Title: Lawyer (Retired)
Company: RJR Nabisco, Inc.
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
George D. Newton Jr., Retired Lawyer at RJR Nabisco, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.
Mr. Newton is a respected and accomplished attorney whose professional life was spent serving in the best interest of others in the field of law. Most recently serving as the vice president and deputy general counsel at RJR Nabisco, Inc., in Winston-Salem, NC, from 1985 until his retirement in 1991, he previously held the roles of partner and associate with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, IL, between 1958 and 1985. In addition, he was a longstanding faculty member at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he taught a course on complex litigation from 1991 to 2003.
RJR Nabisco, Inc., was an American conglomerate which sold tobacco and food products. Although the corporation stopped operating as a single entity in 1999, its components still exist today as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Nabisco, which is affiliated with Mondelēz International, Inc.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Newton was the director of the task force on firearms with the U.S. National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence in Washington, DC, from 1968 to 1969. In the same vein, he has authored two books regarding firearms and the legal industry, “Firearms and Violence in American Life,” published in 1969, and “My Life inside Big-Case Litigation,” published recently in 2017.
Mr. Newton holds a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Laws from Yale University, where he served as the director of the moot court at Yale Law School. While pursuing higher education, he served in the Counter Intelligence Corps with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1955, subsequently serving in the Republic of Korea for a brief period of time. After graduating with his law degree, he was admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois in 1958 and the state of North Carolina in 1989.
Married to Marja H. Newton since 1955, Mr. Newton is the proud father of four children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A native of Rochester, NY, he enjoys collecting coins and stamps in his spare time. Notably, Mr. Newton has been highlighted in the seventh edition of Who’s Who in American Law and several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in America.
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