Robert Lia is the President and General Counsel of Wheelhouse Group, where he oversees and manages all business operations, planning and investing across all subsidiaries of the Group, including Wheelhouse Entertainment, Wheelhouse Partners, and Wheelhouse Clubs.
Rob has unique business experience developed from years as a practicing lawyer and certified public accountant. Immediately prior to joining Wheelhouse, Lia was a Partner in the Corporate Department at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP where he specialized in executive compensation and taxation in private and public M&A transactions. Boies, Schiller is the powerhouse law firm founded by legal visionary David Boies (Gore vs. Bush, California Proposition 8, US vs. Microsoft).
Lia’s twenty-year legal career started at the venerable NY-based law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson and eventually migrated to Latham & Watkins, a global law firm practicing in the transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas. Over that time, Rob’s transactional experience focused on private equity deal work for some of the largest firms in the business, including The Carlyle Group, Apollo and KKR. Additionally, he created a unique practice where he negotiated and structured deals and joint ventures for CEOs and management teams in connection with private equity transactions.
Rob was first introduced to Brent Montgomery, the Chief Executive Office of Wheelhouse, through a complicated transaction involving Leftfield Pictures. His work for Leftfield also included the launch of Loud TV and Outpost Entertainment as well as other general legal and corporate guidance. Lia initially left his private legal practice to aid Montgomery in the launch of his family office and new business ventures.
Lia graduated magna cum laude from the New York Law School where he was the editor of the New York Law School Review. Lia is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Lia is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, New York State Bar Association, and Connecticut Bar Association. He also has a background in accounting as a practiced CPA for KPMG and Ernst & Young. He has a B.S. in Business / Accounting from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Rob is married, has three children and lives in Darien, CT.