Robert W. George brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the firm’s litigation and regulatory practice. His focus consists of a multifaceted business litigation practice in both federal and state courts and includes defending clients against environmental and toxic tort claims, as well as commercial disputes or involving fraud, theft or unfair competition. His practice also involves the defense of claims involving class actions, trade secrets, false advertising and trademark infringement. Robert serves as outside general counsel for a multi-billion-dollar cooperative lender. Prior to joining the firm, Robert was the vice president of litigation and regulatory affairs for Tyson Foods, Inc. He led a team of lawyers responsible for regulatory compliance, civil and criminal litigation management, patent prosecution and internal investigations. This previous experience as corporate counsel for 10 years in the food industry equipped him with a specific skill set and extensive knowledge of regulatory and liability issues arising from the production, labeling and marketing of food products. He frequently represented the company’s interests with government regulators and policymakers at both the state and federal levels. Prior to joining Tyson, he practiced law at both a regional and a national law firm where he worked closely with several large Fortune 200 corporations.