George Short

George Short



Over 40 years serving as a trusted advisor to high net worth individuals, family offices and private investors. Unmatched business, tax and private wealth expertise. 

After four decades serving as tax, business and general legal counsel to some of the nation’s most successful individuals and private businesses, few can rival the diverse matters George Short has handled throughout his career. He is the legal counsel ultra-high net worth individuals and families go to for tax and business advice on a wide variety of interrelated legal, financial and interpersonal issues, often serving as the family’s trusted advisor. From years of advising high profile entertainers, athletes and entertainment industry executives, George has developed special expertise in entertainment industry transactions, including personal planning engagements that involve the disposition and management of copyrights, publishing catalogs and celebrity goodwill, and structuring, forming and ongoing representation of entities formed to exploit his clients’ intellectual property. 

George is known for advising his clients as an attorney who is a kindhearted person with a big picture mindset and an expansive network. He is also a stalwart leader both in the legal industry and in the community serving as a director, officer and advisor to many nonprofit organizations.

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  • J.D., 1974, California Western School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., 1971, University of California, Los Angeles


  • California, 1974
  • U.S. Tax Court


Santa Barbara County Bar Association

Community Involvement


Executive Committee, Sutter Health Central Coast Advisory Board, 2023-present

Board of Trustees, Sansum Clinic, 2017-2023

Board of Directors, Direct Relief International, 2009-2015

Board of Directors (1998-present) and Past President (2000-2001), Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation

Board of Directors and Secretary/Treasurer, The Glendon Association, 1985-present 

Board of Advisors, UCLA School of Public Affairs, 2009-2012

Board of Directors, West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation, 2000-present



Best Lawyers in America, 2024

Who's Who in Business Leadership, Pacific Coast Business Times, 2018

California Super Lawyers

Executive Editor, California Western Law Review

Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel

Worth Magazine Top 100 Attorneys