Craig T. Merritt


804.697.4128 (p)
804.697.6128 (f)

Professional Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers
• Fellow

American Bar Association
• Litigation Section
• Antitrust Law Section
• Communications Law Forum

American Bar Foundation
• Fellow

Virginia State Bar
• Antitrust Section
• Litigation Section

Federal Bar Association

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond
• President, 2012-2013

Community Involvement

• Mr. Merritt has been active in the Episcopal Church, having served as a vestryman and Senior Warden.

Craig Merritt is a partner in the firm's Litigation department.  He represents a wide variety of clients in complex business litigation, including antitrust, contract, business tort, legal malpractice and intellectual property disputes.  He spends a significant part of his practice representing media companies and their insurance carriers on defamation defense, freedom of information and access issues, prepublication review and reporters' privilege matters. 

Mr. Merritt is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He is active in bar leadership and is a former president of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond. He has served as a special master in business and regulatory litigation before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and has served on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar's mandatory professionalism course. In addition, he has lectured on numerous business litigation and communications law topics. 

Representative Business Litigation

  • Representation of railway company in contract and antitrust disputes with shippers and competitors.
  • Representation of companies in patent litigation involving microelectronics, medical devices, business software and communication devices. 
  • Representation of attorneys in defense of legal malpractice and insurance coverage claims.
  • Defense of limited partnership in dispute over ownership interests in power generating facilities.
  • Service as AAA arbitrator and as court-appointed special master in trade secret and antitrust matters.

Representative Media Law Matters

  • Defense of broadcasters, newspapers and reporters in defamation actions (public officials against newspapers; criminal defendants against publishers and broadcasters; real estate developer against newspaper; schoolteacher against television station; business owner against television station).
  • Litigation of cases under Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
  • Protection of journalists served with subpoenas.
  • Defense of journalists in contempt proceedings.
  • Intervention to open court proceedings and obtain sealed records.
  • Appellate advocacy on behalf of media organizations.

Practice Areas

Trials/Appeals/Alternative Dispute Resolution
Communications and Media
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Legislative Advocacy


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1980

Duke University, B.A., 1977


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


The Best Lawyers in America©
• Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, Litigation-First Amendment, Litigation-Patent, Media Law, 2003-2020

Chambers USA
• Litigation: General Commercial, 2008-2019

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Business Litigation, 2006-2019

George Mason Award, Society of Professional Journalists Virginia Pro Chapter, 2011

Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, 2009

Leaders in the Law (Virginia Lawyers' Weekly), 2006