PETER E. GEORGE

 

Mr. George concentrates his practice in complex white-collar criminal defense cases, grand jury representation, and civil false claims act litigation. Mr. George is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale-Hubbell/LexisNexis. A former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. and Florida, Mr. George has represented business entities and individuals in criminal investigations and trials in Florida and other jurisdictions since 1989 when he joined the Tampa office of Holland & Knight.

He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida in the Major Fraud Section, and was a trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, responsible for the investigation and prosecution of significant public corruption cases around the country. Earlier in his legal career, Mr. George was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, serving several years as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division. Before joining the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s office, Mr. George served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Richey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. George received his B.A. in government from Georgetown University in 1970 and earned his J.D. in 1973 from the Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he later taught as an adjunct faculty member. Mr. George is peer review rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell/Lexis-Nexis. He has been consistently recognized for his defense representation by Florida Super Lawyers, White Collar Criminal Defense; Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense; Best Lawyers’ lawyer of the year for Criminal Defense – White Collar Litigation, Tampa, Florida (2010); Florida Legal Elite (Criminal Law), Florida Trend Magazine. Mr. George is also included in Chambers USA America=s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of Florida=s leading litigators in the area of white-collar crime and government investigations.

Since leaving public service in 1989, Mr. George has represented major corporations, corporate officers, and other individuals in a variety of federal and state criminal cases in Florida and other jurisdictions. These matters have included health care and defense contractor conspiracy and fraud; civil false claims act and qui tam litigation; public corruption; civil and criminal securities fraud; as well as matters involving federal and Florida criminal environmental laws. He has defended international financial institutions in money laundering and tax evasion cases, and has represented clients in federal criminal antitrust and customs investigations. In addition, Mr. George has conducted internal corporate investigations and compliance reviews for financial institutions, defense contractors, health care providers, and other business entities. He has also represented clients before investigative committees of the United States Congress and in Department of Defense contractor debarment proceedings.

Mr. George has written on a variety of white-collar crime topics, lectured on white-collar crime at Florida, Georgia, Hillsborough County, and American Bar Association conferences, and has spoken on health care fraud and environmental crime issues at seminars sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association, The Florida Hospital Association and Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. George is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association=s Criminal Justice Section, the ABA White Collar Crime Committee, its environmental crimes and health care law subcommittees, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

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