Geoff’s practice focuses on assisting companies and executives on a broad range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, general corporate work, licensing and distribution arrangements, senior executive employment arrangements, and business disputes. From 2007-2016, Geoff served on the Board of Directors and as an officer of TerraLex, an international association of more than 150 leading law firms around the world. Geoff assists his clients with their international needs and has law firm and business connections in most parts of the world. He is the former Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Attachmate Corporation which at the time was the second largest software manufacturer in the United States. His responsibilities at Attachmate included oversight of all areas of operations worldwide, including finance, IT, manufacturing and distribution, legal and human resources. Geoff combines his business and legal experience to provide a broad range of counseling to his clients. Geoff has been active in angel investor groups and represents investors in and new companies from formation to exit transactions.

  • Corporate Experience

    Executive VP, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Attachmate Corporation, 1992-1995

  • Representative Transactions
    • Represented software manufacturer in $260M acquisition transaction
    • Represented consortium of avionics suppliers in contracts and licensing arrangements for the development and deployment of the next generation of air traffic control software involving multiple parties including a consortium of major airlines and the FAA
    • Represented an international food services company in an $80M acquisition of a U.S. rendering plant and related businesses
    • Represented a specialty crane manufacturer in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer
    • Represented many companies and CEOs of several companies in employment and severance negotiations
    • Represented an internet service provider in multi-million dollar transactions to develop and host web sites and provide services for major automobile manufacturers and their dealers
    • Represented the buyers in a management acquisition of an office furniture and products company, including third-party financing arrangements
    • Represented a timber company and family trust in the sale and development of multiple properties, both timber and commercial
    • Represented a mainframe software company in a strategic worldwide joint venture for the development, marketing and support of a complex package of mainframe software products
    • Represented the Malaysian government in several acquisitions and investments in the United States
  • Presentations & Teaching Experience

    Lecturer and program chair for numerous continuing legal education programs

  • Honors and Activities
    • Recipient, Outstanding Attorney Award, King County Bar Association, 2014
    • Chair, 2016-present, Chair Elect, 2014-2016, Board Member 2012-present, Washington State Access to Justice Board (appointed by the Washington State Supreme Court)
    • Board of Trustees, King County Bar Foundation, 1993-2012; President, 2005-2006
    • Member, Board of Directors and General Counsel, member of Executive Committee, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, 2010-2015
    • Member, Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation and Miller Botanical Garden Trust Boards of Trustees, 1993-present, President 2015-present, Vice President 2000-2015
    • Recipient, TerraLex Distinguished Service Award, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016
    • President 1993, Trustee and Officer 1988-1992, King County Bar Association
    • President, Officer and Trustee, East King County Bar Association, 1981-1991
    • Officer and Trustee Youth Eastside Services, 1981-1986
    • Lifetime Fellow, American Bar Foundation








University of Washington, J.D., 1972
Order of the Coif
Princeton University, BA, magna cum laude, 1969

Prior Law Firm Experience

Partner, Stoel Rives LLP, 1995-2016

Practice Areas