Areas of Practice
George Law Offices can offer legal services in:
Corporate, Business, and Not-for-Profit Law
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Regulatory, Administrative, and International law
Governance, Risk, and Compliance advising
Ongoing Legal Counsel and other areas
Corporate, Business, and Not-for-Profit Law
We have advised Sole Proprietors, for-profit business entities, and not-for-profit corporations and associations in Canada and the United States, as well as Limited Liability Companies (LLCs).
Our “for-profit” representations have included:
- Advising on initial establishment with choice of entity and financing;
- Conducting due diligence on counterparties via regulatory filings, open-source and online research, and word of mouth;
- Drafting non-disclosure agreements and Board of Directors’ resolutions;
- Drafting and negotiating Cloud contracts and commercial leases;
- Contacting and negotiating with talent agents and Counsel for demo-shopping (music) and go-see visits (modeling);
- Drafting, negotiation, and review and revision of production contracts, management agreements, venue contracts and related deal papers;
- Filing and advising on copyrights and other intellectual property matters, and Artist dealings with Performing Rights Organizations;
- Advising on crises and dispute resolution;
- Serving as In-house Counsel for an IT consultancy;
- Providing general ongoing advice and counsel;
“Not-for profit” entities acting through their founders, boards, and executive directors have also sought out and retained our services to secure their status as registered not-for-profit entities under the laws of Canada (through the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency and in accordance with the Income Tax Act, as amended), and in the United States (through 26 United States Code, §501, as amended, within the Internal Revenue Code). Our not-for-profit clientele have included a healthcare charity, a community group, an alumni association, a green cooperative, and a family foundation.
Tell us, what can we do for you today in your company, other business entity, or not-for-profit corporation?
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)
In both Canada and the United States, we have settled many business and personal disputes out of court, resolved regulatory and administrative charges at Boards and Tribunals, and negotiated pleas to criminal charges without the need for a full trial.
Stemming from our litigation successes in several Superior Courts in Ontario, Canada, and within several New Jersey and New York state courts, and other client representations before:
- the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Tribunal, in Ottawa, Canada;
- the Zoning and Planning Board of the City of Englewood, in New Jersey, U.S.A.;
- the Environmental Control Board of the State of New York, in the borough of Queens, U.S.A.;
We are well aware of the costs, time, and aggravations to be saved. Our alternate dispute resolution experiences have included work terminations, hostile work environments, alleged breach of contract, criminal court, landlord and tenant disputes, and several other areas.
Tell us, which major or minor dispute of yours, just does not want to go away?
Regulatory, Administrative, and International law
We have solid experience in formulating legislative, regulatory, and administrative law and policy by developing and delivering comprehensive strategies and initiatives to help regulators make, manage, uniformly apply and mainstream principles, guidelines, standards and procedures; with work including:
- Researching, comparing, and contrasting wetlands sanctions policy across the five states of Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, and Pennsylvania for a Professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), as a basis to advise and assist the state of Virginia on its own workable and outcomes-based wetlands sanctions policy modifications;
- Working in the Office of Bond Counsel for New Jersey municipalities (Cherry Hill, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Palmyra), and independent state agencies (The Garden State Preservation Trust, The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency), to perform research and advise on their requirements in Public / Municipal Finance, and assist in preparing Offering Memoranda;
- Working on a law firm, Government Affairs team, that assisted elected officials, policy advisors, bureaucrats, and executive management, as Counsel to the New Jersey State Senate in Trenton, New Jersey to review and advise on proponent responses to Request for Proposal to provide consulting services to New Jersey entities on critical infrastructure and essential government services; counseling and advising on the legal and other implications of topical regulatory, legislative, and policy matters and options on which the New Jersey senate required occasional assistance; and hosting meetings, with and without New Jersey legislators present, involving business leaders and concerned citizens for high-level and tactful advocacy, concerns resolution and issues management, stakeholder development or informal consultations, and lobbying;
- Planning, designing, and conducting a health program’s comprehensive legal, policy, fiscal, and technical review after assembling a team of 25 multidisciplinary George Law Offices professionals, with a final report including significant stakeholder and partner input on program tailoring for more efficient, effective, and sustainable service delivery destined for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care (MOHLTC);
- Conducting regulatory compliance analyses of applications to build, launch and operate satellites; performing satellite-specific, national security law (export regulations, arms control regulations, committee on foreign investment in the United States), general communications law, and First Amendment rights (free speech) research as directed; and drafting proposed Orders at the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), International Bureau, Satellite Policy Branch;
- Publishing a peer-reviewed paper on the interplay of national security and environmental law and policy, demonstrating the high interdependence of these two expanding fields in an era of climate change, carbon trading, and sea level rise;
Tell us, what are the key questions or concerns in regulatory, administrative, and international law for someone in your specific position?
Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) advising
We have solid experience in formulating corporate, regulatory, and administrative policy by developing and delivering comprehensive strategies and initiatives to help enable, promote, and monitor best practices amongst regulated entities and individuals through good governance, nimble risk management, and responsible and responsive compliance programs; with our past work including:
- Advising clients on diverse matters regarding their international trade in goods, trade in services, and outsourced operations;
- Advising multiple web-based businesses regarding their ongoing compliance obligations and the attendant risks;
- Advising an e-health services provider that was subject to several U.S. and Canadian health and privacy laws;
- Advising a New Jersey church on refinance the mortgage on, and then letting-out a residential property, and then advising on conforming residential lease documents and tenancy matters;
- Advising a New Jersey lessee in the re-negotiation of a distressed New York restaurant lease;
- Working in a governance, risk, and compliance advising capacity, as In-House Counsel, for a U.S-based telecommunications consulting entity that regularly bid on and won installation and operation contracts in education, healthcare, and national security;
- Advising on the expansion of a franchise in compliance with the franchise agreement;
- Advising on the formation of an innovative agro-industrial wholesale concept with implicit supply chain risks;
- Advising a resource industry entity on initiating operations overseas in jurisdictions fraught with GRC challenges.
With the increasingly complex, wired, and interconnected regulatory and trade environment in which we all now live, work, and play, both businesses and individuals can find themselves subject to overlapping and not always uniform, regulatory environments and a staggering array of risks to themselves, their partners, and their counterparties. The spectrum of risks considered in all of these above engagements, has included but not been limited to:
- Political risks (“key person” loss, legislative and regulatory changes, Referenda, sanctions);
- Operational risks (Payment Cards Industry compliance, supply chain events, and Cybersecurity);
- Legal and lifecycle risks (GMO disputes and food recalls);
- Integration and interoperability risks (DDOS impacts on eCommerce, and core- and back-office functions);
- Triangular risks (training of staff, terror events, and third-party actor events);
- Interest rate and market risks (deficits, credit ratings, market and taste shifts);
- Counterparty and climate risks (business continuity planning pinch points);
- Situational risks (including advising a Chief Executive on the planning and risks of their travel with the state Governor on a 40-person delegation to Asia, that same CEO’s own spearheading of 10 business leaders traveling to pursue business opportunities in West Africa), and consideration of several other possible causes of uninsured or uninsurable loss found in other entities’ business lines and contemplated operating environments;
Tell us, which risks do you face, how do you assess their potential severity of impact on your and partner or counterparty operations and likelihood of occurrence, how do you plan to re-align your GRC programs to navigate this, or precisely why do you see them as being just fine, for now?
Ongoing Legal Counsel, and other areas
Things come up, laws change, and the personal circumstances of business founders and their managers can also change over time; at times drastically and in unexpected ways. Some people only start to scramble for legal Counsel and other crisis-related professionals after the crisis hits, whilst others have “Retained Counsel” in place for ongoing advice and consultation, solid business continuity and crisis communication plans in place and veteran crisis response and management professionals within easy reach.
We have worked with and reported directly to such senior leaders in for-profit and not-for-profit entities at the C-level, as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations, Lead and General Counsel, Board of Directors, Executive Director, Project Steering Committee, and verbally briefed a Quorum of 60 Program Managers on the circulated written results of one of our investigations, with a lively question and answer session. Accustomed to working with the most senior leaders, we are therefore open to discussing your unique circumstances and the several categories of risks that you might face in your line or lines of business, and working towards tailoring legal services to your needs and your budget, if Retained Counsel might be an option.
Where we do not have the depth of staff in a specific area or do not offer services in a specific type of law, we can access our colleagues and contacts to try and get you to what you seek. Tell us, what do you do, and how have you learned from the last crisis faced by you or a peer, and prepared for the next one?
Although sometimes inactive where not currently engaged on client matters, Mr. George has been licensed to the practise of law in Alberta Province, New Jersey State, New York State, Ontario Province, and the District of Columbia.