George R. Pitts

Mr. Pitts joined the firm in 2020. His practice focuses on Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights and Commercial Litigation. He has represented debtors, national and regional financial institutions, financing companies, franchisors, creditors’ committees, trustees, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in bankruptcy cases throughout the United States. His practice also includes business and commercial litigation, out-of-court workouts and loan restructurings.

George R. Pitts

Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, M.A.
Swarthmore College, B.A., with high honors; Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to Practice

California
District of Columbia
Virginia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Professional and Community Activities

Member, American Bar Association
Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Board of Directors (1991 – 1992) and Chairman, Bankruptcy Section
Director’s Council, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Past Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Opera

Community and Professional Involvement

Member, American Bar Association
Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Board of Directors (1991 – 1992)
and Chairman, Bankruptcy Section
Director’s Council, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Past Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Opera

Publications and Speaking

Four Questions You Should Ask Before You Sign an Engagement Agreement
Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Counsel Weekly, March 20, 2013
More Than Was Dreamt of in Your Philosophy: Recent Developments and Familiar Principles in Chapter 11 Cases
From Inside the Minds: Creditors’ Rights In Chapter 11 Cases-Leading Lawyers on Identifying and Protecting the Rights of Secured and Unsecured Creditors During Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases, 2010
The Triumph of Hope over Experience: Identification of Commingled Funds
Financier Worldwide, November 2006
Through a Balance Sheet Darkly: Viewing ‘Deepening Insolvency’ Face to Face
Financier Worldwide, October 2005
Rights to Future Payment as Property of the Estate under Section 541 of the Bankruptcy Code
The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Winter 1990
Barratry as a Covered Risk in Marine Insurance: Problems and Perspective
Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, April 1983

Representative Experience

Mr. Pitts has handled bankruptcy cases in the bankruptcy courts of the states of New York, Delaware, Michigan, California, Texas, Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Pitts has handled numerous matters in state and federal courts involving receiverships, mechanics’ liens, collections, foreclosures, and issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
Mr. Pitts is experienced in both jury and non-jury trials in the federal and state courts involving matters such as unfair competition, insurance, business torts, commercial disputes, truth in lending, fair credit reporting, partnership disputes, and real estate.
Mr. Pitts has served as lead counsel in appellate matters, including reported cases from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Virginia
Some of the representations listed above were handled by Mr. Pitts prior to his joining Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot.

Awards & Honors

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Bankruptcy, 2010-2020
Virginia Super Lawyers, 2016–2018