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Craig D. Dupen

Craig D. Dupen

Senior Counsel

Craig Dupen represents manufacturers and other corporate defendants in a range of litigation scenarios, with an emphasis on automotive product liability defense. His practice also includes pharmaceutical and medical device, warranty and intellectual property cases. Clients look to Craig when faced with difficult legal questions for his demonstrated intellect and sound interpretation of case law, statutes and procedural rules.

Craig’s contributions stretch from initial case assessments and investigations all the way to appellate briefing and include significant trial involvement and a vibrant motion practice. In several mass tort/class action matters, Craig has been deeply involved with discovery, document analysis, employee interviews, factual investigations, and overall strategy development.

Craig's substantial litigation experience, often gained in high-exposure wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, includes the following highlights:

  • Serving as trial counsel for automotive manufacturer in a complete bench trial to verdict
  • Handling in-court arguments for several pre-trial hearings, objections, and motions
  • Deposing numerous critical fact witnesses, including investigating officers, plaintiffs and eye-witnesses
  • Preparing and defending corporate representatives for deposition and trial testimony
  • Identifying creative legal theories to support early dispositive motions
  • Developing arguments and preparing appellate briefs in defense of trial outcomes

Before starting private practice, Craig was proud to serve for two years as a judicial clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith of the Western District of Texas. When he is not at the office or in a courtroom, Craig enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2012


  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 2008
    —magna cum laude
    Professor Matthew Cordon Excellence in Legal Research Award
    Dean’s List
    Order of Barristers
    Technical Editor, Baylor Law Review
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., 2005
    —Director’s Excellence Award, National Merit Scholar
    —Vice Editor-in-Chief, Undergraduate Journal of Science
    —Chair, Honors Invitational Program Council

Professional Associations

    • Dallas Bar Association
    • Texas State Bar
    • Texas Young Lawyers Association
    • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers


    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Texas Rising Stars, 2017 – 2018

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