Attorney Profile:

James R. George

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Biography

James R. George is a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. where he practices in the areas of fiduciary litigation, including litigation arising from estates, trusts and guardianships. Mr. George often serves as an expert witness and as mediator in trust and estate matters. Mr. George earned his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto and his J.D., with Honors, from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Mr. George is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He is a current member and past chair of The Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee. Within the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, Mr. George serves on its Executive Council, is Co-Vice Chair of the Probate and Trust Litigation Committee, and is a member of the Probate Law and Procedure Committee, Trust Law Committee, and the Guardianship and Power of Attorney Committee. Mr. George is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in The Best Lawyers of America (2015), South Florida Legal Guide's Top Lawyers (2007-2015), and Florida Super Lawyers (2007-2015). Mr. George is a frequent lecturer for The Florida Bar on probate, trust, and guardianship topics. Mr. George may be reached at [email protected] .

Areas of Concentration

•Fiduciary litigation
•Estates and trusts litigation
•Guardianship disputes

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

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

•Speaker, Volleying the Ethical Issues of a Client's Diminished Capacity, 35th Annual Attorney/Trust Officer Liaison Conference, Palm Beach, FL, June 25, 2016
•Speaker, Effective Estate Planning for Diminished Capacity - Can You Really Avoid a Guardianship? 50th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, FL, January 2016
•Speaker, Curing Situs-itis: The Perplexity of Governing Law and Trust Situs, 33rd Annual Attorney/Trust Officer Liaison Conference, Naples, FL, June 14, 2014
•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

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2015-2017
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2007-2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2009
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV , AV Preeminent , Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.16.16 130 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

06.14.16 22 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

06.09.16 93 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

08.25.15 25 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016

08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016

06.12.15 22 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

06.11.15 95 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

01.21.15 51 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by South Florida Legal Guide

08.20.14 24 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015

08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

•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

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
954.768.8280  Phone
954.759.5580  Fax
www.gtlaw.com
University Attended:
University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, B.A., 1979
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982
Admission:
1983, Florida
Memberships:

Professional & Community Involvement

•fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
•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

Birth Information:
Buffalo, New York, August 27, 1958
Reported Cases:
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.
ISLN:
907142810

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 1 review
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • Analytical Capability

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  • Judgment

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  • Communication

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  • Legal Experience

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 05/30/11 in Estate Litigation

    Mr. George is an excellent attorney, well respected by his peers. Read more

    Mr. George is an excellent attorney, well respected by his peers.

    • Legal Knowledge

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    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      5.0/5.0

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