Carolyn B. George

OF COUNSEL
Albany, New York
Phone: 518-449-3900 | 888-352-3751
Fax: 518-432-3111
cgeorge@coopererving.com

Overview

Recently honored as a “trailblazer” by the Albany Law School pioneering women oral history project, Carolyn B. George has been practicing law for over 40 years, always in the field of personal injury and insurance coverage. She is a tireless advocate for persons who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others, specifically, motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and dog bites. Carolyn was a partner at a prominent Capital District law firm for more than 12 years where she tried numerous cases to verdict before joining Cooper Erving and Savage LLP of counsel in 2019.

Carolyn has 30 years’ experience working on the defense side, including a total of 13 years as in-house counsel for 2 large insurance companies. Her experience with the nuances of how insurance companies handle cases, and the tactics they use to avoid paying injured persons the money they deserve, enhances her skills at settling and trying cases. She is proficient in analyzing insurance policies and is frequently asked to present continuing legal education to other lawyers in the field of insurance coverage.

Practice Areas

  • Motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, injuries resulting from dog bites
  • First and Third Party insurance claims including UM/SUM and property damage
  • Long term care insurance coverage and litigation
  • Contract Litigation

Education & Admissions

EDUCATION

  • University of Syracuse College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    Juris Doctor
  • LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts cum laude

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1983

Representative Cases

  • Sprung v MTR Ravensburg , Inc., 758 NYS2d 271 (2003)
  • Cancellaro v Shults, 890 NYS2s 677 (3d Dept., 2009)
  • Dewey v Town of Colonie, 863 NYS2d 849 (3d Dept., 2008)
  • Schou v Whiteley, 780 NYS2d 659 (3d Dept., 2004)
  • Vautrin v First National Supermarkets, 609 NYS2d 454 (3d Dept., 1994)
  • General Accident v. Gladstone, 687 NYS2d 830 (3d Dept., 1999)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Albany County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Spring 2001: Residential & Commercial Insurance – Concerns & Advanced Issues
  • Spring 2003: Practical Skills – Basic Tort & Insurance Law Practice
  • Spring 2006: Commercial Lines: Coverage for the Construction Defect Claim
  • Spring 2007: Insurance Coverage Update: Focus on First Party Coverage Issues
  • May 2008: Can the Commercial General Liability Policy Survive?
  • September 2008: Keeping Current with Automobile Litigation
  • June 2009: Additional Insured Coverage: Hot Topics & Critical Issues
  • November 2009: Handling Tough Issues in a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Case
  • May 2010:  Practical Skills – Basic Tort and Insurance Law Practice
  • June 2010: Insurance Coverage Update: Commercial General Liability Policy Emerging Issues for the Next Decade
  • May 2011: Insurance Coverage Update: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
  • April 2012: Practical Skills – Basic Tort and Insurance Law Practice
  • Spring 2012: Handling Tough Issues in a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Action
  • May 2012: Advanced Insurance Coverage
  • March 2015: Premises Liability: What You Need to Know in New York
  • July 2016: Mock Trial
  • December 2016: Labor Law Claims, Coverage and Litigation
  • May 2017: Updates and Hot Trending Topics Affecting Insurance Coverage
  • September 2017: “Law School for Insurance Professionals
  • May 2018: Insurance Coverage Update 2018: A Glimpse Forward and a Glance Back
  • June 2019: Handling Tough Issues in a Plaintiff’s Practice

Pro Bono Activities

  • Coach, Albany High School Mock Trial Team
  • Chair, Lawyer Referral Service, Albany County Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Albany County Bar Association Lawyer-for-the-Day Program
  • Member, New York State Character and Fitness Committee, Third Judicial Department

Recognition

  • Selected as a “Trailblazer” for the Albany Law School pioneering women oral history project 2018
  • Albany Law School Gabrielli Award 2004 and 2009
  • Super Lawyers Upstate New York  Edition – Trial Practice