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 Newsday and 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 Estate Committees.
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.