Nicholas George learned discipline and focus at an early age. At 7, he started taking Tae Kwan Do, a Korean martial art, at a studio in Farmington Hills. “There were times I hated it, but my parents wouldn’t let me quit. It taught me discipline. I occasionally got beat up. But you take the punches and keep going.”
Today, nearly 20 years later, he holds a third-degree black belt and continues to practice regularly at the same studio. “It instilled a sense of discipline, integrity, humility, respect and determination. All those qualities transfer to court where you have to be ethical, you have to be dedicated and you have to continue on no matter what the obstacles are.
A graduate of Farmington High School, George attended Central Michigan University. During summer breaks in college, he earned money teaching Martial Arts. From Central Michigan, it was off to law school at Wayne State University. He was inspired by some key people in his life to go into law: his father and uncle. His father was a lawyer before becoming an FBI agent in the counterterrorism division in Detroit. His uncle is a judge in Pennsylvania.
“They were both a big inspiration to me, especially my father, “ he said. “He set a great example for me, ethically. He loves that I’m an attorney. He’s very proud.”
George studied creative writing in college, and he continues to have an interest in writing short stories. He hopes to have some of his works published. “Though these days, I have to say that I’m focused more on legal writing.”
At age 20, he recalls getting a first hand look at the law. He sat on a jury in Oakland County in a murder case. Interestingly, the defendant ended up being someone he went to high school with. They weren’t friends, but rather acquaintances. The trial had already started when he realized he knew the defendant. So, he passed on a note to the judge, who talked to him and decided he could remain on the jury and was able to follow the law and base a decision on the facts of the case. “It was an eye opening experience to see the criminal justice system close up. I got a better understanding of the world.”
He said the jurors carefully reviewed the evidence and they all voted to convict the defendant of first-degree murder. “I learned you just have to do the right thing, even in the face of a difficult situation. You’ve got to strap down and do your duty.
George’s passion for the law, and being a lawyer, is evident. “What I like most about the job is interacting with clients. I can’t imagine another line of work because I want to help people solve their problems. I think that’s the greatest thing that I can be doing, and that’s what I take great pride in at this firm.”
Central Michigan University, B.S. Political Science
Wayne State University Law School, J.D.