George S. Mahaffey, Jr.

Mr. Mahaffey’s practice includes the defense of a wide variety of professionals, including, but not limited to, accountants, attorneys, engineers, design professionals, financial services and insurance professionals, as well as complex construction defect and commercial litigation in state and federal courts, and  general insurance defense.

 

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Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel – Goodell DeVries (2004 - Present)
  • Associate – Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum (2004)
  • Associate – Eccleston & Wolf, P.C. (2000 - 2004)

Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association

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Representative Matters

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY
Mr. Mahaffey’s commercial practice focuses, in part, on professional liability.  He represents accountants and accounting firms throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in state and federal court and has been called upon to handle cases in other jurisdictions, including defending claims for accounting malpractice, audit irregularities, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and fraud. He has also represented his accounting clients in connection with investigations by professional review boards and agencies.  Mr. Mahaffey also represents attorneys, law firms, healthcare, and insurance professionals, in all manner of state and federal court litigation, and investigations by professional review boards and agencies. Mr. Mahaffey has also handled numerous attorney-ethics cases from the initial stages of a bar complaint, through peer review, and up to and through trial with Bar Counsel.    

CONSTRUCTION, COMMERCIAL, AND BUSINESS LITIGATION
Mr. Mahaffey has tried cases and been responsible for supervising the defense of developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in complex construction defect cases in the Mid-Atlantic area in state and federal court as well as mediations and arbitrations.  Mr. Mahaffey has acted as lead counsel for one of Maryland’s largest home builders during a five-month construction defect arbitration before Maryland’s Consumer Protection Division, and lead counsel for design professionals, engineers, and construction suppliers in defect cases involving HVAC matters, stucco, mold, roofing, plumbing, framing, flooring, electrical, and masonry work, as well as various matters involving contract disputes, mechanics liens, and payment bonds. He also represents clients in personal injury cases and complex business-related litigation, class action, consumer finance, toxic tort, and negligence claims involving individuals, large corporations, government agencies, and various manufacturers of commercial products. 

SECURITIES LITIGATION
Mr. Mahaffey has litigated and arbitrated dozens of securities cases before FINRA, and handled FINRA, and state securities investigations. He is also frequently retained before litigation to evaluate his clients’ exposure to potential lawsuits and to assist clients with the handling of U-4 and U-5 disputes, as well as FINRA expungement litigation. 

INSURANCE LAW
Mr. Mahaffey has represented insurers in various complex insurance coverage litigations arising from asbestos bodily injury and asbestos property damage claims, environmental coverage disputes involving alleged contamination of soil and groundwater from leaking drums buried in the ground, and other disputes involving first- and third-party coverages, errors and omissions, intentional acts, personal injury and bodily injury claims.

COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS TORT LITIGATION
Mr. Mahaffey has represented a variety of businesses in complex business tort litigation. He has represented entities in matters concerned with allegations of tortious interference with economic relations and other business torts. Mr. Mahaffey has likewise handled other cases involving claims of defamation and tortious interference with contractual relations.

WRONGFUL DEATH LITIGATION
Mr. Mahaffey has defended businesses in the District of Columbia and Maryland in various wrongful death actions.

GENERAL TORT LIABILITY LITIGATION
Mr. Mahaffey has defended numerous insureds in a wide variety of claims arising from auto and truck collisions, premises-related injuries, construction claims, and intentional torts.

PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION
Mr. Mahaffey also has substantial experience in the defense of product liability claims, defending manufacturers of construction equipment and commercial products against claims of negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty.

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Publications

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Honors and Awards

  • Dean's List, Golden Key National Honor Society, University of Maryland

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