Elizabeth Geary

BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth Geary is a partner in the firm’s appellate section and is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law. Ms. Geary handles appeals throughout the state of Texas and New Mexico. Ms. Geary has handled briefing and oral argument on multiple occasions before the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and numerous state courts of appeals, including the appeal of final judgments, as well as interlocutory appeals and petitions for writs of mandamus. In addition, Ms. Geary actively litigates in both state and federal courts, acting as lead trial counsel in multi-million dollar disputes, in a wide range of areas, including disputes in intellectual property, commercial, corporate and financial, energy, and estate disputes. Ms. Geary also often assists other trial attorneys in handling complex briefing, oral argument, and evidentiary hearings.

Ms. Geary is the publisher of the Present and Ready Blog—a publication offering insights for trial strategy and procedure from an appellate specialist’s perspective. She has previously taught legal practice and writing, as well as winery and vineyard law, as an adjunct professor at Texas Tech School of Law.

Ms. Geary received her J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude. Geary was a member of the Law Review and received an Outstanding Student Article award for her published written article and the Outstanding Comment Editor award for her leadership and mentoring of other Law Review members. In addition, Geary was a two-time National Champion in intercollegiate moot court competitions and won multiple oral advocacy awards, including overall Best Oral Advocate at the Texas Young Lawyers Moot Court State Championship in 2012. Ms. Geary received the elite distinction of being elected to both the National Order of the Coif for academic excellence and National Order of the Barristers for courtroom advocacy accomplishments. In addition to her legal career, Ms. Geary presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and is a past President of the Board of Directors for the Lubbock YWCA.

Ms. Geary is the publisher of The Present and Ready Blog.

EXPERIENCE AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • ER Software Canada ULC v. Interdev Tech. Corp., —S.W.3d—, 2024 WL 780455 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Feb. 26, 2024, no pet. h).
  • In re Richard Banegas, No. 11-23-00205-CV, (Tex. App.—Eastland Oct. 19, 2023, org. proceeding)
  • Watsky v. Williamson Co., 2023 WL 3765542 (W.D. Tex. June 1, 2023)
  • In re Johnston, 2022 WL 17821583 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Dec. 20, 2022, orig. proceeding)
  • Texas Workforce Commission v. R.D. Wallace Oil Co., Inc., 2022 WL 16838044 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Nov. 9, 2022, no pet.)
  • Larry Ackers v. Comerica Bank & Trust, N.A., 654 S.W.3d 750 (Tex. 2022)
  • Mueller Supply Co., Inc. v. JNL Steel Components, Inc., 2022 WL 1199212 (N.D. Tex. Mar. 8, 2022)
  • Savage Tavern, Inc. v. Signature Stag, LLC, —F.Supp.3d—, 2022 WL 686670 (N.D. Tex. Mar. 8, 2022)
  • Russell v. McGough, 2021 WL 3557574 (Tex. App.—Eastland Aug. 12, 2021, no pet.)
  • Vista Bank v. Nelezer, Inc., 2021 WL 5027764 (Tex. App.—Dallas Oct. 29, 2021, no pet.)
  • Carrington v. Maye, 707 Fed. Appx. 847 (5th Cir. 2018)
  • Fred Loya Ins. Co. v. Swiech, 413 P.3d 530 (N.M. Ct. App. 2017)
  • Rowten v. Wall Street Brokerage, L.L.C., 646 Fed. Appx. 379 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Plains Cotton Coop. Assoc. v. Gray, 672 Fed. Appx. 372 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Wood v. Carpet Tech, Ltd., 2016 WL 6560047 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Nov. 2, 2016, pet. denied)
  • Hunn v. Dan Wilson Homes, Inc., 789 F.3d 573 (5th Cir. 2015)
  • Watson v. Good Shepherd Med. Ctr., 456 S.W.3d 585 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2015, pet. denied)

AFFILIATIONS

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellows
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Associate Fellow
  • Midland County Bar Association
  • Order of the Coif
  • National Order of Barristers
  • Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2021-2024
  • YWCA of Lubbock, Board of Directors
    • President, 2019-2021
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma–Texas Tech Chapter
    • Risk Management Advisor, 2012-2022
  • American Inns of Court, Barrister
  • Lubbock County Women Lawyers Board of Directors
    • President, 2014-2015
  • Lubbock Junior Women’s Club Board of Directors
    • President, 2016-2017

HONORS

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2023, 2024
    • Appellate
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2017-2022
    • Appellate
    • Commercial Litigation
  • Top Attorney, 360 West magazine, 2023
    • Appellate Law
  • Texas Tech School of Law “GOLD” (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award Recipient, 2016

EDUCATION

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012
    • Order of the Coif
    • National Order of Barristers
    • Regent’s Full Scholarship Recipient
    • National Champion and Best Brief, National Moot Court Competition, 2012
    • Best Oralist, Texas Young Lawyers Association State Moot Court Competition, 2012
    • National Champion and Best Advocate, National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, 2010
    • Texas Tech Law Review, Vol. 44 Comment Editor, Judicial Board, Outstanding Student Article, Outstanding Comment Editor
  • Texas Tech University B. A., Psychology, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Community Counseling, M.Ed., summa cum laude, 2001
  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization Certification, 2019-present

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas, 2012
  • State Bar of New Mexico, 2013
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2012
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014

SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS

Elizabeth Geary Named Associate Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, 2023