Areas of Practice
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1984; Louisiana Law Review
  • Washington and Lee University, B.S., 1980, cum laude; Omicron Delta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Louisiana, 1984
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  • 5th Cir., 1986
  • 10th Cir., 1998
  • E.D. La., 1985
  • M.D. La., 1986
  • W.D. La., 1987
  • E.D. Mich., 2006
  • N.D. Tex., 1999
  • S.D. Tex., 1999
Covert Geary
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8276 tel
504.589.8276 fax

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Cove Geary is a partner in the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, with a practice that includes energy litigation; life, health, and disability insurance, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation; insurance coverage; professional liability; and class action litigation. In 2006, Mr. Geary received a New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award. 

Prior to joining Jones Walker, Mr. Geary was employed by a global public accounting firm. He graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University in 1980, and from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University in 1984, where he served on the Louisiana Law Review. He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Peter Beer from 1984–1985.

Mr. Geary serves as General Counsel of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, and has served on the boards of the Second Harvesters Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, the Louisiana Children's Museum, and the Louisiana Jazz Federation.


  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Litigation: General Commercial (listed annually since 2013)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc.) in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation - ERISA (listed annually since 2009)
  • Named "New Orleans Best Lawyers'® Litigation - ERISA Lawyer of the Year" 2013
  • Listed in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation (also listed 2007–2009, 2011 to present)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell






  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections of Litigation, Natural Resources Law, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, and Public Contract Law; Past Chair, Life Insurance Law Committee)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member, Life, Health and Disability Insurance Committee)
  • Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana (General Counsel, 2003 to date)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Louisiana Children's Museum (Board Member, 1992–1998)
  • Louisiana Jazz Federation (Former Board Member)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Section of Mineral Law)
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans (Board Member, 1985–1997)