LGBTQ Representation

Areas Of Practice LGBTQ Representation

LGBTQ REPRESENTATION WITH UNDERSTANDING, DETERMINATION, AND INGENUITY

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For 50 years, VMM has provided dedicated and compassionate legal support for all people.

One of the first law firms to establish an LGBTQ Representation Practice, we continue to advocate tirelessly on behalf of our LGBTQ clients.

OUR LGBTQ REPRESENTATION PRACTICE FOCUSES ON THE FOLLOWING AREAS

Workplace discrimination or harassment

Spousal and domestic partner rights

Separation and divorce

Adoption

Estate planning

Estate distribution and inheritance

Healthcare proxies, living wills and powers of attorney

Fiduciary appointments

Elder law

Customized trusts and probate alternatives

Real estate

Pro bono legal education (free speaking engagements and training seminars)

WHO WE ARE

Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP was founded in 1969, the same year as the Gay Rights Movement.

We established a dedicated LGBTQ Representation Practice 15 years ago, one of the earliest law firms to have one. We’ve been pioneering LGBTQ rights in New York and New Jersey ever since.

We are strong advocates for the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning community.

The legal landscape of LGBTQ rights is constantly changing and uncertain. Our experienced attorneys are at the forefront, at both the state and federal levels.

Our successful track record includes small, personal matters as well as landmark and precedent-setting cases that have received national media attention.

Whichever your case, we provide respectful, dedicated, passionate, and resourceful representation, mindful of cost and strategically tailored to your needs.

PARTNERS

Joseph G. Milizio

Joseph Milizio is the founder of VMM’s groundbreaking LGBTQ Representation Practice and leads the firm’s advocacy for LGBTQ rights.

As Managing Partner, he also heads the firm’s Business and Transactional Law and Exit Planning for Business Owners Practices. He is a key member of the Matrimonial and Family Law Practice, the VMM Family InstituteSM.

Mr. Milizio is a trusted advisor and provides legal counsel, representation, and education to the LGBTQ community in a wide variety of issues, including life and estate planning.

He is the co-chair of the Nassau County Bar Association LGBTQ Committee; a member of the Human Rights Campaign New York Steering Committee; and a longtime supporter of the Long Island Crisis Center Pride for Youth initiative, which in 2017 named him “Person of the Year.”

Read his full bio here.

Joseph Trotti

Joseph Trotti is the head of the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law Practice, the VMM Family InstituteSM, and a partner in the LGBTQ Representation Practice. Since its founding, he’s been advancing LGBTQ rights in marriage, domestic partnership, adoption, divorce, and other related matters.

Among other trailblazing work, he represented a party in New York State’s first same-sex divorce case in 2008.

He is also the executive producer of the documentary Left Out in America: Legislating Life, Love and LGBT, which won several awards, including “Best Directorial Debut of a Documentary” in the 2011 New York International Film Festival.

The prestigious New York Law Journal named him a 2019 Trailblazer for his “pioneer spirit” and work. Read his full bio here.

Andrew A. Kimler

Andrew Kimler heads VMM’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Practice and is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Employment Law Practices, in addition to the LGBTQ Representation Practice. He focuses on the areas of employment, commercial, and corporate law, representing individuals and businesses.

He has been representing LGBTQ persons in workplace discrimination and harassment cases for over 15 years.

In 2012, he represented Marla Krolikowski, a transgender teacher who was fired by a Queens high school where she taught for 32 years. The case received national media attention, including the New York Times, HuffPost, CNN, and an ongoing investigative report on WABC-TV. Its favorable result helped pave the way for LGBTQ workplace nondiscrimination.

Mr. Kimler writes and lectures on LGBTQ rights before professional associations, symposiums, and organizations. He is a guest lecturer at the Queens College Political Science Department and the upcoming LGBTQ Studies minor.

He has been included multiple times in the New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

Read his full bio here.

COMMUNITY AND PRO BONO

Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP, our LGBTQ Practice, and our attorneys proudly serve as a resource for the LGBTQ community, providing advocacy, counsel and support in a range of matters.

Through LGBTQ Practice head Joseph Milizio, the firm co-chairs the Nassau County Bar Association LGBTQ Committee, addressing equality in the law and the legal concerns of the LGBTQ community.

Mr. Milizio serves on the New York Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization in the US, and VMM is a major sponsor of its 2019 Annual Greater NY Golf Outing & Dinner fundraiser.

The firm also supports the Long Island Crisis Center Pride for Youth initiative, which in 2017 named partner Joseph Milizio “Person of the Year.”

VMM also supports Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, helping the organization promote reproductive healthcare and education, legislative advocacy, and voter education.

VMM is the lone corporate sponsor of CUNY’s (City University of New York) 2019 Pridefest, held at Queens College, celebrating diversity and equality. In addition, the firm supports the Queens College GLASA (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Alliance) club.

LGBTQ Practice partner Joseph Trotti is the executive producer of the 2011 award-winning documentary Left Out in America: Legislating Life, Love and LGBT, which helped bring awareness to DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, eventually overturned by the US Supreme Court.

More than just donors we are doers. We provide pro bono legal education (free speaking engagements and training seminars) to groups, organizations, associations, and institutions in an array of legal issues facing the LGBTQ community:

Lectures, symposiums, CLEs, training sessions and other education opportunities regarding LGBTQ rights.

LGBTQ “Train the Trainer” programs for administration, faculty and staff at Queens College.

Curriculum and guest lectures at the Queens College Political Science Department and upcoming LGBTQ Studies minor.

For pro bono legal education inquiries, contact us.

NEWS

June 21, 2019

VMM SPONSORS CUNY PRIDEFEST

May 20, 2019

VMM PARTNER JOSEPH TROTTI NAMED NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL TRAILBLAZER

May 2, 2019

WORKERS' DAY BULLETIN: SCOTUS WILL DECIDE FEDERAL RIGHTS OF LGBT EMPLOYEES

Feb. 27, 2019

VMM FAMILY INSTITUTE WEEKLY INSIGHTS: HEARING ORDERED ON INTERIM ACCESS IN SAME SEX CUSTODY CASE

Feb. 19, 2019

VMM FAMILY INSTITUTE WEEKLY INSIGHTS: RESOLVING THE ISSUE OF PARENTAL ALIENATION

Jan. 28, 2019

NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE PASSED THE GENDER EXPRESSION NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT ("GENDA")

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UPCOMING EVENTS

July 29, 2019

16th Annual HRC Greater NY Golf Outing & Dinner