GEORGE CHERNOFF & ASSOCIATES, P.A.
George Chernoff was a native New Yorker, educated at CCNY and St. John’s University School of Law. He joined the legal staff of DCASR New York in 1971. On 14 August 1977, he was appointed as Deputy Counsel.
Admitted to practice in 1936 George joined the prestigious law firm Cardozo and Nathan as an Associate Attorney. He left the firm during WWII to serve as a civilian attorney with the judge Advocate’s Division of the Army Air Corps. At the end of WWII he returned to private practice. He received an Award of Merit from the Air Technical Service Command.
In private practice he specialized in trade association representation and was actively engaged in handling contractual matters, litigation and bankruptcies. In one of the more interesting aspects of his practice, he represented the American Society of Magazine Photgraphers, authored columns in Camera magazine and Popular Photography on legal problems in this field. The book was first published 20 years ago and new editions updating the book have been published periodically. The Fifth Edition of the book was recently released and received an excellent review in the New York Times in December 1977.
When he returned to the government, George tried successfully a number of major cases for DCASR New York which were written up Goverment Contract Publications. In one these cases (Singer Kearfott), he established an atecedent as to the non allowibility under ASPR 15 of the costs of employees stock purchase plans which had an impact on all Goverment contractors having similar plans and cost reimbursement contracts.This decision resulted in a tremendous cost saving to the Government. In another landmark case on Defective Pricing (Dewey Electronics), he persuaded the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals to sustain a reduction in the contract price even though the case did not technically meet the requirements of a Defective Pricing case since the ACO discvoered the overpricing before the final agreement was reached. George considers his most important legal achievement achievement the brief which he prepared for the Department of Justice before the U.S. Circuit Court Appeals in the Double H Predicts case which upheld the Government’s priority in progress payment property over a bank which loaned money the contractor and claimed a superior lien under a secuirty agreement filed under the Uniform Commercial Code.
He is survived by two children. Carl worked at our Springfield office for a breif period after graduation from law school prior to his entrance in to the Army as an ROTC JAG Officer. Carl is now a successful labor lawyer.