Geri L. Haight

Professional Biography

Geri has a multifaceted practice focusing on employment litigation, counseling, and compliance, as well as intellectual property and trade secret matters. She leverages extensive experience as an in-house attorney and trial lawyer and with a broad range of business and employment issues to advise clients across a variety of industries, including food & beverage, consumer products, retail, and technology.

Geri’s work primarily involves litigation and counseling on federal and state labor and employment matters, including issues involving trade secret protection, the enforcement of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, employee classification, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, and wage and hour disputes. She also counsels clients on a broad spectrum of employment issues, such as independent contractor and employee classification, compliance with wage and hour law laws, reasonable accommodation for disabled employees, employee discipline and terminations, and investigations of harassment claims. Her practice also encompasses matters concerning copyrights, trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property issues, including the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. 

Geri returned to Mintz after more than seven years as in-house counsel with a national fast-casual restaurant chain, most recently as vice president and deputy general counsel. In that role, she managed employment, litigation, intellectual property, commercial, contract, marketing and advertising, data security and privacy, and intellectual property matters and provided guidance on a broad spectrum of workplace issues and employment-related compliance matters. Geri was previously associate general counsel and earlier the director of litigation and intellectual property at the company.

During her prior tenure with Mintz, Geri was a Member and Associate, practicing in the firm’s litigation and intellectual property practices for 14 years. She handled litigation, arbitration, and mediation of trademark, trade secret, copyright, false advertising, domain name, and patent disputes in courts throughout the country, as well as matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Her practice also involved counseling clients on intellectual property matters and negotiating settlement and licensing agreements. 

As part of a firm-sponsored program, Geri prosecuted and tried numerous cases while practicing as a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County (MA) District Attorney’s Office. She was also actively involved in pro bono work on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign and served as an adjunct professor of trademark law at the Northeastern University School of Law for several years.

Geri began her career as a staff attorney for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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