LGBTQ REPRESENTATION WITH UNDERSTANDING, DETERMINATION, AND INGENUITY
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
Estate distribution and inheritance
Healthcare proxies, living wills and powers of attorney
Customized trusts and probate alternatives
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
Our successful track record includes small, personal matters as well as
landmark and precedent-setting cases that have received national media
Whichever your case, we provide respectful, dedicated, passionate, and
resourceful representation, mindful of cost and strategically tailored
to your needs.
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
Joseph Trotti is the head of the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law
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.
New York Law Journal
named him a 2019 Trailblazer for his “pioneer spirit” and work.
Read his full bio
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
July 29, 2019
16th Annual HRC Greater NY Golf Outing & Dinner