Meet Geary H. Rogers of Compton & Duling

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Provided by Geary Rogers, Compton & Duling


When I was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1974, I got a job as the branch office legal counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company in Fairfax. I spent five years there reviewing title search reports, making legal title insurance underwriting and claims decisions, and handling commercial real estate closings. It was great training for a new young lawyer and prepared me well to enter private practice with Compton & Duling in 1982.

Throughout the 1980s I performed probably a few thousand residential real estate settlements. I gradually transitioned out of that type of work into commercial real estate transactions, real estate development, both residential and commercial. There was extensive work in preparing commercial and later residential condominium documents, community association governing documents and declarations, and LLC and corporate operating and shareholder agreements. I also represented banks in commercial real estate loan closings, and foreclosures and workouts.

The real estate work inevitably involves business organization, income tax and estate planning questions. I enjoy representing individual property owners (who are not developers) with unusual real estate and title problems, and people new to the real estate development business.

What is your job and how long have you been with Compton & Duling?

Attorney – Partner with Compton & Duling. Employed there since 1982.

Briefly describe what a day in your work life looks like.

A  law firm is a service business. I don’t do courtroom work, so the day is filled with client projects, starting new engagements, answering client questions, and handling emergencies.

What is the best part of working for Compton & Duling?

In spite of how long I have been in the business, I learn something new every week.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I ready history.

What has been one of your proudest moments working for Compton & Duling?

Probably when we finished with the development and construction of Potomac Mills Mall. We worked on that for 10 years, starting in 1985.


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