Geoffrey Belzer Partner

     

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Geoffrey Belzer is a business-savvy litigator who concentrates on the defense of professional liability, cyber liability and complex commercial claims. He has appeared on behalf of clients in the Northern, Central and Southern districts of Illinois and in many Illinois circuit courts. He also is admitted to practice in Ohio federal and state courts where he regularly practices on behalf of Wilson Elser’s national clients and on a wide variety of claims throughout the state, including personal injury claims arising in transportation, product liability and premises liability matters. This includes the defense of claims involving both fatal and catastrophic losses and defense through final disposition – including appellate representation.

Geoffrey has extensive experience defending attorneys, accountants and real estate professionals in malpractice cases and disciplinary proceedings. He also frequently defends directors and officers of corporations and nonprofit entities, including condominium and homeowners associations, against breach of fiduciary duty claims. His practice also encompasses the defense of claims arising from data security breaches and other cyber-based exposure, including claims against Internet content providers (ICPs) arising from the use of tracking cookies and from content made available to the public via an ICP’s website. Geoffrey also has extensive experience in general business disputes relating to banking, real estate and debt collection.

Prior to law school, Geoffrey worked in the field of sports management, sales and marketing, including positions as general manager of the Canton-Akron Indians, the Class AA minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, and as director of the Cleveland Indians Radio Network. Because of this experience, it is second nature for Geoffrey to view legal issues from a business person’s perspective, with a focus on providing not only outstanding legal work product but also cost-effective claims resolution and responsive client service. He practiced with a large insurance defense firm in Ohio for seven years after obtaining his law degree and then moved to Illinois and joined Wilson Elser’s Chicago office in 2007.

Representative Matters

Northbrook PLIC, LLC v. CVS Pharm., Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 2012 (U.S. Dist. Lexis 21900, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81089): Grant of summary judgment as to liability in commercial lease dispute.

Davis v. Avvo, Inc., U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2012 (U.S. Dist. Lexis 43743): Dismissal of claim against attorney rating service with award of fees to defendant under Washington anti-SLAPP law.

Johnson v. Niew, Illinois Second District Court of Appeals, 2012 (IL App (2d)111024-U): Dismissal of legal malpractice claim against financial services provider affirmed.

Moriarty v. Equisearch Servs., U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (Fed. Appx. 64; 2011 U.S. App. Lexis 19992): Summary judgment on claim arising from insurance company’s demutualization affirmed.

Ghilarducci v. Forrest, Illinois First District Court of Appeals, 2011 (Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1600): Dismissal of legal malpractice claim on statute of limitations grounds affirmed.

Townsend v. Williger, Case No. 5:05-Cv-02540, U.S., District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2006 (U.S. Dist. Lexis 99980): Summary judgment on conversion claim affirmed.

Robinson v. Allstate Ins. Co., No. 84666, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, Cuyahoga County, 2004 (Ohio 7032; 2004 Ohio App. Lexis 6559): Dismissal on statute of limitations grounds affirmed.

Mominey v. Union Escrow Co., No. 82187, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, Cuyahoga County, 2003 (Ohio 5933; 2003 Ohio App. Lexis 5275): Denial of class action certification affirmed in part and reversed in part.

Peretto v. Baron, No. 81796, No. 81809, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, Cuyahoga County, 2003 (Ohio 3352; 2003 Ohio App. Lexis 3046): Summary judgment on trespass claims affirmed.

Edwards v. Lake Terrace Condo. Assn, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 2011 (U.S. Dist. Lexis 43304): Dismissal of discrimination claim against condominium association.

Pa. Gen. Ins. Co. v. Park-Ohio Indus., Ohio Supreme Court, (126 Ohio St. 3d 98) (Ohio 2010): Reversal of insurance coverage dispute on issue of targeted tender. Obtained summary judgment from trial court.