Craig D. Cherry

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Waco, TX

Haley & Olson, P.C.
 | 100 N. Ritchie Road, Suite 200
Waco, TX 76712
Phone: 254-776-3336
Fax: 254-776-6823
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1999
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Craig D. Cherry is a shareholder of Haley & Olson, P.C. Craig has obtained significant settlements and verdicts for his clients during his legal career, including verdicts recognized by legal journals as a “Top Texas Verdict” and “Top 100” verdict in the United States.  

As a trial lawyer, Craig is triple board certified and focuses his practice on complex civil litigation in multiple areas including business litigation, catastrophic personal injury litigation, wrongful death litigation, product liability litigation, commercial trucking accident litigation, and construction litigation.  Craig has successfully represented both individuals and businesses throughout the United States and in Europe. 

Craig is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is also Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Craig’s board certifications are so rare that less than 1% of all lawyers licensed in the State of Texas are triple board certified. Craig has also been appointed by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization to serve as a Member of the Personal Injury Trial Law Exam Commission and the Civil Trial Law Advisory Commission.

Craig has also earned an AV Preeminent Rating (5.0/5.0) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which is the highest possible rating a lawyer can earn for both ethical standards and legal ability.  This rating was earned only after Craig was reviewed and recommended by judges Craig has appeared before and fellow lawyers Craig has worked with and against in cases.

During his career, Mr. Cherry has earned the respect of his fellow professionals. As evidence of both his advocacy skills and the superior results achieved for his clients, Craig has been recognized by his peers as a Texas “Super Lawyer” for the years 2013 – 2017 and, prior to 2013, as a "Rising Star". He was also invited to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers and was named a “Top 100” civil trial lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Association. 

In 2005, Mr. Cherry was given the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, an affiliate of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and The Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court. Active in his community, Mr. Cherry serves as director of the Midway ISD Education Foundation and has previously served as President of the Waco Rotary Club.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense

Business Litigation (30%)

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Class Action/Mass Torts (20%): Class Actions

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense, Class Actions

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2013

Certificates and Credentials

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About Craig Cherry

Admitted: 1999, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://haleyolson.com/lawyers/craig-d-cherry/

Honors/Awards:

  • Top Texas Verdict, 2005
  • Selected as a "Top 100" Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • Selected as a "Top 40 under 40", Texas lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Named Texas “Rising Star” in Texas Monthly magazine (Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition) in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Order of Barristers and the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society
  • Texas Invitational Mock Trial Team
  • National Mock Trial Team
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, 2005
  • One of the Top 100 verdicts in the United States, National Law Journal, 2005

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice, President, 2014 – Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Member
  • Member, Texas Board of Legal Specialization Civil Trial Law Advisory Commission
  • Member, Texas Board of Legal Specialization Personal Injury Trial Law Exam Commission
  • State Bar of Texas
  • President, Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyer's Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Vice President, Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyer's Association, 2008 - 2009
  • Secretary, Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyer's Association, 2007 - 2008
  • Treasurer, Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyer's Association, 2006 - 2007
  • Board of Directors, Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyer's Association, 2003 - 2006
  • Board of Directors, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, 2010 - Present
  • Member, Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Editorial Board for The Advocate, quarterly journal publication of the Litigation Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Director, The Texas Lyceum
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Development), Mentor
  • MISD Education Foundation, Director and Executive Committee, President, 2015, Vice President, 2014
  • Rotary Club of Waco, President, 2015 – Present, President-Elect 2014 – 2015, Secretary/Treasurer 2013 – 2014
  • Member, Administrative Board and Finance Committee, First United Methodist Church
  • Member, MISD MAST Committee
  • Director, American Heart Association (Waco Chapter)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Personal Injury Update, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, 2009
  • Litigation Update, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, 2010, 2013
  • Co-author, Texas Trial Law Advocate (www.texastriallawadvocate.com)
  • Co-author, "The Classification of General and Special Damages for Pleading Purposes in Texas", 51 Baylor L. Rev. 629, 1999
  • Editorial Board of The Advocate, the quarterly journal publication of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Contributing Editor to the General Practice Digest, Consumer Law Section, of the State Bar of Texas
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Baylor University School of Law, teaching courses in both Consumer Protection and Remedies
  • "The Classification of General and Special Damages for Pleading Purposes in Texas", 51 Baylor L. Rev. 629, 1999
  • Managing Editor, Assistant Managing Editor and Executive Editor
  • Member, Baylor Law Review

Educational Background:

  • Baylor University, B.B.A., 1998
Office Location for Craig D. Cherry

100 N. Ritchie Road
Suite 200
Waco, TX 76712

Phone: 254-776-3336

Fax: 254-776-6823

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Last Updated: 1/2/2019

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