Craig D. Cannon is the leader of the firm’s E-Discovery, Information Governance and Litigation Support team. In his role as team leader, he manages a cross-functional group of attorneys, project managers, analysts and trial technology specialists dedicated to assisting firm clients with e-discovery, data privacy, litigation readiness, information management, data destruction, information security and technology related issues. He also has broad trial, appellate and arbitration experience and regularly represents regulated entities and technology companies in complex business and intellectual property disputes. Representative cases have included shareholder derivative lawsuits related to auction rate securities, international foreign tax credit disputes, mortgage backed security litigation matters, complex problem loan matters and patent/high technology litigation matters filed in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California.
Craig joined the firm after serving as Bank of America’s Global Discovery Counsel. At Bank of America, he built-out, trained and managed a team of discovery attorneys and paralegals (including a large network of outside discovery specialists) that assisted with internal, regulatory and legal discovery matters (including material and large scale litigation matters). In addition, he had responsibility for developing and implementing global frameworks, policies and procedures covering a variety of discovery and information management related topics (e.g., cross border data transfer, EU privacy standards, Bank Secrecy Act, SARs, electronic data destruction and the digitization of paper records). Prior to joining Bank of America, Craig served as Branch Banking and Trust Company’s Discovery Counsel/Senior Litigation Attorney and as a business and intellectual property litigation attorney for another AmLaw 100 firm.
Professionally, Craig has held several key bar leadership positions, including serving as the National Director of the ABA’s Disaster Legal Services Program, as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors and as the Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. He has also been active in pro bono activities and is a past recipient of the American Bar Association’s national Pro Bono Publico and Star of the Year Awards, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Charles F. Blanchard Award and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he has been previously recognized as a North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, as one of North Carolina’s Legal Elite by Business North Carolina Magazine, as a North Carolina Impact Law Leader by Business Leader Magazine and as one of the Piedmont Triad’s 40 Leaders Under 40 by the Triad Business Journal.
Professional & Community Activities
American Bar Association, Disaster Legal Services Program, Past National Director; Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, Past Member; Hurricane Katrina Task Force, Past Member; Young Lawyers Division, Past District 9 Representative
Georgetown Advanced e-Discovery Institute, Member
Leadership Winston-Salem, Graduate
North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, Past Member; Young Lawyers Division, Past Chair; Strategic Planning Committee, Past Member; Young Lawyer Initiatives Task Force, Past Member; 4All Committee, Past Member; CLE Committee, Past Member
North Carolina Board of Law Examiners, Character and Fitness Committee, Past Member of Interview Panel; Bar Examination Drafting Committee, Past Member of Drafting Panel
North Carolina State Bar, Authorized Practice Committee, Past Advisory Member; Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Committee, Past Member
Old Salem, Inc., Board of Trustees, Past Member
Sedona Conference, Member (Working Groups 1 and 6)
Triad Academy, Board of Trustees, Past Member
Wake Forest University School of Business, Past Mentor for MBA and MA Students