Education

Michigan State University, Honors College

B.A., 1982
with high honors

University of Chicago Law School

J.D., 1988

Bar Admission

Michigan

1988

Geoffrey A. Fields

Member

Prominent Assignments

Lead trial counsel for bank in defeating over $10 million in claims in multiple lawsuits against bank and retail staff by investors defrauded in a Ponzi scheme.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of pipeline company dismissing over $14 million in lost profits claims arising from oil leak near Marshall, Michigan.

Lead trial counsel for major trucking company in defeating state court action to appoint liquidating receiver, and in bankruptcy proceedings – including contested cash collateral hearings – leading to successful reorganization.

Represented City of Benton Harbor in negotiating Act 425, lease, and rezoning agreements, and obtaining government approvals for use of Lake Michigan park as part of Harbor Shores community redevelopment project.

Represented corporation in independent person examination of shareholder derivative action resulting in dismissal of director and officer claims, and multi-million dollar recovery from former corporate president.

Representative Clients

  • Grand Rapids - Kent Convention Arena Authority
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA
  • NCR Corporation

Professional Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association, W. D. Mich. Chapter (President, 2006-7) 
  • Hillman Trial Advocacy Program – Steering Committee, Faculty 
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Faculty 
  • Michigan Attorney Discipline Board – Hearing Panelist
  • W.D. Mich. Voluntary Facilitative Mediation Program - Mediator 

Community Involvement

  • All Souls Community Church - Endowment Committee
  • MSU Club of West Michigan - past board member, and chair of Steve Smith Charity Challenge (1999-2000)

Publications/Presentations

  • Bench-Bar Conference, Federal Bar Association, W.D. Mich., “Parallel Civil and Criminal Investigations” (2008)
  • ICLE Probate & Estate Planning annual seminar, “Litigating Testamentary Capacity” (2008)
  • ICLE Bankruptcy Certificate Series, “Motion Practice and Discovery” (2010)