Craig is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office and has been with the firm since 2001. He is a member of the Business Litigation practice and serves as Chair of both the Sports Law and Criminal Law practices. He is also a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits, Business Torts, Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchise, Healthcare and Environmental practices. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, education law, sports law, and complex white collar criminal defense law. Prior to joining the firm, Craig served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, prosecuting a number of high-profile cases.
Craig is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and is honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer for his many career successes. The Leadership Louisville 2009 graduate has successfully defended a Top 10 NCAA Division 1 Football Coach and the Athletic Association against a student alleging improprieties in the granting of football scholarships. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the Coach and the Athletic Association and awarded no damages. He was also the lead prosecutor in a high profile Workplace Violence case, which ended in convictions on two counts of Intentional Murder.
Craig is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar associations, and also the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He was honored as a Business First Forty Under 40 Recipient in 2003 and named "Pick of the Judges" in 2006 by Louisville Magazine's Best Lawyers Under Age 40. Currently, he serves as the chairman of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and as the coordinator and director of Training for the Jefferson County Teen Court. He coaches the Mock Trial Team at Saint Xavier High School and is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force. In his spare time, Craig coaches soccer and enjoys hiking and restoring antique automobiles.
The Coach and Athletic Association were sued by a former student-athlete who alleged improprieties in the granting of football scholarships. A decision against the Athletic Association and the Coach would have affected recruiting of college athletes at every level. Trial in this matter lasted two weeks with well-known experts from various college football programs testifying for each side. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict on all counts and awarded no damages.
When a small minority of the shareholders prevailed in derivative action, SKO was brought in to advise the majority owners. A merger transaction both ended the derivative action by depriving the minority of standing and provided a means of redeeming their shares so similar suits may not be brought in the future. The minority shareholders initiated a dissenter rights action, which was resolved on a valuation favorable to our client.