Craig J. Litherland, Partner

Craig Litherland’s practice focuses on complex claims resolution and bankruptcy reorganizations that involve mass tort problems and bankruptcy related insurance disputes. His clients include corporate debtors, committees, future claimant representatives and plan trustees. Craig has handled matters involving numerous tort claims that arise from asbestos and medical devices, including silica, breast implants and other medical devices. He also has represented clients in claims related to noise induced hearing loss and exposure to other carcinogenic materials. 

Over the course of his career, Craig has represented debtor corporations, trustees, committees and other parties in connection with bankruptcy cases in the convenience store, aircraft manufacture, oil and gas, off-shore drilling, farming, heavy equipment manufacturing, real estate development, telecommunications, mortgage servicing, truck and container shipping and pipe manufacturing industries.

Craig is also a director at Reneo Consulting LLC.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented Dow Corning Corporation in its bankruptcy reorganization that resolved hundreds of thousands of claims worldwide related to breast implants and other medical devices sold by the company. Craig also assisted Dow Corning with the resolution of disputes with insurers over responsibility for the costs associated with these tort claims.
  • Represented Kaiser Aluminum, Shook & Fletcher, and JT Thorpe in connection with the structuring of their bankruptcy plans of reorganization to resolve asbestos, silica and other types of tort claims, including, in the cases of Shook & Fletcher and JT Thorpe, pre-packaged plans of reorganization.
  • Represented Federal-Mogul Corporation and its affiliates in their bankruptcy reorganization cases as insurance counsel to address insurance disputes related to insurance coverage for thousands of asbestos claims and environmental claims.
  • Represented the committees of asbestos claimants in the Babcock & Wilcox, Plibrico, and Burns & Roe bankruptcy reorganizations as special insurance counsel dealing with insurance disputes related to the insurance coverage available to pay asbestos and silica claims.

Education

  • 1983 — J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • 1980 — B.A., Rice University

Bar Memberships

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • Cherokee Nation
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

  • Co-chair of the Insurance Sub-committee, ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee