Harry A. Rissetto '65 P'00

Harry graduated from Fairfield University in 1965 with a B.A. in biology. He then found his way to Georgetown University Law Center and graduated with a juris doctor degree in 1968, after which he served as a law clerk to Federal Judge John J. Sirica and for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. In 1970, he joined the Washington office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius and had been with the law firm for more than 44 years.  Harry began as an associate, was promoted to partner and finally served as senior counsel until he retired in September 2014.

During his career, Harry has specialized in labor and employment law, and in the last decade has focused on representing airlines, railroads and the federal government in their relationships with labor unions. In 2004, he received a Burton Award for Excellence in legal writing. Harry has been:

  • An Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University
  • A guest lecturer at Catholic University Law School
  • A senior editor of the principal text book describing the law under the Railway Labor Act
  • A regular participant as a speaker at professional seminars
  • A contributor to professional publications.

Harry has been an active alumnus at Georgetown University, and has served as a member of the University's Board of Regents. In 2000 he received the Paul R. Dean Award for contributions to the Law Center and the legal profession. Harry has been a class agent for Georgetown's annual fund and participated on the committee for several Law Center capital campaigns. At Fairfield, he has served on reunion committees, and Grace and he have established an undergraduate scholarship.

Harry has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown and chair of the American Horticultural Society.  He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the American Horticultural Society.  He has served as president of the American Dahlia Society and has written extensively about the cultivation of dahlias. He has been married to Grace Rissetto for 44 years. They have three grown sons, one of whom, Michael, graduated from Fairfield in 2000.

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