George Shingler

George Shingler

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George’s decades of experience in complex business, commercial real estate, and governmental liability cases regularly leads clients to seek his counsel on high exposure cases ranging from breach of contract to real estate litigation to wrongful death claims. George has tried cases before judges and juries in state and federal courts throughout Georgia and, as reflected by his more than 100 reported cases, has appeared numerous times in the appellate courts of the United States and Georgia. His deep roots in Georgia’s legal community, the respect he has earned from the bench and bar, and his comprehensive knowledge of Georgia law make him an effective counselor in mediation and a formidable advocate in the courtroom, as well as an ideal local counsel for out-of-state clients.

Recognitions and Professional Achievements

George’s legal expertise and high ethical standards have been recognized by his peers with an AV-rating from Martindale Hubbell for more than twenty-five years. He was a founding member of the Board of Ethics of DeKalb County, and is honored to count among his clients judges, lawyers, physicians, and other professionals who require the highest quality representation in disciplinary and litigation matters. George has been designated as a Georgia Super Lawyer in Atlanta Magazine every year since that recognition has been in existence, and he is regularly named as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite.

Experience

Prior to entering private practice, George represented the State of Georgia in the Attorney General’s office for 20 years, including managing the work of more than 100 outside attorneys as Director of the Transportation and Construction Division and as Deputy Attorney General for the General Litigation Division. In addition to his ability to advise counties and municipalities on state and federal law, ordinance and resolution interpretation, and contract issues, George has a proven track record in his representation of private businesses in shareholder disputes, insurance coverage, and intellectual property matters.

Recent Cases

  • Successful defense of guardian ad litem, including award of attorneys fees
  • Depository Institution Bond Claim
  • Appraiser malpractice claims
  • Dispute between partners in a real estate limited partnership
  • Legal malpractice action involving commercial real estate closing attorney
  • Mortgage fraud claims against mortgage brokers, closing attorneys, real estate agents, appraisers, and "straw" purchasers
  • Enforcement of noncompete and non-disclosure clauses of franchise agreement against franchisee
  • Breach of contract and bid protest claims involving multi-million dollar contract for operation of mental health facility
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties/Violation of Georgia Trade Secrets Act
  • Lanham Act False Advertising/Trademark Infringement by use of metatags
  • Shareholder/Member Disputes involving closely held corporations and limited liability companies developing exclusive coastal real estate
  • Breach of franchise agreement and fraud claims involving restaurant franchisor
  • Trademark registration dispute involving competing "first use" claims by U.S. and foreign corporations
  • Trademark registration dispute involving likelihood of confusion between similar-sounding trademarks on dissimilar products
  • Tortious interference with contract dispute involving right of first refusal claim to ownership of large commercial real estate tract
  • Enforceability of arbitration clause dispute between national telecommunications corporations
  • Collections dispute involving personal guaranty clause of purchase and sale contract for commercial printing company
  • Dispute between member and manager of limited liability company concerning use of corporate funds and intellectual property

Honors

  • Martindale Hubbell AV rated
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • Georgia Trend Magazine's Legal Elite 

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Old War Horse Lawyers Club

Education

  • University of Georgia, J.D, cum laude, 1975
  • Davidson College, B.A., History, 1972 

 Admissions:

Federal Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

 

State Courts


  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • All Trial Courts in Georgia