IR Global Member Spotlight – Up for the ruck: Geoff Blue is a business litigator who learned tough lessons on and off the rugby field

Geoff is a litigator who also serves as outside General Counsel for start-up and medium-size companies, performing general corporate work and litigation, and advising on business and legal strategy. He has been a lawyer for over 21 years focusing on dispute resolution, including working with highly-regulated companies before the disputes turn into litigation.

From 2008-2011, he served as Colorado Deputy Attorney General under John Suthers. He lobbied the Colorado General Assembly and state agencies, including the Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. He addressed cases and issues of public import, including challenging Obamacare, defending school funding (Lobato v. Ritter) and TABOR, fixing Colorado’s conservation easement system, and implementing medical marijuana regulations.

Geoffrey received his B.A. from Princeton University, J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and M.A. in Health Care Ethics and Law from the Victorian University of Manchester (England).

Geoff Blue is a litigator who likes to play hard – in the courtroom and in his spare time. In Colorado he’s worked in public office for the state Attorney General and later entered private practice as a litigator.

In England as a graduate student he studied at Manchester University and played rugby for a top local premier league team (but maybe not in the first team). He has a life- long passion for the game.

Furthermore, as an honorary ‘Manc’ Geoff picked up the legendary Mancunian gallows humour, which is evident throughout our conversation. “I lived in one of the bad areas there, working in a bar in the evenings,” he laughs. “It was a lot of fun.”

These days the only bar Geoff has any time for is the Colorado state bar association. He describes himself as a tough business litigation guy and enjoys his day in court in front of the judge. His bread and butter work is contract disputes, non compete agreements and issues involving intellectual property.

“Any disputes between businesses I will generally handle – I love public speaking,” Geoff says. “I love being in court. I love talking to the judge. Funny, I also love the stress, and get a buzz off it, although I’m not sure how much longer I can continue to do that at 53 years old. Yeah, but I like all that.”

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