George E. Schulman, Partner

For 45 years, George E. Schulman has been litigating cases in both civil and criminal court, often relating to insolvent or troubled businesses.  He crafts cost-effective strategies to maximize recoveries or minimize loss. Those cases have involved very complicated fact patterns and administrative challenges.

In his 20 years with Danning-Gill, George has litigated numerous cases, most involving insolvent companies.  One such case was People v. Physicians Interindemnity Cooperative Corporation along with related cases, including Gill v. Rich, 128 Cal.App.4th 1254 (2005).  People v. PICC and its related cases constitute the largest related set of cases ever filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. State court receiver David A. Gill was able to collect enough funds to pay all allowed claims in full with 10% annual interest, plus make significant payments to equity.

George has served as an off-panel trustee on a number of occasions.  In the California Target bankruptcy, he ran a chain of gas stations while dealing with environmental issues.  Litigation with the State of California was resolved after the state lost in Schulman v. California, 237 F.3d 967 (9th Cir. 2001).  George has also served as a federal court receiver about a dozen times, in cases involving investments in stamps and coins; in F.T.C. v. Magui Publishing, 9 F.3d 1551 (9th Cir. 1993), he became (as receiver) owner of more than 60,000 fake Dali prints.

In 16 years at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), George principally prepared and tried cases concerning vocational school fraud, land fraud, and truth-in-lending violations.  He served on an FTC committee to establish the procedures by which the Commission could bring fraud cases directly in federal court, once Congress provided the FTC with that power.  Some of the cases George worked on included F.T.C. v. Amrep Corporation, 768 F.2d 1171 (10th Cir. 1985), cert. den. 475 U.S. 1034 (1986); F.T.C. v. American National Cellular, 927 F.2d. 609 (1991); F.T.C. v. Kimberly International Gem Corp., Civ. No. 83-5268 (C.D.Cal. Sept. 27, 1984); and F.T.C. v. Alaska Land Leasing, 778 F.2d 577 (10th Cir. 1985).

George has been appointed a special prosecutor three times to prosecute criminal violations of federal court orders obtained by the FTC.

George has been active in the Antitrust Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association since around the time of its creation in the mid-1970s and was Chair of the section from 1996 to 1997. He has been a Temporary Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 1987.



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