Eugene Geekie, Jr.

Eugene Geekie, Jr.

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (312) 876-7859
Fax: (312) 876-0288

Primary Office

Chicago
161 North Clark Street
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

Eugene Geekie, Jr.

Partner

Eugene Geekie, Jr.

Gene Geekie represents clients across the country in a variety of complex commercial and corporate litigation. Drawing on more than 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Gene handles contentious "business-divorce" cases between equity holders/partners in closely-held corporations and partnerships, as well as contractual disputes, intellectual property litigation, trademark cases, lender liability claims, and other complex matters such as regulated markets and securities fraud cases.

When Gene is working with clients to develop a litigation strategy, he is mindful of their interests in minimizing costs and while still positioning themselves to win their case. To help them address these concerns by, among other things, bringing their case in the most beneficial and cost-effective forum, Gene has extensive experience with both bench and jury trials in federal and state courts, as well as in various forums for alternative dispute resolution, including negotiated settlements, mediation, and arbitrations.

Clients who rely on Gene to handle their litigation matters are found in industries ranging from securities and futures/commodities, banking and asset-based lending to construction and real estate development, energy, automotive, aircraft, food, transportation, health and cosmetics, and general manufacturing.

Clients also consider Gene to be a go-to lawyer on restructuring, creditors' rights and bankruptcy matters. His experience includes representing secured lenders and debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, but also court-appointed examiners, receivers, trustees and creditors' committees, providing them with trusted advice and litigation counseling that aims to maximize financial returns for clients.

Experience

Commercial and Corporate Litigation

Select recent representations include:

One of the largest solar equipment manufacturing companies in the United States against a distributor that was represented by one of the world’s largest international law firms, resulting in a judgment in the client’s favor in excess of $20 million (as well as pre-judgment interest and all attorneys’ fees), as well as a denial of the defendant’s counter-claims alleging product defects for which the distributor had sought damages in excess of $120 million.
An aircraft repair company against a large regional airline for disputed seven-figure repair charges, as well as counter-claims for alleged repair defects involving numerous regional jets. After many months of discovery, the defendant settled the case by paying all amounts owed and releasing the repair company for all claims involving the alleged repair defects.
The trademark licensee of a nationally recognized food brand in litigation in which the licensor sought to divest the licensee of its trademark, helping the client avoid in excess of $100 million in damages if it had lost its trademark license.
One of the largest natural gas suppliers in the United States in litigation to recover millions of dollars in sale proceeds that were diverted by a natural gas remarketing company and its principal, uncovering a scheme to use a layer of corporations and business partners in an attempt to conceal and insulate the improperly diverted funds, resulting in a settlement that achieved a multi-million dollar recovery for the client.
A large regional bank, as well as its officers and directors, in a class-action securities fraud case, eventually settling the litigation for a fraction of the damages sought, thereby allowing the bank to complete a merger that resulted in a significant premium-value distribution to the bank's shareholders.
The minority partner of a real estate partnership who became embroiled in litigation when another partner seized the partnership's assets in an attempt to freeze out the minority partner, discovering in the litigation that the majority partner had secretly entered into a contract to sell the partnership assets for a multi-million dollar gain, resulting in a multi-million dollar judgment and a six-figure attorneys' fee award in favor of the client.
A private equity firm in defeating a breach of contract case that sought an eight-figure damage award. The case stemmed from the firm signing a letter of intent to invest in a software company, but then withdrew its offer after completing due diligence and finding that the software company had misrepresented its product line and asset values.
A bank, the bank's holding company, and various officers and directors in defeating numerous multimillion-dollar lender liability claims for alleged misconduct in the making and administration of a loan to a start-up technology company.
A bank in the recovery of its collateral after the default by its borrower, a start-up technology company. Also successfully defended the bank, its holding company, and its officers and directors, against several multi-million dollar lender-liability counter-claims.
A national snack-food manufacturer in its successful acquisition of a product division, successfully blocking other bidders who sought to bid in contravention of bidding requirements, with the result that the client saved in excess of $20 million in acquisition costs.
Bankruptcy Litigation

Select representations include:

A large national bank in the out-of-court insolvency and eventual liquidation of a securities broker-dealer, which involved negotiations with clearing firms and market regulators, resulting in the eventual recovery of the entire $60 million principal amount owed by the broker-dealer, as well as all accrued interest and legal fees.
One of the nation's largest natural gas companies in litigation regarding the misappropriation of more than $30 million of sale proceeds by a natural gas remarketing company, then successfully opposing the confirmation of that company's reorganization plan, where the plan sought to improperly benefit insiders of the bankrupt corporation at the expense of legitimate creditors.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to the "Illinois Super Lawyer List" by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012 to present

Rated as an "AV Preeminent" attorney by Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships and Affiliations

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute, Contributing Editor, Commercial Fraud Task Force

Turnaround Management Association

DailyDAC LLC (Advisory Board)

Education

J.D., St. Louis University School of Law, cum laude

  • Order of the Woolsack Honor Society
  • Editor, St. Louis University Law Journal

B.S., B.A., St. Louis University, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

Illinois
New York

Gene Geekie represents clients across the country in a variety of complex commercial and corporate litigation. Drawing on more than 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Gene handles contentious "business-divorce" cases between equity holders/partners in closely-held corporations and partnerships, as well as contractual disputes, intellectual property litigation, trademark cases, lender liability claims, and other complex matters such as regulated markets and securities fraud cases.

When Gene is working with clients to develop a litigation strategy, he is mindful of their interests in minimizing costs and while still positioning themselves to win their case. To help them address these concerns by, among other things, bringing their case in the most beneficial and cost-effective forum, Gene has extensive experience with both bench and jury trials in federal and state courts, as well as in various forums for alternative dispute resolution, including negotiated settlements, mediation, and arbitrations.

Clients who rely on Gene to handle their litigation matters are found in industries ranging from securities and futures/commodities, banking and asset-based lending to construction and real estate development, energy, automotive, aircraft, food, transportation, health and cosmetics, and general manufacturing.

Clients also consider Gene to be a go-to lawyer on restructuring, creditors' rights and bankruptcy matters. His experience includes representing secured lenders and debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, but also court-appointed examiners, receivers, trustees and creditors' committees, providing them with trusted advice and litigation counseling that aims to maximize financial returns for clients.