Craig R. Haughton Associate

Craig is a member of the firm's Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation practice group, and was formerly a member of the firm's Business and Securities Litigation practice group. His practice focuses on government and securities regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, internal investigations, and the representation of major financial institutions, government contractors, and other business entities in single plaintiff and class action litigation, arbitration, and appellate proceedings.

Craig primarily represents financial institutions (including but not limited to investment banks, broker-dealers, and registered representatives) in connection with investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings initiated by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other regulatory bodies on topics ranging from securities sales practices, suitability, alleged financial advisor misconduct, and other fiduciary matters. Craig also represents certified public accounting firms in connection with regulatory and related civil litigation matters involving the audits of public companies and alleged accounting and securities fraud.

Craig represents Fortune 100 and 500 financial institutions and other business entities in numerous state, federal district and appellate courts, as well as arbitrations through the AAA and FINRA. His litigation experience includes financial services litigation, class actions, regulatory enforcement, fiduciary matters, contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property disputes, representation of governmental and private organizations in land use and zoning litigation, government procurement and construction disputes, and False Claims Act litigation. Craig is a member of the firm’s appellate practice team and, in that capacity, has successfully briefed and argued over a dozen cases in state and federal appellate courts.

Prior to McGuireWoods LLP, Craig was a law clerk to the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr. of the Maryland Court of Appeals from 2006 to 2007. Craig received his law degree at the University of Baltimore, summa cum laude, and was a member of the Heuisler Honor Society. He was the business editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review. Craig also earned an L.L.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Craig was named to Super Lawyers’ “Maryland Rising Stars” for General Litigation in 2013, and for Business Litigation in 2014 through 2016, 2018 and 2021.

Experience

Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a multinational investment bank regarding alleged misconduct by a registered representative related to foreign-exchange trading and outside business interests.

Defended a multinational investment bank in regulatory proceedings concerning investment suitability, sector concentration, and FINRA’s “Know Your Customer” rule.

Represented a multinational broker-dealer in an internal investigation related to trade-routing practices and algorithmic trading platforms utilized by institutional investors.

Represented a certified public accounting firm in class action litigation and parallel regulatory proceedings following the collapse of a publicly traded audit client, and advised the firm in connection with subsequent prosecutions of the issuer’s former executives for violations of federal securities laws.

Represented a major financial institution in an internal investigation of the bank’s retail sales practices.

Nationwide representation of a national bank’s wealth management subsidiary in fiduciary litigation and pre-litigation resolution matters related to trust administration and the suitability of investments within managed trust accounts.

Representation of a manor financial institution in various litigation and regulatory matters relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA) and state consumer protection statutes.

Successfully represented a Fortune 100 government contractor in offensive litigation against prime contractor for improper termination of subcontract arising out of a public defense procurement contract in the Mid-Atlantic.

Represented a major energy utility company in a dispute arising from government-caused delays in connection with a public defense contract.

Successfully represented a prime government contractor in a dispute with its subcontractor relating to the construction of a solid waste treatment facility at a forwarding operating base in the Middle East.

Represented a prime government contractor in AAA arbitration arising out subcontractor-caused delays in connection a public contract for the construction of a wastewater management facility.

Presented argument as lead counsel more than a dozen times before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in consumer finance, land use, and zoning matters. Other appellate experience includes six affirmations from the Fourth Circuit in consumer finance cases.

Defended multiple financial institutions in six consumer class actions, which included motions to dismiss, to compel arbitration, and to strike class allegations that led to outright dismissal or favorable resolutions.

Served as part of appellate team that successfully represented multinational oil and gas company in its appeals of more than $1.5 billion in verdicts rendered by juries in two cases stemming from an underground gasoline leak.

Represents contractors, subcontractors, property owners, and materials suppliers in various land use and both public and private contract disputes pertaining to construction projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Representation of governmental entities in proceedings related to land use and zoning issues.

Represented a computer manufacturer in a false claims action in which it was alleged that major computer manufacturers violated provisions of the Buy American statute.

Represented a telecommunications company before the Maryland Court of Appeals, in a reported opinion, concerning a multi-million dollar sales and use tax imposed by the State of Maryland for charges made by out-of-state vendors to Maryland consumers of “900” number information services.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, Securities and Financial Regulation, with Distinction, 2021
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Business Editor, University of Baltimore Law Review, 2006
  • University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, BS, Management Science and Statistics, 2003

Member; Co-Chair, Negligence and Insurance Subcommittee, 2010-2015, Maryland Defense Counsel

Member, Young Leaders Committee, Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore Metro Chapter, 2009-2015

Member; Young Lawyer Section, Maryland State Bar Association, 2006-present

Fellow, MSBA Leadership Academy Fellowship, 2011-2012

Pro Bono Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, 2018-present

Pro Bono Attorney, ABA Military Pro Bono Project, 2018-present

Pro Bono Attorney, Project Salute, June 2008-June 2013

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2023

Recipient, Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Service Award, American Bar Association, 2019

Named to "VIP 40 Under 40," The Maryland Daily Record, 2014

Named to "Maryland Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015, 2016, 2018-2021

Named to "Maryland Rising Stars," General Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013, 2014

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