Executive

ABOUT GEORGE
george_smallAs the founding principal of Warner Law, George Warner is banking on the idea that his clients want three things: experienced legal counsel; accessible, personalized attention; and a reasonable financial investment. With long-time clients both spanning the globe and just down the block, George's belief appears to be right on track.

A graduate of Hamline Law School and the University of Iowa, George has practiced law for more than eighteen years, with nearly fifteen focused almost exclusively on commercial collections. While with Bernick & Lifson, P.A., George became and continues to be one of only two Minnesota attorneys to hold National Board Certification as a Creditors' Rights Specialist by the American Board of Certification.

George regularly represents financial institutions, equipment leasing companies, and other secured and unsecured creditors locally, nationally, and internationally and has built extensive experience in state and federal litigation involving collection matters. A frequent lecturer for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for other attorneys and Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law from 1997 to 2001, George is committed to raising the expectations and expertise of his peers.

As dedicated to his home life as he is to his legal practice, George is a proud husband and father of two children. He delights in spending time with his family, practicing yoga, rock climbing, backpacking, and is currently studying for his third-degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

Certifications

National Board Certification as a Creditors' Rights Specialist by the American Board of Certification, 2002; recertified 2008

Professional Honors

Named a "Rising Star," Minnesota Law and Politics, 1999, 2002

Nominated as a "Super Lawyer," Minnesota Law and Politics, 2004

Admitted to Practice

The Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota (1991-Present)

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (1992-Present)

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2000-Present)

Tribal Court of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community (1997-2000)

Tribal Court of the Prairie Island Indian Community (2008 - Present)

Professional Activities


George takes pride in being an active member of the Minnesota bar and participates in several law-related organizations.


Member, Commercial Law League of America

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association

Member, Volunteer Lawyers Network

Representative Cases

Mount Sinai Hosp. v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, No. C2-99-59, 1999 WL 672818 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999) (intervention and garnishment proceedings).

Picht v. Hawks, 77 F. Supp. 1041; 236 F.3d 446 (8th Cir. 2001) (prejudgment garnishment and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act).

Irwin Union v. Speedy Car Wash, 672 N.W.2d 375 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003); (prejudgment garnishment and the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act).

Advance Duplication Servs. v. Payne, No. A05-1132 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006) (Minnesota's long-arm jurisdiction and internet commerce).

Aamodt v. Renander, No. A07-0268 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008); (guaranty enforcement and the "original promise" doctrine).

Classes/Seminars Taught

Legal Research Teaching Assistant, Hamline University School of Law, 1990-1991

Course Chair, "Landlord-Tenant Law for Residential Property Managers," Minnesota Multi Housing Association, 1992, 1993

Speaker, "Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Concerns for Landlord-Tenant Attorneys," sponsored by Hennepin County Bar Association - Landlord/Tenant Committee, 1998, June 1999

Speaker, "Residential Landlord Tenant Law," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association, July, 1999, July, 2000

Speaker, "Commercial and Residential Evictions," sponsored by Sterling Education Services, November, 2002

Speaker, "How to Collect Debts in Minnesota: Collection Litigation & the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; Ethical 'Tricks & Traps' for New Lawyers; Candid Advice for Your First Years of Practice," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association, January, 2003

Speaker, "Collecting Debts: What You Need to Know About the Lawsuit," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association, September 24, 2003

Speaker, "Garnishment Made Interesting and Easy," sponsored by Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, February, 2003, August, 2003

Speaker, "Debt Collection From Start to Finish," sponsored by National Business Institute, September, 2004

Speaker, "Commercial & Residential Evictions and Collecting Overdue Rent," sponsored by Sterling Education Services, October, 2004

Speaker, "Be Careful When You Collect on a Judgment Because the AG is Watching: FDCPA Update and Discussion on Recent Complaints Brought by the Attorney General's Office Against Minnesota Collection Agencies and Law Firms," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association, February, 2005

Speaker, "Skip Tracing Tools to Help You Track Down Your Money in Minnesota," sponsored by National Business Institute, October, 2005

Speaker and Course Chair, "How to Collect Debts in Minnesota," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association, September, 2002, September, 2003, September, 2004, July, 2005, January, 2006, September, 2006, July 2008; July 2009; April 2010.

Speaker, "The New Lawyer Experience: Avoiding Common, Real-World Ethics Problems" and "How to Collect Debts in Minnesota: Collection Litigation and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association, January, 2004, January, 2005, January 2007

Speaker, "The Elder Law Institute: Foreclosure Basics," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association, October 2008

Speaker, "Commercial and Residential Evictions and Collecting Overdue Rent," sponsored by Sterling Education Services, Inc., May 2009

Education

National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), graduate of the Building Trial Skills curriculum, 1999

Hamline University School of Law, Juris Doctor,1991, Dean's Honor List

Hamline Law Review. Served as Primary Editor on the Board of Editors, 1990-1991. Published casenote: "The Ratification of the 'Special Needs' Analysis to Employer Substance Abuse Testing," 13 Hamline L. Rev. 167. Served as Associate Editor, 1989-1990.

National Environmental Moot Court. Selected to represent Hamline in national law school exercise. Drafted mock Supreme Court brief and gave oral argument in final competition in White Plains, New York.

Merit Scholar. Attended Hamline on half-tuition academic scholarship. Selected to serve as Assistant Legal Research Instructor for first-year law students. Nominated to the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy based on writing excellence.

University of Iowa, Bachelor of Arts, 1988. Undergraduate degree in economics completed in three years.

University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1985-1986. Completed first-year undergraduate course work as full-tuition academic Merit Scholar.

Pro Bono Activities

Long-time Board Member and former President of the Twin Cities Aikido Center, Inc. (TCAC), a federally recognized 501(c)(3) corporation and the largest Aikido practice hall in the Upper Midwest. Active member of the TCAC yudanshakai studying for a second-degree black belt.

Board Member of the Twin Cities' branch of the French American Chamber of Commerce.

Pro Bono attorney with the Volunteer Lawyers Network and the Pro Se Project of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.