Pat has over 40 years of experience as a respected trial attorney representing clients in and out of the courtroom in various business and corporate litigation disputes. He also advises businesses on matters such as risk management and contracts. Pat also represents insurance companies and businesses in the resolution of disputes concerning the existence and scope of insurance coverage.
Among other matters, Pat regularly assists his clients in the following:
- Acting as outside general counsel to businesses.
- Providing affirmative means of protection against liability through contract provisions such as limited warranties, insurance requirements, or indemnification that limit claims or divert them to others.
- Resolving commercial disputes and product liability claims through the litigation process when other forms of dispute resolution do not succeed.
- Managing claims against his clients brought in jurisdictions throughout the country.
Pat has a thorough understanding of the business ramifications that legal issues cause and concentrates on formulating legal solutions that will achieve his clients' business goals. In addition, the depth of his experience in business-related matters allows him to effectively counsel his clients by translating legal issues into common sense terms that apply directly to their businesses.
Pat served as Chief Executive Officer of Smith Haughey from 2003 to 2009. He currently serves as President and General Counsel of the firm and chair of the firm’s Product Liability Department.
Pat is married to Patricia, and they have four children: Sean, Colleen, Brendan, and Ailis.
- AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
- Listed as a "Michigan Super Lawyer" (2006-2014) -- Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage
- Listed in Best Lawyers (2014-2015) -- Commercial Litigation
- Listed in Leading Lawyers (2014) -- Commercial Litigation; Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
- Listed as a "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation (2010-2015) -- Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability Litigation
- University of Notre Dame (B.A., with high honors, 1972). Phi Beta Kappa.
- University of Michigan (J.D., with honors, 1975)
Admitted to Practice
- Illinois, 1975
- Michigan, 1991
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Various Federal Courts of Appeal and District Courts
Client Successes for Patrick F. Geary
Pat Geary, Dale Hebert, and Kristen Ray achieved a significant result for our client, a retail grocer, in a case brought against it by the receiver for insurance in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. We moved to dismiss or to transfer venue to the Western District, arguing that venue was improper in the Eastern District. The Court agreed and ordered the case transferred to the Western District.
Pat Geary successfully represented a shipping supplies company in a case that ended in settlement. As a result, the company and a family LLC received a substantial recovery on the claim against the insurer following a fire. In addition, Smith Haughey also recently ended two other cases for the shipping supplies company, in which, with Rachel Roe's help, we sued to enforce two non-compete agreements and were awarded with favorable orders restricting former employees from contacting customers and prospects of the company and ordered the siblings to pay for the examination out of funds they control. Our client will end up with a roadmap to recover any misspent assets at no cost to her.
News for Patrick F. Geary
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named “Super Lawyers”
SHRR Increases Donations to Charity
SHRR Lawyers are Super
Officers Elected to Lead Smith Haughey
Officers Elected to Lead SHRR
SHRR Elects New Officers
Blog posts for Patrick F. Geary
- State Bar of Michigan
- Product Liability Advisory Council
- Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (President, 2000-2001)
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Michigan State Bar Foundation
- Grand Rapids Bar Association (President 2015-2016)
- Life Member, Grand Rapids Justice Foundation