Michele Craddock's Experience

Michele Craddock

Michele Craddock

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

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.


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


  • 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


  • 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.