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Geoff Jarpe Named President of the American Board of Trial Advocates: Minnesota Chapter

January 13, 2015

Maslon is pleased to announce that partner Geoff Jarpe was recently named President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Formed in the late 1950s when the jury system was under public scrutiny, the primary purpose of ABOTA is the preservation of the civil jury trial under the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The organization has developed a strong national presence fostering improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.

Geoff joined the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of ABOTA in 2009, serving as Secretary in 2012, Treasurer in 2013, and Vice President in 2014. "It is truly an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to help lead the Minnesota Chapter. Its members are among the most accomplished, dedicated, and successful lawyers in Minnesota. I am very grateful that I can do my small part to promote and advance ABOTA's mission," shares Geoff.

Geoff Jarpe, partner and co-chair of Maslon's Litigation Group, has represented plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits and arbitrations for 45 years, in Minnesota and many other jurisdictions. He has handled hundreds of cases throughout his career, most in a first-chair capacity. Over that span, Geoff has tried securities fraud cases, FINRA arbitrations, corporate ownership and valuation disputes, director and officer liability and fiduciary duty cases, tort cases, contract cases, and a variety of real estate cases, including condemnation, ownership, zoning and land use disputes. In addition to ABOTA, he is a member and officer of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota. He has been board certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and recognized as a board certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. 

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