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Lia Smith Thorsen Legal

Lia Smith

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Texas


  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • Hunter College (B.A., cum laude, Computer Science)

Lia Smith

Lia Smith is an attorney with Thorsen Legal who has over 7 years of experience. She is licensed in both Texas and California.

Technology Lawyer

Lia graduated cum laude with a computer science degree from Hunter College. Her law career includes being on the technology transfers team of Latham & Watkins’ (San Francisco, CA office) and Wilson Sonsini (Austin, Texas office). 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 Thorsen Legal, Lia advises on patent, copyright, and trademark law. She is highly experienced with technology and software licensing. She advises on social media, internet privacy and platform compliance issues.

Intellectual Property Attorney

Lia started her legal career as an IP litigator with Cooley’s Palo Alto CA office. She later served as corporate and intellectual property law counsel at Bissex & Watson (Austin, Texas office) and Traverse Legal (an Austin TX internet and technology law firm). As an IP attorney, Lia has assisted clients with a broad range of IP Law matters such as trademark, copyright and patent disputes. Lia’s intellectual property clients range from technology companies, biotech companies and pharmaceutical companies. Her clients also include those in the medical devise, media, gaming, entertainment and consumer product industries.

Securities Attorney

As a securities lawyer with Thorsen Legal, Lia has assisted clients with all types of securities offerings and corporate finance transactions. This includes everything 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

Lia is one of our top M&A attorneys. 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 numerous large acquisitions; particularly of technology companies. She skillfully advises clients on the transfers of intellectual property in connection with a merger or acquisition.

Entertainment Attorney

Lia’s strong technology and intellectual property background makes her ideally experienced for the practice of entertainment law. At Thorsen Legal, she advises entertainment clients on intellectual property licensing and celebrity clients on their publicity rights. She assists with copyrights and trademarks which protect the brand of creative professionals.