Tim St. George’s practice includes the representation of clients in federal and state court, both at the trial and appellate level. Tim focuses his practice on the areas of complex litigation and business disputes, financial services litigation, and consumer litigation, and he has represented clients within these areas in a wide variety of litigation matters involving contracts, class actions, mass actions, torts, and federal and state consumer protection laws.
Tim has developed a particular expertise litigating individual and class action cases under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), as well as their state law counterparts.
Tim has experience in all phases of complex litigation, including serving as lead trial counsel in federal and state court, where he has secured both jury verdicts and defense judgments for his clients. He has served as lead counsel in arbitrations. Tim has also served as counsel in successful appeals before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Before joining the firm, Tim served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Payne, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Currently serving as lead counsel for national background screening company in significant class action asserting novel claims for liability under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with over $1.7 billion in potential exposure. Obtained denial of class certification.
- Currently representing national debt collection agency in a 41 state attorneys general investigation into its collection practices, including coordinating the debt collector’s response to the associated subpoenas issued by the state participants.
- Currently serving as lead counsel in multiple putative class actions against tenant screening company asserting varying claims under the FCRA relating to the transmission of consumer reports, file disclosures, and consumer disputes.
- Counsel for wholesale retailer of healthcare data in putative class action under the FCRA asserting claims of first-impression. Was successful in having the case transferred to more favorable forum, and then obtained denial of request for class certification.
- Lead counsel for national debt collector with respect to putative New York class action challenging litigation practices under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and state law consumer protection statutes. Defeated the motion for class certification and then resolved the case on an individual basis.
- Lead counsel for nationwide consumer reporting agency alleging novel application of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California state law against a “reseller” of reports. Obtained summary judgment of claim asserted under § 1681e(b).
- Counsel for marketing company with respect to nationwide class action claims under multiple provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and associated attempts to “pierce” the corporate veil.
- Represented national debt collection firm in 700 plaintiff "mass action" for claims of numerous violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
- Represented national collections agency and its wholly-owned subsidiaries for claim of violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), civil conspiracy, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and abuse of process.
- Counsel for government contractor specializing in background investigations for nationwide class-action claim asserted under § 1681k(a)(1) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Case voluntarily dismissed by plaintiff's counsel after discovery with no settlement.
- Counsel for national debt collection agency for class-action of Virginia consumers asserted under § 1962f(1) and § 1692e of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) challenging litigation practices.
- Counsel for national banking institution in declaratory judgment action implicating over $7 million in liens defending claims under the Truth in Lending act (TILA), D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act (DCPPA), D.C. Human Rights act (DCHRA) and fraud.
- Counsel for numerous banking institutions and mortgage loan servicers with respect to claims asserted by defaulting mortgages under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Opportunity Credit Act (EOCA) and Regulation B, Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Regulation Z, and state analog statutory compliance obligations.
- Lead counsel for national marketing company in claims of misappropriation of trade secrets under California law. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction, resulting in the plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of claims with no payment.
- Specially-retained appellate counsel by the Commonwealth of Virginia with respect to challenge to $2.1 billion public-private partnership infrastructure project. Secured reversal of trial court’s constitutional ruling on appeal in the largest commercial case ever litigated against a state agency in Virginia.
- Represented regional tobacco company in declaratory judgment action implicating sale on interest in $70 million in qualified settlement fund escrow accounts. Obtained verdict in favor of client after a four-day bench trial, which was affirmed on appeal by the Fourth Circuit.
- Lead trial counsel for national manufacturer of high-performance computers and tablets in action for breach of contract and commission of various business torts. Obtained dismissal of $1.2 million counterclaim for breach of contract on a motion to strike after the close of defendant’s case, along with a jury award for the full amount of damages sought from defendant.
- Lead trial counsel for regional healthcare provider in bench trial for breach of contract and defamation against contractor. Obtained six-figure verdict, including a contested award of all attorney’s fees incurred.
- Lead counsel for pharmaceutical company in breach of contract action against assignee of $3.6 million in assets related to generic prescription drugs. Case resolved for 95% of full sum demanded from assignee during pendency of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment.
- Represented Fortune 1000 coal mining corporation in shareholder class action challenging the terms of proposed $8.5 billion merger. Obtained dismissal of action with no payment to shareholders and consummation of merger.
- Counsel for national brokerage firm for claim of breach of contract/unjust enrichment in relation to the sale of over $400 million in tax-exempt municipal assets. Case settled on highly-favorable terms five days before trial after defeating both rounds of defendant’s dispositive motions.
- Counsel for Fortune 1000 coal mining corporation in breach of contract arbitration. Case resolved after extensive discovery, resulting in millions of dollars of price concessions to coal company.
- Counsel for international producer of construction aggregates in its breach of contract action against general contractor. Case resolved with general contractor dismissing the action after motions in limine were filed.
- Counsel for regional healthcare corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary entities with regard to a claim of civil conspiracy seeking damages of $20 million. Obtained dismissal of conspiracy claim on demurrer.
- Amicus curiae counsel to non-profit organization in high-profile lawsuit challenging federal health care legislation.
Financial Services Litigation
- Currently serving as national counsel for Fortune 200 banking institution with regard to numerous individual and class claims asserted under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, FTC Holder Rule, and various state consumer protection statutes in Virginia, Nevada, Michigan, California, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Illinois, and New Jersey.
- Lead trial counsel for national banking institution in claim for systematic mortgage fraud. Obtained directed verdict at trial.
- Counsel for national banking institution in action seeking enforcement of $10 million letter of credit. Obtained favorable settlement prior to trial permitting enforcement of note.
- Lead counsel for national banking institution relative to claims of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust. Obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice at motion to dismiss stage.
- Counsel for regional banking corporation in resisting hostile shareholder request for proprietary corporate information under Va. Code § 13.1-773(B). Case resolved without granting plaintiff access to corporate information.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Co-author, "11th Circ. Strikes Back At Untimely 'Piggyback' Class Actions," Law360, August 10, 2015.
- Moderator, Tips from the Bench for Better Legal Writing, with Hon. M. Hannah Lauck, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, June 28, 2015.
- Author, "Opposing 'Apex' Depositions of Top Corporate Executives," Practical Law, March 2015.
- Co-author, "New York Announces Sweeping New Regulation of the Debt Collection Industry," TerraLex, March 16, 2015.
- Co-author, "Civil Conspiracy Between Parent Corporations and Wholly Owned Subsidiaries: a National Survey," Bloomberg BNA, June 20, 2014.
- Moderator, “Advice for Young Lawyers” with Hon. John A. Gibney, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, April 24, 2013.
- Anthony, David N. and Timothy J. St. George, “Business Litigation in Virginia: The Year in Review: 2011 and Early 2012,” Virginia CLE, September 6, 2012.
- Anthony, David N. and Timothy J. St. George, “Business Litigation in Virginia: The Year in Review: 2010 and Early 2011,” Virginia CLE, September 15, 2011.
- Anthony, David N. & Timothy J. St. George, "Common Law and Statutory Business Conspiracy - What They Are...Aren't," Virginia CLE, January 25, 2011.
- Anthony, David N., Timothy J. St. George, and Hon. Dennis W. Dohnal, CLE Seminar Materials, “Sanctions in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia,” October 2010.
- Anthony, David N., Timothy J. St. George, Maya M. Eckstein. and Hon. Robert E. Payne, CLE Seminar Materials, "Procedural Issues in Civil Litigation in the Richmond Division of the Rocket Docket,” September 29, 2010.
- Timothy J. St. George and David N. Anthony, "'Plausibility' Pleading After Twombly and Iqbal," published in American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Law Institute's (ALI) The Practical Litigator, July 2010.
- Timothy J. St. George, David N. Anthony and Robert M. Luck, III, "Court Gives Guidance on Inadvertent Waivers," published in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, June 28, 2010.
- Timothy J. St. George, David N. Anthony and Robert M. Luck, III, “Business Litigation in Virginia: The Year in Review: 2009 and Early 2010,” Virginia CLE, May 20, 2010.
Professional and Community Invovlement
- Board Member, Federal Bar Association, Richmond, Virginia Chapter (2013-present).
- Chair, Younger Lawyer’s Division of the Federal Bar Association, Richmond, Virginia Chapter (2013-2014).
- Member, National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) (2014-present).
Rankings and Recognition
- Selected as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Law & Politics' Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine (2012) and selected as a "Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation (2013-2016).
- Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2017-present
- Associate, Troutman Sanders, 2009-2016
- Law Clerk, the Honorable Robert E. Payne, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2008-2009
- University of Virginia, J.D., 2008
Order of the Coif
The Society of the Cincinnati Scholar
Semi-Finalist, William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition
- University of Virginia, B.A., with honors, 2005
Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia