Attorney at Law
George Michak is an attorney who regularly represents auctioneers and auction companies on wide-ranging issues. George also helps auctioneers and auction companies identify, manage, and reduce risk while educating sellers and buyers and protecting commissions, premiums, and fees.
George regularly speaks before industry groups about auction law and ethics. In his presentations, George addresses the changing (and challenging) legal environment faced by auctioneers, with a focus on major legal issues, developing case law, and the importance of appropriate contract language, including bidder terms and conditions. In addition to his auction law practice, George has a strong background in corporate and business law, commercial litigation, administrative law and professional licensing, economic development financing, oil and gas, real estate, and land use.
George graduated, magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University where he was awarded a University Fellowship. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from King’s College. After law school, George served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable John A. Dooley III at the Vermont Supreme Court. George also served as Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, which is the Commonwealth’s principal economic development financing agency. Currently a solo practitioner, George was previously a partner in a major Pittsburgh-based law firm, and was, earlier, associated with national law firms based in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh.
Legal Issues Affecting Today’s Auctioneers
George Michak is a wealth of information. He will touch on many aspects of auction law and how it applies to you and your business. As commerce has expanded, and as the internet has extended an auctioneer’s geographic reach, and the assets exposed for sale at auction have become more diverse, Bidder Terms and Conditions have, naturally and necessarily, evolved. Properly understood, Bidder Terms and Conditions are tools that the auctioneer should use to identify and allocate risk. This discussion will include an in-depth discussion on Bidder Terms and Conditions, Buyer’s Premium Litigation, Title & Possession and much more. He will include several examples of recent litigation on these topics, where the court got it right and where it went wrong.