Lia is a Senior Counsel with 14 years of experience representing unionized workers in arbitrations and collective bargaining, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board and other administrative agencies. As General Counsel for UNITE HERE Local 100 and Associate General Counsel for SEIU Local 32BJ, she was instrumental in defending the job security and terms and conditions of employment of thousands of building service and food service workers. Prior to joining Latino Justice, Lia litigated a variety of employment matters on behalf of plaintiffs, mostly regarding claims of discrimination and wage and hour violations, at a private law firm in New Jersey.
Lia is a former psychologist and educator with M.A. (Magna Cum Laude) and B.A. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. She received her law degree from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. Lia is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey State courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.