About JOSEPH G. MILIZIO, ESQ.
Telephone: 516.437.4385 x108.
Managing Partner Joseph G. Milizio leads the firm’s
Business and Transactional Law,
Exit Planning for Business Owners and
LGBT Representation Practice Groups. He is a key member of the
VMM Family InstituteSM.
Mr. Milizio has significant experience in all areas of transactional law,
with an emphasis in general business transactions including acquisitions,
sales, entity and owner representation, franchising, leasing and transactional
real estate matters. He represents a wide range of businesses, including
retailers, manufacturers, real estate entities, healthcare providers and
other professional practices.
His diverse corporate and real estate finance experience includes the representation
of both borrowers and lenders. He regularly advises clients on corporate
governance matters, dispute resolution and estate planning for business
owners. Under the auspices of the firm’s Exit Planning for Business
Owners Practice Group, he works with business owners and other advisors
as a consultant and legal advisor in planning for and implementing exit
strategies. Mr. Milizio is a founding steering committee member of the
Long Island Chapter of the international Exit Planning Institute, a forum
where local professional advisors can collaborate; develop educational
programs for business owners and professional advisors to build awareness
and better prepare an owner for the successful exit of their business;
encourage and foster the adoption of best practices for the exit planning
profession; and promote the common business interests of those business
advisors engaged in the profession of exit planning.
Mr. Milizio founded the firm’s groundbreaking LGBT Representation
Practice Group over 15 years ago. He leads VMM in advocating for the legal
rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, offering
legal counsel and representation on key issues in the LGBT community.
These include estate planning, health care proxies/living wills, employment
law/discrimination, pre- and post- nuptial agreements, domestic partnership
agreements, co-owner agreements, spousal rights and obligations, and adoptions.
Mr. Milizio is a longtime member of the New York Steering Committee of
the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization.
He is co-chair of the recently launched Nassau County Bar Association
LGBTQ committee, working with committee members to address equality and
inclusion for all minorities. In recognition of his longtime support of
Long Island Crisis Center, particularly its Pride for Youth initiative,
Mr. Milizio was named Person of the Year in 2017.
Mr. Milizio has been quoted extensively in
Long Island Business News and is a frequent contributor to VMM’s quarterly newsletter,
The SideBar. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and graduated
magna cum laude from St. John’s University. He is admitted to practice
law in the State of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar
Association and the Nassau County Bar Association, where he serves on
the Lawyer Referral Committee, as well as the Corporation Law and Real
A former chairperson of the board of trustees and former chair of the governance
committee of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, Mr. Milizio served as captain of Vishnick McGovern Milizio’s
“Walk MS” team; the firm’s annual participation consistently
stood out as one of Long Island’s top fundraising groups at the
event. He is also an MS Society Leadership Award recipient, which recognizes
Long Island’s business leaders.