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Craig E. Zieminski

Craig E. Zieminski Partner, Commercial & Business Litigation

Craig is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation group. His practice focuses on representing companies and their directors in lawsuits brought by Delaware stockholders, Master Limited Partnership unitholders, and deal partners.

Craig has significant experience in a variety of M&A litigation matters, including lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duties, partnership agreement duties, merger agreements, and federal securities laws. Craig has represented Master Limited Partnerships, energy businesses, financial institutions, real estate companies, technology companies, agribusinesses, retailers, and many others. Craig also volunteers at the City of Grand Prairie Municipal Court, where he has argued more than 30 jury and bench trials.

M&A Litigation

  • Obtained post-trial opinion permitting Energy Transfer Equity, LP to terminate merger agreement with The Williams Companies based on failure of condition precedent relating to the provision of a tax opinion; the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the decision. The Williams Companies, Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., 2016 WL 3576682 (Del. Ch. June 24, 2016), aff’d, 159 A.3d 264 (Del. 2017)
  • Secured reversal of an injunction issued by the Delaware Court of Chancery against an oilfield services company and its directors in a fiduciary duty lawsuit; the Court of Chancery subsequently granted defendants’ motion to dismiss and denied plaintiff’s motion for fees, and the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal.  C&J Energy Services, Inc. v. City of Miami Retirement Trust, 107 A.3d 1049 (Del. 2014), on remand, 2016 WL 4464274 (Del. Ch. Aug. 24, 2016), aff’d, 158 A.3d 885 (Del. 2017)
  • Obtained take-nothing post-trial judgment in a class action lawsuit challenging a midstream energy company’s securities issuance in the Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Obtained dismissal of class-action challenging the disclosures in a merger proxy under the federal securities laws.  Braun v. Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P., 223 F. Supp. 3d 644 (S.D. Tex. 2016)
  • Defeated a unitholder’s attempt to enjoin a merger between an MLP and its affiliate under federal securities laws.  Greenthal v. Joyce, 2016 WL 362312 (S.D. Tex. Jan. 29, 2016)
  • Obtained dismissal of securities fraud class-action filed challenging a pipeline company’s disclosures regarding its operations and maintenance efforts in the Southern District of Texas
  • After defeating an attempt to enjoin a merger, obtained a favorable settlement for an MLP and its directors in a breach-of-duty lawsuit; Plaintiffs sought approximately $500 million in damages but settled for minimal non-cash consideration on the eve of trial. In re Inergy L.P., 2010 WL 4273197 (Del. Ch. Oct. 29, 2010)
  • Obtained dismissal of securities fraud claims arising after a sudden drop in a company’s stock price in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal
  • Obtained a favorable mid-trial settlement for a private equity firm in expedited litigation concerning the sale of its interests in an MLP AIM Midstream Holdings, LLC v. High Point Infrastructure Partners, LLC, et al., C.A. No. 8803-VCP (Del. Ch. 2014)
  • Obtained summary judgment for an MLP and its directors in a breach-of-duty derivative lawsuit under Delaware law in Texas state court
  • Defeated a shareholder’s attempt to enjoin a merger between a Delaware energy corporation and a midstream company in Texas state court
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for an MLP and certain of its employees in litigation brought by a joint venture partner in the Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Obtained dismissal of breach-of-contract claims brought by warrant-holders in connection with a merger in the Southern District of New York


Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7865
F +1.214.999.7865
czieminski@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201
Local time: 10:56 AM
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Craig's Practices

  • Stanford Law School, J.D. with distinction, 2008 (Editor in Chief, Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance)
  • Southern Methodist University, B.S., Economics summa cum laude; B.B.A., Accounting summa cum laude, 2005 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Legal 500 U.S., M&A Litigation: Defense, 2017 and 2018; General Commercial Disputes, 2019
    • Chambers USA, Litigation: Securities (Texas), 2019; Up and Coming, 2019
    • Chairman: Dallas Chapter of Stanford Law School
    • Member: Stanford Law School Board of Visitors