George focuses on the representation of public corporations and individuals in securities class actions, derivative cases, mergers and acquisition litigation, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions.
Following law school, he was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. George twice served as a law intern at the U.S. Department of Justice, first with the Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and later with the Appellate Staff, Civil Division.

Expertise

Experience

Representative matters

SECURITIES LITIGATION REPRESENTATIONS IN WHICH GEORGE HAS PLAYED SUBSTANTIAL ROLES IN ACHIEVING FAVORABLE RESULTS FOR CLIENTS INCLUDE:

eBay Inc. and its Board of Directors in two shareholder derivative lawsuits, which concluded with the voluntary dismissal of both suits.

Millennial Media, Inc., in consolidated securities class actions, which concluded with the voluntary dismissal of the suits.

Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. in a securities fraud action, which concluded with the voluntary dismissal of the suit.

ChannelAdvisor Corp., an e-commerce company, and its Board of Directors, in a securities class action, which concluded with the dismissal of all claims by the district court, and an affirmance of the dismissal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

A government software and service provider in an action challenging a merger transaction, which concluded with the dismissal of all claims by the district court, and an affirmance of the dismissal by the Kansas Court of Appeals.

CenturyLink, Inc., its chief executive officer, and its chief financial officer in a federal securities class action, which concluded with the dismissal of the suit by the district court.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. and its subsidiary Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. (f/k/a Lender Processing Services, Inc.) in a securities fraud action, which concluded with a settlement on terms very favorable to defendants.

Mark Cuban (co-owner of the Dallas Mavericks) in an insider trading case brought by the SEC, which concluded with a jury verdict in favor of Mr. Cuban.

Drawing on his involvement in the case, George wrote the Foreward in Steinberg, The Securities and Exchange Commission v. Cuban—A Trial of Insider Trading (Twelve Tables Press 2019).

George’s commercial litigation experience also includes a wide range of other disputes, which have often involved an international dimension. In employment matters, he has represented Dominiqurenn, a recipient of the Best Female Chef in the World award, and a global petrochemical and life sciences company headquartered in Tokyo, for which George and others obtained summary judgment in an employment matter in federal court in New York. He played a substantial role on litigation teams that, on behalf of several European and Japanese companies, handled matters arising from the September 11 terrorist attacks, including claims relating to the four aircraft destroyed on 9/11, the adverse health effects suffered by rescue and recovery workers at the World Trade Center (WTC) site, and the rebuilding of the WTC.

In addition, George has represented companies and individuals in compliance and enforcement matters and internal investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). His representations have included a biotechnology company and its CEO in a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation involving allegedly improper payments to Chinese officials. The matter concluded successfully with the issuance by the DOJ of a written declination of prosecution.

George has also played a substantial role in the submission of amicus curiae briefs in a number of significant matters. For example:

On behalf of Washington Legal Foundation (WLF), George co-wrote an amicus curiae brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in Calpers v. ANZ Securities. The brief was cited approvingly in the Court’s majority opinion. CalPERS v. ANZ Securities, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 2042, 2054 (2017).

For amicus curiae WLF, he also served as counsel of record in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh (S. Ct. No. 17-432).

Pro bono

In Owens v. The Republic of Sudan et al., George was counsel of record in the D.C. Court of Appeals for amicus curiae law professors Ellen Bublick and Paul Hayden, co-authors of the treatise The Law of Torts (2d ed. 2011). On their behalf, George filed a brief in support of the plaintiffs-appellees, who were hundreds of family members of the victims of the African embassy bombings of 1998 seeking just compensation under common law tort principles.

In Reisman v. AFUM (S. Ct. No. 19-847), George filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the National Association of Scholars relating to the First Amendment rights of university faculty members with regard to controversial matters of public concern.

Qualifications

Admissions

Attorney-at-Law, New York State (First Dept), 1993

Attorney-at-Law, D.C., 1999

Courts

United States Supreme Court, 2014

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2012

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2022

United States Court of Federal Claims, 2008

United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 2022

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2021

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2013

Academic

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1991
Executive Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation

B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy and Political Science, Yale University, 1986

Disclaimer
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.