Overview

Since the beginning of his career, Geoff has built his reputation as a lawyer’s lawyer. He serves as Osborn Maledon’s General Counsel and represents fellow attorneys in all aspects of the practice of law. For the last 30 years, his practice has split between both litigation and preventative counsel, advising on a regular basis to clients about risk management, professional liability issues, legal malpractice, bar discipline, ethics, and law practice management issues. 

Geoff has become a trusted resource for attorneys and law firms for his ability to strategically analyze claims and resolve discipline matters, valuing a straightforward approach and candor with his clients that applies the breadth of his experience advising lawyers for the last three decades. 

Geoff graduated from the University of California Los Angeles and taught Professional Responsibility as an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University. He is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and serves on the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. He has been awarded Phoenix Lawyer of the Year for Ethics and Professional Responsibility by Best Lawyers® and Southwest Super Lawyer for General Litigation and Professional Liability.

Awards

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, 2017-2022
  • Best Lawyers®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2007-2022
  • Best Lawyers®, Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2021
  • Best Lawyers®, Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2019
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, General Litigation, Professional Liability: Defense, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012-2022
  • Arizona Region of the American Jewish Committee, Judge Learned Hand (JLH) Community Service Award, 2019
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys of Arizona Award, June 2002

 

Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, Arizona Supreme Court Committee on the Review of Supreme Court Rules Governing Professional Conduct and the Practice of Law, 2014
  • Lawyer Representative to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2008-2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2007-Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Professionalism Course, Instructor, 2006-Present
  • Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, Board of Directors, 2004-Present
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, 2013-2020
  • State Bar of Arizona, Legal Services Committee, 2009-2012
  • State Bar of Arizona Fee Arbitration Committee, Member, 2002-2006
  • Community Legal Services, Board of Directors, Member, 2001-2009; President, 2006-2007
  • Supreme Court of Arizona Disciplinary Commission, Hearing Officer, 2001-2004
  • State Bar of Arizona Client Protection Fund, Trustee, 2001-2011; Treasurer, 2002-2009; Chair, 2009-2011
  • Federal Bar Association, Phoenix Chapter, Member, Board of Directors, 2000-2015; President, 2004-2005
  • State Bar of Arizona Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, Member, 1997-2003