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Lia Smith

Lia Smith

Corporate & IP Attorney

Austin
Texas
Licensed in
CA, TX
Duke University School of Law
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I am a Duke Law graduate with a computer science degree. As a corporate and IP law attorney, the combination of my technology background, legal education and experience, and entrepreneurial beginnings provides me with a unique perspective into where law, business, and technology intersect.

I began my legal practice at the law firms of Cooley, Latham & Watkins, and Wilson Sonsini, representing a wide range of clients, both public and private, span Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, sole-proprietors, and non-profits. My experience spans several industries and both transactional and dispute-related matters, enabling me to provide a
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"As a young agency in an emerging field (behavioral design), our legal needs are not always simple. Over our years working with Lia we've been so appreciative to have her trusted counsel. Her breadth and depth of experience is impressive. The care, innovation, and expertise she applies to solving our unique needs has been so valued. She has always taken the time to thoughtfully, and clearly explain things to our leadership team and works collaboratively with us to take care of our needs. When our needs were minimal, Lia guided us well. And as our needs grew, Lia grew with us. Lia has consistently been absolutely professional, and a great pleasure to work with, throughout handling our company formation and operating agreement, drafting and negotiating independent contractor agreements, trademark applications, and providing general counsel on a variety of topics, large and small. - Robin Krieglstein, CEO, Live Neuron Labs"

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"My experience working with Lia has been invaluable, to say the least. Finding the right legal counsel for your business’s needs is not a decision we took lightly, and we could not be more fortunate to have ended that search after finding Lia. Not only is Lia experienced in all of the complexities and unique legal requirements of our business; she also understands the importance of building long-term relationships and has consistently kept that consideration in mind while advising us. Regardless of the circumstances, Lia has a way of entangling the issues we present to her and breaking them down for us, in actionable steps, from the most complex of situations to our day-to-day needs—not an easy task in the construction/contractor industry. Lia’s ability to quickly comprehend our needs, and then clearly communicate what our next steps should be, is a rare thing to find. Outside of transactional work (drafting and negotiating our contracts, registering or protecting our IP, handling minor disputes), Lia has provided us with ongoing legal counsel regarding strategies to avoid potential problems before they happen. She has consistently been there to advise us regarding the laws that may apply to our services, as well as to answer any employment or vendor-related question we’ve had along the way, always with the goal (and result) of positioning our company’s leadership to deal with any situation that we may face going forward. Finding legal counsel like Lia is not easy, and our experience working together has been invaluable. We look forward to working with her for years to come and highly recommend her services to all other businesses owners and entrepreneurs. - West Budreau, CEO, Western Facilities Services Group"

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Work History

Lia Smith Law, PLLC

Attorney & Founding Member

May 2019 - Present

As founding attorney of this law firm, I advise my clients regarding a full range of matters focused on corporate, intellectual property, and commercial transactions; IP prosecution, enforcement, defense, and strategy; and early-stage dispute resolution.

May 2019 - Present

Traverse Legal, PC

Associate Attorney

Aug 2017 - Mar 2019

Counseled clients on a wide range of corporate, intellectual property and commercial matters, employment-related issues, early-stage dispute resolution, and litigation, with a focus on IP licensing, trademark and copyright prosecution, and commercial agreements.

Aug 2017 - Mar 2019

Bissex & Watson, PC

Senior Associate Attorney

Apr 2016 - Jun 2017

Counseled clients on a wide range of corporate and IP-related transactions, specializing in IP/licensing and commercial transactions, corporate formations and governance, investment offerings, employment-related issues, and early-stage dispute resolution, as well as trademark and copyright prosecution and portfolio management.

Apr 2016 - Jun 2017

Wilson Sonsini

Associate Attorney

Aug 2015 - Feb 2016

As a member of the Technology Transactions Group, I assisted clients on a wide variety of commercial and intellectual property transactions, including licensing transactions, for a variety of small, local businesses, and IP due diligence for high-profile acquisitions in the local market.

Aug 2015 - Feb 2016

Latham & Watkins

Associate Attorney

Feb 2014 - Aug 2015

As a member of the Technology Transactions Group, focused primarily in biotech, for clients worldwide, I drafted and negotiated complex strategic intellectual property and commercial agreements; managed IP due diligence efforts in the course of public offerings and M&A deals; counseled clients regarding IP and commercial strategies, including supply-chain management.

Feb 2014 - Aug 2015

Cooley LLP

Associate Attorney

Sep 2012 - Feb 2014

Worked as a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group on a variety of intellectual property matters, covering patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law.

Sep 2012 - Feb 2014

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