George Felos

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George J. Felos
BornMarch 1952
New York
EducationJ.D., Boston University School of Law

George James Felos (born March 1952) is an American lawyer specializing in right-to-die cases. He is best known for representing Terri Schiavo's husband Michael.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Raised Greek-Orthodox, Felos graduated from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1976. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977.


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.[permanent dead link]

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