George S. Isaacson


Brann & Isaacson announces with great sadness that Senior Partner George Isaacson passed away on August 19, 2023, surrounded by his family.

George was a great man in every sense of the word. His professional accomplishments are so numerous that it would take up to several pages to list them, but we should call out his two landmark arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and his victories in many ground-breaking cases throughout the country for L.L. Bean and other large and small retailers. George was a nationally recognized leader on state tax law, as well as one of the most prominent municipal, education, and business lawyers in Maine.

George has truly been a leader for the firm and an inspiration to the legal profession. One of the most enduring legacies of George has been his work over the years in building a team at Brann & Isaacson to carry forward the national reputation of the firm. George had an eye for talent, a genuine interest in mentorship, and a sincere belief that the practice of law is a collegial and team effort to strive to find the right answer to difficult questions.

George’s substantial contributions to the firm and the legal profession are impressive, particularly given his considerable civic activities and 50-year teaching career at Bowdoin College. He has served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Maine Health as well as been involved in many other nonprofits both in the State of Maine and on a national scale. And students at Bowdoin College have universally praised his constitutional law course. It was standing room only just to be able to take his class.

We will miss his guidance and wisdom, as well as the sparkle in his eye when he debated the finer points of a novel legal theory — but thanks in no small part to his counsel, we consider ourselves well-equipped to follow in his footsteps and bring to our practice his values of creativity, inquisitiveness, and responsiveness. We are grateful for, and appreciate, the model he has set for other members of Brann & Isaacson to carry on his legacy in serving our clients and the communities in which we work and live.

George’s obituary can be read here.

Tributes to George by his Brann & Isaacson colleagues, Martin Eisenstein and Jamie Szal, which were published by Tax Analysts, can be read here.

Tributes to George published by Law360 can be read here and here.

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