Craig Florence

Partner

Overview

Craig Florence is a senior trial and corporate litigation lawyer who represents private and public companies in their most complicated and contentious business divorces. With more than 25 years of commercial litigation experience handling fiduciary duty lawsuits, trade secret claims, intellectual property disputes and fraud claims, Craig has an intimate understanding of business litigation in all its forms and has obtained substantial judgments and awards.

Frequently hired for post-acquisition disputes, Craig brings a sophisticated level of understanding of how transactions are consummated. He works closely with corporate lawyers to identify leverage and to assess allocation of risk. Craig also has significant appellate litigation experience, arguing before the Federal Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio Court of Appeals, among others.

Craig has represented a range of clients, including:

  • Barry Callebaut AG
  • BearCom Group Inc.
  • Brach's Confections Inc.
  • Denton County Electric Cooperative Inc.
  • Ennis Paint Inc.
  • GameStop Inc.
  • HeartPlace PA
  • Heeling Sports Ltd.
  • Longview Energy Co.
  • Private Equity Partners Inc.
  • Raytheon Co.
  • Southcross Energy Partners LP
  • Southwest Agri-Plastics Inc.
  • Vaisala Oyj

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, The William 'Mac' Taylor American Inn of Court
  • Former Chair, Aid to the Homeless Committee, Dallas Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Member, Austin College Board of Trustees
  • Member, Board of Directors, Carter BloodCare (Former Chairman)
  • Former Member, Dallas Citizens Council
  • Former Member and Officer, Austin College Alumni Board
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Preservation Dallas
  • Graduate, Dallas Regional Chamber®, Leadership Dallas
  • Former Co-Chair, Jingle Bell Run
  • Former Co-Chair, Dallas Loft Tour
  • Honorary Board Member, Briana Haley Foundation

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (2016)
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Commercial Litigation (2014-2018)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Business Litigation (2006-2017)
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™

Education

  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law (1987), cum laude
  • B.A., Austin College (1984), with honors

Admissions

  • Texas State Courts (1987)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1990)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1990)
  • Texas (1987)

Insights

5th Annual Latino Franchise Symposium
22 May 2019
Plano, TX

Views from the Bench and Bar - A Discussion of Ethics, Professionalism and the Practice of Law: Legal and Governance Issues for Officers and Directors

26 February 2013
Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation and Arbitration
03 October 2012

Practical Advice to Board Members Concerning Their Fiduciary Duties

19 September 2012