George Ballas is senior and managing partner at Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates L.P.C. George heads the firm’s IP, IT & CT practice group and the firm’s GDPR Compliance Program. His diverse career includes holding the posts of Secretary General, Hellenic Parliament; board member, Public Power Corporation; chairman, PPC Insurance Board; chairman, Association for the Establishment of Libraries; general legal counsel and member of the board, Fiat Auto Hellas SA; lead outside counsel for Greece, Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Hellas SA. He is a member of the Athens Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the International Trademark Association, an advocate before the Supreme Courts of Greece and a qualified European patent attorney. He read law at the Universities of Athens and Paris and was admitted to practice in Athens in 1972. In addition to heading the firm’s litigation practice in complex pharmaceutical patents and anti-counterfeiting cases, he regularly advises clients in developing and managing strategic initiatives for optimizing intellectual assets protection, exploitation and enforcement. George has authored articles and contributed chapters to a variety of IP, IT & CT publications and has lectured on patent issues