Peter “Pete” Goergen is a co-founder and former Vice President of MG-Law. His 42 plus years as a general practitioner give him a well-rounded knowledge of the law across a spectrum of practice areas, including wills and estate planning, estate administration, family law, residential real estate, and business and corporate law.
Virginia Business magazine has named Pete to its “Legal Elite” for estate planning and administration. Pete tailors wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents to fit the specific needs and wishes of each family with an eye toward preserving harmonious family relationships while minimizing estate taxes and the more burdensome aspects of probate. He also regularly drafts durable powers of attorney and advance medical directives (i.e., health care powers of attorney and living wills) and assists with the administration of decedents’ estates.
In family law cases, Pete helps clients with prenuptial agreements, separation and property settlements, divorce, alimony, and child support and custody. In each case, Pete guides clients through the underlying legal issues to enable them to make well-informed decisions. He counsels the client to set reasonable goals and realistic expectations. Divorce frequently inflames. When spouses approach it as adversaries through litigation, it is often like throwing gas on a fire. Emotions explode. Reason evaporates. Problem solving becomes, well, problematic. An adversarial approach repeatedly takes a bitter situation and makes it much, much worse. When that happens, the parties suffer, their children suffer, and their pocketbooks and wallets suffer. While prepared to do battle in court, Pete helps divorce clients resolve as many marital issues as possible by agreement.
Although real estate transactions can be tricky, Pete enjoys representing homebuyers and sellers. He does his best to put himself in his clients’ shoes and strives to consummate their deals timely, efficiently, and congenially. His goal is to have his clients leave his office happy that they have chosen him to represent them.
Through his business law practice, Pete routinely advises small closely held companies, limited liability companies, and other corporations on strategic entity formation and operation designed to shield individuals from personal liability and to provide the owners with sound succession planning.
Before going to law school, Pete taught high school English. He has been married for over 35 years and has three children. His hobbies include reading, running, hiking, and yoga.
Pete listens to his clients, understands their concerns, and provides them with creative solutions.
- Family Law
- Wills, Trusts and Estates, Probate
- Residential Real Estate
- Business and Corporate Law
- MeyerGoergen PC, 1991-2019, Co-Founder, Partner 1991-present, Of Counsel, 2020-present
- Martin, Meyer, Rothenberg, Goergen & Henley, 1977-1991
- Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, J.D., 1977
- William & Mary Law Review
- Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1972
- Phi Beta Kappa
Honors and Awards
- Virginia Business Legal Elite, 2014
Boards and Activities
- Member, Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar
- Member, Trusts & Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar
- Member, The Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Family Law Section