Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2014
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2011


  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Young Practitioners Committee

    American Bar Association (Active Member of the Intellectual Property Section, Trademark Transactions Committee, and Trademark Transactions Fashion Law Subcommittee)

    Virginia State Bar

    American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
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Briana C. Rizzo


Briana Rizzo is an associate in Venable's Intellectual Property Litigation Group, where she counsels clients and litigates matters involving a wide range of intellectual property topics, with a focus on trademark, copyright, and false advertising issues. Briana has worked closely with brand owners, particularly in the publishing, fashion and luxury goods, and software industries, to develop intellectual property strategies to effectively establish their brands worldwide and to prevent brand dilution.

Briana has assisted with the development and management of trademark and copyright portfolios, enforcement strategies, licensing, clearance, copyright fair use analysis, and litigation. She has monitored and abated online infringement using a variety of tools, including Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-downs, to resolve matters involving cyber piracy and domain name use, keyword advertising, meta tagging, click fraud, and publicity and counterfeit matters involving social media and other online venues. Briana has also reviewed publishing agreements and cleared publications for copyright and trademark use prior to launch.

Briana has litigated complex trademark, copyright, and patent matters, both in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), for online retailers, fashion and luxury good designers, manufacturers, musicians, software companies, automobile manufacturers, and consumer product companies.

In 2015, Briana served as Venable's second Gerry Treanor Pro Bono Fellow. She worked full-time with Bread for the City Legal Clinic in Washington, DC, where she represented low-income tenants pro bono in all forms of housing disputes. Through the Fellowship, Briana litigated extensively in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and advocated on behalf of clients before local and federal administrative bodies.

Prior to joining Venable, Briana served as a judicial intern for the Honorable William J. Haynes of the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee. She also worked as a legal intern for Stuart Weitzman Holdings, LLC, where she assisted with domestic and international trademark maintenance and varied brand agreements within the fashion and luxury goods industry.