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Christian P. George

Office Managing Partner 
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3100
Jacksonville, FL 32202
 
Tel:
904.798.3700
Fax:
904.798.3730
 
 

Christian George serves as the office managing partner of Akerman's Jacksonville office. Christian concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Christian represents both business and individual clients in disputes involving contracts, negotiable instruments and tort actions. His experience includes the handling of suits involving fraud, breach of various types of contracts, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, civil theft, professional malpractice, estate, trust and probate litigation, eviction, conversion, shareholder or partner disputes, breach of warranty, as well as other issues.

Christian also has significant experience representing financial institutions and other commercial lenders in all areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Christian's bankruptcy experience includes the representation of secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, vendors, asset purchasers, post-petition lenders, and creditors' committees in bankruptcy cases in courts around the United States. He also has experience representing lender clients in out-of-court restructurings, receiverships, and real and personal property foreclosures, including asset sales under the Uniform Commercial Code.
 
Representative Experience
 
Financial Institution Litigation and Bankruptcy
 
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Represented lenders in litigation against borrowers throughout Florida, including foreclosures of hotels, apartment complexes, shopping centers, office buildings, condominium complexes, restaurants, marinas, and large tracts of undeveloped land.
 
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Represented lenders in litigation against borrowers and guarantors for money judgments, deficiencies and post-judgment collection activities, including the institution of proceedings supplementary and actions for fraudulent transfers.
 
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Represented banks and other creditors as principal creditors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters involving assets including subdivisions, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other commercial projects.
 
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Secured dismissal of four Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters and relief from automatic stay on two matters on behalf of a principal secured creditor with over $100 million in claims, in the Bankruptcy Court of the District of Puerto Rico.
 
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Represented a creditor in an emergency action relating to a multi-million dollar loan against a hotel owner who had allowed the property to become a center for criminal activity. The Court appointed a receiver over the property, despite the hotel being in good standing with the bank, and the case concluded just weeks after being filed. The loan was paid in full shortly after.
 
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Represented the principal secured creditor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of debtors' property management and rental enterprise. The debtors' Chapter 11 was converted to Chapter 7 at a preliminary hearing and the secured creditor obtained relief from the automatic stay to foreclose dozens of properties.
 
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Represented unsecured creditors' committee in a Chapter 11 reorganization of a continuing care retirement community in Florida.
 
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Successfully forced the expedited auction of approximately 500 acres of crop-producing agricultural land through aggressive Motion practice on behalf of a creditor in a jointly administered Chapter 11 case. The sale resulted in 100% recovery for the client's claim.
 
 
Other General Commercial Litigation
 
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Represented members, shareholders and partners in actions involving dissolution and break-up of businesses in industries including financial management, insurance, medical services, property management, construction equipment, logistics, and law firms.
 
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Represented mezzanine lender in disputes over rights under intercreditor agreement and related tort actions involving borrower and other creditors of apartment complex worth approximately $20,000,000.
 
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Represented regional law firm in a dispute against a Northwest Florida developer alleging the preparation of invalid purchase and sale agreements. The case was resolved through the acceptance of an alternate creditors' plan in the developer's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, despite the developer's opposition.
 
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Representated local and Fortune 500 companies in disputes over various commercial related agreements, including operating, franchise, purchase and sale, intercreditor, distributorship, concurrency and development, and employment agreements.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Jacksonville Business Journal 2017, recognized as one of Northeast Florida's "Ultimate Attorneys"
 
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Benchmark Litigation 2016, Listed in Florida on the "Under 40 Hot List"
 
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The Jacksonville Bar Association 2015, Chair of the Year
 
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Jacksonville Business Journal 2014, 40 Under 40, recognized as Northeast Florida's "Up & Comers"
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2010-2016, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, and General Litigation
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2013-2014, 2016, Listed as an "Up & Comer"
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Business Litigation in Florida, Co-Author, Chapter 1: "State Jurisdiction," Ninth Edition, 2017
 
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Financial News & Daily Record, Author, "Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division: It's a Workhorse," July 18, 2016
 
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Financial News & Daily Record, Author, "Bar Bulletin: Take an Active Role in Area Professionalism," July 27, 2015
 
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ACC North Florida Chapter Newsletter, Co-Author, "Avoiding ECOA Claims & Defenses to Enforcement of Guaranties," Fourth Quarter 2014
 
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Financial News & Daily Record, Author, "Florida Supreme Court Takes Action on Professionalism," January 2014
 
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Financial News & Daily Record, "Lawyer Snapshot: Christian George," November 2013
 
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Financial News & Daily Record, Author, "Chipping in for Charity and JBA Softball," September 2013
 
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Business Litigation in Florida, Seventh Edition, Co-Author, "Venue," 2012
 
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Financial News & Daily Record, Author, "The Florida Bar Mentoring Program Rolled Out in Jacksonville," November 2012
 
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Business Litigation in Florida, Sixth Edition, Co-Author, "Venue," 2010
 
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Frequent lecturer to law students and other bar groups involving matters affecting young lawyers, including professionalism and mentorship, and bar issues, including judicial retention.
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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American Bar Association's Florida Young Lawyers' Delegation - 2016
 
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The Florida Bar
  • Young Lawyers Division, Current President-Elect-Designate and Member of Executive Committee
  • Young Lawyers Division, Board of Governors, Fourth Judicial Circuit Representative, 2012-2017
  • Business Law Section, Executive Committee
 
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Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers' Section, Board of Governors, Member, 2008-Present; Current President and Member of Executive Committee
  • Professionalism Committee, Current Chairman
 
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Chair of Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
 
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Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
 
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Fourth Judicial Circuit's Bench and Bar Professionalism Committee, Past Chairman
 
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Chester Bedell Inns of Court, Current Barrister, Past Associate Member
 

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Christian P. George

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2007
B.A., University of Florida, 2004; Political Science
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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