Geoffrey C. Cockrell Partner

Geoff is the chair of the firm's private equity group, and serves on the firm’s Board of Partners. He has a wide scope of experience in mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.

His mergers and acquisition experience, representing private equity sponsors, strategic purchasers and sellers extends across a diverse number of industries with a primary focus on healthcare provider services transactions. Geoff is a national contributor both at conferences and in publications on a wide array of issues unique to the private equity industry. He regularly contributes to Law360’s Healthcare and Private Equity sections, and is an author of The Healthcare Investor, a blog on healthcare finance topics.


Healthcare and Life Sciences Experience

Representation of Sheridan Capital Partners, a private equity firm, in the acquisition, disposition and portfolio work for a number of its portfolio companies  including, Atlantic Vision Partners, Dermatologists of Central States and Synergy Physical Therapy Holdings

Representation of Chicago Pacific Founders, a strategic healthcare investment fund, in the acquisition of Long Island Vision Management

Representation of Ridgemont Equity Partners in the acquisition of Perimeter Healthcare, Speech Pathology Group, Sunvera and related portfolio work

Representation of Audax Group, in acquisitions and dispositions for a number of its healthcare portfolio companies.  

Representation of Linden Capital Partners, in the acquisition work for its orthodontic platform Smile Doctors.

Representation of LLR Equity Partners, a private equity fund, in several acquisitions and dispositions including its investment in NuMotion (a complex wheelchair distributor) and in Vivere, LLC, a Texas fertility clinic chain.

Representation of BelHealth Investment Partners and its portfolio company, NavaDerm, a leading dermatology services organization in the Northeast, in the add-on acquisition of Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, a world renowned leader in cosmetic dermatology.

Representation of Health Enterprise Partners, a healthcare and technology-focused private equity firm, in its acquisition of MD Alliance Solutions, a dermatology management and consulting solutions provider.

Representation of MoonSail Capital and Plenary Partners, two private investment firms, in its strategic partnership with Arbor Centers for EyeCare and Chicago Eye Institute, two of the leading ophthalmology practices serving the Chicago market, to form Ocular Partners, the premier physician-led eye care group in greater Chicago.

Representation of Shore Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm, in its acquisition of Chicagoland Smile Group, a Midwest-based dental services organization.

Representation of Hero DVO, LLC, a leading dental, orthodontic and vision management company, and its private equity investor, Silver Oak Services Partners in the add-on acquisition of a California-based dental practice.

Representation of Silver Oak Service Partners, a private equity fund, in acquisition of a dental services organization.

Representation of Pharos Capital, a private equity fund, in acquisition of physical therapy management company.

Representation of HIG, a private equity fund, in acquisition of NovaMed.

Representation of Bostwick Laboratories in sale to MetalMark Capital.

Representation of I-Cyt Mission Technology, Inc. in sale to Sony Corporation of America. 

Representation of an Indiana ambulatory surgery center in restructuring transaction with regional hospital system. 

  • Notre Dame Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Wheaton College, BA, Business/Economics, cum laude, 1993

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Illinois Venture Capital Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

  • Illinois

Recognized in "Readers' Choice Awards," Top Author in Healthcare, M&A, and Life Sciences, 2019; Top Author in M&A, 2020, 2023

Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” M&A: Middle-Market; Private Equity Buyouts, 2021, 2022

Named a Client Service "All Star," BTI Consulting, 2009, 2015, 2019, 2020

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Private Equity Buyouts, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," M&A: Middle Market, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2017-2018

Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Mergers & Acquisitions, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2010

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