George is the chair of the firm's Corporate Section, which consists of the Corporate and Tax Practice Group, the Banking and Real Estate Practice Group, and the Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group, encompassing lawyers from the entire five-state footprint of the firm.
George maintains a practice focused on the financing and acquisition of business entities, with an emphasis in the healthcare, manufacturing and automotive sectors. His practice has included mergers and acquisitions of businesses throughout the southeast and in areas ranging from New York to California. A major portion of his practice is focused on representing clients in capital finance transactions, including both transactional work and work in the field of bond defaults and other troubled assets, and he regularly represents lenders in transactional work, particularly asset-based lending and commercial and industrial lending.
George’s practice focuses on representing corporate and commercial clients in financing, acquisition and general corporate transactions, with an emphasis on the automotive industry and health care entities. He has handled the acquisition and sale of numerous businesses, including automobile dealerships, manufacturing businesses, and hospitals and health care related entities. George also advises corporate clients on issues pertaining to business and tax planning and was involved in the recent formation of a group within the firm to focus on succession planning for businesses. In addition to being part of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, George participates in the work of the Banking and Real Estate Practice Group because of his regular advice to corporate trustees on issues pertaining to bond and escrow transactions, including bond defaults, and his work in the field of asset-based lending.
George lectures frequently on various topics, including the acquisition and merger of business entities, successor liability in asset transactions and the use of arbitration clauses in reducing legal exposure. He served on the editorial board for the ABA publication, MODEL ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH COMMENTARY, and is currently serving on the committee revising a prior publication, the MODEL STOCK PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH COMMENTARY. Both publications have been recognized as influential sources for the drafting of acquisition documents. He is also a co-author of the recently published American Bar Association publication, THE M&A PROCESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR THE BUSINESS LAWYER, a guide to handling acquisitions.
Activities and honors at Vanderbilt Law School included the Editorial Board of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Phi Alpha Delta, the Jessup Moot Court Team, and the Moot Court Board. During law school he co-authored A Guide to Appellate Advocacy, the law school text for its appellate advocacy program. His senior thesis, “Transnational Application of the Federal Securities Code” was published in 1979.
Following law school, he served as Law Clerk to The Honorable Frank H. McFadden, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He became associated with the firm of Burr & Forman in 1979 and became a partner in the firm in 1986. George has served a number of terms on the firm’s Executive Committee, was the long-time chair of its Technology Committee, has recently served as Marketing Partner and is currently chair of the Corporate Section.
Outside of the practice of law, George serves on the Boards of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Junior Achievement of Central Alabama. He is an Eagle Scout and leader of a local Boy Scout Troop and has led multiple high-adventure Scout outings, including three trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in recent years. He has served in multiple positions with his church, Independent Presbyterian Church, including service as President of the IPC Foundation, one of Birmingham’s major charitable foundations. George is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham. He plays golf (poorly), is an avid sailboat racer and is generally happy in any outdoor activity, especially one involving family.