Michael P. Geary
call 972 349-2238
fax 972 931-9208
Mike Geary is one of the best known and most respected family law practitioners in Texas. His ability to quickly and thoroughly understand complex property cases and business structures, including family limited partnerships and trusts, makes him the perfect attorney to handle large-asset divorces. When business valuation and tax-related issues are involved, Mr. Geary is one of the leading authorities in his part of the state.
“My practice encompasses all areas of family law,” he says, “including divorce, property division, characterization of assets, tracing of separate property, valuation and reimbursement claims. I handle property cases involving trusts and closely held businesses, prepare premarital and post-marital property agreements and have the experience to be an impartial arbitrator for family law arbitrations.”
Mr. Geary is Board Certified in Family Law (1985) by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Twice he has been selected one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas in Family Law by D Magazine (1995 and 2001). He has been selected to the list of Texas Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Monthly magazine (2003-2016). Mr. Geary has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America ( 2006-2016). Best Lawyers is a service of Woodward White, Inc.
He was selected one of four Top-Notch Lawyers in Family Law in the state (American Lawyer Media 2007) and published in Texas Lawyer‘s Go-To Guide and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Geary, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), is also certified as an arbitrator by the AAML and is a former arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc (FINRA).
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1979. In addition to being a fellow of the AAML, Mr. Geary also maintains memberships in various other professional organizations.
Mr. Geary writes articles and is a guest speaker on the business issues of divorce before both legal and business groups. He believes everyone needs to know the business side of marriage and divorce.
Mike Geary and the other family lawyers at Geary, Porter & Donovan, P.C., are available to speak to nonprofit groups and company gatherings all across North Texas. To check availability or to book a GPD attorney to speak to your group, please contact Mr. Geary directly at 972-349-2238.
Areas of Practice
State Bar of Texas, 1979
South Texas College of Law, 1979 (Juris Doctor)
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1976 (B.B.A., Marketing)
Awards & Honors
Board Certified in Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization, 1985
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters, 2003-2016
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward White, 2006-2016
Professional Associations and Memberships
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Life Fellow, Texas Bar and Dallas Bar Foundations
Member, State Bar of Texas Family Law Practice Manual Committee (1984)
Co-Chairman and Member, State Bar of Texas Family Law Practice Manual Committee (1994-1999)
Member, Family Law Council, State Bar of Texas (1984-1991)
Past Chairman, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association
Certified Arbitrator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Member, The Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
Articles and Publications
New Frontiers in Marital Property Law Panelist and Co-Author: “Taxes & Divorce.” 2013
Advanced Family Law Seminar Panelist and Author: “Business Valuation.” 2013
Advanced Family Law Seminar Panelist and Co-Author: “Difficult Valuation Issues.” 2012
New Frontiers in Marital Property Law: “Reimbursement: Statutory and Common Law Recoveries.” 2010
Advanced Family Law Seminar: “Using Good Judgment –Summary Judgments and Declaratory Judgements in Family Law Cases.” 2006
Advanced Family Law Seminar: “Marital Property & Estate Planning Issues: Characterization and Attacking Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs), Etc.” 2000
Advanced Family Law Seminar: “Tracing – How to Actually Do It” 2000
University of Houston Family Law Practice Seminar: “Characterization and Tracing” 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006
Advanced Family Law Seminar: “Reimbursement” When you get it and How to prove-up your claim” 1998
University of Houston Family Law Institute: “Surprises at Trial and How to Handle Them” 1997
Advanced Family Law Seminar: “Valuing and Dividing Retirement Benefits and Other Forms of Compensation” 1995
University of Houston Law Foundation Family Law Practice Seminar: “Clean Up Documents: Transferring Business Interests, Real Estate, Deposits, Moveables, Etc.” 1994, 1995, 1996
Marriage Dissolution Seminar: “Asset Valuation” – 1993. Reprinted by Texas Family Law Service 1993.
Family Law Drafting Course: “Business Entities” 1993
Advanced Family Drafting Course: “Business Entities: Stock purchase agreement, Redemptions, Consulting contracts and security obligations” 1992
Advanced Family Law Seminar: “Sophisticated Methods of Dividing a Family Business: Corporations and Partnerships” 1993
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