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Geri L. Haight

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Geri has a multifaceted practice focusing on employment litigation, counseling, and compliance, as well as intellectual property and trade secret matters. She leverages extensive experience as an in-house attorney and trial lawyer and with a broad range of business and employment issues to advise clients across a variety of industries, including food & beverage, consumer products, retail, and technology.

Geri’s work primarily involves litigation and counseling on federal and state labor and employment matters, including issues involving trade secret protection, the enforcement of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, employee classification, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, and wage and hour disputes. She also counsels clients on a broad spectrum of employment issues, such as independent contractor and employee classification, compliance with wage and hour law laws, reasonable accommodation for disabled employees, employee discipline and terminations, and investigations of harassment claims. Her practice also encompasses matters concerning copyrights, trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property issues, including the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. 

Geri returned to Mintz after more than seven years as in-house counsel with a national fast-casual restaurant chain, most recently as vice president and deputy general counsel. In that role, she managed employment, litigation, intellectual property, commercial, contract, marketing and advertising, data security and privacy, and intellectual property matters and provided guidance on a broad spectrum of workplace issues and employment-related compliance matters. Geri was previously associate general counsel and earlier the director of litigation and intellectual property at the company.

During her prior tenure with Mintz, Geri was a Member and Associate, practicing in the firm’s litigation and intellectual property practices for 14 years. She handled litigation, arbitration, and mediation of trademark, trade secret, copyright, false advertising, domain name, and patent disputes in courts throughout the country, as well as matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Her practice also involved counseling clients on intellectual property matters and negotiating settlement and licensing agreements. 

As part of a firm-sponsored program, Geri prosecuted and tried numerous cases while practicing as a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County (MA) District Attorney’s Office. She was also actively involved in pro bono work on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign and served as an adjunct professor of trademark law at the Northeastern University School of Law for several years.

Geri began her career as a staff attorney for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Education

  • Northeastern University (JD)
  • State University of New York - Plattsburg (BA)

Involvement

  • Chair, Legal Affairs Committee, Association of National Advertisers (2018-2020)
  • Co-Chair, Intellectual Litigation Committee, Boston Bar Association (2009–2011)
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association

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Conference Recordings: Mintz's Annual Employment Law Summit

March 12, 2021 | Webinar | By Michael Arnold, David Barmak, Jessica Catlow, Micha Mitch Danzig, Geri Haight, Andrew Matzkin, David Lagasse, O'Kelly E. McWilliams, III, Jennifer Rubin, Tyrone Thomas, Alexander Hecht, Danielle Bereznay, Jennifer Budoff, Delaney Busch, Corbin Carter, Emma Follansbee, Natalie C. Groot, Paul Huston, Brie Kluytenaar, Brendan Lowd, Audrey Nguyen, Nicole Rivers, Richard Block

Mintz’s Annual Employment Law Summit brought together thought leaders to discuss the most pressing issues employers are facing in today’s unprecedented work environment. Attendees heard presentations on the continued impact of COVID-19; social justice and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; recent and anticipated changes to employment laws; and best practices for managing sensitive employee situations.
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Webinar Recording: Mandatory or Voluntary Workplace Vaccination – Guidance for Employers

January 15, 2021 | Webinar | By Geri Haight, Joanne Hawana, Jennifer Rubin

Watch this webinar in which Mintz’s Employment, Labor & Benefits and Health Law attorneys and noted immunologist Dr. Darryl Carter discussed key takeaways from the EEOC’s recently updated vaccination guidance and other COVID-19–related workplace questions.
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WEBINAR REMINDER: Mandatory or Voluntary Workplace Vaccination — Guidance for Employers

January 13, 2021 | Blog | By Geri Haight, Jennifer Rubin, Joanne Hawana

Please join Mintz’s Employment, Labor & Benefits and Health Law attorneys and noted immunologist Dr. Darryl Carter for a webinar to discuss key takeaways from the EEOC’s recently updated vaccination guidance and other COVID-19–related workplace question.
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My colleagues in our Litigation practice, Harvey Saferstein and Nada I. Shamonki, recently authored an alert "Another Shoe Drops in Washington: Ninth Circuit Expands Personal Jurisdiction over Willful Copyright Infringers".
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On November 2, 2012, a federal jury in the Central District of California awarded Mixed Chicks LLC, a beauty supply company for mixed-race women, $839,535 in actual damages and $7,275,000 in punitive damages for willfully infringing the MIXED CHICKS® trademark and trade dress with its MIXED SILK line of products.
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How Do You or Don’t You State a Case for A Declaratory Judgment in a Trademark Dispute?

December 5, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight, Susan Neuberger Weller

Ever since the US Supreme Court in MedImmune, Inc. v. Genetech, Inc., 549 U.S. 118, 127 S, Ct, 764, 166 L. Ed.604 (2007)  threw out the "reasonable apprehension" test as defining the grounds for bringing a declaratory judgment action, courts have considered a wide variety of factual circumstances in deciding which meet the Court's redefinition of "controversy."
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Some Companies Must Do More To Protect Brand Identity

December 4, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight

My colleague Susan Weller recently authored an article for Law360 on protecting brand identity.
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Lululemon and Calvin Klein Settle Yoga Pants Design Litigation

November 26, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight

As we reported  previously, Lululemon, an exercise apparel company, filed suit against Calvin Klein and its supplier G-III Apparel Group for infringement of three Lululemon design patents for yoga pants. On November 20, 2012, Lululemon filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in the Delaware proceeding based upon a settlement that would dismiss the suit with prejudice.
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Six months after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of Rosetta Stone's trademark infringement lawsuit against Google, the parties issued a joint statement today announcing that they have settled their legal dispute. 
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Pattern Designs on US Navy Uniforms and Fabric Are Non-Functional Protected Trademarks

October 9, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight, Susan Neuberger Weller

A recent TTAB case addresses the issue of functionality and protection of design. In the case In re Navy Exchange Service Command, (“NEXCOM”), the TTAB issued a non-precedential decision on September 29, 2012 in which it reversed the Examining Attorney's refusal to register four irregular block-shaped, multi-colored pixilated pattern design marks that the US Navy used on clothing and fabric.
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Law360 reported that Geri Haight has rejoined Mintz as a Member in the firm’s Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, based in Boston.

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