Craig M. Warner is a member of the firm’s white collar defense and litigation practice areas. He has litigated six jury trials as lead counsel in federal courts, and another dozen jury trials as lead or second counsel in military trial courts. He has briefed and argued a number of criminal appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals, and successfully litigated hundreds of other civil and criminal cases at Summary Judgment or by plea or settlement. Craig is licensed in both Texas and North Carolina, and admitted to practice before all four U.S. District Courts in Texas.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Craig prosecuted complex drug trafficking/money laundering conspiracies, bribery and fraud offenses, and violent crime. In two cases, he obtained the imposition of a life sentence after securing guilty verdicts as lead counsel at the jury trials of narcotics conspiracy kingpins. He also led a three-year interagency investigation into an international syndicate involving multiple Title III wiretaps, then secured the indictment and conviction of more than a dozen conspirators. At the same time, he investigated and prosecuted bribery, illegal gratuities, and fraud offenses. Craig was one of three AUSAs assigned to the interagency task force responsible for the investigation and apprehension of serial killer Israel Keyes.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Craig served for five years as a Naval Judge Advocate. As a Naval prosecutor, he brought charges and secured convictions in cases involving insurance fraud by senior officers, sexual exploitation of minors, and complex security clearance violations. As a Naval Defense Counsel, he obtained the complete acquittal at Court-Martial of a Marine Staff Sergeant charged with hazing and dereliction of duty.
Craig applies his background as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Naval prosecutor to the challenges faced by businesses in Texas and worldwide. He has defended several complex federal class actions — representing one of the Forbes “100 Largest Private Companies” as associate counsel in one, then serving as lead counsel for the State of Texas in another. He has investigated Stark Law/Anti-Kickback Statute/False Claims Act allegations on behalf of Texas hospitals, and advised a Fortune 100 company applicant in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s Corporate Leniency Program and the nearly two-year internal investigation that resulted. He has successfully litigated cases arising from import/export trade contracts, energy-industry supply problems, and cost overruns at one of North America’s largest refineries.