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Donald R. Geiter, CIPP/US
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Management Committee, Cybersecurity Service Team and Finance & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group Chair

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Donald R. Geiter, CIPP/US
Partner

Management Committee, Cybersecurity Service Team and Finance & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group Chair

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Lancaster, PA

Don is the chair of the firm’s Finance and Creditors’ Rights group and a member of the firms’ management and technology committees.

Don’s vast finance experience involves representing lenders and borrowers in complex commercial lending and syndicated transactions. He has particular experience in loans to franchisees of national and international businesses. Don’s related creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice involves representing financial institutions in connection with multi-party loan restructures and work-outs. His recent finance and creditors’ rights transactions include:

  • Representation of a worldwide, multi-division service organization in connection with a $50 million syndicated loan financing from a group of national financial institutions.
  • Representation of a national banking association in connection with its restructuring of a $40 million line of credit to a national food product manufacturer.
  • Representation of a state-charted bank in connection with its $19 million working capital line of credit to a national public housing developer.

Don also has a busy Securities practice and assists existing companies and start-ups with private debt and equity offerings and the associated registration, exemption and “Blue Sky” requirements.  His recent securities transactions include:

  • Representation of a food product logistics company in connection with its multi-million dollar, early-phase securities offering.
  • Representation of senior living developer in connection with its multi-phased securities offering.
  • Representation of real estate syndication group in connection with a multi-stage securities offering to support its alternative energy venture.

Don also works with a variety of business clients on mergers and acquisitions, buy-sell agreements, shareholder relations, and is frequently engaged on general corporate matters. From 2018-2021, U.S. News and World Report named Don to the “Best Lawyers in America” list in the area of mergers and acquisitions. His recent M&A transactions include:

  • Representation of a regional, agribusiness vendor for its acquisition of local competitor.
  • Representation of a regional accounting firm to acquire a competitor.
  • Representation of regional commercial construction contractor to acquire a strategic partner.

As more companies discover the monumental importance of protecting their electronic information and infrastructure, Don’s practice also includes advising clients on emerging technology issues, including cybersecurity, drone, website and e-commerce matters. His recent cybersecurity projects include:

  • Representation of national bank organization in connection with GDPR-related compliance.
  • Representation of accounting and consultancy firm in connection with regulatory compliance and related vendor management.
  • Representation of entertainment touring production company in connection with applicability of cybersecurity standards and regulation.
RECOGNITIONS
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Mergers and Acquisitions (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022), Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2021, 2022), Commercial Finance Law (2021, 2022)
  • Central Penn Business Journal (Forty under 40, 2010)
EXPERTISE & CERTIFICATION
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Cyber Security and Liability”, York County Economic Alliance (October 2020)
  • Panelist: “Embracing Change & Preparing for the Future”, 2019 Reading Business Seminar (October 2019)
  • Panelist: “Embracing Change & Preparing for the Future”, 2019 Harrisburg Business Seminar (October 2019)
  • “Navigating the Legal Intricacies of Cybersecurity”, Business Espionage Morning Forum (June 2019)
  • “Cyber Threats and CEO Fraud”, Lancaster Chamber (April 2019)
  • “Legal Tech Talk for Your 21st Century Business”, BIG U 2018 (May 2018)
  • “Board Oversight of Risk Management (Cybersecurity)”, Pennsylvania Bankers Association Annual Convention (May 2018)
  • “The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight and Cybersecurity”, NACD (October 2017)
  • “Current Trends in Commercial Lending”, LendiCon 2017 (March 2017)
  • “Loan Participations: Whose Loan is it Anyway?” , Pennsylvania Bankers Association Annual Lending Conference (October 2016)
  • “Doing Business in the Digital World (and Cloud): An Overview of Risk, Applicable Laws and Policies Relating to Information Security”, Barley Snyder Business Seminar (October 2015)
  • “Jolley v. Chase Home Finance – Are Lenders Facing New Threats in Lender Liability Claims?”, Barley Snyder LendiCon Seminar (March 2015)
  • “Doing Business in the Digital World”, ACC Seminar: What Keeps You up at Night? (September 2014)
  • “Loan Participations: Whose Loan is it Anyway?”, Barley Snyder LendiCon Seminar (November 2013)
  • “Doing Business in the Digital World”, Barley Snyder Business Seminar, (October 2013)
  • “Bankruptcy Preference Claims and Their Defenses”, ACC Seminar: What Keeps You up at Night? (September 2013)
  • “Collection Toolbox: Secured Creditor’s Edition”, Barley Snyder LendiCon Seminar (November 2012)
  • “Information Security: Policies, Processes and Technology,” Barley Snyder Business Seminar (October 2011)
Donald R. Geiter, CIPP/US
Education
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, M.S.L. (Cybersecurity Law and Policy)
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • Millersville University, B.A.
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts
  • U. S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania
Community Involvement
Dayspring Christian Academy

Board of trustees

Lancaster Bible College

Board of trustees and corporation member

Lancaster Safety Coalition

Former board member and past board chair

Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour

Board of directors

Boy Scouts of America PA Dutch Council, Troop 64 committee member

Former committee member (development), former chair of annual charity golf tournament

CHAP International

Missionary in Liberia, West Africa (October/November 2010)

Leadership Lancaster

2009 graduate

Mennonite Disaster Services

Missionary, Hurricane Katrina (January 2009)

Manheim Township Baseball and Softball Association

Youth coach

Manor Ridge Athletic Association

Former youth baseball coach

Millersville University Alumni Association

Former board member

United Way of Lancaster County

Former committee member (Early Childhood Allocations)

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, Mass.)

Former trustee and members' council president

Youth Development Allocations, United Way of Central Massachusetts

Former committee member

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