Craig C. Dilger - Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Craig C. Dilger

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 502-560-4274

Craig is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Louisville office, and has been with the firm since 2001. He is a member of the Business Litigation Practice and serves as Chair of the Criminal Law Practice. Craig is also a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits, Business Torts, Antitrust & Trade Regulation and Environmental Practices. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, education law, sports law, and complex white collar criminal defense law. Craig is also the Chairman of the Client Service Committee. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, prosecuting a number of high profile cases.

Craig is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and is honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer for his many career successes. The Leadership Louisville 2009 graduate has successfully defended a Top 10 NCAA Division 1 Football Coach and the Athletic Association against a student alleging improprieties in the granting of football scholarships. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the Coach and the Athletic Association and awarded no damages. He was also the lead prosecutor in a high profile Workplace Violence case, which ended in convictions on two counts of Intentional Murder.

Craig is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar Associations, and also the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He was honored as a Business First Forty Under 40 Recipient in 2003 and named "Pick of the Judges" in 2006 by Louisville Magazine's Best Lawyers Under Age 40. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and as the Coordinator and Director of Training for the Jefferson County Teen Court. He coaches the Mock Trial Team at Saint Xavier High School and is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force. In his spare time, Craig coaches soccer and enjoys hiking and restoring antique automobiles.

Bellarmine UniversityBS 1991Northern Kentucky UniversityJ.D. 1994
American Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssociationNational Association of College and University AttorneysBingham FellowsBellarmine University, Rubel School of Business Board of AdvisorsLeadership LouisvilleKentucky Registry of Election FinanceHoly Spirit Catholic Church Parish CouncilProject Safe Neighborhoods Task Force, Selection CommitteeOperation Sober ProgramBellarmine University Mock Trial ProgramSt. Xavier High School Mock Trial TeamJefferson County Republican Party Executive CommitteeJefferson County Teen Court

Case History

Holifield vs. University of Louisville Athletic Association, et al. — Lead Trial Counsel in Defending Top 10 NCAA Division One Football Coach and the University's Athletic Association. The Coach and Athletic Association were sued by a former student athlete who alleged improprieties in the granting of football scholarships. A decision against the Athletic Association and the Coach would have affected recruiting of college athletes at every level. Trial in this matter lasted two weeks with well known experts from various college football programs testifying for each side. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict on all counts and awarded no damages.
Martin - Brooks vs. Jefferson County Metro CorrectionsLead Trial Counsel for Plaintiffs in Discrimination suit against a large Metropolitan Correctional Services Department. The Plaintiffs were both employees of the Corrections Department, one a Corrections Officer and the other the Director of Human Resources. The Chief of Corrections and several members of the command staff engaged in discriminatory conduct against the Plaintiffs including retaliation which created a hostile work environment. The jury returned a verdict in favor of both Plaintiffs on all counts and awarded substantial damages.
Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. Kimberly HarrisHigh Profile Workplace Violence case. Lead Prosecution Counsel in the capital murder trial of the defendant for the murders of Patti Eitel and Deborah Bell on April 29, 1997. Argued this case before the Kentucky Supreme Court on June 9, 1999 requesting a Writ of Prohibition to prevent the trial judge from granting a defense motion to exclude the death penalty. Supreme Court unanimously granted the Writ and all concurred in overruling the trial court. Case tried to a jury and the defendant found guilty of two counts of Intentional Murder and sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole consecutive with Life Without the Possibility of Parole.
Michael Wayne Reid vs. Ben A. Reid, Jr., et al.Lead Trial Counsel in Complex Corporate Trust Challenge of a Family Limited Partnership.  The Family Limited Partnership was sued alleging improprieties in the creation of the entity and numerous fiduciary violations on the part of the general partner.  The trial of this case began on January 15, 2002 in Jefferson Circuit Court and lasted for three weeks.  The destruction of the family limited partnership would have resulted in a substantial tax liability, amounting to between $1.5 and $2 million dollars on all assets contained within the partnership.  The jury returned a verdict for the general partner and the Family Limited Partnership on all counts, and awarded no damages.
Paula Payton, et al. vs. Thomas E. Clay, et al.Lead Trial Counsel for Prominent Local Attorney in Legal Malpractice Defense.  Plaintiffs raised several separate allegations of negligence and were seeking a substantial damages award in excess of $200,000.00.  The case went to trial on February 28, 2005 in Jefferson Circuit Court.  After several days of trial, the jury returned a verdict for the defense on all counts and awarded no damages.

Office Location

PNC Plaza, Suite 2000
500 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202-2828
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male