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Geoff Grindeland is a litigator whose practice emphasizes aviation law, civil rights, and product liability cases. He represents police officers, pilots, airlines, manufacturers, and other individuals and businesses in state and federal court. He also represents aviation clients in civil enforcement proceedings instituted by the FAA and TSA. Geoff is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Dillard Fellow and an Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. He is a former Navy pilot, instructor pilot, and maintenance-check pilot who has earned airline transport pilot (airplane) and commercial/instrument (helicopter) ratings. Geoff is also a graduate of the five-week Aviation Safety Officer’s Course at the Naval Postgraduate School and has managed safety, maintenance, training, and equal opportunity programs. Super Lawyers Magazine selected Geoff to its "Super Lawyers" list in 2013 and 2014, after selecting him to its "Rising Stars" list each year from 2009 to 2012.


Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 40%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Aviation: 30%

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Mills Meyers Swartling

1000 Second Avenue 30th Floor
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
"Rising Star"Washington Super Lawyers2012
"Rising Star"Washington Super Lawyers2011
"Rising Star"Washington Law & Politics Magazine2010
"Rising Star"Washington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney & PrincipalMills Meyers Swartling2004 - Present
Summer AssociateMills Meyers Swartling2003 - 2003
Summer AssociateHolmes Weddle & Barcott2002 - 2002
Pilot & Naval OfficerU.S. Navy1990 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Helpline HousePresident2014 - Present
Helpline HouseVice President2012 - 2013
Helpline HouseTreasurer2011 - 2011
United Way of Kitsap CountyBoard Member2010 - 2010
Helpline HouseBoard Member2010 - Present
King County Bar AssociationChair, Aviation Section2007 - 2007
Kitsap County Community Development Corp.Secretary2006 - 2009
King County Bar AssociationVice-Chair, Aviation Section2006 - 2006
Kitsap County Community Development Corp.Board Member2005 - 2009
King County Bar AssociationTreasurer, Aviation Section2005 - 2005
KCBA Aviation SectionMemberN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Toro Insurance NewsletterIncorporation Is Not a Complete Shield Against Personal Liability2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
United States Naval AcademyN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance SeminarGame Theory and the Rational Case for Cooperation in Litigation2014
Washington Public Risk Management Association WorkshopThe 20/20 Vision of Hindsight: Police Liability for Use of Force2013
Lorman "Police Liability" SeminarReasonable Force & Qualified Immunity2013
"Recent Trends in the Law of Arrest, Search, and Seizure" CLEThe Law of Arrest2012
Lorman "Police Liability" SeminarQualified Immunity: The Basics and the New Methodology2011
In-House CLE12 Tips on Making Your Case2010
"Police Liability in Washington" CLEThe Rights of Onlookers--When Does Observing Police Action Become Obstruction?2009
Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance SeminarAviation Case Law Update2004