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 complex civil litigation.

Craig has represented various Fortune 100 and 500 financial institutions and other business entities in several 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 member of the firm’s appeals and issues team, and has successfully argued multiple 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 Heiusler Honor Society.  He was the business editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review.  Craig is currently pursuing an L.L.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University.

Craig was named to Super Lawyers’ “Maryland Rising Stars” for General Litigation in 2013, and for Business Litigation in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018.


Representation of banking and lending institutions in various litigation and regulatory matters, ranging from allegations of fraud and violations of consumer protection statutes, foreclosure and receivership proceedings, and land use disputes pertaining to bank branch construction.

Representation of financial institutions and businesses in various commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, and bankruptcy disputes.

Nationwide representation of a national bank’s wealth management subsidiary in fiduciary litigation and pre-litigation resolution matters.

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.

Represented Fortune 100 subcontractor in offensive litigation against prime contractor for improper termination of subcontract agreement arising out of public procurement in Maryland.

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.

Represented subcontractor in various aspects of a dispute with a general contractor, land owner, and materials suppliers pertaining to a major construction project in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

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.

  • 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, 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

Named to "Maryland Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015, 2016, 2018-2020

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

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