Martha Geer, a judge on the state Court of Appeals, is stepping down from the bench in May to go into private practice.
Geer, who was first elected to the appellate court in 2002, is stepping down two years before the end of her second eight-year term.
Geer, a registered Democrat, will join Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, a law firm headquartered in Washington, and lead the firm’s new North Carolina office.
Before her election to the court, Geer worked in private practice.“I am honored to have been trusted by the citizens of North Carolina to serve them on the Court of Appeals for the past 13 years,” Geer said in a statement. “I am now thrilled to have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity to bring to our state one of the most widely respected firms in the country in the area of complex civil litigation. I look forward to joining such an extraordinary group of attorneys.”
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Because of the timing of Geer’s planned resignation, her seat will be on the ballot in November.