His substantive emphasis includes Internet intrusion, software and telecommunications technology. Geoff has prosecuted and defended cases involving claims for copyright infringement, computer fraud, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, patent and trademark infringement, regulatory issues, business torts, and putative class actions.
Recognized as a leading lawyer in IP — Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secret Law by Chambers USA, Geoff has been described by clients as “an excellent writer and a superb oral advocate” as well as “a good strategist, with sound business sense.” They note that “he understands our business and interacts very well with our executives.” He was also named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer magazine in 2011, and one of the Top 75 IP Lawyers by the Daily Journal in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Geoff has authored several pieces of legislation and successfully tried several cases to jury verdict.
He served as the regional office managing partner for the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices from 2007–2012. Before that, Geoff chaired the firm’s Complex and Class Action Litigation Group. He serves as a mediator for the United States District Court of the Northern District of California.
Before joining the firm in 1992, Geoff clerked for the Hon. Samuel Conti, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California.