George's practice focuses on domestic and international families and the many personal issues they face including complex tax, succession, and charitable planning; family offices and closely-held businesses; and the resolution of tax and fiduciary disputes. He advises families on a variety of wealth and business continuity matters and counsels families with regard to the creation and operation of private trust companies, both domestic and international, and regulated and unregulated, and other similar structures.
George serves as a fiduciary for family trusts, including responsibility for the selection and oversight of investment advisors, and he frequently provides legal advice to others who are serving in that capacity. As an extension of his family-service practice, George works closely with Wealthbridge Partners LLC, the country's leading education company for families of significant wealth, on curriculum development and governance consulting. George is also U.S. counsel to Wildscreen and Wildscreen USA, the world’s foremost charities working to promote the public appreciation of biodiversity and conservation of nature through the power of wildlife imagery.
During his career, George has served as counsel on the sale of several private businesses worth in excess of $100 million each, assisted the shareholders of family businesses in developing plans in anticipation of future transactions, and tried jury and non-jury cases in a variety of courts. George was lead counsel in Schott v. Commissioner, 319 F.3d 1203 (9th Cir. 2003) and Cook v. Commissioner, 269 F.3d 854 (7th Cir. 2001), two of the leading cases involving grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs).
George is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), a London-based organization for the most senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates. Before entering private practice, George served as a Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division. While with the Department of Justice, he received the Tax Division's Outstanding Attorney Award. George graduated from Texas A&M University (B.A., 1985) and California Western School of Law (J.D., 1990) and is licensed in the District of Columbia, New York, and Texas.
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