Mr. Lia concentrates in the areas of executive compensation and general corporate law. He graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School where he was the editor of the New York Law School Law Review. He received a B.S. in Business from Skidmore college as an undergraduate.
Mr. Lia represents executives and companies with respect to all facets of designing, drafting and negotiating executive compensation arrangements including employment, consulting, severance, non-compete/non-solicitation and change in control agreements. He represents private equity funds and privately and publicly-held companies in the design and drafting of equity-based and other incentive compensation arrangements. He regularly designs stock option, restricted stock, deferred compensation and various other types of incentive compensation plans and arrangements and advises clients with respect to tax, securities and corporate law issues relating to such plans.
In addition, Mr. Lia represents numerous clients with respect to general corporate matters, corporate mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and other corporate transactions.
Mr. Lia was previously a partner in the New York City office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLC, founding member of the New York law firm of Holladay, Lia & Mukamal, LLP, and tax associate in the New York City offices of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP. He was formerly a practicing Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young LLP and KPMG.
Mr. Lia is a member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, New York State Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.