By forming Igler|Pearlman, after two years with a regional law firm, George has reestablished a boutique, banking law practice that previously spanned two decades. The nature of this practice enables attorneys to develop close friendships, establish long-term clients, and provide outside-the-box thinking in the creation of innovative transaction structures and agreements, including, for example, presenting the first multiple-thrift, one-bank holding company application to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
He has represented banking clients in international banking matters, including in Portugal, Angola, and Brazil. He has served as counsel for Florida Financial Group, which held meetings bimonthly to update CEOs and Presidents of financial services companies on regulatory trends, and his former firm served as general counsel to Banc Services, a subsection of the Florida Bankers Association.
George was a former assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Banking and Finance from 1981 to 1983, and was a judicial intern for the Supreme Court of Florida in 1979.
George’s other representative experience includes:
- Serving as lead counsel in representing bank clients in litigation against the former Office of Thrift Supervision, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.
- Advising bank and thrift holding companies and bank and thrift clients on rights to appeal examination ratings, appeal FDIC insurance assessments, and appeal formal enforcement actions.
- Providing legal advice on regulations that affect the day-to-day operations of banks and their affiliates.
- Advising financial institutions on capital alternatives and initiatives (debt and equity), as well as advising boards of directors on financial institutions on corporate strategies (long-term growth, mergers, and acquisitions), corporate governance, directors and officers liability, executive compensation, and long-term incentive plans.
- Assisting in chartering more than 40 de novo banks and thrifts, as well as forming bank holding companies and bank subsidiaries.
George is one of the founding organizers of the St. Petersburg College School of Banking program, the only four-year degree of its kind in the southeastern United States. He is a frequent speaker before financial institution organizations and has been interviewed by various periodicals and trade journals, including the Tampa Bay Business Journal and South Florida Business Journal.
George earned his J.D., with honors, from Florida State University College of Law in 1979, and he received his B.S. from Florida International University in 1975. In the community, George has donated more than 20 years of pro bono work and free legal services through the Tallahassee Bar Association. George enjoys spending time with his two daughters, son, and four grandchildren; he is an avid sports fan, including supporting Florida State University Athletics, and likes to sail and travel.