Geoffrey Chepiga is a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a global law firm. Geoffrey represents leading companies, their directors and officers in a variety of litigation and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on securities defense, M&A disputes and white collar investigations. Recent matters include a major French public company under investigation by the SEC and the DOJ under the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act; the State of Qatar in a lawsuit against several banks alleging market manipulation; SAC Capital (now Point72 Asset Management) and Steven A. Cohen in criminal and regulatory proceedings and civil litigations arising out of claims of insider trading; and a leading private equity firm in a shareholder appraisal action arising from its acquisition of a portfolio company.
Geoffrey also maintains an active pro bono practice, a highlight of which is his representation of a class of individuals in New York City with mental illness against the State of New York challenging the way the state provides mental health services. After ten years of litigation, the parties reached a landmark settlement to end the state’s decades-long discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Geoffrey also represents many individuals and their families in immigration and asylum cases.
Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Geoffrey clerked for the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Geoffrey graduated from Yale College, cum laude, with a B.A. in History and English. He received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge in the History of Political Thought, and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is the co-author of “Ownership of Use? Civilian Property Interests in International Humanitarian Law”, which appeared in the 59th volume of Harvard International Law Journal in 2008.
Geoffrey lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.