George Alfonso has provided both individuals and businesses with his unique brand of “Concierge Counsel” through the he founded over twenty-five years ago. His focus includes complex commercial drafting and negotiation, corporate structure counsel, creditor bankruptcy representation, commercial litigation and arbitration as well as appellate representation, including oral argument before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Alfonso has also been retained as an international law expert in litigation both in the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Alfonso has been Of Counsel to Braumiller Law Firm, PLLC for over half-a-decade, representing Braumiller clients regarding complex international third-party commercial contract drafting and negotiations as well as pre-litigation/pre-arbitration dispute resolution.
In the summer of 2018, on behalf of a number of Braumiller clients, Mr. Alfonso testified before the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) 301 Committee as these Braumiller clients were seeking exclusion from the Administration’s 301 Tariffs against imports from the Peoples Republic of China (“PRC”). Mr. Alfonso was lead counsel for Appellant in D.C., Inc. vs. State of Missouri, ex rel. Omar Davis Director of Revenue et. al., Cause No. 06-4033-CV-C-NKL in the 8th Circuit where he also presented oral argument to an en banc panel. Mr. Alfonso was one of only twelve attorneys selected by a nationwide co-defendant law firm to join the “Appellate Steering Committee Joint Defense Group”, in the substantial and multi-party litigation of Taylor et. al. vs. Acxiom et. al. (08-41083) in the 5th Circuit.
In negotiating complex international commercial contracts over the past 25 years on behalf of his clients and for Braumiller clients, as well as successfully resolving pre-litigation and pre-arbitration issues through effect dispute resolution representation, Mr. Alfonso has developed valuable relationships in working closely through a “Legal Liaison” capacity with international attorneys, law firm and financial experts, including counsel, law firms and experts from the following nations:
|· UK||· Malaysia|
|· France||· Kuwait|
|· Germany||· Morocco|
|· Italy||· Nigeria|
|· Canada||· Turkey|
|· Spain||· Republic of Korea|
|· Holland||· United Arab Emirates|
|· Greece||· Singapore|
|· Mexico||· Iran|
|· Switzerland||· Indonesia|
Mr. Alfonso is a two-time Chair Emeritus of the Dallas Bar International Law Section. Mr. Alfonso graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (“SMU”) with a B.S. in Political Science. While attending SMU, he studied overseas at the Institute de Touraine in Tours, France where he obtained a degree in language (French). He received his Juris Doctor (JD) from Pepperdine School of Law, located in Malibu, California in 1992.
Mr. Alfonso has spoken at both across the country and at international conferences. Some of his most recent engagements have been about the following subjects; international arbitration through the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) and other related arbitration issues, the EU’s General Data Protection and Regulation Act (“GDPR”) and the importance of an updated and well-crafted Force Majeure Section for international commercial contracts. A more complete list of Mr. Alfonso’s presentations and published articles are as follows:
- Asociación Europea de Abogados (AEA): U.S. Discovery and Mediation Process, Paris, France
- Dallas Bar International Law Section: International Dispute Resolution Sections, Dallas Bar International Law Section [Dallas, Texas]
- Southern Methodist University “Nuts and Bolts of International Law” Conference, Texas State Bar International Law Section [Dallas, Texas]
- Center for International Legal Studies: International Dispute Resolution Sections, Steam Boat Springs, Colorado
- University of Toledo International Trade Think Tank “Global Target Presentation”, Toledo, Ohio [University of Toledo]
- Metro-Chicago: International complex commercial contract negotiating and arbitration, Chicago, Illinois
- NAFTA Guru Conference: Cross-Border Cooperation and the Future of NAFTA, Juarez, Mexico
- NAFTA Guru Conference: Cross-Border Cooperation and the Future of NAFTA, San Diego, California
- International Commercial and Economic Development (Produced by U.S. Dept of State), Dallas, Texas
- GDPR U.S. Dept. Commerce and Commercial Service: “Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation & EU–US Privacy Shield Seminar”, Irving, Texas
- GDPR Presentation to the French American Chamber of Commerce: “General Data Protection Regulation and U.S. Companies Compliance”, Dallas, Texas
- Global Target Initiative [Cleveland State University]: “Best Practices for Negotiating International Contracts”, Cleveland, Ohio
- Webinar: “The Necessary of Well Drafted Force Majeure Section”
- Lexology: USTR Exploring Possibility of Increased EU Duties (April 2019)
- 301 Tariff Hearings and the Value of Testifying – UPDATE (April 2019)
- 301 Tariff Hearings and the Value of Effective Testimony(February 2019)
- 301 Tariff Hearings and the Value of Testifying (August 2018)
- Lexology: GDPR for the EU is coming 5/25/2018!!
- International agreements: One Section may prevent many problems (March 2015)