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Craig B. Young

Partner

Craig is a seasoned litigator who focuses on commercial transactions and civil litigation. He has 35 years of experience helping clients in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Craig focuses on commercial transactions and civil litigation, including sales and secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and creditors’ rights under the Bankruptcy Code. His trial experience includes jury trials in state and federal courts. He also handles high-value tort and contract actions.

Craig regularly represents bankruptcy estates and trustees in investigations of and litigation over fraudulent transfers and breaches of fiduciary duty as well as secured creditors and committees of unsecured creditors seeking recovery on claims.

Speaking Engagements
  • Abandon Ship! Are there options to Bankruptcy when the company has to shut down? Washington, D.C.
  • 12 Steps to Being a Good Witness, Washington, D.C.
  • Legal Writing, Washington, D.C. 
  • The Expert Roundtable, Washington, D.C.
  • Bankruptcy Challenges Related to “Unusual” Assets, Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Collection Law from Start to Finish: (1) The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and (2) The Impact of Bankruptcy on Collections, NBI, Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy, Washington, D.C.
  • Domestic Relations and Bankruptcy Law: When Ships Collide (In the Dark), Fairfax Bar Association, Bermuda.  
Publications
  • "Biotechnology and the Law," American Bar Association, chapter on Biotechnology and Bankruptcy Law, 2019 (author) 
  • "Bankruptcy and Its Impact on Intellectual Property," American Bankruptcy Institute, 2nd Edition, 2009 (co-authored with Patricia Rogowski, Esquire)
  • "Bankruptcy and Its Impact on Intellectual Property," American Bankruptcy Institute, 1st Edition, 2007 (co-authored with Patricia Rogowski, EsquireP
  • "Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy – It’s Not an Oxymoron," Washington Smart CEO Magazine, August 2006
  • "What Happens When Patent Law Intersects with The Bankruptcy Code?," Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Spring 2006
  • "City of Houston v. FAA: Judicial Re-Regulation of Airline Routes," 5 GMU Law Review 409, 1983
Government Service
  • Senior Enforcement Counsel, Office of Thrift Supervision, Department of Treasury 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Judges James C. Cacheris and Albert V. Bryan, pro se law clerk
Community Involvement
  • Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • George Mason University School of Law Alumni Association, board of directors, former president (1998-1999, 2000-2001)

  • In re DTREDS, LLC, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria). Lead Counsel for creditors committee. Chapter 11 Plan confirmed.
  • In re SoyNut Butter Company, Inc., U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois. Counsel for insurance company regarding policy covering food poisoning claims.
  • Counsel for Government Contractor in lender liability dispute. Litigation not yet pending.
  • ATM Contracting, Inc. v. Harold A. Mueller (In re Harold A. Mueller), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria) (Chapter 7). Counsel to plaintiff in adversary proceeding to deny debtor’s discharge. Summary judgment granted in favor of plaintiff.
  • Deborah C. Menotte, Trustee v. Maria Luz Champalanne, et al. (In re: Miguel Champalanne), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida (West Palm Beach). Lead Counsel to defendant in fraudulent transfer action brought by chapter 7 trustee. Case settled favorably after summary judgment briefing.
  • In re: Specialty Packaging Holdings, Inc., et al., U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Delaware. Lead Counsel representing creditors committee. Unsecured creditors received a recovery.
  • In re: Osama El-Atari, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria) (Chapter 7). Counsel to franchisor of four restaurant assets. Settled with third party purchasers of restaurant assets. 
  • Galaxy Computer Services, Inc. v. Galaxy CSI, LLC, et al. (In re Galaxy Computer Services, Inc.), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. Lead Counsel for defendant in action brought by chapter 11 debtor seeking to reverse foreclosure sale of plaintiff’s assets. The sixteen-count complaint resulted in an eight-day jury trial during which the plaintiff sought compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $15 million. The jury came back in favor of the defendants on all counts.
  • In re Movie Gallery, Inc., U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond). Designated Representative for Inland Real Estate Group, Inc. on the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors. After confirmation of debtors’ plan of reorganization, court approved motion for debtors to pay fees and costs incurred by Inland Real Estate Group (without objection) pursuant to Bankruptcy Code § 503(b)(4).
  • Twin City Fan Companies, Ltd. v. FPT Software, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Lead Counsel for defendant in breach of contract action. Disputed was over defendant’s performance preparing computer software and involved competing expert witnesses. Settled.
  • Tinder Wholesale, LLC v. Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc., Circuit Court of Prince William County, Virginia. Lead Counsel for defendant in breach of territorial distribution agreement. Settled.
  • Turrisi Companies LLC. v. Cole Holdings Corporation, Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Virginia. Defense counsel on dispute over commissions related to sale and purchase of shopping center. Three day jury trial resulted in ruling for defendant. Appeal to Supreme Court of Virginia rejected.
  • Oleksandr Usach, et al. v. Anatoly Tikhman, et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Counsel for plaintiff in breach of contract and tort actions regarding dispute over creation, development and sale of Ukrainian computer programming company. Settled.
  • In re: Innovative Logistics Techniques, Inc., et al., U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria). Lead Counsel for Chapter 7 Trustee. Recovery actions against corporate insiders under Bankruptcy Code §§ 544, 547, 548 and 550.
  • Moe v. Sentient Visions Systems Pty Ltd., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. Defense Counsel for foreign corporation as defendant in Title VII discrimination case filed in federal district court after dismissal by EEOC. Case was settled and dismissed less than six months after the complaint was filed.
  • In re Dietze Construction Group, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria). Lead counsel for creditors committee (prior to Plan confirmation) and lead counsel for trustee of the Dietze Liquidating Trust (post Plan confirmation). 16% distribution made to creditors September 2013.

  • Super Lawyers®, Virginia, 2014-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV" Rating
  • George Mason University Distinguished Alumni Service Award, 2007
  • George Mason University School of Law Alumni Service Award, 2001