George W. Vie III
George specializes in appellate, federal civil, insurance coverage, and governmental litigation. He is licensed in both Texas and Hawaii.
George has been Board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 21 years. He has served as lead counsel in over 200 appellate cases, and his record includes many published Texas and federal Circuit decisions. As an appellate attorney, George also provides assistance to Mills Shirley trial counsel and to attorneys in other law firms with state law jurisdictional pleas, special appearances, injunctions, summary judgment motion practice, jury charge, and post-verdict issues.
George has served many times as attorney in charge and local counsel in federal court, and advises other counsel on federal dispositive motions, preparation of the pretrial order and jury charge, and preservation of error. He has several published federal district court decisions arising from a variety of federal civil litigation, including Section 1983, Title VII, ERISA, CERCLA, and insurance coverage disputes.
A significant part of George's practice includes representation of governmental entities and their employees in state and federal court, including litigation defense, land use regulation, and eminent domain. He serves as chief legal officer for a district and has served as a city attorney.
Attorney (1990-present). Partner (1994-present). Specializing in appellate, federal civil, governmental, and insurance litigation. Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1995-present).
Lead counsel in more than 200 appeals, prosecuted in the Texas Supreme Court, Texas courts of appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and federal courts of appeals. George has presented oral argument in the Texas Supreme Court; the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Texas courts of appeals; and the Fifth and Eighth Federal Circuits, including the Fifth Circuit en banc.
The appeals have covered a wide range of litigation, including governmental tort claims; personal injury; employment discrimination including Title VII, ADA, Equal Pay Act and ERISA; CERCLA; commercial litigation; professional malpractice; trusts and estate; special appearances; injunctions; default judgments; and writs of habeas corpus. Also lead counsel in original appellate proceedings, including writs of mandamus in discovery, venue, post-judgment, and arbitration cases.
George has previously served as a city attorney and presently serves as General Counsel for Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District, handling property issues and eminent domain cases. He has served as counsel for other municipalities and counties on local and State-funded condemnation matters. George has also been employed as lead attorney in several Texas Open Beaches Act cases in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General's office and the Texas General Land Office, on behalf of coastal communities.
These cases were prosecuted in state and federal trial courts and state and federal courts of appeals.
Year Joined Firm
Areas of Practice
- Appellate Law
- Governmental and Municipal Law
Certified Legal Specialties
- Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1995
- Texas, 1989
- Hawaii, 2002
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
- The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
- J.D. - 1988
- University of Houston/Clear Lake, Houston, Texas
- B.S. magna cum laude - 1985
- Federal Court Practice in Western District of Texas, 52 Texas Bar Journal 1070, 1989
- Appellate Issues with Dispositive Motions, Annual Attorney Workshop, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool
- “Texas Recreational Use Statute Update,” 2014 Judicial Education Conference, Harris County
- Recent Federal Cases, Annual Attorney Workshop, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool
- Federal v. State Rules, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Winter Seminar
- A Team Approach: How the Appellate Lawyer Can Help at Trial, and How the Trial Lawyer Can Assist the Appeal, Summer Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
- Jury Charges and Non-Jury Findings, Galveston County Bar Association
- Ten Things I Wish Trial Counsel Had Not Done, Galveston County Bar Association
- Recent Texas Cases, Annual Attorney Workshop, Texas Municipal League
- Qualified and Derivative Immunity of Public Officials, Governmental Liability Seminar, Houston Bar Association CLE
- Varying Perspectives on Regulations of Minors - Constitutionality of Non-Emergency Curfews, Mid-Year Seminar, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers
- Varying Perspectives on Regulations of Minors - Constitutionality of Non-Emergency Curfews, Semi-Annual Conference, Texas City Attorneys Association
- “A Comparison of State and Federal Deadlines,” Winter Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Honors and Awards
- Texas Super Lawyers (Appellate), 2011 - 2016
- Texas Top Rated Lawyers (Appellate, Litigation), ALM Publication, 2012 - 2015
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division
- State Bar of Texas, Appellate Practice Section; Insurance Law Section; Computer & Technology Section
- Hawaii State Bar Association, Appellate Practice section, Senior lawyers section
- Fifth Circuit Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section
- Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
- Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Amicus Curiae Committee
- Texas City Attorneys Association
- The Dean’s Roundtable, University of Texas School of Law
- Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
- Keeton Fellow, Texas Law School Foundation
Past Employment Positions
- Bankston, Wright & Greenhill, L.L.P., Associate, 1989 - 1990
- Bankston, Wright & Greenhill, L.L.P., Legal Assistant, 1985 - 1988
- Mills, Shirley, McMicken & Eckel, Legal Assistant, 1983 - 1985
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Sigma Phi Epsilon