George Singer practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law, including finance, financial restructuring, capital recovery, and bankruptcy. He negotiates senior and subordinated financing arrangements and has experience with structuring credit facilities, perfecting finance documentation, and closing secured and lease finance transactions. His former experience as a business analyst for Dun & Bradstreet provided a solid foundation for a background in business and the extension of credit. George regularly represents lenders, lessors, funds, committees, business debtors, guarantors, and creditors in financial workouts, restructurings, distressed-sale transactions, intercreditor disputes, lender liability claims, successor liability issues, and preferential and fraudulent transfer litigation.
George has been practicing for over 20 years and regularly advises publicly and privately held companies on corporate governance, debt and equity financings, licensing issues, and risk management. He serves as corporate counsel on behalf of buyers and sellers and venture capitalists in complex merger, acquisition, divestiture, and joint-venture transactions.
- Corporate Counsel. George serves as corporate counsel to clients in a variety of industries regularly advises on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duties, capitalization, finance, extensions of credit, collections, and business strategy. George also represents buyers and sellers in a variety of industries in connection with merger and acquisition transactions.
- Secured Transactions. George regularly represents banks, commercial finance companies, private equity firms, investors, and borrowers in all aspects of structuring, documenting, and enforcing secured loan arrangements and resolving defaults and intercreditor issues. He also serves as legal counsel to parties in connection with factoring arrangements as well as debt purchase and sale transactions.
- Administrative and Collateral Agents. George serves as legal counsel to administrative and collateral agents in connection with national secured and unsecured financing transactions. He also represents agents in bankruptcy cases, including In re Claire's Stores, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.) and In re Belk, Inc. (Bankr. S.D. Texas 2021).
Hon. Nancy C. Dreher, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota
Hon. William A. Hill, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota
American Bar Association
Minnesota Bar Association
Association for Corporate Growth
American Bankruptcy Institute
Turnaround Management Association
Commercial Law League
Recognition & Accomplishments
American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms – Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Reorganization Law, highest tier nationally (2018 – 2021)
Ballard Spahr Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
Minnesota Lawyer, Attorney of the Year, 2016
"Farm Business Law (Idaho Guide)," National Business Institute, 2021
"Keeping Your License and Your Legal Fees: Avoiding Conflicts in Client Representations and Identifying Duties in Closely-Held Business Cases," Minnesota Bankruptcy Institute, 2021
"Agricultural Law & Bankruptcy Law Virtual Seminar," State Bar Association of North Dakota, June 1, 2021
Board Memberships & Community Service
Sojourner Project, Inc., Director and Chair of Board of Directors
Play for Patrick Heart Foundation, Director
Dakota County Conciliation Court, Judicial Referee, Adjunct Judicial Officer
“UCC Financing Statements: The Search for Certainty in Collateral Descriptions,” Norton Bankruptcy L. & Practice, 2021
"Supreme Court Decides: 'Mere Retention' of Property Does Not Violate Automatic Stay," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, 2021
"New COVID-19 Relief Legislation Amends Bankruptcy Code," Bench and Bar of Minnesota, 2021
"Force Majeure Hitz Home and Excuses Rent Obligation," Bench and Bar of Minnesota, August/September, 2020
University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1993)
University of North Dakota (B.B.A. 1987)
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota