John Craddock's Experience

John Craddock

John Craddock

  • Craddock Law PLC
  • 2308 W Main St. Richmond, VA 23220
  • 804-309-4200

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