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Craig M. Warner
Biography

As a veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Navy, Craig M. Warner uses his experience to solve problems and litigate cases for large corporations, small businesses, and individuals. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he litigated complex jury and bench trials in federal courts, including matters of fraud, violent crime, environmental offenses, and international drug trafficking and money laundering. Earlier, as a Naval prosecutor, he tried dozens of cases in military trial courts. Since entering private practice in 2012, Craig has litigated hundreds of civil cases at Summary Judgment, bench trial, or by plea or settlement, including disputes arising from import/export trade contracts, energy-industry supply problems, luxury real estate transactions, and federal class action claims. He has successfully represented Registered Investment Advisors and Broker-Dealers facing SEC and FINRA enforcement actions and in FINRA arbitrations, litigated high-value finance and construction arbitrations, and conducted intensive internal investigations into antitrust, Stark Law, and Anti-Kickback Statute allegations.


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 and finance industry matters. These have ranged from lawsuits involving delinquent payment for drilling supplies, to FINRA arbitrations involving the use of confidential firm information and trade secrets, to complex arbitrations involving cost overruns at the construction of one of North America’s largest refineries. He has also 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.

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 represented Registered Investment Advisors facing enforcement proceedings before FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and has successfully obtained the outright dismissal of such enforcement actions by both FINRA and the SEC. He has also 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.

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., With Distinction, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2001

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • The Western District of North Carolina
  • The Eastern District of Wisconsin
Representative Matters
  • Obtained a complete plaintiff’s verdict and substantial judgment at summary judgment, including pre-and-post judgment interest, in a federal court against a Brazilian importer of a popular American beer after the importer refused to pay for $1.8 million in shipments.
  • Represented Registered Investment Advisors facing enforcement proceedings before FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission, successfully obtaining the outright dismissal of such enforcement actions by both FINRA and the SEC.
  • Conducted internal investigations for hospitals and medical practices on Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, and False Claims Act allegations raised in qui tam litigation.
  • Advised a Fortune 100 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 closed its investigation.
  • Obtained a substantial judgment as lead counsel in Texas state court on behalf of a supplier of essential energy industry products whose customers had failed to make prompt payment.
  • As lead counsel for the State of Texas in a complex federal civil rights class action case, led a litigation team of eight attorneys and worked extensively with leaders in the Attorney General’s Office, Governor’s Office, and Legislature to successfully secure a favorable settlement.
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, twice tried drug syndicate kingpin cases to jury as lead counsel, resulting each time in conviction on all counts and a life sentence.
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, obtained convictions for bribery and illegal gratuities in a case involving an Army Officer secretly receiving cash from Iraqi contractors during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, led a three-year interagency investigation involving multiple Title III wiretaps into an international syndicate, then secured the indictment and conviction of more than a dozen conspirators, including a prison official.
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, was one of three Department of Justice officials assigned to lead the interagency task force responsible for the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of serial killer Israel Keyes.
  • As part of a small team, successfully obtained the closing of enforcement investigations from a number of finance industry entities facing investigation by the SEC and FINRA.
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, successfully represented the United States in five appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals.
  • As a Naval prosecutor, obtained the conviction of a senior officer for insurance fraud years after the fraud was complete.
  • As a Naval prosecutor, obtained the conviction of a senior Sailor as lead counsel at Court Martial for security clearance violations relating to the “SF-86” background form.
  • As lead Naval Defense Counsel, obtained a complete acquittal at Court-Martial for a Marine Corps Staff Sergeant charged with hazing, orders violations, and dereliction of duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • As lead Naval Defense Counsel, obtained the complete dismissal of aggravated sexual assault charges after a hotly litigated Article 32 preliminary hearing, successfully preventing referral of charges to Court-Martial.
  • As lead Naval Defense Counsel, obtained recommendations of “retention” for numerous Sailors and Marines facing Administrative Separation Boards, thereby preserving military careers and retirements.
Noteworthy
  • Commended by the Department of Justice for excellence in trial work during a “difficult” seven-day jury trial resulting in a successful conviction: “[Though] the evidence against [the defendant] was the weakest among all of the co-conspirators....AUSA Warner cross-examined the defendant and was able to elicit damaging testimony that made the defendant’s explanation for his presence at the scene implausible.”
  • Awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal for outstanding achievements as a Naval Prosecutor: “Inheriting a high-visibility child sex case that had stalled for 18 months, quickly compelled a favorable deal for the government through exceptional advocacy and unparalleled tenacity. Responsible for the successful prosecution of a [Lieutenant Commander] for insurance fraud, handling this sensitive case with aplomb.”
  • Served as Deputy Regimental Judge Advocate – Detainee Operations with Regimental Combat Team – 6, United States Marine Corps, in Fallujah, Iraq in 2006 and 2007, earning the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Officer Warfare Qualification, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Eagle, Globe & Anchor Insignia, and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among other awards.
  • Continuing military service as a Reservist, qualified as an Airborne Paratrooper at the U.S. Army Airborne School, traveled to Africa to train indigenous militaries during Operation Flintlock 2017. And provided humanitarian relief during Hurricane Harvey.
  • Qualified as an U.S. Army Airborne Paratrooper through service with the Texas Army National Guard in 2016. In a two-week exercise in Africa in 2017, trained hundreds of senior African military Officers in the Law of Armed Conflict and Counterinsurgency.
Activities & Memberships
  • Captain – Judge Advocate, Texas Army National Guard
  • Dallas Bar Association, Litigation and Criminal Sections
  • St. Thomas More Society, Dallas Chapter