George W. Croner
George Croner joined the firm in 1988, following eight years as an attorney in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
George W. Croner, a director of Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C., was awarded his B.S. degree (with distinction) from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975, and graduated J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1980 after his selection for participation in the Navy’s law education program. Following law school, Mr. Croner attended the Navy Judge Advocate General’s military justice school in Newport, Rhode Island where he was awarded the ABA Award for Professional Merit for highest academic standing in his class, and the Frederick Shields Award for the highest academic standing of any attorney completing the course of study for the year 1980.
From 1980 to 1988, Mr. Croner was a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy, including service as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1982 to 1983. While serving in the Navy, Mr. Croner was awarded two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, and a Navy Commendation Medal for his performance as an attorney.
In his last Navy assignment, as an attorney with the Office of General Counsel at the National Security Agency (NSA), he was NSA’s litigation counsel on several major espionage trials and served as the NSA representative to the White House Interagency Group for the Iran-Contra Affair. He received a letter of commendation from President Ronald Reagan for his work in connection with Iran-Contra matters.
Upon joining the firm, Mr. Croner represented both plaintiffs and defendants in securities and other complex litigation involving both class and individual cases including: James O’Brien, et al. v. National Property Analysts Partners, et al., 88 CIV. 4153 (PKL) (S.D. N.Y.) (class action); Ramos, et al. v. Patrician Equities Corp., et al., 89 Civ. 5370 (TPG) (S.D. N.Y.) (class action); Sadler v. Stonehenge Capital Corp., et al., 89 Civ. 6512 (KC) (S.D. N.Y.) (class action);Rabin v. Concord Assets Group, Inc., et al., 89 Civ. 6130 (LBS) (S.D. N.Y.) (class action); Hastie v. AMCOR Capital, Inc., et al., CV 92-2392 (DT) (C.D. Cal.); Peoples Mortgage Co. v. Federal Nat’l. Mortgage Ass’n., No. 92-7275 (E.D. Pa.); and In re VMS Limited Partnership Securities Litigation, No. 90 C 2412 (N.D. Ill.) (class action).
Mr. Croner has been appointed as lead or co-lead counsel in a number of class actions in both federal and state courts. These include WEBBCO v. Tele-Communications, Inc., et al., No. 94-WM-2254 (D. Colo.) and The Carter Revocable Trust v. Tele-Communications, Inc., et al., No. 94-WM-2253 (D. Colo.) where Mr. Croner served as lead counsel for over 6800 limited partners in their litigation against Tele-Communications, Inc., then the largest cable television operator in the United States, and certain of TCI’s affiliates. Mr. Croner also was appointed as lead counsel for the class certified in Solo, et al. v. Duval County Housing Finance Authority, et al., No. 94-1952-CA, and, in this capacity, successfully achieved a settlement benefitting over 500 bondholders in Florida state court. Subsequently, Mr. Croner was appointed lead counsel in Goldenberg, et al. v. Marriott PLP Corp., et al., No. PJM 95-3461 (D. Md.) where, in August 1997, the court approved a settlement in the Marriott litigation which included a payment of more than $22 million to the class members.
More recently, Mr. Croner has served as lead or co-lead counsel in class and derivative actions including Alexander v. Two Winthrop Properties, Inc., No. 00-5602 (D.C. Sup. Ct.) (where nearly $7 million was awarded to the plaintiff class in July 2004), In re Nantucket Island Assoc. L.P. Unitholders Litigation, Cons. No. 17379 (Del. Ch. Ct. 2003) (where the court approved a settlement that included a payment of $9.75 million for the benefit of the class in April 2003), Estate of Edith Zimmerman v. GFB-AS Investors, LLC, No. 2022-VCS (Del. Ch. Ct. 2009) (where the court approved a settlement that included a payment to the class in excess of $6 million); Duffy v. Social Security Administration, et al., No. 99-W-3154 (E.D. Pa.); and Garrett v. Zon Capital Partners, LLC, No. 5607-CS (Del. Ch. Ct. 2012).
Mr. Croner is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Reported appellate decisions in cases Mr. Croner has argued include Joseph v. The Scranton Times, L.P., 89 A.3d 251 (Pa. Super. 2014); Mitchell Partners, L.P. v. Irex Corp., 53 A.3d 39 (Pa. 2011); Mitchell Partners, L.P. v. Irex Corp., 656 F.3d 201 (3rd Cir. 2010); Joseph v. The Scranton Times, L.P., 959 A.2d 633 (Pa. Super. 2008)
Mr. Croner holds the Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rating ® and has been named as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer”® on multiple occasions.