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George R. Willy

Mr. Willy is the founder and principal of Willy, Nanayakkara & Associates Attorneys and Counselors at Law. Over the last 35 years, Mr. Willy has built the Houston-based firm from a single attorney practice to a bustling five-attorney firm with a presence in Atlanta, Georgia, Toronto, Canada and Mumbai, India.

Activities, Honors and Community Involvement

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • Chair of Houston Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for South Asia, 2013-2014
  • Vice-Chair, Christus Health System of the Gulf Coast Region; 2013-2014;
  • Attendee, White House Briefing to Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Leaders, 2012;
  • Board Member, Asian American Justice Center, 2011 – 2017;
  • Board Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs, Houston Chapter, 2011 – 2012;
  • Advisory Board, DAYA, 2009 – 2012;
  • Mayor’s Appointee, Houston Zoo Board, 2006 – 2012;
  • Vice-Chair, United Way Asian Pacific Islander Community Campaign, 2002-2003;
  • Attendee, Conference, Hosted by Vice-President Gore in honor of Prime Minister Vajpayee’s Visit to the United States, 2000;
  • Attendee, President’s Announcement of Appointees to the Asian-American Advisory Commission, White House Rose Garden, 2000;
  • Attendee, White House Briefing on President Clinton’s Trip to India, 2000;
  • Chairman, South Asian Chamber of Commerce, 1998;
  • Participant, Round Table Conference on Asian Issues with President Clinton and Vice-President Gore, 1997;
  • Attendee, White House Briefing on Administration Policies affecting Asians, 1997;
  • Participant, White House Consultation on Immigration Reform Legislation, 1996;
  • Attendee, White House Briefings on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Visits to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, 1995;
  • Attendee, White House Briefing and Consultation on U.S. Policy in South Asia, 1994;
  • Delegate, Delegation of South Asian Leaders to the White House, 1994;
  • Appointee, Trade and Commerce Representative in the United States (by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape of South Africa), 1994;
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1993;
  • Member, State Bar Journal Committee, 1993;
  • Represented Texas Governor in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan to promote Trade with Texas, 1993;
  • Editor-in-Chief, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Journal, 1992;
  • Co-Chairman, International Business Opportunities Task Force at the Texas Department of Commerce, 1991-1993;
  • President, Asian American Bar Association, 1991-1992;
  • Delegate, American Lawyer Delegation to Japan, 1988.


  • McMaster University, Canada (B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, double honors, Summa Cum Laude, 1979);
  • South Texas College of Law (Doctor of Jurisprudence 1985).

Professional Awards and Affiliations

  • United States Supreme Court – Admitted to Practice;
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas – Admitted to Practice;
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Admitted to Practice;
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – Admitted to Practice;
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit – Admitted to Practice;
  • State Bar of Texas – Admitted to Practice;
  • Certified Mediator, A. A. White Dispute Resolution Institute, 1992.