George J. Viertel
June 10, 1912 – July 3, 2007
George Joseph Viertel, attorney, arbitrator, mediator and consulting engineer, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Born June 10, 1912 in New York City, NY, the son of William Viertel and Marie Dorothy Reichert Viertel. Mr. Viertel earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree, BSCE from New York University, College of Engineering, New York City in 1934; his Law Degree (LL.B) from LaSalle Extension University, Chicago, IL in 1952; was awarded an Honorary Law Degree, (J.D.) from Bernadean University, Las Vegas, NV in 1973; earned his Th.D. degree from Bernadean University in 1974; and was a warded an honorary PhD degree from United States University of America, Washington, DC in 1977.
Mr. Viertel was licensed as an attorney in Virginia in 1954, in the District of Columbia in 1972, and in Maryland in 1981. As an active member of the Bars of those jurisdictions, he practiced in his earlier years in the Tidewater, Newport News and Norfolk areas, and since the late 1970's has been in private practice in Northern Virginia, D.C., and the Montgomery County and Prince Georges County, Maryland courts. During the early 1970's he served as Conseil Juridique in Nice, France. He was a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD; the Virginia Bar Association of Trial Lawyers; and the Construction Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. He served as the first Chairman of the Tidewater, Virginia Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association from 1965-1967; and was a Life Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and served as President of the Peninsula Chapter of the ASCE from 1965-1967; and also served as President of the Peninsula Chapter of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers from 1956-1957.
Mr. Viertel has been an active participant in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), and has been an active member of the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution, and other ADR societies. He has served as volunteer arbitrator and or mediator since the early 1980's for the Superior Court for the District of Columbia; the Attorney-Client Fee and Malpractice Arbitration Panel for the D.C. Bar; the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD; as certified mediator for the Circuit Court of Baltimore City; chaired multi-million dollar arbitration claims for the American Arbitration Association; the Better Business Bureau, D.C. Auto-Line; the Fee Arbitration Committee for the Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD; and has been designated as Certified Advanced Civil Mediator by the Supreme Court of Virginia, (JVC).
He held licenses as a Professional Engineer in Maryland, Virginia, D.D., New York, and Wisconsin. In his early days, before he commenced the practice of law, he practiced engineering, and served as engineer on the New York City subway system, New York City Board of Water Supply during the construction of the Delaware Water Supply System, and as construction superintendent for commercial buildings in New York City. During World War II, he served a field engineer during the early development of the Langley Field Station for NACA, in Hampton; also served as project engineer for the development of the Wallops Island Rocket Launching Station for NASA prior to the first rocket tests which launched a monkey into space from that station. He later joined as partner and Chief Engineer with the Architect and Engineering firm of Associated Architects and Engineers in Newport News, VA, where he was involved with commercial, governmental, and residential design projects, including the Palmer Park subdivision and shopping center development in Prince Georges County, MD, the Fire Department Headquarters building in Hampton, and a printing plant for Newport Business Forms, Inc in Whitewater, WI.
He is survived by his daughter, Elise Robertson and husband Joe of Newport News; grandchildren, Jolie Lynch and husband Danny, Brandon Saunders and wife Danielle, both of Richmond; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Molly and William Lynch, and Graydon and Sophie Saunders; by his long time companion, Liliane Pomerleau of Rockville, MD; by his "Maryland Family" daughters, Carol Stuart and husband Kevin, Christine Saunders and husband Chris, Colette Pieper and husband Larry; grandchildren, Sophia, Sonja, and Michael Stuart, and Keira Pieper. Special thanks to Dr. John Brady and Jeannie for all of their kindness, compassion and support to the staff at Shelton on the Bay for the kindness and care given.