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George F. Hritz

Mr. Hritz has extensive experience in both New York and Washington D.C. handling sophisticated litigation, arbitration and other disputes for corporations and private individuals and providing crisis management and business-oriented legal and strategic advice to a broad range of U.S. and international clients, often acting as de facto U.S. general counsel. Mr. Hritz has tried, managed and otherwise resolved large and small-scale matters for dozens of financial and high-tech institutions and others in numerous venues throughout the U.S. and overseas. 

• International and U.S. arbitration, litigation mediation; judgment and award enforcement; recovery of frozen assets; startups and general counsel services.

Legal experience includes:
• Lead counsel in successful arbitration trial over M&A commission; client was awarded 10x last highest offer.
• Lead counsel representing software firm in successful opposition to termination of long-term contract with multinational services supplier.
• Replacement counsel representing NYC building owner seeking to end two decades of litigation over real estate and related disputes.
• Lead counsel resolving dispute with SEC, USAO, et al. re asset freezes and forfeitures.
• Representing European services and equipment supplier in U.S. federal court proceedings to recover French judgment against energy company.
• Representing multinational, high-technology firm in U.S. federal court injunction and international arbitration trial proceedings, blocking proposed merger between client’s joint venture partner and its major competitor. In the merits phases of trial, obtained favorable awards on all claims and defenses.
• Representing multinational, high-technology firm in U.S. federal court injunction and related proceedings, blocking a major transaction by a joint venture partner until obligations to his client were satisfied.
• Defending major international financial institution and resolving litigation without payment by client, negotiating complete release and settlement pursuant to which co-defendants paid client’s U.S. and foreign counsels’ legal fees.
• Obtaining favorable resolution in arbitration proceedings of contract claims involving pharmaceutical product development, including significant cost recovery.
• Recovering stolen bank funds for South Bronx Church.
• Advising U.S. startups in energy, technology and life science fields.

Mr. Hritz clerked for a federal district judge in New York and spent his associate years at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, one of the leading business litigation firms in the world. Since then, he served as a partner at Hogan Lovells, one of the world's largest international law firms, and its predecessors for many years before joining Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP in 2014. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the New York Metro Area.

A.B., Princeton University; J.D., Columbia University School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

Bar admissions:
Member of the New York Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous U.S. Courts of Appeals and federal trial courts.

Professional affiliations:
Federal Bar Council (2d Circuit), Civil Advisory Group of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Published works:
Mr. Hritz has published many articles in U.S., European, Asian and Middle Eastern publications and presented at numerous litigation and arbitration conferences and panels. Subjects have included ethical issues for regulated industries, electronic discovery, international arbitration, separate settlement counsel and other dispute resolution techniques, extraterritorial jurisdiction, litigation funding, legal history and U.S. anti-slavery litigation.

Community and Leadership/Pro Bono Highlights:
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hritz is Co-Founder, President Emeritus, and Legal Counsel for Princeton in Africa, which has placed over 400 recent college and professional school graduates at more than 50 organizations in over 30 African countries since 1999. Mr. Hritz has also served for over 30 years on the Board and Overseers of the International Rescue Committee, a prominent refugee relief organization and was its General Counsel. He has traveled on board delegations and professional business to Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Zaire, Tanzania, Kosovo and Macedonia, as well as throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.

He also served as Associate Independent Counsel in a federal grand jury investigation and lengthy trial of a former U.S. government official in Washington, D.C. and as Associate Special Counsel to a Special Inquiry by the United States Senate. He also served as the Chairman of a municipal planning board in Westchester County, New York, as the capital campaign co-chair for a historic Westchester church and chairman and member of co-op and condominium boards in Connecticut and Manhattan.