ABOUT CRADDOCK LAW FIRM

Our attorneys are committed to helping people resolve disputes with their business associates.
We have been recognized in both Martindale and Super Lawyers.

U.S. News & World Report names Craddock Law PLC a 2017 Best Law Firm in Richmond for Commercial Litigation, Tier 2

John Craddock

John Craddock
jcraddock@craddocklawfirm.com

Mr. Craddock focuses his practice on advising his clients and litigating matters related to fiduciary issues and litigation, including corporate governance issues, fiduciary duties of directors and officers of all types of business entities, shareholder disputes, dissolution actions, trust and estate issues, antitrust claims, and business fraud, conspiracy, tortious interference with contract, corporate raiding, unfair business practices, and unfair competition claims. He also has experience in complex construction litigation such as heavy industrial construction, architect and engineer professional liability, and surety claims, and has served as an arbitrator for construction disputes. Mr. Craddock is a trial lawyer and regularly litigates in federal and state court, including the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Craddock offers his clients substantial experience with electronic discovery issues including matters relating to document preservation and retention, litigation holds and spoliation.

Mr. Craddock has served as an expert witness in the area of corporate governance and the standard of care of directors of Virginia corporations.

While serving as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Mr. Craddock accumulated significant trial experience, having tried more than 15 jury cases and over 50 bench trials in one of the busiest criminal jurisdictions in the Army. He also served as a strategic plans officer for the JAG Corps leadership, providing analysis and counsel for restructuring the JAG Corps as part of Army transformation initiatives. Prior to becoming a judge advocate, he served as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Mr. Craddock has been an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law since 2009, where he teaches a five-credit third year practicum-based course on corporate governance counseling and litigation, and has taught courses in fiduciary litigation.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Managing Member, Craddock Law, PLC, 2015 – present
  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2009 – present
  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 2004 – 2015
  • U.S. Army, 1991 – 2004, Senior Prosecutor: XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Strategic Plans Officer: Headquarters, Department of The Army, The Judge Advocate General’s Corps

EDUCATION

  • United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School, LL.M., Military Law, 2002
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1997
  • Princeton University, B.S.E., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1991, magna cum laude

Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 – How Not to Get Snowed Under in E-Discovery – Educating Clients, Judges, and Colleagues on the Underlying Strategies Driving E-discovery Decisions and Disputes
  • 2014 – Virginia Bar Association Annual Conference – Minority Shareholder Oppression and Court-Ordered Corporate Dissolution
  • 2014 – Minority ownership oppression – Red flags for business owners
  • 2014 – Minority ownership oppression – Red flags for accountants
  • 2011 12th Annual Business Valuation, Fraud and Litigation Services Conference – The Damages Expert: Getting Your Opinion to the Jury
  • 2011 International Alliance of Law Firms – Hot Topics in E-Discovery
  • 2008-2009 – University of Richmond School of Law – Litigating Claims Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • 2008 Richmond Bar Association Bench Bar Panel on E-Discovery
  • Major Changes to AIA Contract Documents (Seminar), 2008
  • Various classes and seminars on E-Discovery Topics, 2005 – present
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts (Seminar), 2004 – 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine, 2010 – 2015
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Future Star” in Virginia, 2014
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star in Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine, 2008 – 2009
  • Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a “Legal Elite” in the field of Civil Litigation, 2011 – 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell AV rated.
  • US Army Meritorious Service Medal (x2)
  • US Army Commendation Medal
  • US Army Achievement Medal (x3)
  • US Army Ranger Tab
  • US Army Senior Parachutist Badge
  • US Army Expert Infantry Badge
  • US Army Air Assault Badge
  • National Defense Service Medal (x2)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Tau Beta Pi

Professional Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Michelle Craddock

Michelle Craddock
mcraddock@craddocklawfirm.com

Mrs. Craddock focuses her practice on fiduciary law. She represents clients in shareholder and partnership disputes, including derivative and dissolution actions, and corporate governance issues. She also represents clients in trusts and estate disputes, and advises trustees on their fiduciary duties, including management of trust property and business disputes related to the assets they manage. Often those disputes relate to the underpayment of royalties by mining companies and other breaches of contract by a lessee.

Mrs. Craddock also focuses her practice on advising her clients and litigating matters relating to unfair business practices, including business conspiracy, interference with contract, conversion of corporate assets, misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, breach of contract, royalty disputes, and other business related matters.

Mrs. Craddock offers her clients in-depth experience in electronic discovery, including the preservation and production of electronic evidence. She works with her clients to comply with the rules relating to producing electronic discovery and at the same time she works to minimize the costs of electronic discovery.

Mrs. Craddock is an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she teaches a third year practicum-based course on Corporate Counseling and Shareholder Derivative Litigation, and has taught courses on Fiduciary Litigation, including Trusts and Estate Litigation.

Before attending law school, Mrs. Craddock was a small business owner.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Craddock Law PLC, March 2015 – present
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington & Lee University School of Law, 2009 – present
  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 2003 – 2015

EDUCATION

  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 2003, cum laude
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., Biology, 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 – Shareholder Rights and Disputes for Closely Held Business Owners
  • 2014 – Virginia Bar Association Annual Conference – Minority Shareholder Oppression and Court-Ordered Corporate Dissolution
  • 2011 12th Annual Business Valuation, Fraud and Litigation Services Conference – The Damages Expert: Getting Your Opinion to the Jury
  • 2008–2009 – University of Richmond School of Law – Litigating Claims Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Honors and Awards

  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation, 2015 – 2016
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star in Trust & Estate Litigation and Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine, 2009 – 2013
  • Orrell-Brown Award for Clinical Excellence, Children’s Law Center, University of Richmond School of Law, 2003

Professional Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Community Service

  • Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 2008 – Present.