Biography

Geoff is an experienced litigator with an emphasis on insurance coverage litigation and counseling insurance clients. He has litigated a broad range of insurance coverage matters, including bad faith and claims involving environmental contamination, and bodily injury and property damage allegedly arising from exposure to asbestos, industrial waste, defective products and other toxic chemicals.

He has served as counsel in numerous complex multi-party cases and has successfully litigated cases and claims in state and federal courts across the United States, representing companies such as Travelers, Great West Casualty Company, ACE USA, Hanover and Country Mutual.

Geoff also has substantial appellate experience. Recently, he obtained summary judgment with respect to environmental contamination claim in a Kansas federal district court that was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Geoff has written on a wide range of coverage and litigation matters, including bad faith, technology-based litigation, and emerging coverage issues.

Representative Matters

  • Martin K. Eby Construction Co., Inc. v. OneBeacon Ins. Co., et al., 926 F. Supp. 2d 1237 (2013) (aff’d 777 F.3d 1132 (10th Cir. 2015)). Obtained summary judgment with respect to insurance coverage claim for environmental contamination caused by a leaking methanol pipeline. The decision was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  
  • Travelers Cas. and Surety Co., et al. v. Corning Inc., et al., Index No. 97801, Slip Op. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. July 11, 2014) (aff’d 132 A.D.3d 1285 (N.Y. App. Div. 2015)). Obtained summary judgment with respect to an insurance coverage claim for environmental contamination associated with the insured’s former manufacturing operations. The decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department.
  • United Conveyor Corporation v. The Travelers Indemnity Co., et al., Case No. 2012 CH 30321, Slip. Op. (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty. Jan. 25, 2016). Successfully opposed motion for summary judgment regarding the number of occurrences, and claims asserting waiver and estoppel, with respect to asbestos bodily injury claims brought against the insured. Prevailed on cross-motion for summary judgment on the number of occurrences and the insured’s breach of contract claim.
  • U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. Bunge North America, Inc., et al., No. 05-2192-JWL, 2008 WL 3077074 (D. Kan. Aug. 4, 2008). Obtained summary judgment with respect to punitive damages and breach of the duty of good faith claim, as well as the insured’s claim for insurance coverage for environmental contamination caused by the insured’s grain elevator operations.  
  • Continental Cas. Co., et al. v. BorgWarner Inc., et al., Case No. 04 CH 01708, Slip. Ops. (Cit. Ct. Cook Cty. Feb. 14. 2012). Successfully obtained summary determination regarding the number of occurrences with respect to asbestos bodily injury claims brought against alleged insureds, as well as favorable summary determination regarding primary insurance exhaustion.
  • Cornell v. Gubbles, et al., No. 05-1389, 2009 WL 3460450 (C.D. Ill. Oct. 22, 2009). Lead trial counsel for personal injury and constitutional violation claims brought by plaintiff inmate. Obtained judgment in favor of the plaintiff, which included compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an award for costs and attorneys’ fees.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox, Geoffrey was a partner in an international law firm.