Craig was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Loyola College Prep in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in 1990. He attended law school at Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he graduated in 1993. He is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Smith & John.
Craig was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1993, and since then, he has been admitted to practice before the following courts: U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana; and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana.
He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Shreveport Bar Association, and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association. He is also a Master Member of the Harry V. Booth and Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Craig was invited to join the Inn as an Associate member in 1998. Since then, he has advanced to a Barrister Member and then a Master member. The Inn is a group of select judges and lawyers dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar.
Craig has been selected for the 2007, 2008, & 2009 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® © by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C. Additionally, Craig has been listed as one of the top lawyers in the Shreveport-Bossier area in SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue ('04, '05, '06 '07, '08, & '09).
Craig is currently serving a fourth term in the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association for the First Judicial District Court which encompasses all of Caddo Parish. (Terms: '02-'04. '04-'06, '06-'08, & '08-'10). The House of Delegates is the policy making body of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Craig has chaired the Criminal Law Committee of the Shreveport Bar Association, and he has chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee which handled grievances by clients against their attorneys.
Craig has lectured numerous times on the subjects of "Expungements" and criminal law. Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2007. Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2006. Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2003. Instructor/Author, "Expungements," Shreveport Bench-Bar Conference 2000.
He is a past board member of the Young Lawyer's Section of the Shreveport Bar Association. He has served as a Teen Court Judge and has volunteered his time as a Teen Court Advisor and to KTBS-3's "Call a Lawyer" program. He has also given his time to area high school mock trial competitions. Craig has also served on the St. Joseph's Parish Finance Council as Vice-president and as a member.
Craig is married to Mary Ann, and they have two sons Craig, III and Jack, and a daughter, Mary Kathryn.
Primary Areas of Practice:
Legal Assistant: Jennifer Smith
Licensed since 1993
Hourly ($190-350/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|LA||Eligible to practice law||1993||07/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Lawyers in America||Woodward/White, Inc.||2009|
|Top Lawyers||SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Woodward/White, Inc.||2008|
|Top Lawyers||SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue||2008|
|Best Lawyers in America||Woodward/White, Inc.||2007|
|Top Lawyers||SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue||2007|
|Top Lawyers||SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue||2006|
|Top Lawyers||SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue||2005|
|Top Lawyers||SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue||2004|
|Partner||Smith & John||1998 - Present|
|Associate||Greer & Frazier||1996 - 1998|
|Associate||Peatross, Greer & Frazier||1993 - 1996|
|Law Clerk||Wilkinson, Carmody, Gilliam & Hussey||1992 - 1992|
|Law Clerk||Smitherman, Lunn, Chastain & Hill||1991 - 1991|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association||Delegate representing Caddo Parish||2008 - 2010|
|Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court||Master Member||2007 - Present|
|House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association||Delegate representing Caddo Parish||2006 - 2008|
|House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association||Delegate representing Caddo Parish||2004 - 2006|
|House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association||Delegate representing Caddo Parish||2002 - 2004|
|Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court||Barrister Member||2002 - 2007|
|Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court||Associate Member||1998 - 2002|
|Louisiana State Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|Shreveport Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section||Past Board Member||N/A|
|Shreveport Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee||Chair||N/A|
|Louisiana State Bar Association, House of Delegates||Member||N/A|
|Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Louisiana State University, Shreveport||Finance||BS - Bachelor of Science||1990|
|Shreveport Bar Association CLE||Criminal Law||2007|
|Shreveport Bar Association CLE||Criminal Law||2006|
|Shreveport Bar Association CLE||Criminal Law||2003|
|Shreveport Bench-Bar Conference||Expungements||2000|