Attorney Profile

Experience

George Lankford handles first- and third-party coverage litigation, as well as extra-contractual, construction defect, products liability, professional liability, and general tort and premises liability litigation.

Following law school, George served as briefing attorney to Chief Justice Austin McCloud of Eastland Court of Appeals and as a law clerk to Federal District Judge David O. Belew Jr.

George sees his law career as a natural extension of the strategy and tactics he learned at an early age, having participated in the National High School Chess Championship in Chicago and later as a member of his law school’s National Quarter Finalist Moot Court team. These experiences, seasoned by a 40-year legal career, enables him to provide efficient and effective counsel for his firm clients.

Areas of Practice

Insurance Coverage & Extra-Contractual Litigation
Construction Litigation

Representative Cases

Northern County Mutual v. Davalos, 140 S.W.3d 685 (Tex. Sup. Ct.2004). Prevailed on right of CGL carrier to control defense. 9-0 Texas Supreme Court panel vote.

TV-3 v. Royal, 28 F.Supp.2d 407 (E.D.Texas.1998). Prevailed on venue transfer based on forum non conveniens.

Lamson Construction Co. v. Evanston Ins. Co., Cause No. 04 CV 0189 (56th District Court, Galveston County). Prevailed in three-day jury trial of first-party property coverage and the care, custody or control exclusion.

Univesco v. RSP Management, Cause No. 97-9209 (County Court at Law No. 4, Dallas County, Texas). Prevailed in one-week jury trial defending an aircraft hangar management company for nonliability for aircraft hangar collapse at Addison Airport.

Chickasha Cotton Oil v. American National Fire, et al., Dkt. No. 59,483 (196th District Court Hunt County). Prevailed on summary judgment for noncoverage of cotton-ginning operation spreading arsenic.

Wyndham Int’l v. Royal, et al., Cause No. 02-7779 (14th District Court Dallas County). Prevailed on summary judgment on multimillion-dollar 9/11 business interruption coverage case.

RSR v. AIU, Dkt No. 93-0127 (71st District Court Harrison County, Texas). Large environmental coverage suit for property damage and personal injuries allegedly arising out of West Dallas lead smelter and other activities around the country. Progressed from local counsel to lead counsel representing the lead primary carrier. Successfully settled after 10 years of litigation.

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Texas, Insurance Law Section (past governing council member); Construction Law Section

Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section (past governing council member); Construction Law Section

William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court

Education

Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 1983)
Texas Tech Graduate School of Business (M.B.A., 1982)
University of Texas at Austin (B.A. Economics, 1979), cum laude
1975; Major: Business Administration.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Personal Information

George‘s experiences in complex construction litigation stems from his early fascination with the technical complexities of NASA’s space program. He did not get to be an astronaut, but he has preserved his curiosity and desire to learn why things work. It has served him over the years in understanding the processes of why buildings and structures fail.

Honors & Awards

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2024
Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America – Insurance Law, 2009–2023
Texas Super Lawyer, Construction Litigation, Business, and Insurance Coverage, 2006–2007, 2012–2020
Received “Rock Star” Award from the Chair of the Texas Bar Insurance Section, 2015