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Robert Rizzi and Carina Federico

Robert Rizzi is a partner in Steptoe & Johnson’s Washington, D.C., and New York offices, and co-chairs the firm’s tax practice. He has represented prospective political appointees requiring Senate confirmation through the vetting process, including Cabinet and sub-Cabinet members, administrators and commissioners of various agencies, and numerous ambassadorial appointees in both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Carina Federico is an associate in Steptoe & Johnson’s Washington, D.C. office in the firm’s tax practice. She previously worked as deputy associate counsel for the White House where she was the tax counsel on the vetting team for presidential nominations and appointments and as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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