Craig M. Warner is a senior associate in the firm’s Houston, Texas office in the Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Warner’s practice focuses on Business Litigation and Government Investigations. His commercial disputes work includes the defense of nationwide federal class action claims involving one of the nation’s largest retailers of motor boats and outdoors sportswear and equipment; merits and appellate litigation involving a variety of multi-million dollar contractual disputes between international corporations; and arbitration of multi-billion dollar construction disputes involving the construction of the nation’s largest oil refinery. His work in the government investigations group includes sensitive internal investigations of both Fortune 100 companies and closely held Texas corporations and major Texas hospitals, including matters involving antitrust issues, financial reporting concerns, Stark Law claims, and Anti-Kickback Statute allegations. Most recently, Mr. Warner has obtained complete plaintiffs’ verdicts at summary judgment both for a $2.1 million international trade dispute litigated in Federal District Court and for an employee compensation dispute before a Texas District Court in Harris County.
Mr. Warner has tried eighteen cases to jury verdict in Federal Courts and has argued six cases before the United States Courts of Appeals. Prior to joining King & Spalding, he served three years as an Assistant United States Attorney and five years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Navy. In those capacities, he litigated more than 400 cases through pleadings, motions and verdict, as both government and defense counsel. His cases include bribery and illegal gratuities charges, violent crimes and weapons offenses, complex international money laundering and drug trafficking conspiracies, environmental offenses, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, identity fraud, sexual assault and child solicitation offenses, and military hazing charges. In two cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Warner as lead counsel obtained guilty verdicts at jury trial and the imposition of life sentences after a jury trial for the leaders of complex interstate drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracies. From February to August of 2012, Mr. Warner was also one of three federal prosecutors responsible for the national investigation leading to the apprehension and confessions of serial killer Israel Keyes.
In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Warner deployed to Fallujah, Iraq as the Deputy Regimental Judge Advocate with Sixth Marines, where he was responsible for legal supervision and analysis of all detainee operations in the Al-Anbar region. Additionally, he implemented the Sixth Marines legal claims program for local citizens affected by ongoing military operations, adjudicating more than $400,000.00 in payments; instructed Marine Companies in Rules of Engagement and Law of Armed Conflict issues; and conducted investigations of alleged criminal offenses by military personnel, including investigations into detainee abuse, classified system breach, and murder. Mr. Warner continues his military service as a reserve Judge Advocate in the Texas Army National Guard.