Private Practice Experience
Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Geer was a partner with two leading North Carolina plaintiffs' firms and was a founding member of the second firm. She was a highly respected trial and appellate litigator, known for obtaining cutting-edge and precedent-setting victories in a diverse set of practice areas, including securities litigation, labor and employment law, ERISA, antitrust and trade regulation, commercial litigation, consumer protection, and constitutional and civil rights litigation.
As a private practice trial and appellate lawyer, she has been regularly recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, as well as Business North Carolina as one of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite.” Judge Geer began her legal career with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison.
As a part of her private practice, Judge Geer has done a substantial amount of pro bono work, including being part of a team that obtained a stay of execution on behalf of a mentally retarded man on death row who was subsequently shown to be innocent by DNA testing, once such testing finally became available. That work led to her being one of the recipients of the 2004 Dybwad Humanitarian Award, the highest honor of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
As both a judge and a lawyer, Judge Geer has worked to improve the quality of legal representation through service on the Appellate Specialization Committee of the North Carolina State Bar, the Appellate Rules Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and various committees of the American Bar Association and other bar association groups.
Judge Geer is a highly sought-after teacher of continuing education programs for both other judges and lawyers.
Judge Geer received her B.A. summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law where she was a Morehead Fellow and served as Managing Editor of the North Carolina Law Review.
- American Bar Association: Member, Judicial Division and Litigation Section; Past Co-Chair of Ethics in Litigation Subcommittee of the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee
- North Carolina Bar Association: Member, Litigation, Antitrust & Complex Litigation, Appellate Practice, Constitutional Rights, and Labor & Employment Law Sections; Past Member, Appellate Rules Committee, Litigation Council, Labor & Employment Law Council, Constitutional Rights Council, and Trial Practice Curriculum Committee
- North Carolina State Bar: Founding member of Appellate Specialization Committee
- North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers: Member; past member, Board of Governors