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Meet the Attorneys: Geoffrey Thorne

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How long have you been at Higgs?

I joined the firm in August 2012 as an Intern and was hired as an Attorney in November 2012.

What is a typical day like?

A routine day primarily consists of counseling clients on day-to-day employment issues (em-ployees’ wage and hour rights, enforceability of non-compete agreements, terminating employ-ment relationships, responding to unemployment claims, etc.), replying to demand letters and other pre-litigation correspondence from opposing counsel, and drafting/revising a pleading or motion for a pending lawsuit.

In addition, I spend time conferring with senior colleagues about strengths/weaknesses in a case and recommendations, and reading a blog or attending a Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminar about recent changes in the law.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment(s)?

I first-chaired an arbitration and obtained a defense verdict in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed to have been injured as a local casino.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

I hope to continue developing relationships with existing and prospective clients, and expand my pro bono practice.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect has been collaborating with clients to favorably and effectively re-solve a dispute. I also enjoy working with established attorneys and staff who are personable as they are professional.

Tell us about a recent successful case you handled.

The firm represented a healthcare provider in a class action lawsuit alleging unlawful medical billing practices. The plaintiffs sought to certify a class comprised of thousands of self-pay pa-tients who presented to emergency rooms at various medical facilities operated by the client. We successfully defeated one plaintiff’s motion to certify a class (and his subsequent appeal) and obtained a favorable ruling barring the co-plaintiff from asserting any allegations on a class-wide basis.

What organizations are you involved with?

I’m involved with the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, Miracle League of San Diego and Athletes Touch.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy slow pitch softball, competitive Jeopardy! and going to concerts in the park in Coronado with my wife, friends and family.