GEORGE V. PILAT
T 440.424.0007 | F 440.248.8861
Mr. Pilat focuses his practice on business and commercial law, and insurance defense. He is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Business & Commercial Law and Insurance Agents & Brokers practice groups. His experience and unique blend of skills includes significant work handling agent errors & omissions (E&O) coverage and litigation, coverage analysis, corporate compliance, commercial transactions, and employment litigation and counseling. He represents national and regional insurance agencies, agents/brokers, insurers, local and regional businesses and Fortune 500 clients in both state and federal courts and administrative proceedings
George also has considerable experience with business matters concerning buy-sell agreements, mergers, sales, and acquisitions of agencies and businesses, real estate leases, and business loans and secured transactions. He has extensive knowledge related to purchase agreements, rights of first refusal and account ownership agreements, producer/solicitor agreements, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, and separation of partners, agents, and clusters. He has handled disputes with captive carriers and producers, evaluating and preparing agency procedure and employment manuals, and advising on compliance issues under state insurance law.
George has been very active with the Insurance Board of Northern Ohio (IBNO) since its inception in 2001. His involvement has included serving as general counsel, project management on both local Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter’s (CPCU) and Northeast Ohio Health Underwriters Association’s (NEOHUA) annual conventions and working alongside the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) national and state offices in analyzing and reporting on Ohio’s E&O claims activity and consulting on issues for member agents.
Prior to joining MRR in 2013, George handled insurance matters for agents and insurers, commercial litigation, and business transactions at a smaller firm in Cleveland.