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Attorney J.Geoffrey Ormsby

Practice Areas

  • Catastrophic Injury Litigation
  • Community Property
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Property and Environmental Litigation
  • Business and Corporate Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Trusts, Estates, and Succession


A native of Islington, Massachusetts, Geoffrey is a seasoned litigator and trial attorney, who practices mainly in the areas of complex commercial litigation, community property litigation, personal injury defense litigation, as well as succession litigation, maritime litigation, and environmental litigation. Geoffrey graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1988, having spent a full year at the University of Queensland, Australia. After graduating from university, Geoffrey worked for the Honorable Elihu Harris, former mayor of Oakland, California. Geoffrey also worked with the advertising firm of Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco, California. He attended Tulane University Law School, where he graduated cum laude with a Certificate in Environmental Law and was the recipient of the Cullen R. Liskow Award for excellence in Oil & Gas Law. Geoffrey practiced in New Orleans for three years and then moved his practice to Washington, D.C. before returning to his adopted home of New Orleans to re-establish his practice as a maritime and oil and gas litigator. Geoffrey joined Smith & Fawer in August 2006, where he has successfully represented closely-held and larger companies, individuals, insurance companies and maritime related entities in a variety of litigation matters. He has first chaired numerous bench and jury trials in both federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations, obtaining multiple multi-million-dollar judgments for Smith & Fawer clients, as well as obtaining several $0 verdicts in defense of insurance companies and corporate entities. In his spare time, Geoffrey enjoys playing and coaching rugby.


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, May, 1995
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Recipient of the Curren R. Liskow Award for outstanding performance in Oil & Gas Law
    • Honors: Certificate in Environmental Law
    • Honors: Moot Court Finalist
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, May, 1988
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Legal Studies
  • University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
    • Full year 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • Virginia, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia

Classes & Seminars

  • Guest speaker at Tulane University Law School