Craig A. Marvinney

Craig Marvinney is a highly regarded trial attorney who offers decades of first-chair experience in jury and bench litigation, appellate practice, administrative hearings, mediations and arbitrations.

For over 40 years, Craig has represented clients in a variety of industries and managed both routine and complex cases. Specifically, he focuses on businesses and commercial enterprises, cybersecurity and cyber-law compliance, intellectual property, insurance coverage, product liability, pharmaceutical and medical devices and alternative dispute resolution.

Throughout his career as a successful litigator, Craig has been involved in local, national and global trials involving settlements of up to $300 million. He has defended clients in pivotal claims, some of which have set precedents within insurance, medical device and commercial law. His experience in the courtroom has earned him notoriety and leadership roles among the Ohio bar and beyond, as he is decorated with prestigious awards and has earned many honors within the legal community.

Enthusiastic about training and educating the next generation of attorneys, Craig served as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law for 15 years. He is also a frequent presenter, discussing important legal developments with a wide variety of local and global audiences. Craig is the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) President-Elect and will become its President for 2023—2024.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, President-Elect (2022–2023), Secretary-Treasurer (2021–2022), Board Member (2015–present)
  • Lawyers Advisory Committee to the United States District Court (N.D. Ohio), emeritus Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Board of Directors (2019–present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Litigation Section, Member (1986–present); Committee and Section Oversight Panel, (2019–present)
  • John M. Manos Inn of Court, Master Bencher (2010–present), Barrister, (2005–2009)
  • Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, President (2009-2011), Board Director (2003-2013)
  • North Royalton, Ohio, Master Plan Task Force, Chair (2000–2005); Planning Commission, Member/Chair (1995–2005)
  • Case Western Reserve School of Law Alumni Board of Governors (1993–1996); Case Western Reserve University Undergraduate Alumni Association President (1991–1993)

Presentations & Published Works

  • Guest Lecturer, “Mediation and Arbitration,” New York Law School, July 2022
  • Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence and Implicit Bias: Deep Learning – How Intelligent Companies and Firms Challenge Artificial Intelligence,” FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium, September 2019
  • Speaker, “The Great Data Privacy Debate: To Be Forgotten or Not To Be Forgotten,” Data Breach & Cybersecurity Section, FDCC Annual Meeting, July 2019
  • Speaker, “The Great Data Privacy Debate: To Be Forgotten or Not To Be Forgotten,” Data Breach & Cybersecurity Section, FDCC Annual Meeting, July 2019
  • Speaker, “Advanced Mediation Considerations for Claims Supervisors” and “Preparation for Corporate Representative Depositions,” FDCC Litigation Management College Graduate Program, May 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Risk,” FDCC Litigation Management College Graduate Program, June 2016
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity: Anatomy of a Debacle – Implications of the Sony Hack of 2014,” FDCC Annual Meeting, Intellectual Property Section Program, July 2015
  • Speaker, “Mediation of the Complex Case: Perspectives and Techniques to Achieve Excellent Results,” FDCC Litigation Management college Graduate Program, June 2015
  • Co-Moderator and Panelist, “Avatar in the Courtroom: Is 3D Printing Ready for Prime Time?” FDCC Annual Meeting, August 2013
  • Speaker, “Comparative Strengths and Weaknesses of Voluntary and Mandatory Mediation Programs in the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals,” FDCC Annual Meeting, July 2013
  • Speaker, “Trial Technology – What’s Needed and Where Are We Going?” Swiss Re Americas Claims Conference, June 2012
  • Speaker, “Trial Technology in the Courtroom of Tomorrow,” International Association of Claims Professionals Annual Meeting, September 2010
  • Speaker, “Trial Technology 2020, What Does the Future Hold?” FDCC International Insurance Institute, August 2009
  • Panelist, “Nuts & Bolts of Appellate Practice – The Ohio Supreme Court,” Supreme Court Justices Terrence O’Donnell and Maureen O’Connor Panel Session at the Manos Inn, Cleveland, April 2009

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • Admitted, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted, U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Life Member, United States Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2009–present
  • Life Member, Ohio Eighth District Judicial Conference, 2009–present
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association (Litigation Section), 1982–present
  • Appointee, United States District Court (N.D. Ohio) Panel of ADR Neutrals, ten terms 1993–present

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Litigation-Insurance), 2011–2019; (Intellectual Property Litigation), 2010–2011, 2019–2023
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Civil Litigation: Defense; PI-Products; Defense; Business Litigation), 2006–2011, 2015–2023
  • Received, President’s Award for extraordinary service as Editor-in-Chief of the FDCC Professional Desk Reference, 2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (Intellectual Property), 2008–2011
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Distinguished Service Award, Case Western Reserve University Alumni, 1997


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D.), 1982; Recipient, Student of the Year Award; Recipient, Adelstein Environmental Law Award
  • Case Western Reserve University (B.A. cum laude in Chemistry, Natural Sciences and History), 1979
When he’s outside, Craig goes “outside!”
When he’s outside, Craig goes “outside!”

Heading out and about keeps him and his wife, Realtor Paula McQueen, charged.  With all fifty states under his belt, they’ve turned to Burgundy, Singapore, Scotland, Italy and London in recent times. Here they are atop Florence’s great Duomo. The question is “What’s next?”

Craig and Paula’s blended family is their prime focus Beyond Bricker.
Craig and Paula’s blended family is their prime focus Beyond Bricker.

From New York’s ‘weft and weave’ to the NBA’s dunks; from Minnesota’s cool air to New England’s ocean breezes, Craig’s four daughters and son-in-law and Paula’s two sons truly keep them rolling! Here Craig’s daughters celebrate Katie’s 2017 Boston Marathon Run.

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