The Present and Ready Blog offers procedural and strategic insights to trial counsel from the perspective of an appellate specialist, Elizabeth Geary. In addition, Ms. Geary often recruits other trial and appellate attorneys to co-author blog posts to further expand the knowledge base to the reader.

Elizabeth Geary is a partner in Kelly Hart & Hallman’s appellate section and is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law. Ms. Geary handles appeals throughout Texas and New Mexico. Ms. Geary has handled briefing and oral argument on multiple occasions before the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and numerous state courts of appeals. In addition, Ms. Geary actively litigates in both state and federal courts, acting as lead trial counsel in multi-million dollar disputes. Ms. Geary’s trial and appellate practices cover a wide range of areas, including disputes in intellectual property, commercial, corporate, financial, energy, fiduciary and estate matters, personal injury, and issues related to civil procedure and evidence, among others. Ms. Geary also often assists other trial attorneys in handling complex briefing, oral argument, and evidentiary hearings.

Ms. Geary is the publisher of the Present and Ready Blog—a publication offering insights for trial strategy and procedure from an appellate specialist’s perspective. She has previously taught legal practice and writing, as well as winery and vineyard law, as an adjunct professor at Texas Tech School of Law.

Ms. Geary received her J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude. Geary was a member of the Law Review and received an Outstanding Student Article award for her published written article and the Outstanding Comment Editor award for her leadership and mentoring of other Law Review members. In addition, Geary was a two-time National Champion in intercollegiate moot court competitions and won multiple oral advocacy awards, including overall Best Oral Advocate at the Texas Young Lawyers Moot Court State Championship in 2012. Ms. Geary received the elite distinction of being elected to both the National Order of the Coif for academic excellence and National Order of the Barristers for courtroom advocacy accomplishments.