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William Lee Geary

Divorce and separation Attorney at Columbus, OH

4.9   28 reviews

also known as Law Offices of William L Geary Co., LPA, Geary Law Offices


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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    If you are considering a divorce in Columbus there are several options for bringing your marriage to an end, including a dissolution, contested divorce and in some limited cases an uncontested divorce or annulment. Call me today for a consultation.

  2. Family
    20%
    The involvement of our office in Family Law ranges from dealing with issues arising from divorce, dissolution, legal separation, child custody, child support and spousal support issues.

  3. Litigation
    20%

  4. Child support
    9%
    In Ohio, child support orders in a divorce or dissolution are based on the financial circumstances of both parents. For more than 30 years, I have been helping Columbus families create child support plans that work. Contact my office to get started.

  5. Mediation
    1%

William L. Geary has been a practicing attorney since 1979. He is a graduate of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, and was the recipient of numerous awards during his time there. Not long after graduation, he founded Law Offices of William L. Geary in Columbus Ohio, and began serving his community as a dedicated divorce and family law attorney.
Mr. Geary has helped countless people through sensitive and emotionally-charged legal matters. He works closely with his clients and works tirelessly to achieve the outcome that will serve their best interests. Due to his dedication, open communication, and record of outstanding case results, he has been awarded the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell. This award is provided to attorney’s when clients have taken the time to praise their communication ability, responsiveness, quality of service, and cost value. Contact his firm today if you would like to schedule a consultation with attorney William Geary.

Licensed for 43 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/10/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact William

Law Offices of William L. Geary
155 W Main St.
Columbus, OH, 43215-5000

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Lindsay | June 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch and as good as they come
I honestly don’t even know where to begin or have the words that can adequately tell you about the outstanding attorney Bill Geary is. He was an absolute God-send for my custody case and was without a doubt put on this earth to help people. Bill is as honest as they come, which is hard to find in anyone these days, let alone an attorney. He does not play games like I’ve seen others try. He is a man of integrity and truly makes you feel as though you are his only client with the amount of attention to detail he retains. Bill is brilliant and knows the law like the back of his hand. His entire staff is top-notch, kind, and helpful which is a reflection of him. I could literally go on and on about how amazing Bill is and actually have tears in my eyes writing this because of how incredibly grateful I am for him after the magnitude of the case that he helped me win. He is confident and has teeth when he needs them in the court room, but he truly has the biggest heart of gold and for that, I can’t recommend him enough to anyone who is needing legal counsel for difficult custody situations. From the absolute bottom of my heart, thank you Bill.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
William Geary - Divorce and Separation Client Review
I selected Bill after consulting with three attorneys before offering a retainer. I never regretted that decision. Bill was patient and successfully managed the case. My spouse filed false charges and although these lies never received the justice I felt due, the false charges never gained traction and did not deviate the baseline 50/50 time for kids. Bill targeted only things that mattered to me and were justifiable in the court of law and assisted me in evaluating those things that may not be important and ultimately more legal expense than value gained. While I believe Bill has the capability of being ruthless if warranted, this was not my intent nor his. As a result, we had a professional relationship focused on the best interests of the child.
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Posted by Christopher | May 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Highly Recommended
Bill and his team made it possible for us to successfully navigate a personally challenging time — nested within recent overall challenging times — with his responsiveness, empathetic attentiveness, insight, and legal expertise. Outstanding family lawyer, highly recommended.
Posted by Andrew | May 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney representation
Only a short time ago, I employed William Geary to represent me in my contentious divorce matter. During this stressful time in my life, Bill was always very prompt, prepared and was so very accessible in regards to any questions or concerns that I had. To expound further, the preparation efforts were unprecedented in order to address issues that were of current concern as well as any possible foreseeable concerns. In my experience, I would stress to any future client of this experienced attorney, that you pay for what you get and what you get from William Geary is top notch preparation and litigation expertise, promptness, and sound, professional advise in order to best serve any domestic situation. All of this is done with a gentle, caring and supportive voice of reason. I would recommend this attorney to aid anyone through the most stressful time in one's life.
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Posted by Devin | June 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
Bill is hands down an absolutely amazing lawyer. He is personal, professional, and care. When i say he cares I mean he cares about you and your case he will make every case a priority he even worked on our case during his vacation. We got the outcome we wanted and more. I would highly recommend Bill to any father that has been previously let down by the system in regards to custody.
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Posted by Jeffrey | June 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true gem in the business of Law.
I was referred to Bill from my personal Attorney to handle my divorce. I could not have asked for a more professional man to handle my case. I needed someone to first of all listen to me, as well as understand my concerns for my family as well as my best interests. As a Professional I had business concerns as well as maintaining my reputation and Bill did not disappoint. I could not be more satisfied with the outcome of my case. He was my attorney and now consider him a friend, I strongly recommend Bill Geary when selecting an attorney for any marital or family matters.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Highly Recommend
Bill did a great job for me in a case involving a DOPO. The attorney who originally had the case did not handle it correctly and it had to be completely redone. Bill had quite a mess to deal with and he did a great job on a very complex case. He is responsive and very good to work with. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Theodore | February 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Custody Attorney
Me Geary is a very thorough and engaged attorney. He is a wealth of knowledge! I would highly reccomend Mr. Geary. This was my second attempt at getting my custody case resolved as the first attorney was not able to get me what was best for myself and my child. Mr. Geary went above and beyond to get the best results.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with the Law Office of William L Geary
I worked specifically with Stacey Gilbert regarding matters of a child visitation case. I had a very fragile case and Stacey did everything to make me feel confident in our case, as well as safe and in good hands. I could never thank Stacey enough for her genuine care and dedication to my case. Stacey proved to be extremely intelligent and well informed regarding her area of law. I am very thankful for the work that was done on my case. I would highly recommend the Law Offices of William L Geary Co., LPA.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2016
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Very Professional
I was very pleased with Bill and Tracy. I did a consultation will Bill and after being educated about the divorce process I knew I was in the right firm. I hired Bill's partner Tracy who made the entire process very easy to understand and knew every move to make in order for it to be as fast as possible. I would highly recommend working with Bill or Tracy!
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Posted by Sally Barnett | December 14, 2016
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Tracy Wendt
Tracy did excellent job representing me throughout my divorce case. He kept me well informed and was very knowledgeable about my rights concerning family laws and property settlement. He was kind and thoughtful about my unique situation as parent to disabled children and handled my case with efficiency, sensitivity and professionalism.
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Posted by Russell | December 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
William Geary did a great job for me. He is extremely thorough, honest, and was always available to me at all times and I highly recommend he and his firm.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent advice, counsel and representation
Bill helped me with a contentious divorce that involved parental rights and responsibilities for a special needs child. He always advocated for "the child's best interest."
Posted by Samantha | March 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
singlemom
The entire office was completely professional, helpful and demanded such a high level of respect. It was halfway through my case when I switched to Bill. At my initial consult I knew that he was amazing when he was able to validate my concerns but give me applicable solutions to address these concerns in court. There was a complete shift in the case. Originally, I was stressed overwhelmed and constantly felt like I had to check and double check on everything. For example, with my original attorney, the discovery that was turned in was a pile of receipts in a manila envelop, however, after Bill took over the case we actually received real discovery. Bill was completely fair and selfless when he acknowledged that my case was best served outside the court and recommended us to a parent coordinator, which saved my sanity and thousands of dollars. The entre staff was available, competent and always put me at ease. I cannot say enough good about the entire office.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2015
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Never-ending Ex
Unfortunately, I have an ex-wife that never stops wanting to take me to court in hopes for more money. Mr. Geary has always stood firm and represented me in a fact based, no drama manner. He is honest and trustworthy, and aggressively supports his clients with such integrity. I sincerely appreciated how he supported me with great passion during our depositions and through the negotiations. Bill's high level of experience afforded him the ability to manage my case with precision and guide me accurately through the entire process. I also appreciated his calm approach, which makes you feel like everything is going to be ok, despite the circumstances. If you are able to secure Bill as your lawyer, I'm certain you will not be disappointed!
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Posted by Branden | June 20, 2015
Brilliant! Mr geary saved my family!
At the end of my first visit with Bill i was extremely impressed with him and his staff a year and a half later still extremely impressed! At all times i felt as my situation was as important as if it were his own family. Bill had every answer everytime and an idea as to how to approach each situation. Bill is the most thorough and knowledgeable atty. I have ever met he leaves nothing to chance. This guy is truly a hero to My kid and me achieving what i thought was the impossible. U will not be disappointed with Bill and his staff i am eternally gratefull to all of them! 10 out of 10 exceptional!,
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Posted by Brandis | June 17, 2015
Amazing attorney with an amazing staff
Bill (and his staff) always kept us informed, responded quickly to our emails and questions, and even took time away from his own vacation to help make sure we knew what was happening with our custody case. He made it easy to trust him, because he showed us that he could be trusted. Knowledgeable, honest, trustworthy, confident, realistic: these are just a few words I would use to describe him. And, don't forget "funny". Having a good laugh during a very difficult and stressful process, is much appreciated! We couldn't have asked for a better attorney. I now have a house full of very happy children, a husband who's comforted knowing his son is home with us where he belongs, and a very optimistic outlook on our future. And it's all thanks to Bill and his amazing crew. I can't thank them enough.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2014
Best Attorney in Central Ohio!
Bill is highly knowledgeable, dependable, and always answers your emails, phone calls, etc. promptly. He has helped me achieve the outcomes that I have sought in my cases by offering sound advice, as well as being truthful in what to expect with my situation. I would not trust anyone else with representing me!
Posted by Tom | February 26, 2014
Outstanding Attorney
At the time of my divorce, a dad with two children ( that now live with me ) i have been Very Blessed to have William Geary as my attorney, and would HIGHLY recommend him to everyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2014
Excellent in every respect. Honest, forthcoming and realistic; methodical and thorough; Exemplary professionalism
I hired Mr. Geary to help me with what had been until that time an extremely long (approximately six years from inception), difficult (very expensive, with little to show for it), and acrimonious interstate case involving child support, custody, visitation, and multiple contempt of court actions. At the time, I felt that my chances of getting to court at all, much less winning were next to hopeless, based upon my previous progress. Mr. Geary was one of a few lawyers whom I contacted via email based on strengths of compared resumes and he responded via phone immediately. He reviewed the facts of my case and gave me what I felt, and still feel was a very honest assessment of the situation from a legal options available point of view. Once retained, Mr. Geary went about my case conscientiously, methodically, and with what I felt was exemplary professionalism. It was soon apparent to me that Mr. Geary is very detail-oriented, not one to leave anything to chance, and is one to do his homework. While under my charge, Mr. Geary, for example, was aware of and concerned with not only winning our case, but also on winning any follow-on appeals, demonstrating to me an ability to think ahead such that a win now would not be lost later on some administrative technicality. He served me invaluably and compassionately as a counselor, giving me his best, unvarnished estimate of our chances, and clearly kept my desires at the forefront of his efforts. I always felt that Mr. Geary and I were a team, communicating and collaborating constantly, via email, phone, and in person to the point such that I came to consider him less of an attorney on retainer and more of a trusted friend. I still consider him as such. When it was finally time to argue our case in court, Mr. Geary was obviously very well prepared himself, and took the time to ensure that I felt so as well through rehearsals, mock questioning, and war-gaming. He argued our case brilliantly, using a mixture of written, taped, and photographic evidence as well as the testimony of expert witnesses. His performance was flawless in every respect. I could not have asked for a better effort, one that was clearly worth much more than for what I had paid him. Child custody cases are serious business and can be emotionally charged in the extreme, but Mr. Geary maintained a wonderful balance of being empathetic with my situation as a counselor, while at the same time being a quiet, yet doggedly tenacious litigator. His handling of our adversary, once finally in court was masterful to the point of being almost entertaining. He doesn't engage in loud theatrics and showboating in the courtroom as if on TV. He instead is the calm, cool, level-headed professional, prepared in every aspect for every possible eventuality and was never surprised. His blend of being a gentleman with genuine feelings for the plight of his clients coupled with his unlimited willingness to do whatever is needed to help them permeates his staff, with whom I was also extremely pleased and regard very fondly. There are few things in life more important or precious to most of us than our children, and I can think of no better, higher, or stronger endorsement than to say I trusted Bill with the welfare of my only daughter and would do so again willingly, without reservation and, further, I would recommend him unhesitatingly to anyone in need of similar services. Mr. Geary is simply an outstanding attorney and an even better person in whom I am extremely well pleased. Excellent in every respect.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Offices of William L. Geary Co. LPA
  • 1995 - Present
  • President
  • Geary Securities -- Charleston West Virginia
  • 1994 - 2016
  • President
  • Geary Realty-- Charleston West Virginia
  • 1994 - 2020
  • PARTNER
  • HAMILTON, KRAMER, MYERS AND CHEEK
  • 1979 - 1995
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Education

  • Ohio Northern University-Claude W. Pettit College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1978
  • The Ohio State University
  • BA
  • 1974

Associations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • BAR ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE
  • 2013 - Present
  • U.S. Federal Court Southern District of Ohio
  • Licensed
  • N/A
  • Franklin County Domestic Relations Court
  • Mediation Advisory Committee
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio
  • Board of Directors
  • 1992 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • Columbus CEO
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • A-V Preminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyers
  • Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
  • 2018
  • A-V Preminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • A-V Preminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
  • 2016
  • A-V Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AMJUR BOOK AWARD CONTRACTS I AND II
  • AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE
  • 1979
  • AMJUR BOOK AWARD SECURED TRANSACTIONS
  • AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE
  • 1979
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Publications

  • DIVORCE MAGAZINE.COM
  • MONTHLY BLOGGER
  • 2020
  • Aspatore publication: Child Custody Litigation and Settlements November 2013
  • "The Influence of Current Trends in Child Custody on Custody Trial Preparation"
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • 1995
  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • 1994
  • Business Law
  • Business Law
  • 1976
  • Business Law
  • Business Law
  • 1975
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
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Family Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best in town. Easy to deal with, and knows just about everything there is to know about family law."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From Mr. Geary's contributions to Avvo users’ questions, he’s clearly a skilled and highly knowledgeable lawyer. Given his excellent advice, I recommend Mr. Geary to provide best-in-class legal guidance and representation."
Family Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Geary for your family law needs. He has demonstrated a high degree of excellence to meet your legal needs."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill is extremely competent, knowledgeable and professional. I have always enjoyed working on a case when Bill is representing the other party."
Family Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Bill on a number of cases. Bill is always prepared, professional and advocates hard for his client. Bill is a true asset to our profession."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is an excellent litigator and family law attorney. He is smart, tough when necessary and pursues his clients' interests zealously."
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