Craig leverages his extensive experience in commercial real estate and development law and municipal law to the advantage of his public and private clients. His wide-ranging knowledge has been applied in a number of transactions, including acquisition, leasing and development, zoning and land-use regulation and government regulation and permitting. He assists clients in the use of numerous economic development programs such as tax increment financing (TIF), special business districts (SBD) and community improvement districts (CID).
Craig's accomplishments in the field of wireless telecommunications include:
•Representing a start-up wireless telecommunications company in all real estate, zoning and construction aspects of the development of its network real estate, as well as retail store locations.
Counseling many leading wireless telecommunications carriers and tower companies on real estate, zoning and construction matters.
Obtaining necessary zoning permits for the construction of several hundred wireless communications facilities.
Securing federal and state court orders that overturned local government denials of permits for wireless communications facilities.
Additionally, Craig represents cities and other local governmental entities and is a long-time city attorney for a St. Louis area municipality.
Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation-Land Use and Zoning, Litigation-Real Estate, Real Estate Law, 1995-2014; St. Louis Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year, 2011; St. Louis Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012; St. Louis Litigation-Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2013
•Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2010-2014
•Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers, 2004-2013
•The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2012
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2005-2013; Top 100, 2005-2008; Top 50 St. Louis, 2005-2008
•Who's Who in America
•Who's Who in American Law
Represented an inner-ring suburb in rejuvenation of its historic downtown area into a thriving retail, restaurant and entertainment district.
•Advised a municipality in redeveloping an older substandard residential area adjacent to what had become a major traffic thoroughfare into a more suitably situated major commercial retail center, while negotiating minimal public assistance.
•Counseled a start-up wireless telecommunications company in all real estate, zoning and construction aspects of the development of its network real estate, including typical cell tower sites as well as 'pine tree,' 'windmill,' 'flag pole,' 'cross' and other stealth applications, rooftop locations, co-locations and switches, as well as retail store sites.
•Represented leading wireless communications companies and tower companies in development of hundreds of wireless communication transmission sites, switches, microwave hubs, retail stores, warehouses and office locations in Missouri and Illinois, from infancy of the wireless communication industry through the present. Experience includes real estate, zoning, construction and litigation matters.
•Secured federal and state court orders that overturned local government denials of permits for wireless communications facilities, including winning broad injunctive relief against local governments and neighboring property owners prohibiting interference with the construction of wireless telecommunications facilities.
•Counseled several regulated and nonregulated owners and operators of multiple-site fiber-optic networks utilizing public rights of way, utility easements and pole attachment and conduit licensing agreements.
•Represented electric utility in connection with pole attachment agreement with telecommunications company.
•Advised on numerous economic development programs, including tax increment financing (TIF), special business districts (SBD), community improvement districts (CID), Chapter 353 Urban Redevelopment, Missouri's Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, St. Louis Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) and Chapter 100 projects.
4.13.12 Making Room for Data! The Struggle of In-Fill and Residential Deployment
Real Estate, Development & Construction Speaking Engagement St. Charles, MO
8.25.10 Missouri Implements New Notice and Public Comment Requirements for Some Public Meetings
Real Estate, Development & Construction Alert
1.06.10 Perspectives on Real Estate and Telecom Law in Cell Site Development
3.01.06 Katrina, Rita and More - Environmental and Land Use Aspects of Natural Disasters, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Kiawah, S.C.
3.01.06 Real Estate: Focus on Downtown Development, St. Louis Business Journal
1.01.06 Telecom Settlements and Negotiations: A Focus on Telecom Real Estate
1.01.06 Winning Legal Strategies for Cities and Municipalities, ReedLogic Seminar
5.01.04 Abandoned Cables under the 2002 NEC Code Amendments, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), St. Louis, Mo.
1.01.04 Getting Ink on Paper in the Digital Age, International Council of Shopping Centers, St. Louis, Mo.
6.01.03 Assigning/Subleasing Commercial Leases, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
In The News
5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
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10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
9.21.12 Best Lawyers Names Six Husch Blackwell Attorneys 2013 Lawyers of the Year
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
6.12.12 Husch Blackwell Receives Top Rankings from Chambers and Partners
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
10.13.11 Twelve Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release