Lake County Family's Tradition Continues with Robes, Benches

By Gordon, Tony | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 14, 1996 | Go to article overview
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Lake County Family's Tradition Continues with Robes, Benches


Gordon, Tony, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Tony Gordon Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer

One Geiger family tradition ended Friday in Lake County while another was carried on.

For the first time since 1947, there is not a member of the family practicing as an attorney in the county.

That's because Donald Geiger, a lawyer since 1971, became the third member of his family to be elevated to the bench.

Geiger, 50, was sworn in as an associate judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit by his brother, Circuit Judge Fred A. Geiger, currently assigned to the 2nd Illinois Appellate Court in Elgin.

Beaming with pride from the audience in the Lake County ceremonial courtroom was the brothers' father, retired Circuit Judge Fred H. Geiger.

"I do not feel that I am following in the footsteps of my father and brother, rather I feel that I have taken the same path," Donald Geiger said. "I will try to be fair and do justice."

A resident of Gurnee, Geiger was elected judge last month by vote of the full circuit judges. He graduated from Western Illinois University and received his law degree from Northwestern University.

He began his career with the firm of Finn, Geiger and Rafferty in Waukegan and practiced on his own in the same city in 1980, the year his father retired from the judiciary.

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