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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 managing partner of Akerman's Jacksonville office. A commercial and bankruptcy litigator, Christian protects the interests of businesses and individuals in disputes relating to contracts, negotiable instruments, and tort actions. Christian routinely represents financial institutions and other lenders, shareholders, members and partners in professional corporations, LLCs and partnerships, as well as all types of businesses, individuals and families.

His bankruptcy practice focuses on the protection 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 represents lender clients in out-of-court restructurings, receiverships, and real and personal property foreclosures, including asset sales under the Uniform Commercial Code. Christian's clients value his Chapter 11 bankruptcy experience, where he has a track record of resolving by developing effective solutions customized to his client's interests.

Christian litigates cases alleging 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, real estate, breach of warranty, as well as other issues.

Christian is very active in both the local and state Bar Associations, as a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association Board of Governors and as the President-Elect of the Young Lawyers' Division of The Florida Bar. Christian frequently speaks to law students and other bar groups on issues affecting young lawyers, including professionalism and mentorship, and bar issues, including judicial retention and the independence of the judiciary. In the community, he has been involved in various charitable groups, raising thousands of dollars for the less fortunate in the Jacksonville community.
 
Representative Experience
 
Notable Work
 
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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: Represented a principal secured creditor with over $100 million in claims, in securing the dismissal of four Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters and relief from automatic stay on two matters in the Bankruptcy Court of the District of Puerto Rico.
 
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Dissolution of Businesses: Represented members, shareholders and partners in actions involving dissolution and break-up of businesses in sectors including financial management, insurance, medical services, property management, construction equipment, logistics, and law firms.
 
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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: Represented the principal secured creditor in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a debtor operating a large restaurant and marina that also owned significant raw land surrounding the business. The loan was bifurcated to allow the separate disposition of the raw land to a third party developer. Ultimately, the restaurant went into receivership post-confirmation and was ultimately sold to a third party.
 
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Multi-Million Dollar Loan: 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.
 
 
Financial Institution Litigation and Bankruptcy
 
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Represented the principal secured creditor in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the debtors' property management and rental enterprise. The debtors' Chapter 11 was converted to a 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 an unsecured creditors' committee in a Chapter 11 reorganization of a continuing care retirement community in Florida.
 
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Represented a creditor in successfully forcing the expedited auction of approximately 500 acres of crop-producing agricultural land through aggressive Motion practice in a jointly administered Chapter 11 case. The sale resulted in 100% recovery for the client's claim.
 
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Represent 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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Represent 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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Represent banks and other creditors as principal creditors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters involving assets including subdivisions, medical offices, hotels, restaurants, marinas, gas stations, and other commercial projects.
 
 
Other General Commercial Litigation
 
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Represented a mezzanine lender in disputes over rights under an intercreditor agreement and related tort actions involving the borrower and other creditors of an apartment complex worth approximately $20 million.
 
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Represented a 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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Represented 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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Super Lawyers Magazine 2010-2017, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for Business Litigation
 
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Benchmark Litigation 2016-2017, Listed in Florida on the "Under 40 Hot List"
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2013-2014, 2016-2017, Listed as an "Up & Comer" for Commercial Litigation
 
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The Jacksonville Bar Association 2015, Chair of the Year as Chair of Professionalism Committee
 
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Jacksonville Business Journal 2014, 40 Under 40, recognized as Northeast Florida's "Up & Comers"
 
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
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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American Bar Association's Florida Young Lawyers' Delegation, 2016 and 2017
 
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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
  • Board of Governors, 2017-Current
  • Business Law Section, Executive Committee
 
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Jacksonville Bar Association
  • JBA Board of Governors, 2016-Present
  • Young Lawyers' Section, Immediate Past President
  • Young Lawyers' Section Board of Governors, 2008-2017
  • Professionalism Committee, Past Chairman
 
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Past Chairman 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, Past Barrister and 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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