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Craig M. Warner
Biography

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.


Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia, 2004
  • B.A., With Distinction, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2001
Representative Matters
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, twice tried drug syndicate kingpin cases to jury, resulting each time in conviction on all counts and a life sentence.
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, obtained convictions for bribery and illegal gratuities in a case involving an Army Officer secretly receiving cash from Iraqi contractors during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, led a three-year interagency investigation involving multiple Title III wiretaps into an international syndicate, then secured the indictment and conviction of more than a dozen conspirators, including a prison official.
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, was one of three Department of Justice officials assigned to lead the interagency task force responsible for the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of serial killer Israel Keyes.
  • As a Naval prosecutor, obtained the conviction of a senior officer for insurance fraud years after the fraud was complete.
  • Obtained a substantial judgment at summary judgment, including pre-and-post judgment interest, in a federal court against a Brazilian importer of a popular American beer after the importer refused to pay for $1.8 million in shipments.
  • Conducted internal investigations for hospitals and medical practices on Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, and False Claims Act allegations raised in qui tam litigation.
  • 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.
  • Obtained a substantial judgment in Texas state court on behalf of a supplier of essential energy industry products whose customers had failed to make prompt payment.
Noteworthy
  • Commended by the Department of Justice for excellence in trial work during a “difficult” seven-day jury trial resulting in a successful conviction: “[Though] the evidence against [the defendant] was the weakest among all of the co-conspirators….AUSA Warner cross-examined the defendant and was able to elicit damaging testimony that made the defendant’s explanation for his presence at the scene implausible.”
  • Awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal for outstanding achievements as a Naval Prosecutor: “Inheriting a high-visibility child sex case that had stalled for 18 months, quickly compelled a favorable deal for the government through exceptional advocacy and unparalleled tenacity. Responsible for the successful prosecution of a [Lieutenant Commander] for insurance fraud, handling this sensitive case with aplomb.”
  • Served as Deputy Regimental Judge Advocate – Detainee Operations with Regimental Combat Team – 6, United States Marine Corps, in Fallujah, Iraq in 2006 and 2007.
  • Qualified as an U.S. Army Airborne Paratrooper through service with the Texas Army National Guard IN 2016. In a two-week exercise in Africa in 2017, trained hundreds of senior African military Officers in the Law of Armed Conflict and Counterinsurgency.
Activities & Memberships
  • Captain – Texas Army National Guard
  • Dallas Bar Association, Litigation and Criminal Law Sections