Providing Legal Leadership
Since 1988

Joseph A. Geary

Shareholder

Joseph Anthony “Jay” Geary is a transplanted New Englander who moved to Lakeland in 1987 from Oregon. Jay is a 10-year cancer survivor. In his professional life, this experience translates into the commitment to “go more than the extra mile” for his clients – with zealousness, but civility – both in the office and in the courtroom. In his personal life, the experience has taught him to treasure every day as a gift from God to be used wisely.

Outside of the practice of law, Jay enjoys time spent with his grown children. He is an avid reader, wilderness lover and fitness enthusiast. He has been a guitar and bass player since he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964. He has played in numerous rock ‘n’ roll bands with strange names and in praise groups over the years.

He is an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church and a member of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician.

Education

  • Brown University (B.A.1972)
  • Northeastern University School of Law (J.D. 1979)

Admitted to Practice

  • Massachusetts (1980)
  • Florida (1987)

Federal Courts

  • Middle District of Florida (1987)
  • Southern District of Florida (1995)
  • Northern District of Florida (2014)
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1987)

 

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation — State and Federal Courts
  • Corporate and Business Law (Banking, Information Technology, Sales and Acquisitions)
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Law (Commercial General Liability and Construction Defects)

Member

  • The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Trial Lawyers, Business Law, General Practice Solo and Small Firm
  • Lakeland Bar Association (Board of Governors 1988 — 1995; President 1993-1994)
  • Willson American Inn of Court (Master) (1995— 2000)
  • Read Lakeland, Inc., Board of Directors 2009 — 2011 (President, 2010)
  • Drug Prevention Resource Center of Lakeland, Inc., Board of Directors 1990 – 1995
  • All Saints Episcopal Church

Presenter – Continuing Legal Education

  • Interpreting Coverage Under the insurance Contract” — National Business institute (2006 and 2007)
  • “Insurance Coverage Litigation” — National Business Institute (2009)