. His areas of practice, teaching and scholarship include administrative law, civil procedure, environmental law, and professional responsibility, and his experience has qualified him as an expert witness in lawyer regulation disputes involving discovery and malpractice. Prior to teaching, he provided years of government service as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division and as a managing attorney for the South Florida Water Management District. He has also worked with the Florida League of Cities and represented local governments, working on open government laws and regulatory compliance. His research exposed abuses of the Florida public records law and led to major reforms.
An active member of the Florida Bar, and a Board Certified Specialist in State & Federal Administrative practice, Keith has been recognized as a leader by state and federal organizations. He twice chaired The Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section, and served on the bar’s ethics and professionalism committees. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed him to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, and as chair, he helped shape federal policy on aquaculture, climate change, and endangered species. He also trained and earned awards as an Ombudsman for the U.S. Department of Defense, helping military service members and their civilian companies to resolve employment related disputes.
Keith authored a civil procedure casebook, is working on a new administrative law case book, and has authored nearly two dozen law review and journal articles and book chapters. He has shared his education and experience all over the globe: including domestic conferences at Columbia Law School, the University of Florida, Yale Law School, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and international speaking engagements at the UNESCO Water Institute in the Netherlands and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.