Geoffrey E. Spofford

Geoffrey E. Spofford

Worcester, Massachusetts

Geoff began practicing law in the Worcester area in 1989. He joined Lian, Zarrow in 1995; becoming a partner in 1997. He has tried jury and jury-waived cases at all levels of the Massachusetts court system, and has argued cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Geoff is currently the President of the Worcester County Bar Association. In 2019 Geoff was honored to receive the Massachussetts Bar Association’s Community Service Award.

Throughout his career, his practice has focused on the representation of individuals and families affected by catastrophic injuries. He has successfully pursued claims for victims of automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, dog bites, slip-and-fall accidents, worksite accidents and sexual abuse.

His trial work also includes criminal defense and general civil litigation, as well as criminal appeals. In his criminal defense practice, he has represented individuals charged with motor vehicle offenses; rape and sexual assault; computer crimes, including possession of child pornography; crimes of violence; drug offenses; and larceny.

In addition, at the request of the justices of the Worcester Probate and Family Court, he represented individuals in dire life circumstances. In one such case, he established the competency of a young man seeking the right to die after suffering a devastating brain-stem stroke, and obtained a court order to that effect.

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Criminal Defense
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Motor Vehicle Offenses
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Rape and Sexual Assault
  • Computer Crimes
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Crimes of Violence
  • Drug Offenses
  • Larceny

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1990


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
    • B.A. cum laude - 1985
    • Major: Political Science/Psychology


  • Legal Aspects, Worcester Institute for Senior Education, 1995 - 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Community Service Award, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2019
  • President's Award, Worcester County Bar Association, 2021 (1993, 1997 and 2021)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Board of Directors (2021 to present)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member (past member (2004-2006) of the MBA House of Delegates; serves as Mock Trial Judge for the MBA High School Mock Trial Competition; Chair for Tiered Community Mentoring - Worcester)
  • Worcester County Bar Association, Member (served four terms on the WCBA Executive Committee; has chaired several committees and sections; currently President as of September 2021)

Past Employment Positions

  • Gould & Ettenberg, P.C., Associate, 1989 - 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • President of Project Graduation Westborough (2016-2020)
  • Past Member Board of Directors of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest, Inc.
  • Has coached youth soccer and has been involved in youth ski racing, serving three years as the president of Eastern Massachusetts Buddy Werner League and three years as League Commissioner of Central Mass High School League; performed with one of his daughters in the Westborough Players Club production of “Annie - the Musical”; volunteers at the local schools