Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
By Michele Mirto
Geoff Ulreich has been selected as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for January. Geoff joined Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program in the fall of 2013, where he is a frequent participant in the VLP’s family law clinics, including the Divorce with Children, Divorce without Children and Paternity clinics. Geoff has also assisted the VLP with the minor guardianship clinic. Since joining the VLP Geoff has assisted 100 clients.
Q & A WITH GEOFF ULREICH
Where are you from? Tucson, Arizona
Where did you go to college? University of Arizona
Where did you go to law school? University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
How long have you lived in Tucson? Since birth, other than law school.
What are your current practice areas? Commercial litigation, real estate, probate, family law, landlord/tenant, and civil litigation. I’m still branching out to find new areas of interest. More than anything, I think of myself as a litigator.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service? My law firm, Remick West-Watt, and the partners, Stanlee West-Watt and Tim Remick. They have been very supportive of my pro bono work, and have themselves volunteered a great deal of time through me, with case discussions and advice.
One reason you would encourage attorneys to volunteer with VLP? It’s an incredible skill-building experience. You have to be able to give sound legal advice on the fly, and you are confronted with a broad spectrum of issues, some of which you have likely never had to deal with before.
Other VLP volunteers you'd like to give a shout-out to? Ben Bogan and his father.
If this award was accompanied by prize money, how would you spend it? Purchase a small tropical island. Or a cheeseburger, depending on how much we’re talking.
If you ever retire from private practice, it will be to start a new career as a ______? Author. Though I still plan to do that, without the retiring part.
Are you a dog or a cat person? Both. I was raised with cats, and wanted a dog, but got cats, due to the long law school (and now, lawyering) hours.