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Joseph G. Milizio

Managing Partner
  • “VMM is a great law firm and Joe Milizio is very helpful. They do their due diligence and make sure you get the best legal advice possible. I highly recommend them!”

    - Vinnie B.
  • “Excellent experience.”

    - Tim L.
  • “I have been a client of Joe Milizio's for many years. He is always pleasant, willing to listen and discuss matters openly and honestly. Joe is a wonderful person and a skilled professional.”

    - Elizabeth C.
  • “Highly recommend this firm especially Joe Milizio and his team. Professional courteous and responsive always.”

    - Kimberly O.
  • “Mr. Milizio was such a great help with our legal issues. He is very knowledgeable.”

    - Pat A.
  • “Excellent attorneys. Will recommend without any hesitation. Joe Milizio is very professional and responsible and reliable.”

    - Isaac G.
  • “Excellent Firm — Mr. Milizio guided us through the process of setting up our family legal documents.”

    - Pete W.
  • “Joe Milizio is an exceptional attorney with his knowledge, ability to communicate and ability to put a person at ease even in the most difficult of times. His attention to his client's needs and to ...”

    - Marian C.
  • “Quality attorney group we used for estate planning. The team was friendly, helpful, and extremely proficient. They guided me through some very difficult planning processes. I can only give them the ...”

    - Joseph R.
  • “This firm did an excellent job helping my business get started! Thanks guys!”

    - Silverthorne Veterinary
  • “[Among] Long Island’s best and brightest legal professionals.”

    - L.I. Herald Newspapers
  • “Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP has worked diligently on behalf of causes and ideals which uphold the principles of human decency and brotherhood, and through the years has demonstrated a selfless ...”

    - Laura Curran, County Executive of Nassau County
  • “We are tremendously grateful to collaborate with a firm so dedicated to issues of social justice.”

    - William Tramontano, Interim President, Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Managing Partner Joseph Milizio leads VMM’s Business and Transactional Law, Real EstateExit Planning for Business Owners, LGBTQ Representation, and Surrogacy, Adoption, and Assisted Reproduction Practices. He is a key member of the VMM Family InstituteSM and COVID-19 Legal Assistance Practices.

Mr. Milizio represents start-up and established businesses, providing day-to-day general counsel and advice. He has significant experience in various areas of transactional law with an emphasis on 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 industries and organizations.

His diverse corporate and real estate finance experience includes the representation of both borrowers and lenders. He regularly advises clients on corporate governance, dispute resolution, and estate planning matters. As head of the Exit Planning for Business Owners Practice, he works with proprietors and other representatives as a consultant and legal advisor in planning for and implementing exit and succession strategies.

Mr. Milizio founded the firm’s groundbreaking LGBTQ Representation Practice over 15 years ago, one of the first in the nation. The practice provides legal counsel, representation, and education to the LGBTQ community in a variety of matters, including workplace discrimination, estate planning, health care proxies and living wills, prenuptial agreements, real estate, domestic partnership agreements, property co-owner agreements, spousal rights and obligations, divorce and child custody, adoptions and surrogacy, name changes, and gender marker changes.

He is a trusted advisor to both his personal and business clients and often serves as executor, trustee, and legal guardian.

Mr. Milizio is regularly featured in the press, including NBC, CBS, News 12, 1010 WINS, WCBS 880, Star 99.9, Los Angeles TimesNewsday, LI Herald, and Long Island Business News.



  • New York, 1984


  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1983
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, St. John’s University, 1980

 - Summa Cum Laude


  • New York State Bar Association; LGBTQ Law Section
  • Nassau County Bar Association; Lawyer Referral Committee, Corporation Law Committee, Real Estate Committee, LGBTQ Committee
  • International Exit Planning Institute – Long Island Chapter, founding vice president
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Board of Governors
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Long Island Chapter, former chairperson
  • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) – Long Island Chapter, founding member
  • The Mergers & Acquisitions Network, Advisory Board
  • Hofstra University, LGBT Advisory Board


  • Special Congressional Recognition, 2021
  • Crain's New York Business "Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives," 2021
  • Schneps Media "New York Power Lawyers 2021"
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, “Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney,” 2020 – Present
  • LI Herald “2019 Top Lawyer of Long Island,” Civil Rights
  • LI Herald “2019 Top Lawyer of Long Island,” Pro Bono
  • LI Herald “2019 Top Boutique Firm of Long Island" (firmwide)
  • New York Law Journal "New York Top Rated Lawyers 2019" (firmwide)
  • New York Law Journal "New York’s Top Rated Trusts and Estates Lawyers 2020" (practice)
  • New York Law Journal "New York’s Top Rated Real Estate Lawyers 2020" (practice)
  • New York Law Journal "New York’s Top Rated LGBTQ Representation Lawyers 2020" (practice)
  • Nominee, LI Herald “2019 Top Lawyers of Long Island,” Real Estate
  • Nominee, LI Herald “2019 Top Lawyers of Long Island,” Philanthropist of the Year
  • Nominee, LI Herald “2019 Top Lawyers of Long Island,” Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Long Island Crisis Center “2017 Person of the Year”
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Award
  • Long Island Business News “Leadership in Law” award, 2013
  • Avvo, 5-star reviewed member


  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Board of Governors
  • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) – Long Island Chapter, founding member
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Long Island Chapter, former chairperson
  • Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), Advisory Council 
  • Long Island Crisis Center Pride for Youth initiative, Planning Committee
  • CUNY Pridefest 2019, sponsor
  • Queens College, GLASA (Gay Lesbian and Straight Alliance) club, sponsor
  • Queens College, City University of New York, volunteer speaker
  • Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, former member

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