Craig brings unique expertise and experience to high-stakes litigation matters. While he relishes taking cases to trial (and has tried more than most Big Law litigation partners), he also understands that most clients ultimately prefer more cost-effective means of resolution. He thus works closely with each client to understand and implement the client’s goals, requirements and appetite for risk, and to craft a winning strategy for each case.

    During his nearly 35 years with the firm, Craig has litigated and tried or otherwise resolved an unusually wide variety of cases in Ohio and throughout the US. He has significant experience in general commercial, director and officer liability, professional liability, product liability, environmental, intellectual property, real estate, oil and gas, and personal injury litigation. He is also highly experienced in regulatory enforcement actions, legal ethics and professional liability matters, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution options.

    Craig is the former head of our Litigation team in Columbus and holds or has held a number of leadership positions in various industry and firm practice groups. Craig also belongs to a number of national, state and local bar associations, as well as professional committees. He also serves as a court-appointed mediator for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and as Ethics Partner and Loss Prevention Counsel to the firm. Craig regularly writes and speaks on topics ranging from professionalism and legal ethics to trial advocacy and mass tort defense.

    Craig is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for many years, named in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and listed in the most recent editions of Ohio Super Lawyers and The Legal 500 US. In addition, he was named Columbus Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation by Best Lawyers in 2016.

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    • Led the team that handled all litigation matters, including right-of-way acquisition and construction-related disputes, on a successful NGL pipeline project that crossed Ohio.
    • Served as co-lead counsel and core trial team leader in a toxic tort MDL pending in the Southern District of Ohio arising from alleged drinking water contamination.
    • Successfully defended a chemical company against RCRA claims arising from alleged contamination of a private sector supplier.
    • Lead trial counsel in a major ADA case involving public transit.
    • Obtained court validation of proposed financing for US$137 million airport expansion project.
    • Won a complete defense verdict for a major automotive component manufacturer in a wrongful death/product liability action tried to a jury in South Carolina, and successfully resolving numerous other automotive product liability cases throughout the US.
    • Obtained the dismissal of a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a fire-resistant fabric used in automobile racing suits.
    • Obtained a declaratory and specific performance judgment confirming a prominent biological science company’s ownership of and rights to an important genetic patent, then successfully defended the judgment before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
    • Won a US$10.4 million eminent domain award for a private water utility.
    • Successfully defended a large Ohio-based law firm in a multimillion-dollar malpractice/breach of fiduciary duty action.
    • Served on a trial team that won a breach of fiduciary duty case against the directors and officers of a failed savings and loan company, recovering US$21.5 million.
    • Defeated a patent infringement action brought against a biotech company.
    • Successfully prosecuted/defended several CERCLA/VAP private cost recovery actions and successfully defeated a Clean Water Act case against a large US city.

    Education

    • University of Virginia, J.D., 1981
    • Dartmouth College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 1981

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio

    Languages

    • English
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, an honor based on an exhaustive peer-review process
    • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers, a distinction honoring the top lawyers in the state

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