George S. Isaacson is a senior partner and represents direct marketers and electronic merchants throughout the United States in connection with state sales, use and income tax matters, as well as regulatory issues. He is tax counsel to the Direct Marketing Association and has represented the DMA in the filing of amicus curiae briefs in state and federal courts throughout the country, including the United States Supreme Court. He has also represented the DMA in negotiations with state governors to simplify and standardize state sales/use tax systems and was DMA's representative on the Steering Committee for the National Tax Association's Project on Taxation of Electronic Commerce. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of CCH Sales & Use Tax Alert, and has authored numerous articles on direct marketing law issues. George teaches courses on Constitutional Law at Bowdoin College, and speaks frequently before business groups and trade associations regarding taxation of interstate transactions and taxation of electronic commerce. Such speaking engagements have included the National Press Club, Promotion Marketing Association of America, National Institute for State and Local Taxation, Institute on Federal Taxation, Paul J. Hartman State & Local Tax Forum, New York State Society of CPAs, The Conference Board (Conference on Advanced E-Commerce Tax Policy), Committee on State Taxation (COST), Multistate Tax Commission and the American Bar Association, Section on Taxation. He is a co-author of 'Eyes on eCom Law,' a blog that reports on legal developments of interest to direct marketers and online sellers. He also serves on the firm's Management Committee.
George has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (2005 - 2015) in the field of Litigation & Controversy—Tax, identified as a New England Super Lawyer (2010 - 2013), and holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
George has also been identified by Benchmark Litigation as a litigation star in the field of Tax Litigation. State Tax Notes has twice named George one of the "Top Ten Individuals Who Influenced Tax Policy and Practice," in 2011 and 2013.
EDUCATION & TEACHING
Bowdoin College (B.A., 1970); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1973); Law Clerk, Justice Thomas E. Delahanty, Maine Supreme Judicial Court (1973 - 1974); Adjunct Faculty Member, Bowdoin College; Lecturer, University of Maine School of Law.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS (CURRENT AND FORMER)
Advisory Board, CCH Sales and Use Tax Alert; Steering Committee of National Tax Association Project on Taxation of Electronic Commerce; Chair, Board of Trustees, MaineHealth; Trustee, Maine Public Broadcasting Network (Chair, Governance Committee); Director, Maine Partners Health Plan (HMO); Trustee, Maine Medical Center (Chair, Education & Research Committee); Chair, Maine Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence; First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Committee; State Advisory Committee to U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Board of Directors Livermore Falls Trust Company; Chair, Board of Trustees, Bowdoin International Music Festival; Board of Directors, Pine Tree Legal Assistance; L.L. Bean Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
BAR ADMISSIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Maine (1973); Massachusetts (1973); U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. District Court, District of Maine. Androscoggin County; Maine State and American Bar Associations (Legal Education and Taxation Sections); Fellow, Maine Bar Foundation.