Bell Nunnally has elected Craig M. Warner as its newest partner; he was previously senior counsel.
Warner is a member of the firm’s Litigation and White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Defense practices, focusing on financial and business disputes, as well as criminal matters, including conspiracy, fraud, bribery, money laundering, forfeiture of property and misappropriation.
“Craig is a skilled practitioner whose wealth of knowledge and experience contribute to the breadth and depth of our white collar defense and litigation practices, as well as strengthening and supporting our client-first culture,” said James Skochdopole, Bell Nunnally managing partner.
Warner has litigated six jury trials as lead counsel in federal courts and 12 jury trials as lead or second counsel in military trial courts, as well as briefing and arguing five appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He has successfully resolved hundreds of other civil and criminal cases at Summary Judgment, bench trial, or by plea or settlement, including disputes arising from import/export trade contracts, energy-industry supply problems, licensing disputes and federal class action claims.
In Warner’s White Collar/Internal Investigations work, he regularly represents finance industry professionals facing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement actions. He also has investigated Stark Law/Anti-Kickback Statute/False Claims Act allegations on behalf of Texas hospitals and medical practices. His service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and as both Prosecutor and Defense Counsel in the U.S. Navy, adds significant front-line experience to the Firm’s White Collar/Regulatory practice.
Since 2015, Warner has served in the Texas Army National Guard, which follows his five years of active duty service as a Naval Officer and Judge Advocate from 2004 to 2009. He is currently a Captain and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. In December 2018, he was an Honor Graduate at the Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course, and he holds both Airborne Paratrooper and a Fleet Marine Force Officer Warfare Qualifications. Warner has represented dozens of American servicemen and women before Administrative Separation Boards that determined the futures of their military careers, and advised senior Officers in operational legal matters while deployed to Fallujah, Iraq.
Warner is also a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Texas Attorney General’s office. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2004) and the University of North Carolina (B.A., with distinction, 2001).