George Mullican is a key partner with GABMH with more than 13 years of experience in a broad range of litigation including environmental defense and toxic tort, nursing home defense, railroad litigation, and insurance defense, as well as litigation having to do with commercial trucking and liability, sexual defense and contract disputes. His environmental work has included site remediation and issues of natural resource damage claims. He has worked with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality with regard to different types of toxic spills, clean-up efforts and EPA monitored superfund sites, involving both administrative and litigated claims. Mr. Mullican has overseen the defense of toxic torts and environmental damage claims with a variety of exposure pathways, including inhalation, air dispersion, as well as water and soil contamination.
Mr. Mullican has established a reputation as a premier railroad defense litigator and currently serves as lead counsel for both Class 1 railroads as well as short lines that run through the state of Oklahoma. Mr. Mullican has defended railroads in FELA injury and death cases, numerous crossing collisions as well as environmental concerns stemming from derailments or other accidental releases. Mr. Mullican has appeared before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, representing railroads in a variety of administrative matters. He has also successfully prosecuted collection claims on behalf of railroads by establishing railroad damages relying on industry specific methodologies for computing damages for downtime, loss of velocity and lost labor opportunity costs. Mr. Mullican has both defended and prosecuted claims for railroads in state court, federal court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Mullican also has years of experience in the area of general civil litigation. He has represented nursing homes in cases of professional liability as well as handled cases involving products and premises liability, personal injury. Mr. Mullican has also represented insurance companies in first party claims alleging breach of contract, bad faith as well as personal and advertising injury.
Prior to joining GABMH, he served as both a trial defense attorney and prosecuting/military operations attorney with the prestigious Judge Advocate Generalâ€™s Corps (JAG). As military trial attorney, he represented and prosecuted soldiers accused of crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice in all levels of courts-martial under the Military Rules of Evidence, which mirror the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Mullican has been with GABMH and its legacy firms since 1999.
- Counsel, BNSF Railway Company
- Counsel, Union Pacific Railroad Company
- Counsel, National Passenger Railroad Corp. (a/k/a AMTRAK)
- EMC Insurance Company
- Western Heritage Company
- GuideOne Insurance Company
- Philadelphia Insurance Company
- OneBeacon Insurance Company
- Dennis R. Cornwell, et al., v Union Pacific Railroad Co., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA, CASE NO. 4:08-CV-00638-JHP-TLW. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED WRONGFUL DEATH ACTION ARISING FROM A TRAIN/AUTOMOBILE COLLISION WHERE TIR VIDEO DID NOT RECORD LOCOMOTIVE HORN PRIOR TO COLLISION; JURY RETURNED VERDICT RESULTING IN ZERO DAMAGES TO UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD CO.
- MICHAEL RINE V BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA, CASE NO. 11-CV-392-CVE-PJC. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED FELA AND SAA CLAIMS INVOLVING EMPLOYEE WHO RECEIVED SURGERY TO DEFENSE VERDICT
- WAYLON REAMY V THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN AND SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY, A FOREIGN CORPORATION, DISTRICT COURT FOR TULSA COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, CASE NO. CJ-2007-05764. JURY VERDICT IN FAVOR OF DEFENDANT IN A FELA CASE WHERE INJURED EMPLOYEE FRACTURED ANKLE ON COMPANY PROPERTY RESULTING IN SURGICAL INTERVENTION
- BROWN, ET AL., V. FREEPORT MCMORAN, PHELPS DODGE AND BNSF, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA, CASE NO. 5:10-CV-00295-HE. CURRENTLY DEFENDING BNSF RAILWAY IN THIS ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION, WHERE 18 INDIVIDUAL PLAINTIFFS ARE SEEKING DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL INJURIES ALLEGEDLY CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO HEAVY METALS THAT PLAINTIFFS ATTRIBUTE TO RAILROAD ACTIVITIES AT THE BLACKWELL ZINC SMELTER SITE.
- QUAPAW TRIBE VS ASARCO INC., ET AL., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA, CASE NO. 03-CV-846-E-C. MANAGED ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION ON BEHALF OF BNSF RAILWAY, FILED BY QUAPAW TRIBE ALLEGING NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGES WITH CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF $2 BILLION DOLLARS, BASED UPON A HABITAT EQUIVALENCY ANALYSIS. AFTER SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGING THE TRIBEâ€™S STANDING TO ASSERT ALL CLAIMS, AND THROUGH THE EFFECTIVE USE OF VOLUMINOUS HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS, A SETTLEMENT WAS OBTAINED WHICH WAS EXTREMELY FAVORABLE TO BNSF RAILWAY.
- B.H., A MINOR CHILD, BY AND THROUGH HER NATURAL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS, BILLY AND JACKIE HOLDER, ET AL., VS. GOLD FIELDS MINING CORPORATION, ET AL., VS. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ET AL., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA, CASE NO. 04-CV-564E(C) CONSOLIDATED WITH 04-CV-804E(C); JB AND JEB, MINOR CHILDREN, BY AND THROUGH THEIR NATURAL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS, JIMMY DALE PALMER AND TERESA PALMER VS ASARCO INCORPORATED, ET AL VS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ET AL., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA, CASE NOS. 03-CV-498-E(C) PALMER; 03-CV-565-H(C) MOSS; 03-CV-566-H(C) SOUTH; 03-CV-567-H(C)-SARGENT; AND 03-CV-569-H(C) NOWLIN. MANAGED TOXIC TORT LITIGATION ON BEHALF OF BNSF RAILWAY ALLEGING CONTAMINATION OF BLOOD LEAD LEVELS OF OVER 200 PLAINTIFFS WITH CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF $200 MILLION DOLLARS. THROUGH EFFECTIVE NEGOTIATING SETTLEMENT WAS OBTAINED ON TERMS SO FAVORABLE TO BNSF THAT CO-DEFENDANTS LITIGATED WHETHER BNSF SHOULD BE DISMISSED FROM THE CASE BY ALLEGING SETTLEMENT WAS NOT EFFECTED IN GOOD FAITH. THE COURT HELD A HEARING AND BNSF WAS SUCCESSFULLY ELIMINATED FROM THE CASE.
- UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD VS. U.S. ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA, CASE NO. CIV-06-094-KEW. FIRST CHAIRED TRIAL AGAINST THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE REGARDING CLAIM IN THE AMOUNT OF $4.65 MILLION DOLLARS SUFFERED FROM A TRAIN DERAILMENT IN EUFAULA, OKLAHOMA.
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Tulsa County Bar Association
- Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District courts for Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
- DRI, the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation
- National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
- National Trial Defense Lawyers Association
- B.S. Business Administration (Accounting), Northeastern State University, Cum Laude
- J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, with Honors
PARTIES TO ACTIONS: ARE STEPCHILDREN WITHIN THE MEANING OF CHILDREN IN TITLE 12, SECTION 1053 OF THE OKLAHOMA STATUTES? 47 OKLA.L.REV. 727 (1994); TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING PROGRAM, OU LAW (1993-1995)