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George J. Hartnett Senior Counsel

Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.7065Fax 215.789.7565
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George Hartnett concentrates his practice in the corporate merger, acquisition and divestiture area, and in providing structural, governance and contractual advice to corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies, their governing bodies and equity holders. His background also includes substantial experience in financing and work-out related matters. 

George has represented buyers and sellers of businesses in a wide variety of transactions, including a large number of transactions where he has represented financial buyers or management in highly-leveraged acquisitions involving multiple tiers of debt and equity. In these transactions, he is able to rely on the capabilities of other attorneys in the firm to provide support in the labor and employment, intellectual property, tax, pension, environmental and litigation analysis areas, among others, in order to assist his clients in reviewing and analyzing potential targets.

George has developed strong relationships with a number of regional and national investment bankers, private equity groups and individual investors, who look to him for assistance or guidance in connection with transactions.

From 2003 through 2010, George served as Managing Partner of the firm and Chair of its Executive Committee. During his tenure, the firm expanded and diversified its New York office by adding more transactional and commercial litigation work, opened an office in Boston to better serve clients and extend the firm's reach in the mid-Atlantic region and reinvigorated its practice groups.

Recognition & Involvement

George was selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine from 2004 through 2010. He has been AV® rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system. 

George is actively involved with several business and community groups. He is, or has been, on the Board of Directors of Chestnut Hill College, the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, The Abraxas Foundation and the Corporate Partners of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Georgetown University, AB, 1971

University of Pennsylvania, JD, 1974 


Philadelphia Bar Association

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