George Hampton is an AV Rated® trial attorney who focuses his practice on the litigation and trial of complex commercial and real estate matters including unfair competition, trade secret and intellectual property disputes. He is known for his practical and no-nonsense approach to solving his clients’ problems and has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of victims of fraud and fiduciary abuse from trustees, banks, law firms and unscrupulous partners and family members.

George received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University in 1986 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989. He was admitted to practice in California in 1989 and Texas in 1995.

George serves as Judge Advocate for the Special Forces Home For Christmas Fund which helps Marines travel home to spend the holidays with their families.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bahia Sail Racing Association which supports community, club, and high school sailing programs as well as individual amateur sailors while promoting the sport of sailing.

 

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2005
  • Southern California Super Lawyer 2009-2011 & 2023
  • Avvo rating 10.0 “Superb” since 2009
  • OC Metro Magazine (August 2011 – 2015) Rated one of the top lawyers in Orange County in the areas of business litigation and copyright law.
  • 1991 Pegasus Scholar, selected by the American Inns of Court Foundation to study oral advocacy at the Inner Temple in London, England. Worked with solicitors at Linklaters & Paines and with commercial barristers at Fountain Court.
  • 1991 State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Award, Homeless Defense Project Team.

Reported Cases

  • CEATS, Inc. v TicketNetwork, et al., 71 F.4th 314 (5th Cir. 2023)
  • CEATS, Inc. v. Cont’l Airlines, Inc., 755 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2014)
  • Magic Kitchen LLC, et al. v. Good Things International, Inc., et al., 153 Cal. App. 4th 1144 (2007)
  • McElroy v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp., 134 Cal. App. 4th 388 (2005)
  • County of Riverside v. City of Murrieta, 65 Cal. App. 4th 616 (1998)
  • Garg v. People ex rel. State Bd. of Equalization, 53 Cal. App.4th 199 (1997)
  • Skarbrevik v. Cohen, 231 Cal. App. 3d 692 (1991)

Admitted to Practice

States:
State Bar of California
State Bar of Texas
United States District Courts:
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Eastern District of Texas
Northern District of California
Northern District of Texas
Southern District of California
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
United States Courts of Appeals:
Federal Circuit
Fifth Circuit
Ninth Circuit

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
Rice University, B.A., cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Political Science Honors Program

Presentations and Published Writings

Toward an Expanded Use of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 4 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 655 (1991).

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment for 13 physicians against a national equipment finance lender involved in a Ponzi scheme eliminating millions of dollars of debt.
  • On appeal obtained reversal of a $2.4 million judgment against a spouse's separate property.
  • Successfully contested the probate of a "lost will" preventing the decedent's alleged roommate from absconding with millions of dollars of real and personal property.
  • Successfully defended a member of a limited liability company against claims of breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Obtained a judgment on behalf of a client for breach of a license agreement in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Obtained a writ of attachment and summary judgment for approximately $16 million on behalf of a client against the guarantor of a real estate loan.
  • Obtained a multimillion dollar judgment on behalf of the victim of fraud and financial elder abuse by a member of a limited liability company.
  • On appeal, obtained a reversal of judgment and an award of attorneys fees resulting in a net gain to the client of several million dollars.
  • Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of a victim of fraud and fiduciary abuse by family members over several decades.
  • Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of a veteran who was the victim of fraud and fiduciary abuse.
  • Drafted legislation on behalf of a well known electronic broker-dealer client that allowed the client to process customer applications electronically prior to California's passage of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.