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Geoffrey S. Mearns, J.D.

Geoffrey S. Mearns, J.D.

Geoffrey S. Mearns is the Dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Before his appointment, Dean Mearns was a partner in the Cleveland offices of two national law firms: Baker & Hostetler LLP and Thompson Hine LLP. While at Baker & Hostetler, he was head of the firm’s national Business Crimes and Corporate Investigations team, and his practice focused on federal criminal investigations and prosecutions and complex commercial litigation. While in private practice, he was also actively involved in pro bono work. Prior to commencing private practice in 1998, Dean Mearns had a distinguished nine-year career as a prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice. During his tenure with the Justice Department, he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. In that position, he was responsible for investigating, prosecuting and supervising cases against members and associates of organized-crime families charged with racketeering, murder, extortion, bribery and obstruction of justice. Dean Mearns was also the First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. From 1997 to 1998, as Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General, Dean Mearns participated in the prosecution of Terry Nichols, one of two men convicted for bombing the Oklahoma City Federal Building. Dean Mearns has been an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and New York Law School. He has published articles on criminal litigation, and he is a frequent speaker and commentator on various criminal law issues, including counter-terrorism.

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