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Craig Franco is a seasoned trial lawyer who seeks to understand each client’s unique goals and avoid unnecessary disputes or litigation tactics that aren’t directly related to achieving those goals. Through his vast experience, Craig has developed the foresight to quickly identify issues that may occur several steps down the road in the litigation process and do what is necessary to ensure the job is done in the most cost effective manner with minimal disruption to the client’s overall business.

Having tried hundreds of cases, Craig is a trustworthy resource who can quickly analyze the key components of each case, allowing his clients to continue to focus on what is most important to their business. In his diverse civil practice, he represents management in employment discrimination claims, parties involved in trust and estate litigation, officers and directors in fiduciary litigation, and businesses in their commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Odin, Feldman & Pittleman P.C., Craig was a state prosecutor where he tried numerous jury and non-jury cases. That experience, along with his civil litigation background, enables him to present a comprehensive range of litigation matters in state and federal courts in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

Craig has received an AV rating, the highest rating granted by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings for his legal ability and general ethical standards. He has been listed among Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in 2006, 2012 and 2014, and has also been selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star listing every year since 2007. The Washington Business Journal also selected him as one of their Top Washington Lawyers in 2006. Recently, Craig was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America –a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Education
  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Economics, The College of William and Mary, 1994
Admitted to Practice
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Practice Highlights
  • Raytheon Technical Services Co. v. Hyland, 641 S.E. 2d 84 (VA 2007)
  • Rite Aid Corp. v. Levy Gray,894 A.2d 563 (Md. 2006)
  • Rite Aid Corp. v. Levy Gray, 876 A.2d 115 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2005)
  • Walter E. Lynch & Co., Inc. v. Fuisz, 862 A.2d 929 (D.C. 2004)
Areas of Concentration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Enforcement of Restrictive Covenant & Confidentiality Agreements
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Banking Litigation
  • Defamation Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Contract Disputes
Professional Activities
  • Membership Organizations
    • Fairfax County Bar Association
      • Board Member, Young Lawyers Division, 2002-2004
    • Arlington County Bar Association
    • George Mason American Inns of Court, Program Chair, 2013
    • Virginia State Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • Fellow, American Trial Lawyers
  • Previous Employment
    • Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney – Arlington County, 1999-2001
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
  • 2007-2013 Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star  - Business Litigation
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2012 and 2014 – Civil Litigation
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2006 – Criminal Law
  • Selected by The Washington Business Journal as a Top Washington Lawyer – 2006
  • Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America — a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers