Geoffrey J. Vitt has more than thirty years’ experience handling complex business disputes. He has appeared in state and federal courts in New Hampshire and Vermont. His cases have spanned a wide variety of substantive areas including intellectual property, breach of contract, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, employment, and other business disputes.
Geoffrey successfully defended Computational Dynamics of North America, a world leader in the field of computational fluid dynamics, in trade secret litigation in federal court in New Hampshire and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; he represented King Arthur Flour in a trademark case that resulted in the largest trademark judgment in history; he represented a private foundation in the Vermont Supreme Court in a successful appeal from an adverse ruling on liability for property taxes; he represented a major pharmaceutical company in responding to threats by the Vermont legislature to issue broad subpoenas for sensitive financial and pricing information as part of the State’s consideration of price-control legislation; he represented a major bank and law firm in a series of lender liability cases; he represented several law school professors in an age discrimination lawsuit lasting twelve years stewarding the case through state and federal courts, up through the U. S. Supreme Court, with ultimate resolution in state agency proceedings; and he has represented numerous companies in employment cases in Vermont and New Hampshire. Before moving to Vermont in 1990, Geoffrey was a partner at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C.
Geoffrey has done extensive pro bono work. For four years, he was the Co-Chair of the Children’s Rights Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation of the ABA and for ten years, he served on the Working Group of that Committee. He recently completed a three-year term as the Co-Chair of the Pro Bono and Public Interest Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation. He also served on the Governing Council of the Section of Litigation. For five years, he served on the Executive Committee of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Committee.
For fourteen years, Geoffrey served on the Dresden School Board which includes the public schools in Norwich, VT and Hanover, NH.
ANSYS, Inc. v. Computational Dynamics of North America, 595 F.3d 75 (1st Cir. 2010).
Represented a software company sued by competitor for alleged theft of trade secrets. District Court denied injunction and after emergency appeal to First Circuit, plaintiff dismissed its case.
Sands, Taylor & Wood v. Quaker Oats Co., 44 F.3d 579 (7th Cir. 1995); 34 F.3d. 1340 (7th Cir. 1994).
Counsel for Sands, Taylor & Wood (King Arthur Flour) in obtaining judgment against Quaker Oats, at the time the largest trademark infringement judgment awarded (for Gatorade’s infringement of Thirst Aid mark).
Sigler v. Town of Norwich, 174 Vt. 129, 807 A.2d 442 (2002).
Represented Foundation in Vermont Supreme Court in case that reversed trial court decision which had denied property tax exemption.
Appell v. Fleet Norstar/Financial Group, 104 F.3d 352 (2d Cir. 1996).
Represented Fleet Bank and law firm in series of lender liability cases including two jury trials in state court (defense verdicts).
Carleton LLC v.Balagur, 162 N.H. 501, 34 A.3d 637 (2011); 164 N.H. 471, 58 A.3d 673 (2012).
Represented business owner in New Hampshire Supreme Court in case which established standards for valuing interest in close corporation.
Anonymous v. FDIC, 617 F.Supp. 509 (D.D.C. 1984); 619 F.Supp. 866 (D.D.C. 1985).
Represented bank officer in successful challenge on constitutional grounds to FDIC procedures for emergency suspension of bank officer.
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C., Inc. v. Horner, 694 F. Supp. 970 (D.D.C. 1986).
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C., Inc. v. Horner, 691 F. Supp. 449 (D.D.C. 1988).
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund v. Horner, 636 F. Supp. 762 (D.D.C. 1986)
Represented Planned Parenthood, Natural Resources Defense Council and other non-profit organizations in a series of successful challenges alleging that the government had denied their First Amendment rights in connection with access to the Combined Federal Campaign.
Barclays Bank, S.A. v. Tsakos, 543 A.2d 802 (D.C. 1998).
Represented Barclays Bank in successful challenges to creditors’ attempts to secret assets and in dispute with another financial institution over priority of proceeds from attached assets.
MacLennan v. American Airlines, Inc., 440 F. Supp. 466 (E.D. Va. 1977).
Represented nationwide class of flight attendants who successfully challenged airline policy of forced leave of absence upon learning of pregnancy.
Phillipa Gage Lilienthal recently settled in Norwich, VT after two and a half years in Burgundy, France, where she was an associate professor teaching European Union law to Chinese foreign exchange students and English Business Law to French students at the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon. Now back in the region of her alma mater, Phillipa's practice focuses on civil litigation matters across substantive practice areas.
Prior to her stay in France, Phillipa was a Counsel at WilmerHale LLP in Boston in its Business Litigation Department, with a focus on securities litigation, securities enforcement and white collar defense. During her years at WilmerHale, she represented clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, financial services, technology and banking sectors in high-stakes civil and criminal litigation.
In particular, she defended public and private companies in class actions involving securities fraud allegations, including those arising out of ERISA violations, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. She also provided advice on corporate compliance issues, and in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and other Federal and state civil and criminal investigations.
While at WilmerHale, Phillipa also served for six months as Special Assistant District Attorney in the Somerville division of the Middlesex District Attorney's office, where she handled over two hundred criminal cases and first-chaired numerous jury and bench trials.