“Clients expect, and deserve, two things from a lawyer: attention and results. A lawyer who doesn’t genuinely listen to his clients will not be able to hone in on the results they need. The most effective communication and strategy starts with putting together the right team for each case. I make that happen.”
A competitive ultra-marathon runner, Craig knows a lot about endurance and keeping the goal in sight. He specializes in complex commercial litigation from the plaintiff/creditor side, particularly for construction claimants, sureties and health care providers. Craig is widely recognized for his ability to tackle the most complex and challenging matters, using creative strategies and approaches to the law, and, above all, persistence.
Craig has garnered national recognition in construction claim and commercial collection litigation throughout the United States. His practice emphasizes teamwork, and his ability to assemble and draw from the unique skills and talents of each team member has yielded exceptional results. Recently, his team jumped on the chance to enforce a six-figure judgment originally entered in 1991 that many lawyers were convinced was uncollectable. Using some inventive lawyering and applying a novel theory that was without real precedent, Craig and his team prevailed, convincing the court to freeze funds specifically for their client. When the debtor, a very sophisticated debt avoider, filed a sequence of motions and objections, Craig’s team successfully fought each one — a victory 20 years in the making.
Craig is the author of Trivial(?) Imperfections: The California Mechanics’ Lien Recording Statutes, 27 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 735 (1994), an oft-cited 150-year history of the construction claims procedures. He is also devoted to training and mentoring junior attorneys and staff, and ensuring quality work and consistent success. His role as mentor ensures a team-oriented environment with cohesive, immediate and coordinated attention to assure the best outcome for clients.
B.S., Humboldt State University, 1980
M.S.B.A., San Francisco State University, 1990
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1994; Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review (Outstanding Editor Award Recipient, 1994)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
State Bar of California
American Bar Association (American Bar Association Law Practice Management Group)
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association (Healthcare Law Section)
Trivial(?) Imperfections: The California Mechanics’ Lien Recording Statutes, 27 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 735 (1994)
Manual of Credit and Commercial Laws, Contributor/Editor, National Association of Credit Management (NACM)
Sully-Miller Contracting Co. v. Gledson Cashman Construction, Inc., 103 Cal.App.4th 30, 126 Cal.Rptr.2d 400 (2002)