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About This Site

Hi. My name is Geoff and I'm a lawyer. Don't hold it against me though, lawyers can be good people too. In fact, I wrote an article about that. I'm also an OCR and Ultra Runner. OCR is an abbreviation for Obstacle Course Racing. Have you heard of Spartan Race or Tough Mudder? It's that.

 Geoff the Lawyer thinks Geoff the Racer needs to chill.

This site includes content from both Geoff the Lawyer and Geoff the Racer. They're both me and they both love donuts. The site also spends a good amount of time on where those worlds intersect - contracts, waivers, and insurance.

Lawyer Stuff

I graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. While I was there, I focused mostly on technology law - cyber crime, cyber risk, the law of the internet, and intellectual property. I was also a member of the Connecticut Law Review.

My current legal practice focuses primarily on insurance coverage law. I represent policyholders in disputes with their insurance companies. These can be large corporations with multi-million dollar claims or regular people who are getting stiffed by their car insurance or homeowner's insurance company. I also focus on cyber risk insurance. I vet cyber policies for large and small companies. As a side note, if you have a business you probably want cyber insurance. Data breach losses are often excluded from regular insurance policies.

Another thing I do is help companies manage their insurance programs by reviewing contracts and the policies of contractors, subcontractors, and property owners to make sure that everyone is covered and there aren't any gaps in coverage.

If you are a race director, event coordinator, or general contractor, you probably want someone like me to review your policies, waivers and contracts to see how they interact with each other and with local law. You really don't want to end up having to pay out-of-pocket for someone's broken neck.

How I got into OCR and Ultra Running

I was never athletic as a kid. I never ran or played competitive sports. As an adult, I followed a typical trend for men who get married or go to grad school (or both, in my case). I got fat.
245ish Pounds and Idolizing Garfield the Cat
Then my wife signed us up for a Spartan Race. It was only supposed to be 3-5 miles of mostly hiking. How bad could it be?
Bad. Those are people carrying 60 lb. sandbags up a ski slope.
I thought I was having a heart attack. I thought I was dying. I told my wife to go on without me.
Fat Geoff is Unhappy
I finished the thing. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't fast. It was awful. Worse that the time I totaled my car as a teenager. I thought I was going to die more than once. A lot of things can happen to you when you go through something like that. You can swear off doing anything like that again, you can swear at your wife for signing you up, you can swear at the people around'll probably swear at some point. The funny thing was that I swore that I would do this race again the next year, only I'd do the version that was twice as long. And I swore that I'd get my "stuff" together.

Pro tip: if walking uphill makes you think you're actually going to die, it might be time to make some lifestyle changes.

So I decided to change my life and train for this race. The first race had been a Spartan Sprint (3-5 miles). The next year would be a Spartan Super (8-10 miles). I tried to run. I couldn't run a mile. I tried to hike uphill. I needed breaks, like full breaks, like go home and eat kind of breaks. I quickly realized that it would be easier to do this stuff if I weren't obese. So I began to lose weight with a super special program we'll call "diet and exercise." I'll elaborate on that in another article, but that's pretty much the gist. I ate fewer calories than I burned for a little less than a year and I lost about 75 lbs.
This guy is way better suited for this sort of thing.
So, that race went well and I signed up for a longer harder race - 13+ miles on Mount Killington. After that, I did my first Ultra Beast, which was an approximately 50 kilometer OCR on a ski mountain in Mountain Creek, New Jersey. I did a bunch of other races along the way, including another ultra marathon distance OCR called FIT Challenge.
8 laps + 3.5 miles each = 28 miles
Along the way, I qualified for Obstacle Course Racing World Championship and was a part of Team USA at the 2017 World Championship in Ontario, Canada.
Me at the starting line of Obstacle Course Racing World Championship
It's kind of like our Olympics
My next big goal is running a 50 mile trail race in 2018 and a 100 miler in 2019. For some reason, I'm drawn to the long distance stuff. Maybe it's because I'm not that fast? Maybe I just make really bad decisions? As I train for that and continue running OCRs, I'll be writing about my races under the OCR and Ultra Running tab and I'll be adding content about Food and Fitness under that tab as well.

I'm on social media too.
This is the back of my team jersey - "The Barrister"
Get it? Because I'm a lawyer... and so creative.