One of America's Premier Trial Attorneys Meets with US President, Talks Baseball
Geoffrey Fieger and his wife, Keenie, were among 47 guests privileged to
meet President Barack Obama during a private dinner in April. The fund
raiser, held at the Bingham Farms, home of Denise Hitch and her husband,
Jim Scalici, also included Tigers great Willie Horton, former Gov. James
Blanchard, and Jalen Rose, an ESPN commentator and former member of U
of M's Fab 5.
"It was just a beautiful evening," said Fieger, who shook hands
and had his photo taken with the president.
Guests were then seated at tables filled with gold-rimmed dishes, Waterford
crystal and centerpieces of purple hydrangeas and peonies, to enjoy a
meal catered by Bacco Ristorante of Southfield.
"Before Obama met any of the people at dinner, he took it upon himself
to introduce himself and shake the hands of all the wait staff. I thought
that was very impressive and I think they were very impressed with that
too," Fieger said.
It was the second time Fieger had the chance to meet the president. The
first was at a dinner in 2004 to raise money for Obama's U.S. Senate
run in Illinois. It was held at Christie Hefner's house and also included
Robin Williams and Stevie Wonder. Fieger said he mentioned the dinner
to Obama and the two shared a laugh.
"He's just a fantastic person," Fieger said of Obama. "He's
incredibly smart, he's courageous, and he's a very compelling
During the dinner, Fieger sat next to Willie Horton and the two talked
about baseball and this year's Tigers team. Denise Hitch sent Fieger
home with three official major league baseball bats for his children signed
Fieger also left with autographs from Obama.
"Most people, I think, were a little bit intimidated about asking
him to sign autographs. But my wife and I wanted him to sign three for
our children and he did that kindly," Fieger said.
Geoffrey Fieger is no stranger to the limelight; as a leading trial attorney,
Geoffrey has won perhaps more multimillion dollar verdicts than any practicing
attorney. Beam and Raymond has happily partnered with Mr. Fieger for the
past 20 years, advocating for children and bringing justice for those with
birth injuries, including
cerebral palsy, due to
medical malpractice and
Reprinted in part with permission from "Fieger Times", Summer 2012.