Lia Smith is an attorney with Culhane Meadows who is licensed in both Texas and California. She leverages her technology background, corporate experience, and personal entrepreneurial endeavors, combined with her legal training, to offer clients a unique perspective for understanding where technology, business, and law intersect. As a startup and early-stage company business attorney, Lia puts her skill sets to the best use – honing in on the important details, while maintaining the big picture focus of the client’s ultimate business objectives.
Lia graduated cum laude with a computer science degree prior to attending law school. Her law career includes being on the technology transfers team of Latham & Watkins’ (San Francisco) and Wilson Sonsini (Austin). She also has experience practicing internet privacy and data compliance law. The combination of her technology background, corporate experience and time spent as a tech entrepreneur provides her with a unique perspective and strong foundation for understanding technology law. As a technology attorney at Culhane Meadows, Lia is equipped to advise clients on technology and software licensing. She also advises on social media, internet privacy and platform compliance issues.
Intellectual Property Lawyer
Lia started her legal career as an IP litigator with Cooley’s Palo Alto office. She later served as corporate and IP counsel at several technology-focused boutique law firms in Austin. As an IP attorney, Lia has assisted clients with a broad range of matters such as trademark, copyright and patent disputes. Lia’s intellectual property clients have included technology companies, biotech companies and pharmaceutical companies. Her clients also include those in the medical device, media, gaming, entertainment and consumer product industries.
Lia has assisted clients with all types of securities offerings and corporate finance transactions, from initial capital raises (convertible notes, SAFEs, Series A, Series B and other corporate financing offerings) all the way to conducting initial public offerings. She advises clients at all stages of commercial securities on how to stay compliant with SEC securities regulations.
Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney
A large portion of Lia’s time as a technology transfers attorney was spent in connection with mergers and acquisitions. As a result, Lia has been a part of client service teams for numerous large acquisitions; particularly of technology companies. She skillfully advises clients on the transfers of intellectual property in connection with a merger or acquisition.
Lia’s strong technology and intellectual property background makes her ideally experienced for the practice of entertainment law. She regularly advises entertainment clients on intellectual property licensing and celebrity clients on their publicity rights. She also assists with copyrights and trademarks which protect the brand of creative professionals.