James R. George

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Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone954.768.8280

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 954.768.8280
Fax: 954.759.5580
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/JamesRGeorge
 
University University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, B.A., 1979
 
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982
 
Admitted1983, Florida
 
Memberships Broward County Bar Association; Dade County Bar Association; The Florida Bar (Member, Probate Law Committee, The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section; Member, Trust Litigation Committee, The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section; Member, Guardianship and Advanced Directive Committee, The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section; Past Member, Executive Council, The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section; Past Member, Circuit Representative, 17th Judicial Circuit, The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section); American Bar Association.
 
BornBuffalo, New York, August 27, 1958
 
Biography

James R. George ("Jim") has litigated for 30 years and his practice has been limited to litigation arising from estates, trusts and guardianships for the past 25 years.

Jim represents individual and institutional fiduciaries in actions for breach of duty, removal, and surcharge. Jim's representation also includes corporate clients, charitable organizations, and individual beneficiaries in will and trust contests, will and trust construction and reformation actions, trust modification, revocation, and termination actions.

Jim represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all aspects of the administration of estates and trusts. Jim has extensive experience in contested incapacity and guardianship proceedings and often serves as an expert witness and mediator in trust and estate matters.

Areas of Concentration

· Fiduciary litigation

· Estates and trusts litigation

· Guardianship disputes

Professional & Community Involvement

· Member, The Florida Bar
- Chair, The Florida Probate Rules Committee
- Executive Council, The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar ("RPPTL")
- Vice-Chair, Probate Law and Procedure Committee, RPPTL
- Member, Trust Law Committee, RPPTL
- Member, Trust Litigation Committee, RPPTL
- Member, Guardianship and Advanced Directive Committee, RPPTL
- Past Member, Circuit Representative, 17th Judicial Circuit, RPPTL

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, Broward County Bar Association

· Member, Estate Planning Council of Broward County

· Numerous pro bono court appointments as attorney for alleged incapacitated persons, and for minor children in guardianship and family proceedings

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2013

· Selected "Top Lawyer," South Florida Legal Guide, 2007-2013

· Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2009

· Rated, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5

Professional Experience

Significant Representations

· Represented institutional fiduciaries against claims of breach of fiduciary duty through trial.

· Represented individuals through appeal before the Supreme Court of Florida in litigation affecting compensation of fiduciaries and other professionals.

· Represented national charities through trial and appeal in litigation challenging testamentary instruments.

°The matters above were handled by Jim prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig.

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

Articles

· Co-Author, "Bad Facts or Bad Folks, Avoiding Claims of Undue Influence," Trust & Estate Symposium, The Florida Bar, February 2006

· Author, "Tortious Interference with Gifts & Devises: The Current State of Affairs," Trust & Estate Symposium, The Florida Bar, February 2004

· Author, "Fiduciaries," Basic Estate Planning in Florida, The Florida Bar, 2004

· Author, "Tortious Interference with an Expectancy," Trust & Estate Symposium, The Florida Bar, February 2002

Publications

· Co-Author, James George, et. al, "Fiduciaries," Basic Estate Planning in Florida 12, The Florida Bar, 4th ed., 2003

· Co-Author, James George, et. al, "Fiduciaries," Basic Estate Planning in Florida 12, The Florida Bar, 2d ed., 2000

· Co-Author, James George, et. al, "Fiduciaries," Basic Estate Planning in Florida 12, The Florida Bar, 2d ed., 1996

Speeches

· Panelist, "Fee Shifting in Trust and Estate Litigation," The Florida Bar, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, FL, May 2013

· Panelist, "Current Developments in Probate Litigation," Boca Raton Estate and Tax Roundtable, Boca Raton, FL, December 8, 2011; Naples, FL, November 10, 2011

· Lecturer, "Navigating the Minefield of T&E Settlement - A Primer on Tax and Non-Tax Aspects of Settlement for a Probate Litigator, The Florida Bar: Your 2011 Trust & Estate Symposium, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 2011

· Lecturer, "Cross-examining the Guardianship Examining Committee," The Florida Bar: Guardianship CLE, Tampa, FL, October 23, 2009

· Lecturer, "Litigating in the Probate Division," Bench Bar Convention, Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 16, 2009

· Moderator, "An Interdisciplinary Approach to Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements," The Florida Bar: Attorney /Trust Officer Liaison Conference, Palm Beach, FL, June 2009

· Speaker, "Bad Facts or Bad Folks, Avoiding Claims of Undue Influence," Trust & Estate Symposium, The Florida Bar, February 2006

· Speaker, "Trust Administration and the Uniform Principal and Income Act," Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Estate Planning Council of Broward County, February 2004

· Speaker, "Tortious Interference with Gifts & Devises: The Current State of Affairs," Trust & Estate Symposium, The Florida Bar, February 2004

· Speaker, "Tortious Interference with an Expectancy," Trust & Estate Symposium, The Florida Bar, February 2002

· Speaker, Guardianship Law Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2000

 
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James R. George

401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2000
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301




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