George Kleeman, a member of Gregory Doyle’s Business and Transactional Law practice, assists entrepreneurs who are forming new businesses or seeking to purchase or sell an existing business; represents businesses, private investors, venture capital groups and lenders in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and equity and debt financing transactions; has significant experience drafting all manner of business contracts; and assists clients in resolving business disputes including shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty suits, shareholder oppression cases and “business divorces,” as well as general contractual disputes.
Mr. Kleeman also represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in constructions matters, including drafting and negotiating construction contracts, procurement issues, acceleration, disruption and delay claims, payment, bond and lien disputes, and contract interpretation and performance issues.
Mr. Kleeman’s clients include businesses in the energy, insurance, construction, real estate, finance, manufacturing, technology, food services and health care industries. Mr. Kleeman also assists the firm’s education attorneys in their representation of local school districts.
Prior to joining Gregory Doyle, Mr. Kleeman practiced law with Ranitz, Mahoney & Mahoney, P.C., a general practice firm in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia.
Notable Client Highlights
Some of Mr. Kleeman’s recent notable client highlights include:
- Successfully represented a leading advisor to independent fund boards with approximately $21 billion in multi-asset “target date” retirement funds—in connection with its potential sale to Legal & General.
- Representing the trustee of a liquidating trust in connection with the sale and disposal of seven subsidiaries over the course of a three-year period.
- Representing a food processing company in connection with $2.1 million acquisition of a new manufacturing facility in Virginia and the $600,000 acquisition of equipment from a Georgia-based competitor, as well as negotiating a $3 million line of credit to fund expansion and provide working capital to the company.
- Representing nine guarantors in the workout of a $21 million loan for construction of three lakefront condominium buildings, asserting numerous counterclaims against the lender and obtaining very favorable releases on behalf of the guarantors.
- Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of an electric cooperative, natural gas affiliate and energy services corporation in a contested hearing before the Georgia Public Service Commission.
- Obtaining an arbitration award in excess of $3 million on behalf of a minority shareholder in an investment-advisory firm after a 2-week arbitration.
- Representing mezzanine lender in connection with workout of multi-million dollar loans secured by equity interests in shopping centers across the Southeast.
- Serving as primary counsel to a local school district in connection with construction issues related to a $700 million construction program, providing advice with respect to procurement, bond, lien and payment issues, acceleration and delay claims, contract interpretation and dispute resolution.
- Representing a local school district in connection with contractor’s default on two middle school projects and negotiating completion of projects by surety company under the performance bonds.
- Representing a mechanical contracting firm in correction with successfully enforcing a Shareholder Agreement against a minority shareholder.
Professional & Community Involvement
- Member, State Bar of Georgia
- Active in Business Law Section and Younger Lawyers Division
- Served on State Bar of Georgia’s Committee on the Judiciary
- 2011 Graduate of YLD Leadership Academy
- Co-Founder, Cobb Bar Association Business Law Section
- 2010-2011 President
- Trustee of the Cobb Bar Association
- Paralegal Instructor, North Metro Technical College – Corporations and Business Associations Class
- Notes Editor, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law
- Volunteer, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, providing tax return assistance to primarily lower income workers
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Author, “The Proposal to Implement Article 23 of the Basic Law in Hong Kong: A Missed Opportunity for Reconciliation and Reunification Between China and Taiwan,” focusing on relationships between China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law (Spring 2005).
- Speaker, “General Conditions, the Rules of the Road,” Fulton County Schools’ Contractor and Vendor Conference (Fall 2012).
- Speaker, “Bonding and Insurance Requirements,” Cobb County Schools’ Contractor and Vendor Conference (Fall 2010).
- Speaker, “Contract Formation and Bid Acceptance,” Metro Regional Education Services Agency (Winter 2011).