George Rountree III

Special Counsel

Shortly after receiving his LLD from The University of Arizona College of Law, Mr. Rountree, along with his best friend and former basketball teammate from the University of Arizona, practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona.  After a few years, he moved back to his hometown of Wilmington, NC and joined the practice of his father, George Rountree, Jr. and his partner, George T. Clark, Jr., who were well-known and highly regarded admiralty lawyers in the Southeast.  After his father’s death in 1979, he became Senior Partner of the Firm, which has continued to grow under his leadership and guidance.

Mr. Rountree continues to concentrate his practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, civil litigation, corporate and business law, estate planning and family law.

In addition to his reputation as an honorable and successful attorney, Mr. Rountree is regarded in the community as a civic leader and generous philanthropist.  


Arizona State Bar, 1960.
North Carolina State Bar, 1962.
U.S. District Court Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina.
U.S. Supreme Court.


LLD, University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, 1960

B.A., cum laude, Baird Scholar - University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1955

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, since 1995
  • North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame, inducted 2004
  • The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, inducted 2009
  • UNC-Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, Inducted 2010
  • John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award from NC Bar Association, 2011 Recipient
  • Received the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV

Professional and Community Associations

  • New Hanover County Bar Association (past President)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Charter Member, 1968-present, Chairman, 1990)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Member, 1966-present)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Membership Committee, 1987-present)
  • North Carolina House of Representatives (1971-1972)
  • American Maritime Cases (Associate Editor, 1972-present)
  • North Carolina Senate (1973-1974)
  • Legislative Counsel to N.C. Governor Holshouser (1975-1976)
  • North Carolina Certified Mediator (2006 – present)