Geoffrey S. Gavett

Phone: 301-948-1177
Fax: 301-948-4334

Geoffrey S. Gavett founded Gavett and Datt, P.C., with Douglas A. Datt in January 1992, representing both businesses and individuals in civil litigation and transactional matters. His practice focused primarily on tort, personal injury, construction, insurance defense, and commercial litigation as well as commercial transactions with an emphasis on construction, insurance and real estate development. Prior to forming the firm, Mr. Gavett was a shareholder at a Rockville, Maryland insurance defense firm where he handled civil litigation for insurance carriers and self-insured businesses.

Mr. Gavett has been highly esteemed by both clients and colleagues for his legal ability and professional ethics. In 2020, Mr. Gavett became Of Counsel to the firm where he continues to provide guidance and assistance.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage & Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Asbestos Defense
  • Non-compete & Trade Secret Litigation
  • Environmental Law and Toxic Torts
  • Commercial Leases and Leasing
  • Commercial Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland (1982)
  • District of Columbia (1983)
  • Virginia (1991)
  • Pennsylvania (2008)
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1984)
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1985)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1996)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1994)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1996)
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (2002)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Practices Section, American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia


  • Washington College of Law, American University, 1982
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude
  • George Washington University, 1979
    Bachelor of Arts

Reported Cases

  • Uniwest Construction, Inc. v. Amtech Elevator Services, 280 Va. 428, 699 S.E.2d 223 (2011)
  • United States ex rel D.L.I., Inc. v. Allegheny Jefferson Millwork, LLC, 540 F. Supp. 2d 165 (D.D.C. 2008)
  • Builder's Mutual Ins. Co. v. R.G. Mgmt. Services, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79225 (E.D. Va. Oct. 7, 2008)
  • Mills v. Giant of Maryland, LLC, 441 F. Supp. 2d 104 (D.D.C. 2006)
  • Kent Village Associates Joint Venture v. Smith, 104 Md. App. 507, 657 A.2d 330 (1995)
  • Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Lumbermen's Mut. Cas. Co., 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 2479 (D.C. Cir. 1999)
  • Irwin v. Contemporary Woodcrafts, Inc., 1999 Va. App. LEXIS 661 (Va. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Jung v. Jung, 791 A.2d 46 (D.C. 2002)
  • Jimenez v. District of Columbia Dep't of Empl. Servs., 701 A.2d 837 (D.C. 1997)
  • Guevara v. Reed, 598 A.2d 1157 (D.C. 1991)