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Geoffrey J. Ritts

Jones Day

Cleveland, OH, USA


Geoff Ritts is a partner of Jones Day, resident in the Firm’s Cleveland office.  Geoff’s practice focuses on the defense of corporations, officers, and directors in securities, shareholder, and derivative litigation, in federal and state courts across the United States.  He also defends corporations in M&A disputes, ERISA litigation, and banking and accounting-related litigation and assists companies with internal investigations.  Chambers USA has described Geoff as "an excellent strategic thinker," and The Legal 500 US has called him a "strong all-round litigator."  Best Lawyers in America named Geoff its 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Securities Litigation in Cleveland.

Among recent engagements, Geoff represented a major bank holding company in numerous securities, derivative, and ERISA lawsuits arising out of the subprime mortgage crisis.  He represented an investment management firm in an MDL and related proceedings arising out of the Bernard Madoff scandal.  He represented a manufacturing company in securities litigation arising out of a terminated merger.  On numerous occasions, Geoff has assisted clients in winning dismissal of securities litigation complaints under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA), or in winning dismissal of derivative complaints for failure of the plaintiff to make a pre-suit demand.  Representative clients in matters of public record include KeyCorp, Macy's, PNC Financial Services, U.S. Steel, Cardinal Health, Cooper Tire & Rubber, U.S. Bank, Steris, and Diebold.

Geoff is an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches complex litigation.  Geoff coauthored a treatise on complex litigation in state courts (Statewide Coordinated Proceedings: State Court Analogues to the Federal MDL Process, West Group) and has written numerous articles on securities law, class actions, and legal ethics, in publications such as Litigation magazine, National Law Journal, Journal of Corporation Law, and Defense Law Journal.  Geoff has been invited to testify before the Ohio Legislature on class actions, and authored revisions to Ohio Rule of Civil Procedure 23 that were adopted by the Ohio Supreme Court in 2015.  He is a trustee of Notre Dame College and the Lake Erie Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Geoffrey J. Ritts is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Commencement of a Civil Action: Filing the Complaint, Preparing the Motion to Dismiss, Coordinating Multiple Securities Litigation Actions - Securities Litigation 2018: From Investigation to Trial, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Commencement of a Civil Action: Filing the Complaint, Preparing the Motion to Dismiss, Coordinating Multiple Securities Litigation Actions - Commencement of a Civil Action: Filing the Complaint, Preparing the Motion to Dismiss, Coordinating Multiple Securities Litigation Actions, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Commencement of a Civil Action: Filing the Complaint, Preparing the Motion to Dismiss, Coordinating Multiple Securities Litigation Actions - Commencement of a Civil Action: Filing the Complaint, Preparing the Motion to Dismiss, Coordinating Multiple Securities Litigation Actions, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Commencement of a Civil Action: Filing the Complaint, Preparing the Motion to Dismiss, Coordinating Multiple Securities Litigation Actions - Commencement of a Civil Action: Filing the Complaint, Preparing the Motion to Dismiss, Coordinating Multiple Securities Litigation Actions, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Securities Litigation 2018: From Investigation to Trial, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, New York, NY
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