Prominent Michigan attorney Geoffrey Fieger, 72, had a stroke earlier this month and is now in active rehabilitation, his wife and a business associate said Wednesday.
In a statement, Keenie Fieger said that her husband had an elective procedure March 1 for a minor heart arrhythmia. Following the procedure, it was determined that he had suffered a stroke.
“The recovery time from an event such as this varies from patient to patient, therefore it’s difficult to predict how long Geoffrey’s recovery will take and when he will be back in the office,” Keenie Fieger said in the statement. “For those of us who know Geoffrey, he’d love to be back to work yesterday.”
James Harrington, vice president and managing partner at Southfield-based Fieger Law, said in the statement that Fieger is currently “awake, resting comfortably and actively engaging in rehabilitation.” He said he spoke with Fieger this week and encouraged him to take care of himself.
“As we all know, Geoffrey is a true fighter and is working hard in his recovery,” Harrington said.
Fieger Law will continue to serve its clients in Fieger’s absence, the statement said.
“Geoffrey has built a world class team at Fieger Law, and they are continuing the hard work, dedication and legal solutions Fieger clients expect and deserve while he’s away,” Keenie Fieger said. “All clients and potential clients should rest assured their cases are in good hands.”
Geoffrey Fieger is one of the best-known attorneys in Michigan and around the country. He became famous for representing assisted suicide practitioner Jack Kevorkian and ran for governor in 1998, losing to Gov. John Engler by a 62%-38% margin.
He has also toyed with the idea of running for mayor of Detroit, the US House of Representatives, the US Senate and for US president against Donald Trump in the 2020 election.