Craig J. Franco

Phone: (703) 218-2302
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Practice Areas

Craig J. Franco

Phone: (703) 218-2302
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Practice Areas

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 chart 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 he enjoys spending time with his family.

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  • 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
  • Employment Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Enforcement of Restrictive Covenant & Confidentiality Agreements
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Banking Litigation
  • Defamation Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
Professional Activities

Membership Organizations:

  • Virginia State Bar
    • Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty, 2017-Present
    • Litigation Section
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
    • Board Member, Young Lawyers Division, 2002-2004
  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • George Mason American Inns of Court, Program Chair, 2013

Previous Employment:

  • Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney – Arlington County, 1999-2001
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2018 – Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • 2007-2013 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star – Business Litigation
  • 2015-2018 Virginia Super Lawyers – Business Litigation
  • 2015, 2018,  D.C. Super LawyersBusiness Litigation
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017– Civil Litigation
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2006 – Criminal Law
  • Selected by The Washington Business Journal as a Top Washington Lawyer – 2006
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (2012-2017) — a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
Community Activities
  • Coaching Youth Sports

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