Geoffrey Gardner is an associate at Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, working primarily in the litigation and real estate practice groups. Geoffrey assists clients with their transactional and litigation needs across real estate, construction, and business matters.
Geoffrey’s real estate practice includes commercial and residential purchase/sale deals and leases, easements, and litigating boundary disputes, contract matters, and failure to disclose cases.
Geoffrey’s construction litigation experience includes breach of contract, mechanics liens, delay, and defect cases. He uses his litigation experience to shape transactions and avoid future issues while assisting contractors, sub-contractors, and owners with the negotiation and drafting of their contracts.
Geoffrey has guided clients through entity formation by drafting necessary organizational documents and supporting documents. Geoffrey has worked through assorted transactional matters, including negotiating purchases and sales of businesses and assets, employment agreements, trade secrets, and non-compete agreements, as well as litigation arising from founder disputes, breach of contract, and business dissolution.
Geoffrey received his J.D. from Boston University. While he spent nine years in Boston, Geoffrey is originally from California. When he’s not in the office, Geoffrey can be found spending time with his family, hiking with his dog, cooking, and generally enjoying the beautiful Colorado wilderness.
EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
BACHELOR OF ARTS
Colorado Bar Association
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