George Hittner joined Manhattan Resources after spending the better part of five years providing partner placement services to candidates and law firms throughout Texas. As Manhattan Resources’ SVP for Legal Executive Search, George brings a unique combination of legal, legislative, political and corporate experience and focuses his practice on consulting with businesses and law firms to implement successful growth strategies to improve and expand their business operations and human capital infrastructures.
George is also President and Managing Shareholder at The Hittner Group, a firm focusing on the intersection of business, public policy and the law. Mr. Hittner is a seasoned general counsel and attorney who has marshaled and supervised skilled legal teams to take on a broad range of tasks often handled by corporate legal departments. He is also an experienced litigator who has managed hundreds of lawsuits, including several that have been favorably resolved by various state supreme courts and U.S. courts of appeal.
Before founding The Hittner Group, Mr. Hittner worked as general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice president for governmental relations at Mesa, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS), the North American market leader in traffic photo enforcement safety equipment. At ATS, Mr. Hittner managed the company’s full spectrum of legal and legislative affairs, including supervising more than 40 external law firms and 75 external consultants and lobbyists across numerous states, territories and Canadian provinces. He also established and managed the company’s in-house legal and legislative teams. His many achievements at ATS resulted in Mr. Hittner being named “Litigator of the Year” in 2013 by the Arizona chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Prior to joining ATS, Mr. Hittner worked as a White House appointee at both the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Hittner also worked for a major Texas-based law firm as an associate in the business litigation and employment and labor law sections. In the political arena, Mr. Hittner served as the statewide campaign manager for the 2002 successful re-election campaign of then-Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips. He also worked on then-Gov. George W. Bush’s successful 1998 re-election campaign and ran for a Houston City Council seat, in addition to serving as an analyst and attorney in the Texas Legislature for a state senator.
A native Texan, Mr. Hittner is an Eagle Scout who is active on both the local and national levels with the Boy Scouts of America. He is the founder and a member of the board of the Houston Firefighters Foundation, and he was a founding member of the Houston Police Foundation.