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John H. Craddock Jr.

Riverfront Plaza, East Tower
951 East Byrd Street, Eighth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:  804.916.7163
Fax:  804.916.7263


Mr. Craddock focuses his practice on advising his clients and litigating matters related to unfair business practices, including corporate governance issues, fiduciary duties of directors and officers of all types of business entities, shareholder disputes, dissolution actions, antitrust claims, and business fraud, conspiracy, tortious interference with contract, corporate raiding and unfair competition claims. He also has particular experience in complex construction litigation such as heavy industrial construction, architect and engineer professional liability, and surety claims, and has served as an arbitrator for construction disputes. Mr. Craddock is a trial lawyer and regularly litigates in federal and state court, including the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Craddock offers his clients substantial experience with electronic discovery issues including matters relating to document preservation and retention, litigation holds and spoliation.

While serving as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Mr. Craddock accumulated significant trial experience, having tried more than 15 jury cases and over 50 bench trials in one of the busiest criminal jurisdictions in the Army. He also served as a strategic plans officer for the JAG Corps leadership, providing analysis and counsel for restructuring the JAG Corps as part of Army transformation initiatives. Prior to becoming a judge advocate, he served as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Mr. Craddock is an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he teaches a third year practicum-based course on corporate governance counseling and litigation, and has taught courses in fiduciary litigation.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 2004 – present
  • U.S. Army, 1991 – 2004, Senior Prosecutor: XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Strategic Plans Officer: Headquarters, Department of The Army, The Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine, 2010-2014
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Future Star" in Virginia, 2014
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star in Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine, 2008-2009
  • Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a "Legal Elite" in the field of Civil Litigation, 2011-2012

Related Industries


  • LL.M., Military Law, United States Army Judge Advocate General's School, 2002
  • J.D., University of Virginia, 1997
  • B.S.E., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court