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Patrick F. Geary

Attorney - Shareholder

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Office: Grand Rapids

tel. 616.458.5358

fax. 616.774.2461

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Secretary

Reathel Brown

tel. 616.458.9369

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Pat has over 35 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.

Noteworthy

  • 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

Education

  • 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

  • 6/1/2009
    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.
  • 3/1/2009
    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.

External Publications

  • "Going Bare," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 27, No. 50, October 2014

News for Patrick F. Geary

9/5/2014
Twenty-five Smith Haughey Attorneys Listed Among 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers "Rising Stars”

8/18/2014
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among "Best Lawyers in America" for 2015

1/7/2014
Smith Haughey Announces New Chief Executive Officer, Shareholders, Office Managing Shareholders, and Board Members

10/2/2013
Go West-ER: Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge finds new home on Lakeshore

9/6/2013
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Among 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”

8/15/2013
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among “Best Lawyers in America” For 2014

9/17/2012
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named 2012 "Super Lawyers"

12/16/2011
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named “Super Lawyers”

10/7/2010
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named "Super Lawyers"

1/14/2010
Smith Haughey Announces New CEO, Shareholders, and Board of Directors

12/11/2009
SHRR Increases Donations to Charity

9/17/2009
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named "Super Lawyers"

4/7/2009
Smith Haughey Expands & Strengthens Client Offerings in 10 Practice Areas

11/17/2008
Smith Haughey Presented the President's Special Recognition Award by the MDTC

9/25/2008
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named "Super Lawyers"

12/20/2007
Board of Directors Elected to Lead Smith Haughey in the New Year

11/26/2007
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Names New Chief Operating Officer

9/24/2007
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named "Super Lawyers"

1/8/2007
Board of Directors Elected to Lead Smith Haughey in the New Year

10/26/2006
SHRR Lawyers are Super

12/13/2005
Officers Elected to Lead Smith Haughey

1/4/2005
Officers Elected to Lead SHRR

2/11/2004
SHRR Elects New Officers

1/1/2003
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Announces Election Results

1/1/2002
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Holds Annual Elections

 Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (President, 2000-2001)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Vice President, Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Life Member, Grand Rapids Justice Foundation

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