Craig Schauer is a litigator who counsels and advocates for clients. He has been fortunate to counsel clients through a wide variety of disputes and legal problems, ranging from business disagreements to constitutional lawsuits. He regularly advocates for clients in state courts, federal courts, appellate courts, arbitration proceedings, and regulatory hearings.
Craig has represented businesses of all sizes—from small partnerships to Fortune 100 corporations—in state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings, and various regulatory agencies with disputes regarding contractual relationships, constitutional rights, class actions, unfair competition claims, government regulations, defamation, and other commercial issues. He has worked with clients in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, construction, professional sports, nonprofit, franchises, energy, financial services, public utilities, and local and state government.
"I believe in resolving disputes amicably, but do not hesitate to throw hard — but fair —punches to protect my clients."
Craig’s advocacy includes representing parties in substantial matters before state regulatory commissions, including rate proceedings, resource planning proceedings, acquisitions, and other matters requiring regulatory approval. Before pursuing a legal career, Craig was an investment banker who advised companies on mergers and acquisitions, which has given him a deep understanding of the numerous financial aspects of the regulation of utilities, including rate of return, capital structure, and cost of service.
Craig helps clients confidently express their political voice by ensuring that their political conduct complies with the law. He advises corporations on how to form entities that will be politically active, either directly or indirectly, and helps craft company policies on political activity and lobbying practices. He represents clients before the Board of Elections and the Ethics Commission in regulatory proceedings and confidential investigations. He also assists local and state governments in ensuring compliance with federal and state elections law, including the Voting Rights Act and other constitutional requirements.
Craig not only assists clients with political activity, but also helps them navigate other free speech and First Amendment issues within the public sphere.
Law Clerk to Associate Justice Paul M. Newby, Supreme Court of North Carolina, 2010-2011
Law Clerk to James C. Dever III, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2011-2012
Honors & Recognitions
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation (2021-2022)
Selected for Benchmark Litigation's "40 & Under Hot List" (2020-2021)
Selected by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in the Young Guns category (2019)
Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) as a "Rising Star" in Civil Rights Law (2018); Business Litigation (2019-2020)
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2010, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems, DeHoff/Arnold Endowed Law Scholar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
- RecognitionBenchmark Litigation, 10.07.2021
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.19.2021
- RecognitionBenchmark Litigation, 08.09.2021
- RecognitionBenchmark Litigation, 11.09.2020
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.20.2020
- RecognitionBenchmark Litigation, 07.31.2020
- Press Release07.28.2020
- RecognitionNorth Carolina Super Lawyers, 01.22.2020
- RecognitionCommunity or Pro Bono Recognition, 12.16.2019
- Press Release10.08.2019
- RecognitionTwenty-Five Brooks Pierce Attorneys Recognized in Business North Carolina’s 2019 “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame”Business North Carolina, 01.02.2019
- Speaking Engagements06.15.2020
- Speaking Engagements09.18.2015
- Speaking Engagements09.18.2015
Professional & Civic
I believe that relationships matter — we were not created to live in isolation. I invest in the relationships in my life, and I prioritize my family and local community. But I also believe that relationships matter to my clients: Businesses, just like people, do not exist in a vacuum — they depend on relationships. Unfortunately, all relationships, whether personal or business, are prone to breaking down. In my personal life, I seek to foster and restore relationships by being involved in local ministries. In my professional life, I use the law and the courts to help my clients build and defend their most important relationships.