In mid-August of 2007, the Detroit Free Press printed a huge headline, FIEGER VS. U.S. At the time, they got it wrong; the US Government had actually indicted Geoffrey Fieger, one of the nation’s most successful trial lawyers, and his partner, Ven Johnson, for violating campaign finance laws.
But on June 2, 2008, after a 20-day trial, with Fieger represented by famed defense attorney Gerry Spence, jurors unanimously rejected the government’s felony charges – and acquitted and vindicated Geoff Fieger and Ven Johnson, because prosecutors failed to prove that they illegally channeled money to the failed 2004 presidential campaign of Democrat John Edwards.
And, on that same day, the Detroit Free Press finally got it right and printed another huge headline, FIEGER IS CLEARED IN CAMPAIGN FUND CASE.
Today, The Insider Exclusive takes you behind the scenes of the indictment, the Bush Administration’s selective political prosecution of Geoffrey Fieger, the winning legal strategies employed by Gerry Spence and Steve Fishman to decisively defeat and crush the government at a Waterloo of their own making.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.That fact is as valid oday, as it was when it was written in 1870 by Sir John Acton, who reminded Pope Pius IX that he was a mere mortal man! Today, Geoff Fieger walks taller and more resolute than ever before, for having taken on “Absolute Power” and won – a victory of the power of truth and justice. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “We acquire the strength we have overcome.” Geoff has overcome that strength, and today, he uses it for all those in need of justice.
Geoffrey Fieger devotes himself to getting justice for his clients. He is a tireless and fearless champion for those whose rights have been violated. He was the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of the State of Michigan in 1998, and the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University recently named its school for the education of trial lawyers The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute. In June 2008 after almost three years, Geoffrey, represented by the legendary Gerry Spence in his final trial, won his own court battle against the Gonzales/Rove/Bush Justice Department when he was acquitted on all counts of alleged illegal campaign donations. Geoffrey has two degrees from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1974; M.A.,1976) and received his law degree from the Detroit College of Law-Michigan State University (J.D., 1979). He is a member of the Michigan and Florida Bar Associations.
Ven Johnson was named a partner at Fieger, Fieger, Kenney, Johnson & Giroux in 2001 after working six years at the firm. Since joining the firm in 1995 he has worked on a number of high-profile cases and obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts. He specializes in the areas of civil litigation, product liability, medical malpractice, automobile negligence and police misconduct. Ven earned his undergraduate degree at Kalamazoo College with athletic honors in basketball and tennis. He received his Juris Doctor at the University of Detroit School of Law, served as a law clerk for a sports and entertainment law firm in Detroit, and was an intern to the late Michigan Court of Appeals Judge John Shephard. Ven has also lectured on relevant legal issues for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the National Business Institute and the Straker Bar Association. He has assisted law students with mock trial preparation at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.
Fieger, Fieger, Kenney, Johnson & Giroux was founded over 50 years ago by Geoffrey’s father, Bernard Fieger, in a small house which still stands as the cornerstone of Fieger Law. Today, FFKJG is a 40,000-square-foot elegant edifice with 60 employees occupying a quarter mile of land in Southfield, Michigan—a near suburb of Detroit. Today, the Fieger Law Firm is the top personal injury firm in the country. People turn to Geoffrey Fieger and the other attorneys at the firm for help when they have been the victims of injustice, medical malpractice or personal injury.