GEOFFREY L. EICHER
Geoff graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in 1988. He immediately established a practice in the Akron area. Geoff’s practice takes him over the entire State of Ohio. Over the course of more than 25 years, Geoff has represented individuals and/or businesses in most counties in the State of Ohio.
In 1992, Geoff joined with Tom Semple to form Semple & Eicher. Geoff’s practice is focused on professional negligence litigation, injury litigation, business matters, and business litigation. Geoff’s corporate client list is diverse with regard to size and industry. During his career, Geoff has helped hundreds of individuals/families with claims involving legal malpractice, medical malpractice, and serious injury cases. He has also helped many business clients with the sale or purchase of businesses, mergers, contract negotiations, contract disputes, general corporate planning, and litigation involving the prosecution or defense of claims by or against his clients.
Geoff has earned the respect of his peers. A significant percentage of his clients are referred by attorneys from other firms who either lack the expertise to handle the client’s legal matter or who want the guidance and experience that can only be had through 25 plus years of handling very significant legal matters.
Geoff is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association, and the Ohio Association for Justice. Geoff has been asked to serve on various committees for the Akron Bar Association and currently assists as a member of the Akron Bar Association Investigative Subcommittee which investigates allegations of misconduct and/or unethical conduct involving attorneys. Geoff is also the current president of the Summit County Trial Lawyers Association. Geoff is frequently asked to speak to members of the legal community with regard to the issues of professional negligence, insurance law, injury law, trial preparation and trial advocacy.
THOMAS P. SEMPLE
Tom has lived in the Akron area his entire life. He was born and raised in New Philadelphia and graduated with honors from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in news writing. He then attended law school and graduated with honors from The University of Akron in 1988.
Upon graduating from law school, Tom worked for nearly two years with a Cleveland firm that represented many clients who owned and operated nursing care centers. In 1990, Tom started his own practice in Akron with several outstanding lawyers, including Paul Weimer and Judy Hunter. A few years later, Tom realized a dream to begin his own firm and launched Semple & Eicher with his law school friend and classmate Geoff Eicher in 1992.
Tom’s practice has two primary focuses. First, he assists individuals with estate planning and administration, including wills and trusts. As part of this practice area, he also handles guardianships and other probate matters. The other primary focus of Tom’s practice is representation of owners and operators of nursing care centers. As part of this practice area, he assists nursing centers throughout the entire state of Ohio with probate matters (including guardianships and estate claims), collection issues, property liens and foreclosures, Medicaid issues, and insurance issues.
Tom is a member of the Akron and Ohio State Bar Associations. He has been actively involved with the Akron chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and served as the president of its board of trustees. He has presented continuing legal education seminars and has addressed many other groups, professional and lay, about estate planning for individuals with dementia and related illnesses. He has been an instructor at Kent State University.