University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1988

University of Virginia, B.A., 1985

I joined Stonecipher in 1988. Since then, I have focused my practice on commercial bankruptcy and insolvency law. I have been recognized as one of the leading bankruptcy lawyers in Pennsylvania and voted one of the best bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights lawyers in the country. I work with both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workout matters. Although my practice is primarily regionally based, I have represented creditors and other parties in interest in bankruptcy cases in Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, New York Virginia, and West Virginia. Beyond bankruptcy law, I am regularly relied upon by businesses in a variety of industries and of varying sizes to provide legal advice on general corporate matters that are as diverse as negotiating and drafting agreements for the purchase and sale of assets to corporate naming rights agreements.


  • Day-to-day business work, including formation, contract, leases and other agreements
  • Buying and selling entire businesses or specific assets of those businesses
  • Negotiating financing arrangements with banks and other lenders
  • Naming Rights agreements
  • General Debtor’s and Creditor’s rights
  • Loan workout and out of court restructuring
  • State and Federal Court Receiverships
  • Business reorganizations, sales, and liquidations
  • Bankruptcy litigation, including preference and fraudulent transfer actions, and appeals
  • Mediator – Bankruptcy and Non-Bankruptcy matters
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Preference actions
  • Fraudulent transfers
  • Appeals


  • Stonecipher Law Firm, Partner 1996-Present
  • Stonecipher Law Firm,  Associate 1988-1996
  • Pennsylvania State Courts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Board of Directors 2020-
  • Co-Chair, Standing Local Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2011 – present
  • Member, Advisory Council to the Honorable Jeffery A. Deller, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2015 – present
  • Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association, Past Section Chair
  • Pittsburgh Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, past Board Member and Secretary
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

George is a frequent speaker on Bankruptcy and restructuring topics.  Several of his more recent engagements include:

  • March 15, 2016 – Co-coordinator and presenter, Proposed Reforms to Chapter 11 Based on ABI Commission Studies, Judith K. Fitzgerald Western Pennsylvania Bankruptcy American Inn of Court.
  • December 4, 2015 – Moderator for Judge’s Panel, 28th Annual Bankruptcy Symposium for Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • October 8, 2015 – Co-course planner and speaker on Top Commercial Cases, PBI 20th Bankruptcy Institute.
  • July 24, 2015 – Co-presenter on Structured Dismissal, The Future Relevance of Chapter 11, Erie County Bar Association.
  • May 21, 2015 – Moderator, Through the Looking Glass:  The Dramatic Story Behind the August Wilson Center Receivership, Turnaround Management Association, Pittsburgh Chapter.
  • Fellow of American College of Bankruptcy
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Woodward White, The Best Lawyers in America – Bankruptcy and Creditor – Debtor Rights Law, 2006 to present
  • Woodward White, The Best Lawyers in America – Bankruptcy and Creditor – Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law lawyer of the year in Pittsburgh 2014-1015
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2007 to present
  • Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees, Chairman, 2007-2013
  • Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees, Trustee for Life, 2017 – present
  • Chautauqua Foundation, Director, 2013- present
  • Trustee, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 2012-2018
  • Corporator (Member), Allegheny Cemetery and The Homewood Cemetery, 2016 – present
  • Director, Belle Voci, 2013 – present