Craig D. Cannon focuses his practice on complex business and intellectual property disputes pending in state, federal and international jurisdictions. His broad trial, appellate and arbitration experience includes representing regulated entities, retailers, manufacturers and technology companies in domestic and international shareholder derivative, auction rate security, foreign tax credit, mortgage backed security, fair credit reporting, complex problem loan, breach of contract, trademark, patent and high technology disputes. Craig is also a recognized leader in the areas of electronic discovery, information governance, data privacy and cross border data transfer. Within Kilpatrick Townsend, Craig manages a cross-functional group of attorneys, project managers, analysts and trial technology specialists dedicated to assisting the firm’s clients with electronic discovery related projects.
Craig joined the firm after serving as Bank of America’s Global Discovery Counsel. At Bank of America, Craig was responsible for leading several of the world’s largest and most complex electronic discovery, data privacy, cross border transfer and information governance projects. He also managed a team of litigation attorneys and paralegals. 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 Super Lawyer 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