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Craig E. Ziegler
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P:  215-772-7565
F: 215-772-7620

Biography

Craig E. Ziegler’s practice involves complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, ERISA litigation, securities litigation and products liability. Craig has worked for the firm since his graduation from law school in 1980.

Craig has served as counsel to franchisors in franchisee terminations and litigation involving contract, tax and real estate issues. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial contract disputes, U.C.C. disputes, and ERISA fiduciary issues, as well as plaintiffs and defendants in trademark, copyright, patent and trade dress litigation.

Representative clients include American Meter Company, Burger King Corporation, Checkpoint Systems, Inc., Jiffy Lube International, Inc., and JPMorgan Chase.

Selected Representations

  • Successfully defending a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase in a federal court jury trial regarding a Lanham Act claim for unfair competition. The client was accused of making false and misleading statements about the products and services provided by a competitor in the business of buying and financing municipal tax liens. Although the plaintiff sought damages in excess of $12 million, the jury returned a defense verdict completely exonerating the client of any wrongdoing.
  • Successfully representing a Canadian company in a dispute with the United States regarding the proper customs classification and customs duties assessed on goods imported into the United States over a four-year period, resulting in the refund of several million dollars of excess customs duties paid.
  • Representing a major American manufacturer of gas meters in various contractual disputes arising from the company’s efforts to open and develop markets in Ukraine. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $250 million. The case was settled on favorable terms several days into a jury trial in federal court.
  • Successfully extricating a German-based employee/officer of chemical giant BASF from a large multi-district antitrust litigation alleging an international price-fixing conspiracy in the sale of certain urethane chemicals. The client was dismissed on a preliminary motion, without the necessity of proceeding to trial.
  • Representing the owners of a television station in Reading, Pennsylvania in a lengthy state court trial concerning the alleged breach of a comprehensive contract regarding the programming and day-to-day operations of the station.
  • Obtaining the dismissal on preliminary motion of the most serious claims asserted in a federal securities fraud class action complaint against a publicly-traded funeral home and cemetery company and its officers. Following the successful motion to dismiss, the balance of the case was settled.
  • Successfully defending a French manufacturer of industrial kilns from claims that a brick kiln it had designed and installed for a Pennsylvania customer failed to operate as intended. The claims were tried to a commercial arbitration panel, and resulted in a defense verdict in favor of the client.
  • Representing Jiffy Lube International in protracted litigation with a multistore franchisee growing out of the termination of the franchisee for failure to pay rents and royalties, and the franchisee’s counterallegations of fraud and misrepresentation.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the field of Business Litigation in every year since 2005

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Academic Achievements

A 1976 graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Craig received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science. In recognition of his scholastic achievement, Craig was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Dickinson College Alumni Council. Craig earned his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1980. While in law school, he participated in the Moot Court program.