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, Stark Law claims, and Anti-Kickback Statute allegations.
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 as both an Assistant United States Attorney and a Judge Advocate with 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, Mr. Warner as lead counsel obtained the imposition of a life sentence after a jury trial for the leader 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.