Geoffrey Genth is a Maryland trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex business disputes, professional-liability cases, and the representation of nonprofit entities, including independent schools. Geoff has been described by his peers as "mature, steady, tenacious and practical."
Shareholder Disputes. Geoff has extensive experience handling disputes among shareholders of closely-held corporations. He represents companies, partnerships, and individual shareholders in disputes involving assets, breach of contract or fiduciary duty, ownership, retirement benefits, and other matters.
Professional Liability. Geoff represents professionals and their businesses in professional liability matters involving malpractice, attorney grievance claims, insurance coverage, ethics, compensation, and whistleblower claims. His clients include lawyers, physicians, and accountants.
Education and Nonprofit Entities. Geoff has more than twenty years’ experience in matters involving independent schools and other nonprofit entities, including museums. Geoff has successfully represented independent schools in claims brought by current and former employees and students. He has also served as outside general counsel to such entities.
Throughout his career, Geoff has served as lead or local counsel in numerous complex cases in Maryland's federal court, including representation of major pharmaceutical manufacturers, power companies, investment banks, and vehicle dealers, as well as individual professionals.
Geoff is a past-president of the board of governors of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is also a former member of the section council of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and a former editor of the CGL Reporter.
Recognized in Chambers USA, since 2006
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star," for General Commercial, Professional Liability, since 2015
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, since 2012
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers, since 2010
Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT), Board of Directors
Hilltop Cares Foundation, Board of Directors
Middle Grades Partnership, Board of Directors
Hopewell Cancer Support, Former Board Chair
Jane Egenton Foundation, Trustee
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association
Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
Maryland State Bar Association
Bar Association of Baltimore City
Baltimore County Bar Association
Moderator, "Shareholder Oppression in the Closely Held Businesses Entity, Rights & Remedies in Litigation and Strategies for Avoiding Litigation," Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, MSBA, 2019
Co-presenter, "Arbitrating B2B Disputes: Maximizing Your Results," ACC-Baltimore Chapter, 2018
Co-presenter, "Independent School Legal Update: Proactive and Preventive Best Practice Policies and Procedures," 2016, 2018
Co-presenter, "Introduction to Federal Practice," Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2016, 2017
Co-presenter, "Proactive and Preventive Best Practices In the Wake of Wounded Warriors," SC&H 2016 Not-for-Profit Summit, 2016
Presenter, "Can Schools Limit Liability Through Exculpatory Clauses?" Perspectives on International Travel: Critical Legal & Insurance Considerations for Independent Schools Workshop, RCM&D, 2015
Co-author, "Commencing an Action: Maryland," Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2017
Author, "MD Court of Appeals Recognizes Applicability of 'Reasonable Expectations' Doctrine to Disputes Among Shareholders of Closely-Held Corporations," The Maryland Litigator, 2012
Outside the Office
Geoff is a music and history buff, and has enjoyed coaching youth basketball and baseball.
Successfully defended allegations of securities fraud made by the former CEO of a public, technology company against the company’s majority shareholders and members of its board and management. The United States District Court for the District of Maryland entered summary judgment for the defendants, and that ruling was affirmed on appeal. The case was important in light of the nature of the allegations and the relief sought -- approximately $50 million.
Obtained a substantial victory for the franchisor of international sales training programs in a case alleging breach of contract and fraud, and seeking compensatory damages in excess of $85 million, punitive damages, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees. Brought by a franchisee, the case concerned the creation and sale of intellectual property rights. Following six days of trial before Judge J. Frederick Motz in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the plaintiff agreed to a settlement in a sum representing less than ½ of Plaintiff’s claimed attorneys’ fees sought, and less than 1% Plaintiff’s claimed compensatory damages claim. The settlement achieved the client’s principal goal -- a complete termination of the relationship and all contracts between the parties.
Successfully defended an independent school, school administrators, and school trustees in a jury trial in May and June, 2011. A student, whom the school had required to withdraw for engaging in misconduct with regard to the school’s computer system, including downloading the school’s confidential data onto his personal thumb-drive, instituted the case. Additional plaintiffs were the student’s parents, one of whom was a former teacher at the school who brought employment-related claims. Plaintiffs sought millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages. After a two-week trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict on 11 of the 12 counts. Finding that Plaintiffs were entitled under one count to the value of the thumb-drive that the student had surrendered to the school, the jury awarded Plaintiffs $22.50. After the Circuit Court denied the Plaintiffs’ post-trial motion, the Plaintiffs elected not to appeal, and the judgment became final in September, 2011.
Successfully represented the seller of two nursing homes in litigation against the buyer. The Arbitrator ruled in the seller's favor, holding that the seller was not liable to the buyer, and awarded the seller attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the arbitration.
Successfully defended a group of accountants against claim, by their former accounting firm, for money damages under non-competition agreement.
As lead defense counsel for providers of oil recycling services in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case, expeditiously settled the claim pursuant to a confidential agreement on satisfactory terms.
As local counsel, successfully defended a top 10 international financial firm in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, in a case alleging excessive mutual-fund fees. The alleged client exposure was approximately $50 million. The case resolved favorably.
Geoffrey Genth published an article in The Maryland Litigator.
Congressman Greg Gianforte, a Montana politician, assaulted Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs in May 2017 after Mr. Jacobs tried to ask the then-candidate a question about his views on a health care bill.
Daily Record quotes Geoff Genth in an article about using collaborative law to resolve business disputes12/19/2017
Geoff Genth was quoted in an article in the Daily Record on December 15, 2017 about the concept of employing collaborative law to resolve business disputes.
New York Times quotes Geoff Genth in article about Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte11/28/2017
On behalf of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, Kramon & Graham sent a cease-and-desist letter to Congressman Greg Gianforte and his staff demanding that they stop making "false and defamatory statements" about an assault that occurred in May.
Kramon & Graham obtained a substantial victory after six days of trial before Judge J. Frederick Motz in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Greg Gianforte, the Montana politician who assaulted Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs, has issued a full and unequivocal apology to the reporter and agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Join Kramon & Graham principals John Bourgeois and Geoff Genth and Under Armour Managing Counsel, Litigation Kristin Pickett Herber for valuable insights, practical tips, and guidance for all types and phases of ADR
At "Introduction to Federal Practice," sponsored by the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, more than 75 lawyers recently attended CLE sessions on jurisdiction, venue and removal, discovery, mediation, and summary judgment motions.
The legal landscape for independent schools is increasingly complex -- and increasingly risky. School administrators are confronted every day with new challenges in protecting students, faculty and staff, board members, and other stake holders, while preserving the institution's mission and viability.
Kramon & Graham Principal Geoff Genth Presents “Proactive and Preventive Best Practices In the Wake of Wounded Warriors” at the SC&H 2016 Not-for-Profit Summit05/03/2016
The public failure of the nonprofit Wounded Warriors to act as a responsible steward of donor funding has many other charitable organizations scrambling to ensure their policies and procedures can withstand scrutiny and that their administrative costs are in line.
Kramon & Graham principals Geoff Genth, Dave Shuster, and U.S. District Judge George Hazel recently led a discussion on jurisdiction, removal, and venue at the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association program "Introduction to Federal Practice."
2016 Independent School Legal Update: Proactive and Preventive Best Practice Policies and Procedures02/04/2016
The legal landscape for independent schools is increasingly complex --and increasingly risky. From the dramatic headline-making news of multimillion dollar verdicts (Hotchkiss), to perennial employment claims and collection issues, independent school heads are confronted every day with new challenges in protecting students, faculty and staff, board members, and other stake holders, while preserving the institution's mission and viability.
Geoff Genth presented, “Can Schools Limit Liability Through Exculpatory Clauses?” at the Perspectives on International Travel: Critical Legal & Insurance Considerations for Independent Schools Workshop hosted by RCM&D.
Seventeen Kramon & Graham attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America legal ranking guide. In addition, firm principal Natalie McSherry has been named 2020 Baltimore Mediation "Lawyer of the Year."
Kramon & Graham announced today that ten firm attorneys are recognized for legal excellence and client service in the 2019 Chambers USA legal ranking guide. More than 40 percent of Kramon & Graham's principals are recognized in the directory.
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, has earned top marks in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys.
Kramon & Graham announced today that five firm principals have been named "Lawyer of the Year" Baltimore in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, sixteen firm attorneys were selected for inclusion in the ranking guide. The attorneys represent Kramon & Graham's full range of practices from litigation to transactional services.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, announced today that nine firm attorneys have been recognized for legal excellence and client service by the 2018 Chambers USA legal ranking guide.
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
In the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys, Kramon & Graham earns top marks as one of Maryland's leading law firms.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, is pleased to announce that thirteen firm attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Kramon & Graham, one of Maryland's leading law firms, has been selected to appear in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm received top-tier status for its Commercial Litigation practice. Kramon & Graham has held the top position in this area for more than ten consecutive years.
Kramon & Graham principals Andrew Jay Graham, Natalie McSherry named to Top 10: 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers list for eighth consecutive year12/12/2016
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 35 attorneys, announced today that twenty-one of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
Six Kramon & Graham principals have been recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2017, a leading legal guide that provides analysis of commercial and financial litigators in the United States.
Middle Grades Partnership, a nationally recognized education-based nonprofit, has elected Geoff Genth as the newest member of its board of directors.
Andrew Jay Graham named "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Securities by Best Lawyers; Natalie McSherry named "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Defense08/15/2016
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce that firm co-founder Andrew Jay Graham has been named the 2017 Litigation - Securities "Lawyer of the Year" and that Natalie McSherry has been named Medical Malpractice Defense "Lawyer if the Year" for Baltimore by The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S. The "Lawyer of the Year" distinction is presented to individuals who have received outstanding ratings from their peers in Best Lawyers surveys.
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 34 attorneys, announced today that seventeen of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers legal ranking guide, including four up-and-coming attorneys who are recognized as "Rising Stars."
Benchmark Litigation, a leading legal guide that identifies U.S. trial attorneys and law firms, has selected five of the firm's principals as local "Litigation Stars."
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce the recognition of several of its attorneys in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Benchmark Litigation has announced that Kramon & Graham, P.A. is the winner of Benchmark’s award for the Maryland Law Firm of the Year for 2015.
Kramon & Graham congratulates nineteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2015.
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce that eight of its Principals have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Kramon & Graham congratulates eighteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2014
Kramon & Graham is proud to announce that eight firm principals are listed in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Kramon & Graham is proud to announce that eight firm principals have been listed in the Nineteenth Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Kramon & Graham attorneys named to Maryland Super Lawyers Top 10, Top 50 Women, and Top 100 lists; Super Lawyers; and Maryland Rising Stars.