The Honorable George C. Pratt, an arbitrator, mediator and consultant in national and international disputes, serves as Special Counsel to Farrell Fritz’s litigation department in major federal and state trial and appellate cases. A former U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and a former U.S. District Court Judge in the Eastern District of New York, he rejoined Farrell Fritz, the firm he helped found prior to his judicial appointments, in 2001. George is also the author of two volumes on appeals to the federal circuit courts in the current edition of Moore’s Federal Practice as well as the coauthor of a volume on jury charges in Section 1983 Litigation.
What does your current practice encompass?
As special counsel, I handle arbitrations, mediations and consulting work and cases involving expert witnesses. Clients come to me for arbitration because of my background as a judge. I deal mostly with complex commercial cases, insurance, reinsurance and corporate disputes. I receive referrals mostly from other attorneys, the American Arbitration Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR).
“Success is quality work. It’s as simple as that.”
What are your most pressing challenges?
The challenge in serving as an arbitrator is to assure that both parties in the dispute get a fair opportunity to present their positions and to see that they get a fair decision based on the evidence presented.
What is your most significant professional success?
Unquestionably, it was being a federal judge. I was appointed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court by former President Ronald Reagan and served for 13 years. Before that, I served the Eastern District of New York for six years. I was appointed to that position by former President Gerald Ford.
Farrell Fritz firm has a commitment to community service. What are some ways you give back to the community, besides your past public service?
I do pro bono work for my church, and I volunteer as an officer there. I am also a volunteer on a panel of mediators for the New York State Ethics Board.