Craig B. Florence - Gardere

Craig B. Florence

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

Craig Florence is a senior trial lawyer who represents private and public companies in their most complicated and contentious business divorces. With more than 25 years of litigation experience handling fiduciary duty lawsuits, trade secret claims, intellectual property disputes and fraud claims, Craig has an intimate understanding of business litigation in all its forms and has obtained substantial judgments and awards.

Frequently hired for post-acquisition disputes, Craig brings a sophisticated level of understanding of how transactions are consummated. He works closely with corporate lawyers to identify leverage and to assess allocation of risk. Craig also has significant appellate experience, arguing before the Federal Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio Court of Appeals, among others.

Craig has represented a range of clients, including:

  • Barry Callebaut AG
  • BearCom Group Inc.
  • Brach's Confections Inc.
  • Denton County Electric Cooperative Inc.
  • Ennis Paint Inc.
  • GameStop Inc.
  • HeartPlace PA
  • Heeling Sports Ltd.
  • Longview Energy Co.
  • Private Equity Partners Inc.
  • Raytheon Co.
  • Southcross Energy Partners LP
  • Southwest Agri-Plastics Inc.
  • Vaisala Oyj

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • Texas State Courts (1987)
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1990)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1990)
  • Experience
  • Representing Longview Energy Co. in a usurpation of corporate opportunity action against two directors and related parties in connection with oil and gas leases in the Eagle Ford Shale; judgment awarded Longview $95.5 million plus the largest constructive trust ever awarded of 46,000 acres of Eagle Ford Shale leases
  • Successfully defended an electric cooperative in a series of class action lawsuits involving capital credit and governance claims
  • Representing at the trial court a health insurance company in a patent infringement action involving computerized information management systems; obtained an exceptional case award of $5.2 million; subsequently appealed to the United States Supreme Court where the case stands as one of the leading cases on the scope of appeal of an exceptional case finding
  • Represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of American 3CI Complete Compliance Corp. in its investigation into stockholder oppression by its majority stockholder and the resulting litigation against the majority stockholder; obtained a $32.5 million settlement
  • Successfully represented a company in thwarting an incumbent director from orchestrating a hostile takeover of its board of directors
  • Defended a Dallas-based company in a copyright infringement and trade secret arbitration involving computer software; case settled following a two-week arbitration


    Austin CollegeBA 1984Baylor University School of LawJ.D. 1987
    Texas Bar FoundationThe William 'Mac' Taylor American Inn of CourtAustin College Board of Trustees

    Office Location

    2021 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1600
    Dallas, TX 75201
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation