Craig works with technology companies to resolve their most complex commercial disputes. He helps his clients protect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property and their employees — against their competitors’ unlawful tactics.

Because no two disputes are the same, Craig works closely with his clients throughout litigation to develop and implement a strategy that allows for the best possible business results. Whether his client is a start-up, a venture-backed emerging company, a multi-generation family enterprise or a Fortune 500 company, Craig has an impressive record of successfully resolving disputes quickly and efficiently with as little business disruption as possible.

Craig has substantial experience identifying which disputes will proceed to trial, which has allowed him to position these cases for a favorable outcome at trial and beyond. This strategy has served Craig’s clients well, which is why they return time and time again whenever they are faced with significant business disputes. Thanks to Craig’s collaborative approach and strategic abilities, his clients have come to recognize him as a invaluable partner in their businesses’ continued growth and success.

Key Areas

  • Employment mobility matters involving trade secret misappropriation and unfair business practices
  • Commercial contract disputes and business torts in technology and software industries
  • Business dissolution proceedings involving partnerships and limited liability corporations

Experience & Affiliations

Representative Matters

Business litigation and counseling
  • Defended member of LLC against claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary, resulting in buy-out of plaintiffs’ membership interest and allowing client to acquire majority ownership of food and beverage company.
  • Defended manager of LLC against claims of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty related to the management of sports franchise.
  • Represented enterprise software company in breach of contract action related to build out of web portal.
  • Represented off-shore web developer in breach of contract action against major domestic media company.
  • As trial counsel for health care company for breach of commercial and real estate contracts, obtained damages and attorneys’ fees awards, resulting in substantial recovery for client.
  • Served as member of trial team that obtained defense verdict in a multi-million dollar bellwether product liability trial.
  • Defended nationwide consumer class-action under the Consermer Legal Remedies Act and False Advertising Act related to clients’ cosmetic claims; negotiated favorable settlement before entry of first appearance.
Intellectual property, employee mobility and trade secret litigation
  • Prosecuted trade secret misappropriation and copy right infringement claims on behalf of GIS software company related to source code.
  • Defended major building services provider in multi-million dollar trade secret lawsuit regarding alleged theft of customer lists and business leads, resulting in a favorable settlement before trial.
  • Represented insurance company in prosecuting trade secret misappropriation claim related to departed insurance brokers who left with confidential customer lists and client preference information; obtained injunction resulting in favorable settlement of claims.
  • Represented former CEO of acquired company in dispute over enforceability and scope of non-compete agreement concerning investments made in related technology.
  • Advised founder of ecommerce company on enforceability of non-compete agreement following acquisition.
Employment, executive compensation and employment mobility litigation
  • Represented group of terminated employees to recover performance bonuses and deferred compensation from pharmaceutical company following acquisition.
  • Negotiated severance package for co-founder of mobile application start-up.
  • Defended aeronautics company against claims of employment discrimination and retaliation; settled matter favorably after obtaining summary adjudication and removing matter to federal court.
  • Defended claims of conspiracy between employer and employer’s counsel relating to internal investigation of employee’s harassment complaint; addressed anti-SLAPP issues raised by plaintiff’s allegations.
Real estate litigation
  • As trial counsel in breach of commercial lease matter, obtained damaged award for past and future rent and attorneys’ fees.
  • Resolved six-figure breach of contract and foreclosure of mechanic’s lien action resulting in payment of full principal amount and attorneys’ fees, along with contract for future construction services.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction in multi-million dollar commercial lease dispute in a matter of first impression that resulted in settlement on favorable terms for client.
  • Obtained summary judgment for lender and loan servicer in multi-million dollar wrongful foreclosure, TILA, RESPA and unfair business practices dispute
  • Represented senior lienholder in dispute with junior lienholder regarding reinstatement of loan following default and nonjudicial foreclosure.
  • Obtained mediated settlement of breach of contract action arising out of disputed construction services.

Professional Organizations

  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association | Business Litigation Section
  • ProVisors

Admissions

  • All California state and federal courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Civic and Charitable

  • CASA of San Mateo County | President
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County | Golf Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers® list, 2017
  • Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2014, 2015 and 2016

External Publications

  • Note, Delgado v. Trax Bar & Grill: Determining the Scope of the Prior Similar Incidents Test in Terms of Efficient Resource Allocation, 39 U.S.F. Law Rev. 499 (2005).
  • Damages after Sargon, CALIFORNIA LAWYER, June 2014.

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