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James R. George

James R. George is Chair of the firm's Fiduciary Litigation Practice and a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office 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 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 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 (2015-2019), South Florida Legal Guide’s Top Lawyers (2007-2017), and Florida Super Lawyers (2007-2018). Mr. George is a frequent lecturer for The Florida Bar on probate, trust, and guardianship topics. Mr. George may be reached at georgej@gtlaw.com.

Concentrations

  • Fiduciary litigation
  • Estates and trusts litigation
  • Guardianship disputes

Capabilities

Experience

  • 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 above representations were handled by Mr. George prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A..

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2015-2020
    •  "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Fort Lauderdale, 2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2019
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2007-2017, 2020
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2009
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, The Florida Bar
    • 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, 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

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, 1982
  • B.A., University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, 1979
Admissions
  • Florida