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George was born and raised in Modesto, California. The son of immigrants, he grew up working on the family farm, doing everything from driving tractors to pitching watermelons. George graduated from Grace M. Davis High School in 1995 and went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley, for his undergraduate degree. While at U.C. Berkeley, George had the opportunity to intern for Governor Pete Wilson and spent three years working as a law clerk for an Oakland attorney. He also became a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Order. George graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1999, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, George attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He graduated from McGeorge in June 2002, earning the degree of Juris Doctor, with a concentration in Advocacy and was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2002. After law school, George accepted a position at the law firm of Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva, where he became a shareholder in 2009.

In the almost ten years that George worked for Damrell, he handled cases all over the legal spectrum. His litigation experience includes practicing before Federal and State courts throughout California, as well as before arbitrators and various administrative bodies. He has both prosecuted and defended cases from inception to trial, including litigation over breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, real estate transactions, boundary line and easement disputes, construction defects, lemon law cases and personal injury cases. George has represented clients in different family law matters, including marital dissolutions and child visitation. He has also defended clients charged with misdemeanors and DUIs.

George has extensive experience handling the dissolution of large, complex, family owned agricultural business operations. The dissolution actions have involved negotiating and litigating over valuation and distribution of business assets, while also dealing with disputes over day to day management decisions. These cases are especially complex due to the emotions associated with inter-family fighting. George’s first-hand experience in dealing with this type of atmosphere has provided him the ability to anticipate pitfalls under similar circumstances, giving him a significant edge in advising his clients.

George’s transactional experience includes formation of limited liability companies, partnerships, and corporations. He is particularly adept at managing complex real estate matters, including preparation of escrow instructions, grant deeds, promissory notes, preliminary change of ownership forms, easement deeds, easement agreements, license agreements, lot-line adjustments, zoning variances, real estate purchase agreements, real estate lease agreements, partnership agreements, and operating agreements. In conjunction with a number of his transactional matters, George has represented clients before various state and local agencies, including planning commissions, boards of supervisors, City councils, water districts, the Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Water Resources, and the Federal Bureau of Land Management.

George is admitted to practice before all California state courts. He is also admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts.

George was selected for inclusion in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition for Northern California by the publishers of San Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine. This distinction is given to no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in California.

George was recently awarded the BV Distinguished Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the world’s most trusted legal source. The BV Distinguished Rating is earned through a strenuous peer review rating process managed and monitored by Martindale-Hubbell®. The BV rating results from an objective evaluation of an attorney’s high ethical standards and professional ability.

George is a member of the Stanislaus County Bar Association and of the Wray F. Ladine American Inn of Court. George is also a licensed Real Estate Broker through the California Department of Real Estate. He is a member of the Pancretan Association of America and is fluent in Greek.

 

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, J.D. 2002
  • U.C. Berkeley (B.A. Political Science, 1999)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court
  • Eastern and Northern Districts of California (2002)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships

  • Stanislaus County Bar Association
  • California Realtors Association

EMAIL:    grodarakis@rodsoulaw.com