James R. Craig is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department, as well as its Municipal Law Team.  He is a tireless advocate on behalf of his clients in his practice areas of municipal, real estate and zoning law.

Prior to joining the firm, James gained significant experience in a diverse array of commercial and residential real estate transactional matters, as well as zoning and development issues. He has handled zoning and land use matters in the City of Philadelphia, its suburbs, as well as in the City of Pittsburgh, and has argued over 400 commercial and residential real estate tax assessment appeals across dozens of counties.  Additionally, James was the owner of a real estate closing company from which he gained significant experience in residential and commercial real estate acquisitions and unique insight into the residential and commercial real estate industries.

James serves as a Member of the Zoning and Land Use Committee and Community Outreach Committees of the United Francisville Civic Association (UFCA) Resident Community Organization (RCO) and is a former Member of the Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Center City Organized for Responsible Development RCO.  He is an active member of the Montgomery, Allegheny and Washington County Bar Associations, as well as the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where he previously served on their Young Adult Advisory Board.

James is a 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of JURIST, the world’s only law school-based legal news and commentary service and received awards in Trial Advocacy in the Murray S. Love Moot Trial Competition as well as earning the CALI Award for Excellence in John Gismondi, Esq.’s Trial Advocacy Practicum and Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr.’s Pennsylvania Practice Seminar.  While in law school, James served as both an Americorps and Equal Justice Initiative Fellow, serving as a Certified Legal Intern with Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) in Pittsburgh.

James received his undergraduate degree in History (with Honors) and Political Science, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 where he received various civic and academic accolades for his service to the Pitt Community.

James is a proud Eagle Scout and spent twelve (12) years volunteering as an instructor for the Boy Scouts of America’s National Youth Leadership Training Program, helping to shape the character and values of thousands of young men.

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Credentials

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh (B.A., History, with honors and Political Science, cum laude, 2011)
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Law (J.D., 2014)

Memberships

  • Zoning and Land Use Committee and Community Outreach Committee of the United Francisville Civic Association (UFCA) Resident Community Organization (RCO)
    • Member
  • Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Center City Organized for Responsible Development RCO
    • Former Member
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Member
  • Washington County Bar Association
    • Member
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
    • Member
  • Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    • Member
    • Former Member, Young Adult Advisory Board

Publications & Speeches

Personal Interests

James is a proud Eagle Scout and spent twelve (12) years volunteering as an instructor for the Boy Scouts of America’s National Youth Leadership Training Program, helping to shape the character and values of thousands of young men. He is also a member of Lodge Ad Lucem #812, F.&A.M.

James is also an avid backpacker and outdoorsman who has logged over 400 nights of camping and tens of thousands of miles with his favorite rucksack.

James was born and raised in Washington County in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where he was indoctrinated with an indefatigable love of Pittsburgh Steelers football, and now resides in Philadelphia with his wife Melissa.