Jessica Rizzo is an associate in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department. She specializes in complex commercial litigation and her practice spans Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, and Constitutional Law issues. Jessica has drafted pleadings and dispositive motions, facilitated pre-trial discovery, and represented clients before a variety of tribunals. She has advised companies ranging in size from a start-up to a multinational corporation on the novel legal issues presented by blockchain technology. Jessica also has experience conducting internal investigations into harassment and discrimination at institutions of higher education.
Jessica regularly shares her insights on cutting-edge developments in law, technology, and the arts as a contributor to Wired. She is a member of metaLAB’s Digital Access Research Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Jessica also recognizes the importance of access to justice and maintains a robust pro bono practice assisting low-income individuals and non-profit organizations with child custody, domestic violence, divorce, labor, quiet title, and landlord-tenant issues.
Jessica received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was the 2020 Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Annual Law Student Writing Competition Winner, a Congress Hall Scholar (2018-2022), and received the Exemplary Pro Bono Service Award. She also served as the Comments Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and the Associate Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Innovation. Jessica also earned her M.F.A. and D.F.A. from Yale School of Drama and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.
First Amendment and Media
Labor and Employment
- Defending major city school district against federal Equal Protection Clause challenge
- Representing popular video game developer and distributor in federal antitrust action.
- Represented leading medical device company in litigation for alleged infringement of a design patent.
- Defending defamation action between school-age parties in Pennsylvania State Court.
- Representing renewable energy company in breach of contract action in Pennsylvania State Court.
- Author, “Towards a Dramaturgical Theory of Constitutional Interpretation,” Seattle University Law Review, March 2023
- Author, “Are You a Victim of Crypto Crime? Good Luck Getting Help,” WIRED, September 2022
- Author, “Who Will Own the Art of the Future?,” WIRED, July 2022
- Author, “Generative Art Is Challenging What It Means to Be Human,” WIRED, June 2022
- Co-Author, “Mayor Kenney Expected to Sign Employee Commuter Transit Benefit Programs Bill into Law,” June 2022
- Author, “A Bored Ape Lawsuit Won’t Set the NFT Precedent Seth Green Wants,” WIRED, May 2022
- Co-Author, “Diagnosing CTE in the Living—Researchers and the Medical Community Inch Closer to the Goal Line,” Sports Medicine and the Law, Spring 2022
- Co-Author, “DOJ targets Crypto-Criminals and names first Director of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team,” February 2022
- Author, “The Dune NFT Fiasco Is the Least of Crypto’s Legal Worries,” WIRED, January 2022
- Author, “Supreme Court Blocks OSHA ETS but Upholds CMS Rule Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination,” January 2022
- Author, “Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay of OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers,” December 2021
- Co-Author, “Concussion “Diagnostic” Tools – Technologies Generate Buzz, But Experts Urge Caution,” Sports Medicine and the Law, Fall/Winter 2021
- Co-Author, “Federal Government Announces Vaccination Rules for Employers, Including OSHA’s Vaccine or Testing Requirements for Large Employers,” November 2021
- Co-Author, “Governor Phil Murphy Signs New LAD Amendment, Expanding New Jersey Age Discrimination Protections,” October 2021
- Author, “Bone and Flesh: Theater, Copyright, and the Ineffable,” Volume 23, Issue 2, Penn Law Journal of Constitutional Law, June 2021
- Author, “The Children’s Hour: Climate Change, Law, and the Family,” Volume 26, Hastings Environmental Law Journal, Summer 2021
- Author, “Federal Architecture and First Amendment Limits,” Volume 16, Issue 2, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, April 2021
- University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Yale School of Drama
- Bryn Mawr College
Towards a Dramaturgical Theory of Constitutional Interpretation
Like legal texts, dramatic texts have a public function and public responsibilities not shared by texts written to be appreciated in solitude. For this reason, the interpretation of dramatic texts […]
Are You a Victim of Crypto Crime? Good Luck Getting Help
Local law enforcement isn’t ready to deal with this new type of fraud, even with shady scams on the rise. WHEN CHRIS GOLAS called the cops to report that he had […]
Who Will Own the Art of the Future?
WHEN OPENAI ANNOUNCED last week that its art-making AI system DALL-E is now available in beta, the company also gave users lucky enough to get off the waiting list what […]
Generative Art Is Challenging What It Means to Be Human
WHEN CAMILLE ROUX sets out to make a work of art, he often turns to the internet for advice. “What’s your favorite?” he recently tweeted, sharing four computer-generated variations on an abstract […]