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John Geise

Counsel Practice Areas: Litigation Phone: 1-202-968-4652 Email: jgeise@elias.law

John Geise is counsel in the Litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on political law litigation, particularly cases challenging the constitutionality of state laws that inhibit or restrict the right to vote.

Mr. Geise’s work at ELG involves both litigation and counseling. In his litigation role, Mr. Geise currently handles the day-to-day management of numerous ongoing voting rights matters across the country. In 2022, Mr. Geise argued and secured a favorable summary judgment ruling finding that the Missouri Attorney General’s office under Senator Josh Hawley violated open records laws and ordering the office to pay maximum fines and fees. Mr. Geise also secured a significant victory challenging candidate qualifications in Pennsylvania, and was part of a team that won an election day voting extension in Virginia.

In his counseling role, Mr. Geise has helped many organizations navigate and respond to civil and criminal subpoenas. He has also helped develop and implement legal hold processes for multiple national progressive organizations.

Before ELG, Mr. Geise spent time at Perkins Coie LLP and Covington & Burling LLP. In 2020, he was involved in all aspects of post-election litigation concerning the presidential election in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, and Georgia. That same year, he was a member of the team that successfully defended a consent decree with the North Carolina State Board of Elections regarding absentee voting all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2018 he was a member of the trial team that successfully challenged Missouri’s voter identification law in Priorities USA v. Missouri, in which the trial court issued an injunction striking down a significant provision of the challenged law.

Mr. Geise is an American Bar Foundation Fellow.

Mr. Geise earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Mr. Geise clerked for the Hon. Gregory A. Phillips of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Hon. Vernon S. Broderick of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.