Seema Ali Rizzo
Partner, Chair, Domestic Relations Division, Gallo & Iacovangelo, LLP
Years in current role: 17
What do you enjoy most about practicing family law?
Helping individuals, most of whom are going through the most difficult period of their lives, to navigate the waters to try and reach resolution of their matrimonial issues in a manner which is supportive and least disruptive to them and to their families.
What do you see as the biggest changes in family law in the next 3-5 years?
Technology. The pandemic has taught us that we can file court documents electronically, meet with clients remotely and appear for court conferences and trials virtually. I think we will continue to see the use of all of these forms of technology, even after the dissipation of COVID-19. Technology has made us more productive in many ways and enabled us to use our time more efficiently. We will likely see the further expansion of technology in the court system and in our professional practices.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I am a past Chair and current Board Member of Development of Indo-American Leaders (D.I.A.L.), a nonprofit organization that focuses on developing leadership skills in order to broaden the participation of Indian-Americans in civic and volunteer positions in community organizations in the greater Rochester area. I was a founding member of this organization and I believe as an immigrant to this country, it is so important to give back to the community that has given me so much.
What is one personal goal you have for the next year?
To travel more (I hope)!