Sharp and bold, Craig provides clients a clear plan of attack when the stakes are high and the mission is critical. Whether litigating a highly charged case drawing public attention or plotting a course through a regulatory thicket impacting top executives, he serves as a powerful advocate for clients’ complex and sensitive issues.
Craig advises clients ranging from middle market companies to Fortune 500 corporations on how to manage active and potential litigation and investigations. He works side-by-side with clients, their executives, officers, directors and in-house counsel to formulate litigation strategies that are commensurate with the client’s overall business goals. Where appropriate, he knows how to settle cases quickly, and as an experienced trial lawyer, he can lead trial teams in both state and federal courts throughout Texas, North Carolina and the nation.
Craig has represented Fortune 500 companies, some of the nation’s largest, privately held businesses, and key Texas state agencies in the energy, financial services, insurance and consumer sectors. He also regularly represents small and midsized businesses, 501(c)(3) organizations and individuals, both before and during litigation and government investigations. His experience includes complex class action defense, multimillion-dollar construction arbitrations and real estate disputes, and financial industry litigation, as well as the direct recovery of amounts due for goods and services rendered by small and midsized vendors.
Prior to joining Bell Nunnally, Craig served as both a Naval Officer and Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was lead counsel for the United States in multiple jury trials that resulted in life sentences for criminal kingpins.
Craig advises business clients and their key constituents regarding the viability of legal actions and potential defenses, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of a range of litigation strategies, including mediations and arbitrations. In his pre-litigation counseling, he has assisted clients with disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, business torts (such as unfair competition, defamation and fraud), and a range of activities that trigger potential criminal liability.
As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Naval Judge Advocate and Assistant Attorney General for the Texas Attorney General’s office, Craig has more than eight years of experience as lead trial counsel on a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. These include international and interstate drug trafficking and money laundering prosecutions, the defense of complex federal class action claims, and the defense of senior U.S. Marines against allegations of hazing arising from events in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Since entering private practice in 2012, Craig has litigated countless civil cases at summary judgment, bench trial, or by plea or settlement, including disputes arising from import/export trade contracts, energy industry supply problems, and luxury real estate transactions.
In addition, Craig has broad class-action defense experience. He has represented one of Forbes’ “100 Largest Private Companies” as associate counsel in a major consumer class action, served as lead counsel for the State of Texas in another federal class action, and appeared as both associate and lead counsel in securities class actions. He has repeatedly litigated such cases to favorable settlements approved by federal courts.
FINRA Arbitrations and Enforcement Proceedings
Craig has considerable experience representing brokerage houses and individual Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) in regulatory proceedings. He has represented both brokerage houses and individual advisors in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) intra-industry arbitrations focused on nonsolicitation covenants and the use of proprietary information. He also regularly represents RIAs and other financial professionals facing enforcement proceedings before the FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and has repeatedly obtained the dismissal of such enforcement actions or significant reductions in the penalties sought.
White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations/Compliance
In his white collar/internal investigations work, Craig was associate counsel for a Fortune 500 company applicant in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Corporate Leniency Program and the nearly two-year internal investigation that resulted, which ultimately resolved when the Department of Justice closed its investigation. He has investigated alleged violations of federal law threatened against Texas hospitals and medical practices, represented businesses and 501(c)(3) organizations facing False Claims Act allegations, and proactively advised businesses and 501(c)(3) organizations about compliance issues.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Craig successfully represented the United States in five appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals. These included complex Fourth Amendment and trial evidence issues.