Craig J. Canizaro
Craig is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans metropolitan area. He received his Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Civil Law from Louisiana State University in 2007 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University of New Orleans. Throughout his nearly 15 year legal career, Craig has gained extensive litigation experience in the practice areas of trucking and auto defense, insurance defense, premises liability, public liability, medical malpractice, civil rights claims and class actions. He has represented national and local clients, as well as governmental entities, on a wide range of matters in both state and federal courts throughout Louisiana.
Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Civil Law – 2007
Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bachelor of Arts – 2004
Honors: Dean’s List – 2000-2004
Major: Political Science
- Louisiana, 2007
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
Honors & Certifications
- Chancellor’s List (2004)
- George M. Armstrong, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (2005)
- Stone Pigman Scholarship (2006-2007)
- Political Science Major Award
- Inns of Court, Baton Rouge (2006-2007)
Slip and Fall Summary Judgment
Successful defense of merchants in multiple slip-and-fall cases involving severe injuries via summary judgment due to lack of actual or constructive notice.
Medical Malpractice and Civil Rights Claim Dismissal
Successful defense of contract health care provider in Louisiana parish correctional facilities against claims of alleged medical malpractice and alleged civil rights violations.
Defense of Civil Rights and RICO Claims Against Political Subdivision
Successful defense of a political subdivision against claims for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act, alleged violations of the due process, equal protection, and takings clauses of the US Constitution, and alleged violation of the RICO statute.
Arson Exclusion Upheld on Declaratory Judgment
Successful declaratory judgment action in favor of a property insurer under the application of the policy’s arson exclusion.
Favorable Settlements Achieved
Successful use of written discovery, depositions, and expert retention to achieve favorable settlements of trucking claims involving alleged wrongful deaths, multiple surgeries, and life care plans.