Professional Biography
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Geoffrey A. Vance Partner

Firmwide Chair, E-Discovery Services & Strategy Practice; Shanghai Office Managing Partner

  • Chicago

    D +1.312.324.8477

    F +1.312.324.9400


    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL


  • Shanghai

    T +86.21.6841.1188

    F +86.21.6841.1198


    16F, Hang Seng Bank Tower, 1000 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area




Geoffrey A. Vance is a partner in Perkins Coie’s Litigation practice and firmwide chair of the E-Discovery Services & Strategy practice, in which role he leads an impressive team of attorneys and litigation support professionals in assisting clients in leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and strategies to improve the outcomes and reduce the cost and risk associated with the firm's legal services. Geoffrey is also the Managing Partner of the Shanghai office and on the firm’s Asia management team tasked with providing leadership, guidance and strategy support to Perkins Coie’s three Asian offices.

An active member of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production, Geoffrey has in-depth experience managing complex, high-volume discovery projects. Geoffrey has co-authored and updated the Discovery chapter of the Federal Civil Practice handbook, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, since 2006. In addition, he co-authored a number of publications related to legal technology and frequently writes and speaks about how predictive coding and other sophisticated analytics tools can reduce risk and increase efficiencies and the likelihood of success in legal matters.

In addition to his leadership roles, Geoffrey is a seasoned trial lawyer, having tried more than 20 litigation matters to conclusion. Geoffrey has litigation experience in food and consumer product liability cases around the country as well as high-profile trust and estate controversy matters in jurisdictions throughout the world. He served as national litigation counsel for a global provider of electric power system equipment and services and served as national multidistrict litigation counsel for one of the world’s largest foodservice companies, overseeing a large volume of consolidated cases filed across the United States.

Geoffrey is a military veteran whose active service in the U.S. Navy included time serving in the first Gulf War. Geoffrey is a national and local leader in Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, serving as the founding chair of the board of directors of its Chicagoland Chapter, and also served as the former president of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, the first and prominent pro bono civil legal aid provider in Chicago. Geoffrey is also on the membership committee of the Economic Club of Chicago.


Professional Recognition

  • Named by peers as one of the 40 Illinois Lawyers Under Forty to Watch
  • Listed as an Illinois Rising Star and Super Lawyer 

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Community Involvement

  • Autism Speaks, Chicagoland Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Economic Club of Chicago, Membership Committee
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, Former President; Board of Directors 

Related Employment

  • John Marshall Law School, Legal Writing and Research, Adjunct Faculty


  • Hon. Charles Norgle, Sr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois




Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana


  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D.,
    cum laude
    , 1995,
    Member, John Marshall Law Review
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1992