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As a successful trial attorney, Craig Franco delivers favorable outcomes for clients by understanding his client’s goals and objectives – both in litigation and in business. For Craig, having knowledge of the law and how to apply it is a given. He has tried hundreds of cases and is a trustworthy resource who can quickly analyze the key components of each case, which allows his clients to continue to focus on what is most important to their business.

Craig has a breadth of knowledge of the law and can swiftly apply it to work with the client to charts strategy for the win. That means considering the client’s business needs–not just its legal needs–now and in the future. By collaborating with the client as a business partner, he works tirelessly to make sure that the win isn’t just a win in the courtroom, but a win for the client’s entire business.

Prior to joining Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, Craig tried numerous jury and non-jury cases as a state prosecutor. 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 routinely represents clients in contentious business break-ups, government and commercial contractors in their various disputes, management in employment discrimination claims and clients in trade secrets’ disputes.

Beyond the courtroom, Craig is active coaching youth soccer and baseball in Great Falls, VA, and spending time with his family.

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 Lawyers Rising Star – Business Litigation
  • 2015-2017 Virginia Super Lawyers – Business Litigation
  • 2015 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers – Business Litigation
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2012, 2014 and 2015 – 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