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Craig J Mordock

Criminal defense Attorney at New Orleans, LA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2000
    Eligible to Practice Law Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2009

About Craig

Learn Craig’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    14 years, 500 cases

  2. Sex crime
    Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery, Possession/Distribution of Child Pornography

    50 cases

  3. DUI and DWI

    14 years

  4. Litigation

    23 years

  5. Expungement

    14 years

Craig Mordock is an experienced criminal defense attorney in New Orleans. He has handled several high profile cases including representing former AL Cy Young Award Winner Denny McClain on fraud charges that were eventually dismissed. Currently, he represents University of Arizona Assistant Basketball Coach Book Richardson on federal bribery charges. He regularly teaches CLEs on trial practice, DWI law, and expungements. He has appeared as a guest on Headline News and the Today Show and is frequently quoted as an expert in the local media on criminal law matters. In 2015, he was named one of top 100 criminal defense lawyers in Louisiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He is also listed as a Top Lawyer in the Global Directory of Who's Who. In 2015, Craig was named a "Top Lawyer" for criminal defense by New Orleans Magazine. 

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Mordock Legal
5500 Prytania Street, Box 635
New Orleans, LA, 70115


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  10 customer reviews
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Posted by Chris | May 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Stand-Up Guy
Craig is the first person I called when I needed someone to help me with a sensitive matter. He handled it quickly, directly, and shared his insight and expertise throughout the process. Highly recommended, A+.
Posted by James | May 1, 2019
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Great Lawyer!
Craig did a great job helping me get my ticket dismissed. He’s a professional who kept me updated every step of the way. He was honest with me from the beginning and is an awesome guy to represent you before the court.
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2016
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Mordock Review
Craig handled my case in a professional manner. I felt confident and comfortable with my case and he was very thorough and clear in his explanations of what was occurring. I was very pleased with the results and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Eric | September 14, 2016
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Not Guilty
I was arrested by the incompetent NOPD, and Craig defended me perfectly and kept me out of jail. He didn't miss a meeting or a court date. He's reliable, and always works harder than the DA. Trust me, if you got charges to beat, he's the dude!
Posted by JW | November 5, 2015
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Thorough, effective, professional
Mr. Mordock successfully handled a matter for me in 2013 and into 2014. For the onset he was timely, engaged and effective. My matter was urgent and time sensitive and he immediately stepped in and showed an incredible sense of urgency with regards to solving immediate situation and then laid out a plan for the successful conclusion of the matter. He was absolutely reliable with the timeliness of his communications and he always answered my call, never once hesitating to thoroughly walk through the steps before us. This issue required several trips to court and at each turn he was prepared and reliably present, sharply focused and well versed on the matters that day. Following Mr. Mordocks advice and guidance, my issue was brought to a successful resolution and the outcome of the matter was one that saved me a tremendous amount of money and time. I would wholeheartedly recommend Craig Mordock for his legal services.
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Response from Craig Mordock November 7, 2015
I remember your case. It did take some maneuvering but I am pleased you were happy with the result and the level of service provided.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense
Mr Mordock did exactly what he said he would do for me. He understands and knows the system very well. I had a lot of confidence going to trial with him as he spent a lot of time with me reviewing the facts and preparing me for trial. The Criminal Justice System in my opinion can be compared to the Health Care System, there are a lot of problems and you don't want to go into a hospital without a good doctor nor do you want to go to court without a good attorney. I hope never to need another Criminal Defense Attorney but if I do I will certainly be calling him.
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Response from Craig Mordock November 7, 2015
Very pleased that you had a good experience and your case was resolved to your satisfaction.
Posted by James | January 15, 2015
Prevented me from having to pay a bail bond
I signed a bail bond to get a coworker out of jail. I was on the hook for $1500 if the defendant didn't show up to court. When the defendant missed her first court appearance, the bail bond company became extremely aggressive and harassing. I contacted Mr. Mordock and he explained the law to me, including the fact that I had up to a year to pay on the bond, regardless of what the bail bond company said. He also contacted the company and got them to stop harassing me, and handled all matters professionally in this regard. Eventually, the defendant was compelled to appear, and the bond was dropped, but Mr. Mordock saved me significant money by not letting me get pressured into paying too early. He did an excellent job on my behalf
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2014
Highly Recommended!!!!
From the moment I met with Craig he took my case very seriously. He kept me well informed and handle my case very professionally! I would not change anything about the way he negotiated on my behalf. I was able to walk away with a significant amount of money with not having to file suit. I suggest calling Craig if your looking for justice quickly and free from hassle.
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Posted by Rae | November 20, 2014
Great work for a small business
Mr Mordock has been the attorney for my small business since 2009 and I am always please with the service from him and his staff at Butler Mordock. Craig is always quick to cut to the heart of an issue, keep me informed of the process and get the results we want.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2014
Job Done
Craig is very direct and wants what is right and fair for clients. He defended me in a case and I feel very happy with the outcome. If you want a man who will get straight to the point and do the job without any bs, he is your guy. I highly reccommend Craig!!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2009.

Public Reprimand issued in LA, 2009
updated on 01/13/2014

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mordock Legal
  • 2020 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Mordock Law Group
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Managing Attorney
  • Butler Mordock, PLC
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • The Mordock Law Firm, LLC
  • 2000 - 2007
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  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Seton Hall University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • STATE vs. EH
  • Not Guilty at trial
  • DA drops charges against man accused of helping Mother's Day shooters
  • Charges Dropped


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Best DUI Lawyers in New Orleans
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Defense Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyers in New Orleans
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in New Orleans
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Louisiana
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • LSBA Solo and Small Firms Conference
  • Swipe Left Swipe Right Jury Selection in the Age of Tinder
  • 2017
  • Annual Meeting of Association of Louisiana Bail Underwriters
  • Bond Forfeitures and Collections
  • 2014
  • Louisiana Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Use of Experts in Criminal Cases
  • 2013
  • Louisiana Solo and Small Firms Section
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2012
  • Loyola University Skills Program
  • Practical Aspects of Criminal Defense
  • 2011
  • Loyola University Skills Program
  • Voir Dire and Jury Selection
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Craig
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig is at the top of his field. He not only has an incredible working knowledge of criminal law, he is also sharp, professional, and highly respected in local courts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mr. Mordock as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the New Orleans area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is a very experienced and effective lawyer. I highly endorse Craig."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig has extensive experience in all criminal matters. He is articulate and provides caring, excellent representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A very talented, respectable lawyer. I highly recommend his services."
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New Orleans Criminal defense Lawyer Craig J Mordock
Craig J Mordock
Criminal defense Attorney
New Orleans, LA
Licensed for 23 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2009. See details