George C. Fatheree III
PartnerSidley Austin LLP
GEORGE FATHEREE advises clients in large and complex real estate transactions. He also advises professional sports teams, artists, museums, and other arts and cultural institutions across a range of issues and transactions. His clients value his commercial approach, pragmatic advice, market perspective, collaborative style, creative problem solving, and ability to execute time-sensitive transactions. George has experience in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including joint ventures, fund formations, financings, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and real estate M&A with a focus on hospitality, industrial, multifamily, entertainment venues, sports arenas, casinos, and energy deals.
George was named a 2020 “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year” by the Daily Journal, in recognition of his representation of the J. Paul Getty Trust in acquiring the photography archives of Ebony and Jet magazines. He has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the California Real Estate category (2018-2021). He was named one of Real Estate Forum’s “Top 50 Real Estate Professionals Under 40” (2015) and an “Outstanding Young Lawyer” by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2017).
Prior to his legal career, George was the chief operating officer of the California Charter Schools Association, an education reform nonprofit. He also developed substantial business experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Booz Allen Hamilton, and co-founded the internet company govWorks.com, for which he was named one of Silicon Alley’s “Top 25 Minority Entrepreneurs” (1999).
George earned his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School and is a Fritz B. Burns Scholar and a member of Alpha Sigma Nu. He received an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University where he studied government and religion.