Attorney Profile

 



Terence Geoghegan is a civil and probate litigator with eighteen years experience in California courts.

Never a fan of classrooms, and always a student of languages and cultures, Mr. Geoghegan chose an unusual path to the law. Mr. Geoghegan studied law by correspondence while traveling the world from 1987-1992 by motorcycle. He was in Berlin the day the Wall came down, in Prague during the Velvet Revolution, and in St. Petersburg during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He came home fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian, and having improved his skills in Russian, German, Portuguese, and Esperanto.

Upon his return to California, he promptly passed the bar exam and began his career with Ventura’s most respected civil litigator, Frederick H. Bysshe Jr., handling complex civil matters, until Mr. Bysshe was elevated to the Superior Court bench in 2001. During this time, with a full calendar of law and motion hearings, Mr. Geoghegan had a 100% win rate in these matters. Mr. Geoghegan then went to the well-known Ventura firm of Fairfield & Freeman, where he specialized in probate litigation.

Since 2004, Mr. Geoghegan has had his own practice in Westlake Village, continuing his representation of clients in the most complex civil and probate litigation matters.

Mr. Geoghegan is a long-term member of the Jerome H. Berenson Inn of the American Inns of Court, the United States’ most respected institution for continuing education and the mentoring of younger lawyers. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Citations, the monthly magazine of the Ventura County Bar Association, where he wrote the popular Language Police column. Also due to his continuing interest in all things linguistic, he has lectured for the California Court Interpreters Association on subjects from firearms nomenclature to the vocabulary of computers.
 

 
Outside the Law

Music
Mr. Geoghegan received his B.A. in Viola Performance from Cal State Hayward, where he studied with Nathan Rubin and Dennis DeCoteau. He is an alumnus of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra under Jeffrey Evans, the Ventura County Symphony under Frank Salazar, the UCSB Symphony under Varujan Kojian, the Mouvement Douze opera orchestra in Toulouse, France, and a founding member of the orchestra of the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. Formerly the principal second violinist of the Santa Barbara City College Symphony, he has been the principal violist there for many years. He now also plays, when time permits, for the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, under the baton of Gary Greene.

He is a member in good standing of American Federation of Musicians Local 308.
Construction
During his time in Santa Barbara during the early 1980s, Mr. Geoghegan became a journeyman in Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 273. He was certified by the NRC as a nuclear weldor at Diablo Canyon, and also welded exotic metals on the Space Shuttle Project at Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 6.
Martial Arts
Mr. Geoghegan began his study of Taekwon-Do at Cal State Hayward in the late 1970s. He received his 1st -degree black belt in 1981, and continued a tournament career throughout his time in Santa Barbara and Europe. At the same time he regularly performed at demonstrations, specializing in heavy breaking with both hands and feet. He finally retired from the ring in 2000, shortly before his promotion to 6th Dan, having won the California State title for men’s heavyweight black belt sparring. In 2007 he was promoted to 7th-Dan Master, and the title of International Master Instructor. He is currently the senior Umpire in the United States for the International Taekwon-Do Federation, and teaches the umpire courses for the United States International Taekwon-Do Federation, of which he is Vice-President and General Counsel. He is a long-time student of Master Robert Wheatley, 8th Dan, President of the US-ITF, and during his career has had the opportunity to study under many of the senior Masters in the world, including many master classes taught by the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi.
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