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Craig L. McAra

Craig L. McAra

Biography

Craig McAra is an associate attorney at Gault Davison, PC. Prior to moving to Michigan, Mr. McAra worked as a public defender in the City of Atlanta, Georgia for three years. During his time as a public defender, Craig defended indigent clients facing felony charges and rose to the position of trial team leader, supervising and training other public defender attorneys. He prepared and contributed the majority of motions, research and resource content for a Georgia Public Defender CD-ROM, distributed in 2007. Since admission to the Michigan Bar in 2007, Mr. McAra’s practice has comprised a broad range civil, administrative and criminal litigation. He has represented plaintiff and defendant clients in personal injury, product liability, contract, employment discrimination/retaliation, insurance, trust/will contests, landlord-tenant, condominium law, real estate, premises liability, adverse possession, nuisance, water flow/drainage, groundwater contamination, property tax appeals, defamation, debtor-creditor collections, property and agister (equine/dog) liens, unemployment benefits, professional licensing, Veterans’ Benefits and criminal cases.

Education

Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2003
University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, 2000

Employment Experience

Gault Davison, PC, Grand Blanc, Michigan — Associate Attorney, December 2007 – present. Represent clients in all aspects of litigation and transactional matters. Practice areas include general litigation, landlord-tenant, collections, appeals, personal injury, insurance law, real estate law, automobile and motorcycle accidents and product liability.
Fulton County Public Defender’s Office, Atlanta, Georgia — Assistant Public Defender, February 2005 – October 2007. Represented indigent defendants in pretrial, trial and appellate phases of felony criminal cases.
The Wilson Law Firm, Atlanta, Georgia — Associate Attorney, October 2004 – January 2005. Assisted in the representation of clients in personal injury, bankruptcy and other areas of civil litigation.

Admitted to Practice

State of Michigan, 2007
State of Georgia, 2004 (inactive)
Georgia Court of Appeals, 2005 (inactive)
United States District Court – Eastern District of Michigan, 2009

Professional Memberships

Michigan Bar Association
Genesee County Bar Association

Awards and Recognitions

Product Liability for Lightning-Induced CSST Fires, June 2009
Fulton County Public Defender Motions, Forms and Research Bank CD-ROM, Fall 2007
Research assistant for: Pelagic prey and benthic predators: impact of odonate predation on Daphnia, Burks, Romi L., Jeppesen, Erik, Lodge, David M., Journal of the North American Benthological Society, v. 20:4, pp. 615-28. (2001).