Keith Rizzardi

Keith W. Rizzardi

Professor of Law


Phone: 305.474.2422


St. Thomas University College of Law
Faculty Suite (209)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


B.A., University of Virginia
J.D., University of Florida
MPA, Florida Atlantic University


Environmental Law
Legal Ethics
Water Law

Keith W. Rizzardi

Keith W. Rizzardi joined the St. Thomas Law faculty in 2011 after years of government service as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division and as a managing attorney for the South Florida Water Management District. An accomplished litigator, he has argued cases before the Florida Supreme Court and in Federal district and circuit courts from coast to coast. He also has served as Chairman of the U.S. Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.

An active member of the Florida Bar, and a Board Certified Specialist in State & Federal Administrative Practice, Professor Rizzardi twice chaired The Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section, and served on the bar’s ethics and professionalism committees. His scholarship in legal ethics and lawyer regulation qualified him as an expert witness in a malpractice matter. He volunteers as an ombudsman for the U.S. Department of Defense, helping military service members and their civilian companies to resolve employment related disputes.

A graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. 1991), University of Florida (J.D. 1994) and Florida Atlantic University (M.P.A. 1998), Professor Rizzardi has authored nearly two dozen articles and book chapters. He has shared his education and experience internationally with students at the UNESCO Water Institute in the Netherlands and at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. His areas of teaching and scholarship include administrative law, environmental law, negotiation, professional responsibility and regulatory compliance.

Scholarship & Research


Books and Book Chapters:

Keith W. Rizzardi, Who Says that Fish Filet Is Sustainable?, in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? (2015, ELI Press Book).

Keith W. Rizzardi, Ocean and Coastal Law in the Climate Change Context: Domestic and International Regulator Challenges, in Marine Mammal Protection Act in an Era of Climate Change (2014, Oxford University Press).


Keith Rizzardi, “Excess Confidentiality: How Bar Examiners Defy Principles of Administrative and Judicial Transparency,” Georgetown J. of Legal Ethics, (Forthcoming 2021)

Keith W. Rizzardi, Money, Mandates, and Water Management: Foreshadowing a Florida Disaster, 21 Vermont J. of Envtl L. 1 (Fall 2019)

Keith Rizzardi, Expectations in the Mirror: Lawyer Professionalism and the Errors of Mandatory Aspirations, 44 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 691 (2017)

Keith W. Rizzardi, Victims of Disorganized Thinking: When Law Students with Mental Health Issues Confront Florida’s Unconstitutional Inquisition, 4(1) Mental Health L. & Pol’y J. 87 (2015).

Keith W. Rizzardi, Rising Tides, Receding Ethics: Why the Real Estate Professions Should Take the High Road, 6(2) Wash. & Lee. J.E.C. & E. 402 (2015).

Keith W. Rizzardi, Sunburned: How Misuse of the Public Records Laws Creates an Overburdened, More Expensive, and Less Transparent Government, 44(2) Stetson L. Rev. 425 (2015).

Keith W. Rizzardi, Why Don’t FACA Committees Like Facebook?: Social Media, Public Input, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 9 Charleston L. Rev. 75 (2015).

Lance H. Gunderson, Ahjond Garmestani, Keith W. Rizzardi and J.B. Ruhl, Escaping a Rigidity Trap; Governance and Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in the Everglades Social Ecological System, 51(1) Idaho Law Rev. 127 (2014).

Keith W. Rizzardi, Sea Level Lies: The Duty to Confront the Deniers, 44(1) Stetson L. Rev. 75 (2014).

Keith W. Rizzardi, Appealing Administrative Action: The Threshold Considerations, 88 Fla. B.J. 39 (2014).

Keith W. Rizzardi, Redefining Professionalism: Florida’s Code Mandating the Aspirational Raises Challenging Questions, 87 Fla. B.J. 39 (2013).

Keith W. Rizzardi, The Duty to Advise the Lorax: Environmental Advocacy and the Risk of Reform, 37 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 25 (2012).

Keith W. Rizzardi, “Controlling Jurisdiction” and the Duty to Disclose Adverse Authority: Florida’s District Courts of Appeal Reign Supreme on Matters of First Impression, 85 Fla. B.J. 46 (2011).

Keith W. Rizzardi, Defining professionalism: I know it when I see it?, Fla. B.J., July-August 2005, at 38.

Keith Rizzardi, Regulating watershed restoration: why the perfect permit is the enemy of the good project, 27 Nova L. Rev. 51 (2002). HeinOnline

Keith W. Rizzardi, Translating science into law: phosphorus standards in the Everglades, 17 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 149 (2001). HeinOnline

Keith W. Rizzardi, Alligators and litigators: a recent history of Everglades regulation and litigation, Fla. B.J., March 2001, at 18.

John J. Fumero and Keith W. Rizzardi, The Everglades ecosystem: from engineering to litigation to consensus-based restoration, 13 St. Thomas L. Rev. 667 (2001). HeinOnline

Keith W. Rizzardi, The Everglades in jeopardy: a drama of water management and endangered species, 27 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 349 (2000). HeinOnline

Keith Rizzardi, Toothless? The endangered manatee and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, 24 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 377 (1997). HeinOnline

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility
News & Activities

STU Law News

Professor Prof. Rizzardi Teaches Environmental Law in China.

Prof. Keith Rizzardi was a visiting professor at the Chinese law school as a part of the CUPL Summer School Program. The program, now in its second year, attracts top academics in their fields to China to teach in a variety of disciplines including Environmental Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Ethics, Lawyering Skills, Global Governance, and Human Rights.