Craig Burns


Four Seagate
Eighth Floor
Toledo, Ohio 43604


As a member of the firm’s Business Section, Craig Burns helps businesses resolve the many legal issues they face, both common and extraordinary.

Craig’s clients range from startups to middle market companies to Fortune 500 companies.  He combines an extensive business and legal education with a wealth of hands-on experience to create solutions that are innovative, yet practical and cost-effective.  He particularly enjoys tackling issues that are out of the ordinary.  Rather than telling his client something can’t be done, he finds alternatives, and assesses risks so his client can make an informed business decision.

Craig counsels businesses in strategic matters throughout their lifecycles: startups, capital raises, supply chain contracts, commercial transactions, facility expansions, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, restructurings, and even breakups.  He works with C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies, nonprofits, and more exotic entities.

Craig also works with many different types of nonprofit organizations, such as public charities, private foundations, social welfare organizations, chambers of commerce, and social clubs.  He guides them through the full range of corporate governance, tax, and commercial issues.

Craig not only helps his clients negotiate their most important business relationships, he documents them with clear, concise, precise, effective contracts.

Representative Matters

  • Drafted highly tailored commercial documents ranging from purchase order terms and conditions, to long term supply agreements, to technology transfer and license agreements; including negotiated agreements, form documents, and click-through contracts.
  • Negotiated and drafted asset sale agreements and long-term supply agreements for a global manufacturer in a series of 11 related transactions over two years, as part of a long-term plan to divest non-core assets and processes.
  • Acted as outside general counsel to a wide range of businesses with complex legal needs, at a fraction of the cost of hiring inside counsel.
  • Managed foreign counsel in countries as diverse as Canada, Germany, India, Mexico, Korea, Sweden and Slovakia.
  • Represented general contractors, subcontractors and owners in a variety of construction issues involving contracting, payment, and dispute resolution. 
  • Advised an expanding craft brewery in two successful private placement rounds, and on key equipment purchase and finance contracts.
  • Created a highly tailored confidentiality and noncompetition agreement for a service business, to protect against unfair competition from former sales representatives.
  • Settled a potentially company-ending patent infringement lawsuit, and later amended the settlement agreement to substantially reduce the royalty payments.
  • Created a click-through subscription agreement for a client who provides software as a service (SaaS).
  • Negotiated and drafted a joint development agreement between two manufacturers to clearly define who owned intellectual property rights to new inventions.
  • Advised a national charity on numerous issues relating to governance, fundraising, and program.
  • Accomplished successful divestitures of dental practices, manufacturers, and various other businesses in spite of federal and state tax liens.
  • Represented a private lender in multiple loans, secured by Michigan and Ohio film tax credits, to independent film producers.
  • Represented a charity in the successful divestiture of its for-profit subsidiary.
  • Advised clients and community members about Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. 


M.B.A., 2004, University of Toledo
J.D., 1990, University of Virginia School of Law
B.A., International Studies, 1987, summa cum laude, Miami University


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