Laura M. Rizio, Esq. graduated from Penn State University and the Dickinson School of Law. She received her J.D. degree in 1968, and joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office under Senator Arlen Specter. A short time later she became a staff member of the American Law Institute’s Committee on Continuing Legal Education. She spent two years preparing and editing educational materials for practicing lawyers across the country. She then accepted a position as a litigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Rizio was entrusted with major cases, including a suit brought by the United States Government against Philip Morris for racial and sex discrimination in hiring and promotion policies. The suit was settled for the largest amount ever awarded in a class discrimination suit at that time. She is known for her sensitivity to client needs and her ability to communicate with clients, insurance adjusters and attorneys to bring about fair settlements in a reasonable time frame.
In 1978, Ms. Rizio and Mr. Hamilton founded the law firm, which is today Rizio, Hamilton & Kane, P.C. At that time, it was the first husband and wife law firm in the City of Philadelphia. Ms. Rizio is dedicated to the needs of her clients and views the injured client as an individual, a whole person with special and particular needs.
Ms. Rizio is a member of The Philadelphia Bar Association, The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and The Justinian Society. She is also listed in the Who’s Who of Professional Women of America.