Julie Rizzo and Doug Harmon

Julie Rizzo and Doug Harmon

Julie Rizzo is an attorney at Parker Poe. Julie focuses her practice on securities law compliance and corporate governance and brings a unique perspective to her clients, having worked for a leading technology company, a federal regulator and a Big Four accounting firm.

Prior to joining Parker Poe, Julie served as corporate counsel for Red Hat. Julie was a member of the corporate legal group and served as Red Hat’s in-house securities lawyer. She was a member of the legal team that navigated the company through its $34 billion acquisition by IBM and was responsible for Red Hat’s securities law compliance and managing acquisition-related communications. During her tenure at Red Hat, she also worked closely with the finance and marketing teams on a broad range of corporate communications and the human resources team on internal investigations.

Julie is a former attorney-advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As an attorney-advisor in the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance, she reviewed Securities Act and Exchange Act filings for compliance with disclosure requirements, assisted in rulemakings related to asset-backed securities and participated for three seasons on the Shareholder Proposal Task Force.

Earlier in her career, Julie served as a staff accountant for PwC, auditing clients in industries that included technology, real estate, and education.

Doug Harmon is an attorney at Parker Poe. Doug leads the firm’s Securities & Corporate Governance Group and its Public Company Growth & Compliance Group and co-leads the Governance, Risk & Compliance Group. With more than 30 years of experience, he represents domestic and international public and private entities in a full array of capital markets and finance, merger and acquisition, securities compliance and corporate governance, risk and compliance matters. The Compliance Certification Board has accredited him as an Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP and CCEP-International)®.

Doug has worked with clients from a wide range of industries, including energy, financial services, manufacturing, retail, sports and entertainment and technology.

He has been honored as one of Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Securities Law since 2007 and is a member of the Energy Bar Association.

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