Craig Owen White focuses his practice on representing and counseling established and growth-oriented companies in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, enterprise governance, financing and licensing issues, both domestically and internationally. He has particular experience serving as primary outside corporate counsel to business enterprises.
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Craig's role as a legal advisor to businesses is complemented by his experience as a corporate counselor, which includes service as a member of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., one of the largest privately-owned food companies in the U.S. He also serves as the primary U.S. corporate counsel for Head NV, an European-based international sports equipment conglomerate.
Craig was recently appointed by the United States Trade Representative to serve on the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa to provide advice in the establishment of United States trade policy throughout Africa.
Craig's practice experience includes counseling clients on structuring and executing business strategies as well as representing his clients in a wide range of transactions including asset and stock sales and purchases, joint ventures, strategic alliances, cooperative research and development agreements, trademark licensing agreements, close corporation and shareholders agreements, joint venture agreements and executive employment agreements.
Craig also has substantial experience in enterprise governance matters, particularly for privately-owned companies. As a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Corporate Laws of the Section of Business, Craig was a contributing author to Managing Closely-Held Corporations: A Legal Guidebook. He was also a commentator on governance issues at the George W. Leet Business Law symposium, a national forum sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He also participated as a facilitator at a National Association of Corporate Directors' program entitled, "Answering the Top 10 Questions Facing Family Business Boards." Craig's practice also includes counseling government and quasi-public entities on economic development initiatives as well as their participation in sophisticated business transactions.
Craig is a frequent lecturer internationally on issues of global commerce and enterprise governance. Craig delivers an annual lecture series in Lusaka, Zambia and Johannesburg, South Africa on negotiating commercial contracts in high risk environments and the best practices in formulating and operating international joint ventures.
Craig takes an active leadership role in several professional and civic organizations, including serving on the boards of the International Senior Lawyers Project, the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio.
Craig is listed in the 2007-16 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, and in the 2004-06 & 2010-15 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers. Craig is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.
Williams College B.A., Political Economy and Political Science 1979
University of Virginia School of Law J.D. 1983
American Bar Association, Member
International Senior Lawyers Program, Member, Executive Board, Board of Directors
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
State of Ohio