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Craig Reiser is a go-to litigator when reputations are on the line. He represents companies and individuals in high-stakes and often bet-the-company litigation matters that threaten clients’ reputations and bottom lines. Craig is particularly known for his ability to quickly identify the critical legal issues in each case and formulate winning strategies tailored to his clients’ unique needs. The success of Craig’s approach is reflected not only in his clients’ continued confidence, but in his track record.


In 2023, Craig prevailed in obtaining a federal-court dismissal of claims seeking at least $100 million against his client, chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, in a case that gripped the chess world. For this victory, Craig received a Shout Out from The American Lawyer in its “Litigator of the Week” column. He leads the defense of Alvogen in a sprawling multidistrict litigation alleging a conspiracy to fix prices of generic drugs, as well as in a string of state and federal cases arising from a nationwide effort to hold drug manufacturers responsible for the opioid epidemic. Craig also represents an Am Law 100 firm in a legal malpractice and breach-of-duty case brought by the rapper 50 Cent.


On top of all of this, Craig provides pro bono counsel to indigent persons in life-changing civil and immigration matters. Last year, he secured a unanimous, precedential opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstating a federal inmate’s civil case for breach-of-contract. Appointed lead counsel on remand, Craig secured an offer of judgment for the full value of his client’s claim. He also serves as a member of Axinn’s ethics and professional development committees. 


Prior to entering private practice, Craig was a law clerk for the Honorable Kent A. Jordan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2011 to 2012, and for the Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2010 to 2011. Craig earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2010. He earned an Honors B.A. degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Delaware in 2007.


Updated Sep 2023