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Jade Craig

Jade Craig joined Trent Cotney, P.A. in 2017. He practices in all areas of labor & employment law, including drafting contracts, agreements, and employee handbooks, advising employers on best practices and policies, drafting and enforcing non-compete agreements, whistleblower actions, OSHA investigations and proceedings, worker’s compensation, and claims under federal and state civil rights law for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. He also handles a variety of construction litigation matters, including disputes involving local governments, architects, engineers, contractors and condominium associations.

In Jade’s hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jade’s father often worked as a day laborer doing various jobs on construction sites. Jade is a first-generation college graduate. He received a full scholarship to the University of Virginia and was a member of the liberal arts honors program. Jade completed three years of service as a corps member with Teach For America, where he served kindergartners in Mississippi. After Jade completed Columbia Law School, he completed two clerkships on the federal trial and appellate courts. As a presidential appointee, Jade worked with housing developers and advocates to increase both new construction and renovation of existing structures in rural and urban across the country.

Jade believes in the power of the law to organize relationships, solve problems, and to develop more effective business practices. He utilizes his experience and training to assist clients at Trent Cotney, P.A. in developing and maintaining successful relationships with their employees and partners. In his free time, Jade enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

EDUCATION

  • Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, B.A., French & Political and Social Thought, a Distinguished Majors Program with thesis
  • UVA in Morocco, French immersion program (summer 2004)
  • Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR), Africa Symposium, Cape Town, South Africa (winter 2005)

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Phelps Dunbar, Tampa, FL, Associate Attorney (2015 – 2017)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC, Special Policy Advisor – Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (2014 – 2015)
  • DLA Piper LLP (US), New York, NY, Summer Associate (2011)
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, New York, NY, Intern (Fall 2010)
  • Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte, NC, Summer Associate (2010 & 2011)
  • Wells Fargo, Law Department, Charlotte, NC, Summer Intern (2010)
  • Teach For America/Greenville Public School District, Greenville, MS, Kindergarten Teacher (2006 – 2009)

CLERKSHIPS

  • Hon. Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2012-13)
  • Hon. Carlton W. Reeves, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (2013-14)

HONORS & ACTIVITIES

  • Political Appointee, Administration of President Barack H. Obama (2014-15)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Journal of Race and Law
  • Mediation Clinic, Columbia Law School
  • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, Best Oral Advocate, Northeast Region
  • General S.K. Yee Fellowship, Columbia Law School

ADMISSIONS

  • Florida, 2016
  • Mississippi, 2015
  • New York, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 2015

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Florida Bar: Young Lawyers, Labor and Employment, and Business Law Sections
  • The Mississippi Bar: Young Lawyers Section
  • New York State Bar Association: Young Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter: Young Lawyers Division Committee Member
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

LANGUAGES

  • French – Proficient

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