George Felos

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George Felos is an American lawyer specializing in right-to-die cases. He is best known for representing Terri Schiavo's husband Michael.[1]

Articles relating to the
Terri Schiavo case

Main article
Public opinion and activism

Persistent vegetative state

Living will
Others involved

James E. King
Randall Terry
William Hammesfahr
George Greer
James D. Whittemore
George Felos


In 1990 he represented the family of Estelle Browning in an earlier right-to-die case at the Florida Supreme Court.[2] Browning while still healthy had written a living will asking not to be artificially kept alive, before suffering a serious stroke which had left her in a nursing home reliant on a feeding tube for nearly 3 years; a judge had prevented the will being enacted, but Felos litigated the case even after Browning's death in 1989.[3] In 1990 in a "landmark ruling" the Florida Supreme Court decided in Browning's favor, ruling that the permanently incapacitated need not be force-fed.[4]

His conduct in the Schiavo case caused controversy, because he had Terry Schiavo moved to the Woodside Hospice, Florida, where until recently he had been chairman of the board.[5]

He is also the author of Litigation as Spiritual Practice (Blue Dolphin Publishing), which combined discussion of legal practice with spiritual reflections on meditation and new-age religious beliefs.[6]


  1. ^ Tubbs, Sharon (May 25, 2001). "The spirit and the law". St Petersburg Times (Florida). Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Colby, William H (2007). Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn. p. 15. 
  3. ^ "Florida Woman Dies Attached to a Tube; Legal Fight Goes On". New York Times. July 19, 1989. 
  4. ^ "Right-to-die law defined by local case". St Petersburg Times (Florida). October 13, 2003. 
  5. ^ Didion, Joan (Jun 9, 2005). "The Case of Theresa Schiavo". New York Review of Books. 
  6. ^ Pfeiffer, Eric (March 30, 2005). "Odd Felos". National Review. 

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