George M. Simmerman, Jr. is the vice president and chief counsel for the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). Named to this position in 2014, George provides legal advice and counsel, in coordination with the corporate vice president and general counsel, to senior division management and oversees and coordinates with other HII lawyers who report to him the provision of legal advice to the division.
Previous to this position and since 2011, he served as corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for HII, and from 2008 to 2011 as vice president, assistant general counsel and sector counsel for Northrop Grumman’s Shipbuilding sector.
George has practiced law since 1983. He is a member of the American, Alabama, Mississippi, and Jackson County Bar Associations. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and he has served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Jackson County Bar Association, on the board of directors for the Mississippi Bar’s Young Lawyers Section and the Loyola University School of Law’s Annual Longshore Act Conference, and as the Mississippi chair of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section.
He holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has completed executive education programs in finance, general management and leadership, and executive marketing strategy, respectively, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Harvard University’s Business School and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. George was in private practice before joining Litton Industries, Inc. (now Northrop Grumman Corp.) in 1991.
He has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. He received a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in political science from Spring Hill College in 1980 and graduated with honors as a Juris doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1983.
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