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  • Education
    • B.A., Loyola University-Chicago, 1982
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2005
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1991
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2010
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2012
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1990

George Jackson III is a former assistant United States attorney who has built a successful practice in complex white collar defense and government investigations. He focuses his practice in the areas of complex civil litigation while serving as a leading member of the firm's White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice. George counsels corporations and individuals in various white collar matters, including public corruption, health care fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, ITAR and export enforcement, highly complex real estate fraud charges, securities fraud, and bank fraud. He has conducted numerous corporate internal investigations, and represents clients in grand jury investigations and prosecutions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and by federal and state agencies. His representations in complex litigation matters include product defense in catastrophic injury and fatality cases, class action lawsuits, ERISA, trade secret violations, enforcement of executive non-competition agreements, government contract (FAR) matters, and FDIC takeovers.

George previously served as an assistant United States attorney in Chicago, where he investigated and prosecuted complex national and international federal crimes, including bank fraud, RICO, and tax fraud matters. He has worked in conjunction with the U.S. Office of International Affairs, Interpol, and several foreign governments in locating and seizing offshore accounts and assets, obtaining evidence, and extraditing individuals. He has drafted many federal appellate briefs and presented numerous oral arguments before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth, Seventh and Second Circuits. George has prosecuted approximately 30 jury trials and conducted hearings before United States magistrates and federal judges nationwide.

As an assistant United States attorney, he supervised multi-year investigations of illegal trade with Iran, resulting in the prosecution of corporate defendants in the Chicago area and prosecution of corporations in Canada and New York, and the investigation and prosecution of Russian organized crime members.

  • Successfully represent School Board Members in obtaining permanent injunction in balance of power litigation of $100 million school budget.
  • Successfully represented a physician charged with orchestrating a massive overarching $30 million Medicaid fraud conspiracy. Applied an aggressive strategy of extensive motions and hearings to address each facet of the government's case, then filed a motion to dismiss with prejudice all charges against our client, which was granted by the court.
  • Successfully represented a business professional charged with participating in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud conspiracy. Engaged in extensive and detailed examination of government's evidence and conducted our own independent investigation. Shared findings with government and on the final business day before trial, government moved to dismiss all charges against the client, which the court granted with prejudice.
  • Represented a bank and its Board of Directors against the bank's insurance company and the FDIC. The insurance company filed litigation seeking a declaration that it did not have to defend the bank and its board of directors. The FDIC sought multi-million dollar fines and penalties against the bank and its directors. Reached nominal settlement, paid almost entirely by the insurance company.
  • Represented fashion model and former television personality at sentencing following her conviction on conspiracy and obstruction charges while represented by other counsel. Although the client faced a potential sentence of 10 years incarceration, through aggressive defense and extensive witness presentations, the client received merely two years of probation.
  • Successfully navigated financier through complex federal multi-jurisdiction securities fraud investigation, concluding with no charges brought against client while others associated with the case were charged and convicted.
  • Successfully defended corporate client against multiple claims of ERISA violations brought by litigious surgical center relating to medical services provided to client’s employees.
  • Served as a member of the defense team that successfully defeated ERISA class action claims brought through multiple suits in separate states against a Fortune 50 corporation.
  • Represented corporate client in three related but separate litigation matters resulting in exceptionally favorable results in criminal prosecution on immigration charges. Conducted internal investigation that uncovered significant economic improprieties leading to the immediate separation of CEO and founder of company. Successfully enforced executive non-competition agreement against former CEO.
  • Member of the defense team that conducted internal investigation of major defense contractor client leading to significant self-reporting disclosure to the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls with no adverse action taken against client. Designed and implemented compliance program.