Craig Wallace is a partner in the San Francisco office of Smith Currie. Prior to joining Smith Currie, Craig was a partner at McLennon Law Corporation that merged with Smith Currie in January 2016. His practice focuses on construction law, contracts, insurance and real estate, including both litigation and transactional services on both public and private matters. In practice since 1994, these matters range from multi-million dollar complex multi-party lawsuits to disputes that are more efficiently resolved without resort to the courts. He successfully represents plaintiffs and defendants through all phases of litigation, with extensive experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. He is knowledgeable with nationally recognized contract forms such as the AIA, AGC, and ConsensusDocs products, and has a broad range of experience drafting and negotiating contracts. His representative clients include owners, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and other service providers, product manufacturers, and material suppliers.
Craig has successfully represented his clients in trials, arbitrations, and administrative forums and resolved client issues that include delay claims, development, construction, and design contract drafting and disputes, mechanic’s liens and bonds claims/disputes, trade secret disputes, insurance bad faith, intellectual property, catastrophic damage claims, environmental claims, professional liability/licensing, real estate purchase/sale and lease disputes and transactions, unfair business practices and business torts and construction defect claims.
He has participated in hundreds of mediations and alternative dispute processes on behalf of his clients. Craig is a licensed mechanical engineer (California) and practiced construction and building-related engineering prior to his legal career, enabling him to provide effective and cost-efficient representation in disputes involving complex and/or technical issues.
Craig is an active ice hockey enthusiast and enjoys coaching soccer.
•Apartment Building Fire Loss in California
•Commercial Window Manufacturer Claims
•Commercial China Town Building in San Francisco, California
•Community College Administrative Building Subcontractor Performance Claim in California
•Federal Office Building Remodel in California
•General Contractor Mechanic's Lien Claim
•High Rise Condominium Union Trust Benefits Claim in California
•High Rise Office Building Architect Fraud in California
•Hospital Material Supplier Claim in San Leandro
•Large Luxury Residential Dispute in Santa Clara County, California
•Public Swim Facility Indemnity Claim in California
•Residential Contractor Payment Claim in California
•Trade Secret and Unfair Business Practice Claims
•Wage and Hour Claims
Articles & Publications
•Craig W. Wallace & Robert Hendrickson, Project Delivery Methods & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advanced Construction Law In California, NBI, Inc. (2003).
•Numerous Law Notes providing updates on recent statutes and cases impacting the construction industry.
•Presenter, Bronco Builders Association Exposition, October 2013
•“MLC Subcontract Workshop”, McLennon Law Corporation Offices, April 25, 2013
•“Home Improvement Contract Workshop”, American Subcontractor Association meeting, June 2012
•Smith Currie Academy - Understanding and Drafting Construction Subcontracts (Session 5 - Insurance and Indemnity) - October 23, 2019 - San Francisco, CA
•Smith Currie Academy - Understanding and Drafting Construction Subcontracts - San Francisco, CA
•Dealing with Bad Plans and Specifications - November 1, 2018 - Santa Clara, CA
•Law & Libations Summer Series - (Part 1) Dealing with Bad Plans and Specifications - June 28, 2018 - San Francisco, CA
•Law and Libations - May 8, 2018 - San Francisco, CA (Dealing with Bad Plans and Specifications)
•Uninsured Risk in Design Build Contracts - September 29, 2017 - La Jolla, CA
•New Case Review - March 8, 2016 - AGC California Legal Advisory Committee Meeting
•Stop the Worry Treadmill - September 10, 2013 - National Association for the Remodeling Industry, North Bay Chapter (Daniel McLennon, EMCEE and Craig Wallace, Presenter)