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Mark Francis Craig

Real estate Attorney at Vermilion, OH

4.8   25 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    60%
    Drafting and reviewing real estate documents and agreements, including deeds, easements and other documents related to real property title.

  2. Litigation
    30%
    Managing real estate litigation, such as owner and lender title insurance defense work and zoning matters. Also alternative dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

  3. Construction and development
    10%
    Construction matters including public and private projects, contract drafting and review, surety bond claims, mechanics’ liens and asserting the proper amount of pressure to resolve payment issues and ensure timely payment;

REASONABLE, RATIONAL, RESULTS-ORIENTED.

My practice concentrates in the areas of real estate, business representation and construction law.   

I provide practical business advice and am focused upon real, working solutions to legal challenges.  I am a U.S. Navy Veteran, former nuclear reactor operator serving on a fast-attack submarine.  I served my community on City Council for over ten years.  I am married with children and enjoy my family time.  

I have a liberal arts education coupled with highly technical and scientific training and experience, allowing me to communicate well with just about everyone.  I enjoy solving legal problems and finding solutions to legal challenges. 

I look forward to the opportunity to help you resolve your legal challenges.

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Licensed for 20 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Mark

Mark F. Craig, Esq.
4325 Liberty Ave. #255
Vermilion, OH, 44089

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely fast results
Mark took our real estate issue and had resolution within days. He also followed up and made sure everything was going according to plan. Great job all around!
Posted by Christophe | November 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A rockstar
Easy to work with, good communication, follow up and reasonably priced. He got the job done for us.
Posted by Walter | November 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Services
I hired Mark Craig to help me with legal recourse involving a piece of property I owned in Wellington, Ohio I was very pleased with his handling of my lawsuit and he worked very hard to resolve my case. If I ever have need of a lawyer again, I would not hesitate to rehire him.
Posted by Richard | August 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Retired Research Engineer
What I needed attended to was done accurately and with dispatch...…..attributes which are missing in many a professional person's work these days.
Posted by Chad | July 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great service and knowledge
We have used Mark on a personal level to help with an Estate and on a business level to review a lease. Both issues were address quickly and professionally. Mark is a great contact to have and I would highly recommend to family and friends.
Posted by Sonia | July 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consult & Contract
Mark F. Craig helped me with a home care agreement and was able to answer some of my questions. He did a wonderful job!! Thank you for your help.
Posted by Marv | July 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and Well Done
I live in FL and needed an attorney to help sell property in Lorain. Mark drafted purchase agreement and deed. Property was under lease and Mark drafted agreement document to make sure new owner honored existing lease. Mark reviewed original lease and found existing leasee had option of first refusal which needed to be addressed before final sale. Mark recorded documents for new owner. All parties were pleased how professional and thorough the process was handled. I feel cost was very fair. I especially appreciated how Mark kept me informed throughout the entire process and quick to respond to my questions. I would definitely recommend Mark.
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Posted by Paul | July 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Choice
Mark has provided real estate consulting and documentation services for me for more than a year now. He has provided these services with professionalism, efficiency and in a timely manor. I can honestly provide my highest recommendation.
Posted by Rich | August 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney - Highly Recommended
When our builder failed to complete construction of our home and demanded additional payments, Mark immediately came to our assistance. His expertise in real estate law, contracts and civil procedures was exceptional. Equally important, his insights and advice helped us overcome the natural anxieties of a highly emotional situation. Mark achieved our desired outcome and we couldn't be more pleased with his services. We highly recommend Mark with no reservations whatsoever.
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Posted by Lynda | September 21, 2016
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Establishing an LLC
Mr Craig was highly recommended to our family to create an LLC. We have several family members, along with spouses, and a few even live out of state. We had a very short deadline to meet and Mr. Craig was very effective in letting us know exactly what he needed from us and once he obtained our information, he handled it all very quickly. We asked a lot of him and he delivered! We cannot thank him enough! We highly recommend you consider using him for your legal assistance!
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Posted by Chad N | September 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
We came to Mark on short notice with several family members involved. Mark was quick to act, very thorough and excellent follow-up work. Im very pleased with our experience and would be happy to refer other family and friends to Mark for his services.
Posted by Landmark Structures - Maria M. | March 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
CONSTRUCTION
Mr. Craig assisted us in the preparation of our final bid package. He was very detail oriented, confidential and easy to work with.
Posted by Phil | March 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Phil Potter,treasurer, Villages at Fairlawn Homeowners Association
Mark has been our Home Owner's Association attorney for about 8 years going back to when he was on staff at Brouse/McDowell. We thought enough of his work to keep him as our attorney when he went into business for himself. Professional. savvy and personable. what more could you want?
Posted by Carolann | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and personable
Mark has represented our company for several years and on various types of cases. He has handled all the cases professionally and efficiently. He is very easy to work with; although he is a good businessman, he is also very personable. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Sue | March 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark Craig
Mark was extremely helpful with my real estate problem He solved my problem quickly and efficiently, in a timely matter. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Kelly | March 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Wise & Witty Lawyer!
Mark is a very professional individual who shows a high level of expertise in his field. He has gone above and beyond for us on several occasions and we couldn't be more pleased or hold more trust in someone representing our company the way that he does. Thank you for such strong and reputable legal representation.
Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2015
Mark F. Craig is a Superb Attorney
I retained Mark to represent me in a difficult Real Estate case. The case became more involved and complicated as time went on. Mark kept me informed of everything that was happening 24/7. He answered all of my communications within minutes or hours, even corresponding with me on evenings, weekends, and holidays. He was always cheerful, knowledgeable, professional, and extremely prompt. He took care of everything quickly, precisely, and brilliantly each step of the way. He is also a very kind person and easy to work with. He was always available for a phone call and was patient in answering questions. I highly recommend Mark.
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Posted by Bryant | June 11, 2015
Excellent
Mark accomplished, in less than one week, what I couldn't do in five years, and got a response from a difficult person who owed my Company a lot of money.
Posted by Debra | June 11, 2015
Great Attorney
Mark was very good at keeping me posted and asking what I wanted to do about certain things that came up during the matter he was handling for me. He was very knowledgeable about the matter, which made me feel more confident.
Posted by Jan | June 9, 2015
Exceptional Representation
In my position as a paralegal supporting corporate counsel, I've had the opportunity to work with many attorneys on real estate deals and construction disputes and litigation. I first met Mark Craig when he was referred to us to help resolve a construction dispute. Through the years, we've looked to Mark to represent the company on several matters. Mark stands out to me as one of the best. In addition to the qualities listed here in the overall rating, Mark is efficient, reliable, meticulous, resourceful, and personable. He is always thoroughly familiar with the case he's presenting and I would confidently recommend him.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel
  • Lorain County Association of Realtors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • Mark F. Craig, Esq.
  • 2014 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • North Coast Building Industry Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Brouse McDowell, Lpa
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs
  • 2002 - 2007
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Education

  • University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Charleston Southern University
  • BA
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Horvath v. Lawyers Title Ins. Corp., 2013-Ohio-1295
  • Summary judgment for the title insurance company was affirmed. There was no evidence in the record to support a finding of bad faith. Court also found that escrow functions are outside of the scope of agency for a title insurance agency agreement.
  • Albert M. Higley Co. v. N/S Corp., 445 F.3d 861, 863 (6th Cir. 2006)
  • This case upheld the right of a party to a construction contract to reserve sole discretion whether to proceed with arbitration or litigation.

Associations

  • Lorain County Association of Realtors
  • General Counsel
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • North Coast Building Industry Association
  • General Counsel; Board Member
  • 2007 - 2021
  • National Association of Homebuilders
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2021
  • Ohio Home Builders Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2021
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2020
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2020
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Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer, Rising Star
  • Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer, Rising Star
  • Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star
  • Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2005
  • Ernest Karam Award for Academic Excellence
  • University of Akron School of Law
  • 1999
  • National Defense Medal
  • United States Navy
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Erie County Homebuilders Association
  • Ohio Mechanics' Lien Law
  • 2015
  • NCBIA Builder Newsletter
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Legal Updates Impacting Closings
  • 2014
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • AIA Conventional Family Documents
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Construction Contracts, Fairness in Contracting and Prompt Payments
  • 2013
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Fairness in Contracting and Prompt Payment Act
  • 2013
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts
  • 2013
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Notice to Commence Suit
  • 2012
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Construction Payment and Performance Bonds
  • 2012
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Bonding Off Mechanics' Liens
  • 2012
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Public and Residential Liens
  • 2011
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Mechanics Liens and Mortgage Foreclosures
  • 2011
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Construction Surety Bonds and Insurance
  • 2011
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • 2011
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • What To Do When Construction Projects Go Bad
  • 2011
  • North Coast Building Industry Association Seminars
  • Ohio Mechanics' Lien Law for Home Builders
  • 2010
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • AIA and Beyond
  • 2009
  • Hoffman Group Presentations
  • Fairness in Contracting and Prompt Payment Act Sections
  • 2009
  • Hoffman Group Insurance Presentations
  • 2007 AIA Contract Document Revisions
  • 2008
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • 2007 Revisions to AIA Contract Documents Seminar
  • 2008
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Preserving & Presenting Surety Bond Claims
  • 2008
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Construction Surety Bonds
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • UNDERSTANDING THE INS AND OUTS OF MECHANICS’ LIEN LAW
  • 2007
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Ohio Lien Law Considerations
  • 2007
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Critical Documentation for Proving Liability and Damages
  • 2006
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Ohio Residential Property Disclosure Form Updates
  • 2006
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Construction Contracts: Form and Substance
  • 2005
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Ohio Fairness in Contracting Act
  • 2004
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • New Concealed Weapons Law and Impact on Construction Law
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • NCBIA Satellite Breakfast
  • Residential Construction Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Mark
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is well liked by his clients and his knowledge in the construction industry is exceptional."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark is a lawyer that exhibits professionalism in his representation of clients. He is a pleasure to work with, as he is prompt in response and pragmatic in approach."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Other
"Mark has always represented professionalism in the law. He is charismatic and efficient. I endorse this lawyer"
Litigation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is an exceptional litigator with an unyielding approach to getting the most damaging evidence from opponents and the ability to use it to best advantage. I would unhesitatingly recommend him for any litigation matter."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark has a terrific legal mind and is a very capable attorney. Mark takes a practical approach to solving his client's legal matters, and his clients are in good hands."
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Vermilion Real estate Lawyer Mark Francis Craig
Mark Francis Craig
Real estate Attorney
Vermilion, OH
Licensed for 20 years