The law firm Meagher & Geer is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2015 Bill Hart has taken the position as the firm’s managing partner.  He succeeds Greg Stephens who became managing partner in 2001.

Bill joined the firm in 1983.  He focuses his practice on appellate law, with an emphasis on appeals of insurance coverage and general litigation matters.  He has handled close to 400 appeals in Minnesota courts, as well as in the state and federal appeals courts across the country.
Bill’s professional recognitions are many, including:

  • Named by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Appellate, Notable Practitioner, 2013-2015
  • Named an Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America®
  • Selected for inclusion in the Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2000-2015
  • Recognized in the list of Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2001-2003, 2013, 2014
  • Awarded the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, AV® Preeminent ™

Among his extracurricular activities, Bill sits on the board and is Past Chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, and on the board of the Minnesota Loan Repayment Assistance Program – a non-profit organization that helps make it possible for legal counsel to represent low-income and disadvantaged populations.

“Bill will be a great managing partner. He really knows our business, and is very much attuned to the demands, trends and innovations in the practice of law,” said Chuck Spevacek, a senior partner at Meagher & Geer and management committee member.  Said Hart, “I am looking forward to the challenge of leading this firm into the future.  We just opened an office in Bismarck, North Dakota, and we’re very pleased about that.  We want to continue focusing on growth that allows us to serve our clients’ needs.”

Meagher & Geer is a litigation firm with a national scope.  Founded in 1929, the firm has 80 lawyers practicing in more than 20 areas. With additional offices in Phoenix, AZ and Bismarck, ND, Meagher & Geer has earned a reputation as one of the country’s leading litigation defense and insurance coverage firms, receiving assignments from more than 125 U.S. insurance companies, and from insurers based in London, Canada and Bermuda. The firm regularly represents businesses of all sizes, public entities, non-profit organizations, and individuals.

The firm’s attorneys are licensed in many states, including Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Meagher & Geer lawyers have been awarded high rankings in Chambers USA, Martindale, and U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. The firm tries cases, having taken more than 200 cases to verdict in recent years.  The firm has handled even more appeals.