Patrick F. Geary

Patrick F. Geary: Attorney with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Biography

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.

Following and building upon his longstanding practice in litigation, Pat has begun offering his services to parties as a mediator. He 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. This experience has led him to assist clients in diverse areas including contract disputes, restrictive covenants and non-compete matters and product liability in state and federal courts. He also advises businesses and individuals on risk management and insurance coverage issues related to litigation.

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. He is admitted to practice before the United State Supreme Court and various federal courts of appeal and district courts. In addition to the Michigan State Courts, he is qualified to mediate in federal and state courts. In addition, Pat is also qualified to mediate for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan.

Pat is married to Patricia, and they have four children: Sean, Colleen, Brendan and Ailis.

Accolades

•AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
•Listed as a Michigan Super Lawyer (2006-2018) - Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage

•Listed as a Local Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation (2010-2015) - Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability Litigation

•Listed in Best Lawyers (2014-2019) - Commercial Litigation

•Listed in Leading Lawyers (2014) - Commercial Litigation; Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law

•Selected as Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law (2016)

•Selected as an arbitrator by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan

News and Publications

August 16 2018

Twenty-One Smith Haughey Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2019

August 18 2017

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America for 2018

October 06 2016

Eight Smith Haughey Attorneys Selected as Local Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation

September 20 2016

Sixteen Smith Haughey Attorneys Listed Among 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars

January 14 2016

Smith Haughey Elects CEO, Shareholder, and 2016 Board of Directors

September 17 2015

Fourteen Smith Haughey Attorneys Listed Among 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars

August 27 2015

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America for 2016

July 07 2015

Geary Elected to Lead the Grand Rapids Bar Association

January 09 2015

Smith Haughey Announces New Shareholders and Board of Directors

October 29 2014

Ten Smith Haughey Attorneys Selected as Local Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation

September 05 2014

Twenty-three Smith Haughey Attorneys Listed Among 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars”

August 18 2014

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America for 2015

January 07 2014

Smith Haughey Announces New Chief Executive Officer, Shareholders, Office Managing Shareholders, and Board Members

October 07 2013

Growing Home: Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge partners with Even & Franks

October 06 2013

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

October 03 2013

Go West-ER: Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge finds new home on Lakeshore

August 15 2013

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

September 17 2012

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named 2012 Super Lawyers

December 16 2011

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named “Super Lawyers”

October 07 2010

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Super Lawyers

September 16 2009

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Super Lawyers

American Bar Foundation, Michigan State Bar Foundation

• Vice President, Grand Rapids Bar Association

• Life Member, Grand Rapids Justice Foundation

Community Affiliations

• President - Board of Directors, St. John's Home

• Corporate Board Member, D.A. Blodgett - Catholic Charities West Michigan

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Business Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage and Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • No-Fault Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
616.458.5358  Phone
616.774.2461  Fax
www.shrr.com
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, B.A., with high honors, 1972. Phi Beta Kappa.
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan, J.D., with honors, 1975
Year of First Admission:
1975
Admission:
Various Federal Courts of Appeal and District Courts; 1991, Michigan; 1975, Illinois; Supreme Court of the United States
Memberships:

Affiliations

•State Bar of Michigan
•fellow, American Bar Foundation, Michigan State Bar Foundation
•Grand Rapids Bar Association (President, 2015-2016; Board of Trustees, 2010-2015; Business Court Mediation Advisory Committee)
•Member, Circuit Court of Kent County Business Court Advisory Committee
•Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (President, 2000-2001)
•Product Liability Advisory Council
•fellow, Legal Assistance Foundation
•Life Member, Grand Rapids Justice Foundation
•Qualified to mediate for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan

ISLN:
907162528

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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