Geoff Holtz works on a variety of complex litigation matters, focusing on antitrust and intellectual property cases. He deals with class actions and other multi-party matters on both the plaintiff and defense side. Prior to law school, he worked as a programmer and computer network designer and, thus, developed a concentration in commercial disputes of all types involving complex software, hardware, and other technical issues.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Geoff was a partner in the antitrust and trade regulation practice of another international law firm.
International consulting firm — Representing a consulting firm in action involving the implementation of an ERP computer system in a global wholesale manufacturer and wholesaler. Geoff is defending the client against claims of fraud and breach of contract and pursuing affirmative claims for breach of contract.
International consulting firm — Represented a consulting firm in action involving the implementation of an ERP computer system in a county government. Geoff defended the client against claims of fraud and breach of contract and pursued affirmative claims for breach of contract. The matter resulted in a favorable settlement with an admission there was no evidence of fraud.
Outsourcing Solutions Provider — Represented an outsourcing solutions provider in Texas state court in a dispute with a competitor regarding the design and development of ERP systems for automobile dealerships. Geoff defended the client against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition. The trial resulted in a defense verdict.
Technology Company — Represented a technology company in California state court against allegations of unfair competition and interference with contract arising out of a merger of two global ERP system providers. The matter was resolved with a completion of the merger and dismissal of all claims.
Insurance Company — Represented runner-up bidder for the assets of insurance company in litigation against the winners, whose bid violated federal and state banking and insurance laws. Favorable result after trial and settlements of more than $150 million for clients.
Semiconductor Company — Represented a semiconductor company in monopolization and attempted monopolization cases in state and federal court related to wireless technologies. Matter was settled on favorable terms.
Reinsurance Broker — Represented a reinsurance broker in matter against an automobile insurer related to a complex finite risk reinsurance agreement. The trial resulted in a defense verdict.
Hedge fund — Represented a hedge fund partner in a dispute over sale of the fund against allegations of fraud and breach of contract. Result after arbitration in favor of the client on all counts.
Energy Company — Represented an energy company against allegations of a conspiracy to artificially inflate and fix prices for natural gas in wholesale gas markets. Geoff defended the client in a number of actions under state and federal antitrust laws across the nation.
Energy Company — Represented an energy company and playing a leading role among defendants in these coordinated proceedings of several class actions alleging Sherman and Cartwright Act violations driving up the price of wholesale electricity. Many of these multibillion-dollar cases, including several resolved in federal court, were dismissed on filed rate and preemption grounds without discovery, and affirmed in landmark appellate decisions.
Energy Company — Represented an energy company in a federal Cartwright Act claim brought by the California attorney general seeking to force the client to divest itself of numerous wholesale power generation plants acquired as part of the California electricity deregulation process. The damages portion of the action was dismissed on a motion to dismiss, and the claim for injunctive relief was dismissed as part of a broader settlement with the state.
Freelance writers — Represented a class of freelance writers in a federal Copyright Act claim brought against a defendant who sold articles by the class members without permission or payment of royalties. The matter was settled on favorable terms for the class.
Pro Bono — Geoff has an active pro bono practice focusing on prisoners’ rights matters. Class actions he has litigated have resulted in sweeping injunctions to halt unconstitutional practices in which parolees were imprisoned without counsel or due process, and to halt unconstitutional 24-hour/day cell lockdowns based on the race of the inmates.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1997, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
San Diego State University, 1992, Bachelor of Arts
Stanford University, (attended 1982-1984)
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2017)
Recognized, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 Practice Group of the Year for Antitrust Law
Member, California State Bar Antitrust Section Executive Committee
Board Member, California Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association Executive Committee
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
Member, Order of the Coif
Senior articles editor, Hastings Law Journal, University of California, Hastings College of the Law