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; another twelve jury trials as lead or second counsel in military trial courts; and has briefed and argued five appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals. He has successfully litigated 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. He has successfully represented finance industry professionals facing SEC and FINRA enforcement actions, litigated numerous arbitration actions, and represented dozens of American servicemen and women before Administrative Separation Boards that determined the futures of their military careers.
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. Craig was one of three AUSAs assigned to the 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, orders violations, and dereliction of duty; and obtained the complete dismissal of aggravated sexual assault charges against an enlisted Sailor after a hotly contested Article 32 hearing. Craig litigated more than forty Administrative Separation Boards, repeatedly preserving the careers and retirements of Sailors and Marines who had given decades of service to the United States. In 2007, Craig volunteered for deployment to Fallujah, Iraq with Regimental Combat Team – 6, United States Marine Corps.
Since 2012, Craig has applied his background as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Naval prosecutor to the challenges faced by businesses, individuals, and government agencies in Texas and worldwide. He has litigated a broad variety of business disputes, including extensive work on energy-industry matters. These have ranged from lawsuits involving delinquent payment for drilling supplies, to complex arbitrations involving cost overruns at the construction of one of North America’s largest refineries. 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. Both were resolved on favorable terms after substantial briefing before federal courts. He has also successfully litigated civil cases arising from import/export trade contracts, employee compensation disputes, and real estate contracts.
In his White Collar/Internal Investigations work, Craig has advised a Fortune 500 company applicant in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s Corporate Leniency Program and the nearly two-year internal investigation that resulted. The matter was resolved when the Department of Justice closed its investigation. He has successfully represented clients facing enforcement proceedings before FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and has investigated Stark Law/Anti-Kickback Statute/False Claims Act allegations on behalf of Texas hospitals and medical practices.
Craig is admitted to practice law in Texas and North Carolina, and admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit, all four U.S. District Courts in Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (“CAAF”), and the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals.