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Craig C. Dilger

Member, Louisville

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.

Education
Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law
1994, J.D.
Bellarmine University
1991, B.S.
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2012 - present
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Criminal Defense Law - White Collar, 2012-2014
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Business Litigation
  • Louisville Magazine Best Lawyers Under Age 40 - Pick of the Judges, 2006
  • Business First Forty Under 40 Recipient, 2003
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Badge Awarded for Outstanding Service in the Prosecution of Crimes Against Citizens of the Commonwealth, 2001
  • Jefferson County Police Service to Law Enforcement Award, 2001
  • Louisville Division of Police Special Service and Dedication Award, 2001
  • Louisville Division of Fire Special Recognition Award, 1999
  • Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorneys Association Outstanding Service Award, 1997
  • International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators Distinguished Service to Law Enforcement Award, 1997
  • Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney Excellence Award, 1995
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Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Bingham Fellow, 2012
  • Bellarmine University, Rubel School of Business board of advisors
  • Leadership Louisville, graduate, 2009
  • Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, vice-chair 2005-2007, chairman 2007-Present
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church Parish Council, member
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force, Selection Committee
  • Operation Sober Program, speaker and facilitator
  • Bellarmine University Mock Trial Program, Judge and Team Trial Consultant
  • St. Xavier High School Mock Trial Team, coach
  • Jefferson County Republican Party Executive Committee, past chairman Legal Advisory Committee
  • Jefferson County Teen Court, Prosecutorial Coordinator and Director of Training
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Work Highlights

Lead Trial Counsel Defending Top 10 NCAA Division One Football Coach and the University’s Athletic Association

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...

Ending a Derivative Action by a Merger and Dissenter Rights

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...

Neighborhood Nuisance & Trespass Claims

Defended claims for nuisance, trespass, negligence and strict liability by multiple property owners against the local electric utility. Successfully defeated class certification.

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News Publications Seminars
"Preparing for and Testifying In a Suppression Hearing," Law Enforcement Trial Training Program, instructor1999-2000
"Officer's Pre-trial Preparation - Finishing the Investigation," Law Enforcement Trial Training and Case Preparation Course, instructor1998-1999