Geoff is a founding partner of CROKE FAIRCHILD MORGAN & BERES. He was formerly a partner at Schiff Hardin in Chicago and later at Michael Best, one of Milwaukee’s oldest and largest law firms, where he served as Chair of the firm’s Securities Group and later as Chair of the entire Business Group. Geoff is both a highly experienced corporate lawyer and a trusted business advisor. He has served as de facto or “fractional” General Counsel for companies, a role that allows companies to have the benefit of an experienced lawyer without the expense of a full-time employee.
Geoff has acted as lead securities and corporate counsel for several publicly traded companies. He has served as issuer’s counsel and underwriters’ counsel for several public offerings of both equity and debt and been lead counsel in stock-for-stock acquisitions of public companies. He has also been lead counsel for friendly and unfriendly public company change-of-control transactions and has represented companies and boards of directors in proxy contests. Geoff has represented boards of directors and special committees of boards of directors of public companies in internal investigations of corporate wrongdoing and in SEC and Nasdaq investigations into corporate misconduct. He has worked closely with forensic accountants in investigations of corporate misconduct and has acted as co-counsel representing executives in both criminal and regulatory proceedings against executives.
Geoff has been named one of “The Best Lawyers in America,” since 2007 in the area of corporate governance and compliance & corporate law. In that regard, he frequently counsels both public and private companies in best practices for corporate governance. In 2020, Geoff was elected a member of the Small Business Advisory Committee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Geoff is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.