William J. Rizzo

Managing Director, General Counsel
Head of Portfolio Surveillance - Western Region

Bill Rizzo is Managing Director and General Counsel of National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation and is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all of the company’s legal activities. His primary responsibility is to ensure that the company complies with all applicable laws and regulations. He also acts as lead counsel on all material transactions in which the company is involved and serves as head of government relations. In addition, Mr. Rizzo is responsible for the monitoring and management of insured credits in the Western Region.

Prior to joining National in 2011, from 2008-2010 Mr. Rizzo helped develop a new financial guaranty insurance company, Municipal and Infrastructure Assurance Corporation. Serving as the company’s General Counsel, Mr. Rizzo focused on regulatory matters and the development of risk management capabilities.

From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Rizzo was with XL Capital Assurance, Inc., now known as Syncora Guarantee. In the dual roles of Associate General Counsel and Manager of Reinsurance, Mr. Rizzo was lead counsel for Syncora’s US Public Finance and Global Infrastructure businesses and was also responsible for the company’s reinsurance activities across all business lines.

In 1993 Mr. Rizzo began his career as an attorney in private practice. From 1996 to 2003, he focused on public finance while an associate with both King & Spalding and Nixon Hargrave Devans & Doyle.

Mr. Rizzo holds an A.B. in Government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Fordham University, School of Law.