Title: Lawyer (Retired)
Company: Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Location: Falls Church, Virginia, United States
Harry A. Rissetto, Retired Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in labor and employment law.
Mr. Rissetto retired from the firm of Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius in 2014 after 44 years in labor and employment law. He was a partner of the firm from 1975 until his retirement, and worked with the airline, trucking, and railroad industries to represent national transportation service entities. In particular, Mr. Rissetto handled cases involving employer labor relations, discrimination litigation, and appellate advocacy. He taught for some times as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a noted specialist on the Railway Labor Act of 1926.
Mr. Rissetto’s legal career began with a JD from Georgetown in 1968, and he went on to serve as a law clerk for Judge John J. Sirica, then of the U.S. District Court. Mr. Rissetto worked also with Chief Justice Warren R. Burger of the U.S. Supreme Court, and was later admitted to practice there, as well as both New York and Washington DC. He joined Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius as an associate in 1970, quickly becoming partner and serving in numerous discrimination cases and bargaining disputes. A highlight of Mr. Rissetto’s career was helping to reform a collective bargaining agreement for the railway company Conrail.
Besides working in law and teaching, Mr. Rissetto has also offered leadership as the co-chairman of the Railway Labor Act committee in the section of labor and employment law of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, as well as the immediate past chair of the American Horticulture Society and a former president of the American Dahlia Society, which awarded him a Gold Medal Cultivation Achievement Award and for which he wrote “History of the American Dahlia Society, 1965-2015”. Mr. Rissetto also wrote the article “Airline Bankruptcy and the Rejection of Labor Contracts,” which earned him a 2004 Burton Award for Legal Achievement. He is featured in the pages of numerous Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes.
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