In federal and state courts across the United States, Geoff Ritts focuses on defending corporations, officers, and directors in securities, shareholder, and derivative litigation. He also defends corporations in M&A disputes, ERISA litigation, and banking and accounting-related litigation and assists companies with internal investigations.
Geoff represented National City Corporation (now part of The PNC Financial Services Group) in numerous securities, derivative, and ERISA lawsuits arising out of the subprime mortgage crisis. He represented KeyCorp in multiple class actions relating to the Bernard Madoff scandal. Geoff successfully represented Cooper Tire, Macy's, and Diebold in securities class actions in which courts dismissed the complaints under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA). He also defended Macy's in a merger case involving the acquisition of May Department Stores in which the court denied class certification.
Geoff is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches complex litigation. He coauthored a treatise on complex litigation in state courts (Statewide Coordinated Proceedings: State Court Analogues to the Federal MDL Process, West Group) and wrote numerous articles on securities law, civil procedure, class actions, and legal ethics, in publications such as Litigation magazine, The National Law Journal, the Journal of Corporation Law, and Defense Law Journal. Geoff has been invited to testify before the Ohio Legislature on class actions. He is a trustee of Notre Dame College and the Greater Cleveland Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and certain officers and directors secure dismissal of securities class action
Cardinal Health wins dismissal in state court, and affirmance in Sixth Circuit of dismissal in federal court, of shareholder derivative lawsuits
KeyCorp obtains dismissal of shareholder derivative complaint
Honors & Distinctions
Chambers USA (2016, 2015) (Ohio: Litigation - General Commercial)
Ohio Super Lawyers (multiple years) (Securities Litigation, General Litigation)
Law Clerk to Judge David A. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1993 term)