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George Allan Van Fleet

George Allan Van Fleet, American lawyer. Recipient Ordroneaux prize Columbia University, 1977, W. Frank Newton award for outstanding contributions in provision of access to legal services to the poor State Bar Texas, 2002; James Kent scholar Columbia University, 1974-1977.


  • Fleet, George Allan Van was born on January 20, 1953 in Monterey, California, United States. Son of George Lawson and Wilma Ruth (Williams) Van Fleet.

  • Education

    • Bachelor summa cum laude, Rice University, 1976. Juris Doctor summa cum laude, Columbia University, 1977.


    • Law clerk United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit), New York City, 1977. Associate Vinson & Elkins, Houston, 1977-1984, partner, 1984—2006. Shareholder Greenberg Traurig, LLP, since 2006.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Texas 1978, United States District Court (southern district) Texas 1978, United States District Court (western district) Texas 1987, United States District Court (northern district) Tex, 1988, United States District Court (eastern district) Texas 1991, United States Tax Court, 1984, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1978, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit) 1981, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1982, United States Court Appeals (federal circuit) 1993, United States Supreme Court 1981.



    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Judaism


    Member board visitors Columbia University, since 1992. Member City of Houston Ethics Committee, 1992—1998, chairman, 1995—1998. Board directors National Appleseed Foundation, 2002—2008, Texas Appleseed Center, since 1998, vice chairman, 1999—2002, chairman, 2002—2004.

    Fellow: American Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation. Member: American Bar Association (committee chairman 1987-1995, council 1996-1999, committee chairman 2000-2002, house delegations 2002-2005, section officer since 2002, nominating committee 2003-2005, chair section antitrust law), Latin American Law Initiative (council 2005-2009), Texas-Mexico Bar Association (president 1998—2000), Houston Bar Association (section chair 1991-1993), Texas Commission on Access to Justice (commissioner 2005), State Bar Texas (council 2000-2004, director 2005-2008), Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Michele Matalon. Children: Katia Elaine, Alexander Lawson.
    • father: George Lawson Fleet
    • mother: Wilma Ruth (Williams) Van Fleet
    • spouse: Michele Matalon
    • children: Katia Elaine Fleet
    • Alexander Lawson Fleet
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    Born January 20, 1953
    (age 64)