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Phil George

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Phil George focuses his practice on complex tort litigation.

Professional Biography


Mr. George assists clients in complex litigation matters, including hospitality, franchise, timeshare, human trafficking, product liability, drug and medical device, class action, and commercial litigation. Mr. George has experience in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions, including Georgia. He has defended clients in high-stakes litigation in trials, depositions, and appeals.

Mr. George is actively involved in the Atlanta Bar Association, where he serves on the Publications Committee and is co-editor of the Litigation Section's quarterly publication, The Litigator.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Mr. George practiced at a large international firm in Atlanta and a large international firm in New York. During law school, Mr. George served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Renee Marie Bumb of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

  • Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and interlocutory injunction for a major hospital in a high-profile dispute with a health care insurer.

  • Obtained dismissal of petition in a high-profile tax litigation case involving counts for declaratory judgment, injunctive relief, and tax rebate in a suit seeking approximately $800 million in damages.

  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in district court for a risk management company in a breach of restrictive covenants case.

  • Successfully obtained a judgment in the trial court and the Georgia Court of Appeals for a metropolitan transit authority in a suit that attacked the authority's ability to temporarily suspend certain services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Defended a health care third-party administrator in breach of contract action brought by a major health insurance company.

  • Obtained a favorable defense verdict for a large international bank in a four-week bench trial regarding Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS).

  • Provided appellate representation for a trucking company in a case involving a catastrophic car crash, resulting in a full defense verdict obtained reversal in the Georgia Court of Appeals for a metropolitan transit authority in suit where plaintiff originally obtained $22 million in damages for injuries sustained.

  • Obtained dismissal of petition seeking records from a private entity under the Georgia Open Records Act.

  • Obtained reversal in Supreme Court of Georgia for an adverse summary judgment ruling relating to a contractual indemnification provision.

  • Obtained interlocutory injunction in a taxpayer case against a governmental board.

  • Successfully obtained attorneys' fees award against a city for violations of the Open Meetings Act.

  • Provided appellate representation for a company in government contractor breach of contract case, resulting in a verdict for client.

  • Provided appellate representation for a transportation company regarding the applicability of Georgia's self-insurance statutes.

  • Provided appellate representation in a week-long jury trial involving an airplane crash, resulting in a full defense verdict.

  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict for a large international bank in a week-long jury trial regarding an alleged breach of investment agreements.

  • Provided a successful defense in a week-long pro bono trial in family court.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for Commercial Litigation (2024)
  • Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in General Litigation (2023, 2024)

Education

  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2014
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Managing Editor – Columbia Journal of European Law
  • Georgetown University, B.S., 2009, cum laude

Admissions

  • Georgia, 2019
  • New York, 2015
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia

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