Lia Schmidt is a counsel in the firm’s Business Law Department and a member of the Private Investment Funds Practice. She joined Goodwin in 2008. She is admitted in California only.  Her application to the D.C. Bar is pending.  Her practice in the District of Columbia is supervised by principals in the firm.




Ms. Schmidt’s practice focuses on the structuring, formation and operation of venture capital funds, funds-of-funds and other private equity funds and their management companies.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Schmidt was an associate in the tax practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she represented both public and private companies in connection with the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including incorporations, debt and equity financings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations, recapitalizations, public offerings and spin-offs. Before that, Ms. Schmidt was an associate in that firm’s corporate and securities practice, where she advised private and public companies and their management on a broad range of corporate matters.





J.D., 1999
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
B.A., 1996
Stanford University

(with honors)



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