A founding member of the firm, George has developed an extraordinary reputation in the area of civil litigation, enjoying significant courtroom successes ranging from local state courts to the United States Supreme Court in areas with far-reaching implications. With a law practice in a wide range of areas including complex business litigation, real estate and administrative law, George’s civil practice encompasses many phases of litigation, including an extensive trial and motion practice, discovery, writs, appeals, arbitrations and mediations.

Experience Highlights
Successfully argued Darden v. Nationwide, Supreme Court of the United States (112S.Ct.1344 (1992), resulting in a unanimous decision in favor of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

Lead defense counsel to all insurance carriers providing $200 million in coverage for collapse of Kansas City Hyatt Hotel Sky Walks.

Publications & Presentations
Co-author of “You Can Be Sued By People Who Are Not Your Patients:” “Punitive Damages:
Are they Constitutional in North Carolina and Does Your Liability Policy Cover Them?”
Co-Author “Race-Based Peremptory Challenges of Civil Jurors Held Unconstitutional”
Lectured on the collapse of the Kansas City Hyatt Hotel Skywalk
Doctrine of Comparative Negligence in Admiralty Cases – NC Association of Defense Counsel
The Defense of Mass Catastrophe Litigation to Excess/Surplus Lines Association

Previous Legal Experience
Judge of the Superior Court of North Carolina, 1968-70 one of the youngest persons ever appointed
a NC Superior Court Judge
Legal Counsel to Dan K. Moore, Governor of North Carolina, 1965-68
Bailey & Ragsdale, partner with Judge James H. Pou Bailey, 1962-65
United States Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights under United States
Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., Assistant to the Chief Counsel and Staff Director, 1961-62