George Donaldson is a strong supporter of coastal and ocean sustainable resource management and conservation. He joined Coastal Quest in 2010 and brings to it his strong legal advice in the areas of governance and oversight of organizations.
George received his Juris Doctor (with honors) from George Washington University in 1976, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review. He received a B.A. (with high honors) from Michigan State University in 1973. In 1987, George founded his own practice focusing on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on securities and class-action litigation. George’s credits as an author and/or panelist include: the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, “Counseling the California Business: Liability, Financing and Transactional Considerations,” Tenth Annual Spring Program, May 1988; “Taking and Defending the Deposition of the Class Representative,” Effective Depositions, Henry L. Hecht, American Bar Association, c2010; “The Future of Class Action Litigation – Ethical, Conflict and Settlement Issues in Complex Cases,” Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California, September, 1997; American Bar Association Litigation Section, “Is There Life Without Shelter: Litigation Involving Tax Shelters In Today’s Economic Environment,” 1987 ABA Annual Meeting, August 1987; International Association for Financial Planning, 1989 IAFP Broker-Dealer Conference, “Fighting the Suit,” January 1989; Practising Law Institute, “Tax Shelters in Trouble: Public and Private Litigation,” October 1985; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, “Professional Negligence,” September 1986; California Continuing Education of the Bar, “Depositions: Preparing, Taking and Using,” 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1996; Practising Law Institute, “Deposition Skills Training Program,” February 1987, November 1988, June 1989; Practising Law Institute, “Offering and Excluding Trial Evidence,” May 1989; Practising Law Institute, “Impact of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act,” July 2002; Trial Magazine, “Accountants’ Liability,” February 1986.
George is a member of the State Bar of California, Virginia State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar. In addition, George is admitted to practice before various federal courts, including the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list for 2013, 2014 and 2015.