Burr & Forman

M. Craig Garner Jr.

M. Craig Garner Jr. Headshot
  • J.D., Washington and Lee University (1974)
  • B.A., Davidson College (1970)

South Carolina

  • South Carolina Court of Appeals
  • South Carolina Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court – South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • First Citizens Bancorporation and First Citizens Bank & Trust, Former Board Member, Audit and Risk Committee Chair, Trust Committee Chair and Special Committee Chair
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association, New Building Special Task Force (ad hoc task force), Chair
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Corporate Law Section, Former Chair
  • South Carolina Family Business Forum, Former Board Member
  • Leadership South Carolina, Past Chair (1999-2004), Former Board Member (1996-2009) and Alumnus (1996)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2005-2021), "Lawyer of the Year," Banking and Finance Law, Columbia, SC (2011); "Lawyer of the Year," Health Care Law, Columbia, SC (2015)
  • Columbia Business Monthly, "Legal Elite" (2016-2018); Healthcare, Banking and Finance (2020)
  • Leader of Distinction Award, Leadership South Carolina (2010)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Health Care (2008-2015)
  • Distinguished Leadership Award, National Association for Community Leadership (2000)
  • Brookgreen Gardens, Trustee and Former General Counsel
  • Thornwell Home for Children, Board Vice Chair
  • Thornwell Home for Children, Board of Trustees
  • South Carolina Higher Education Foundation, Former Chair and Board Member
  • Columbia Bank Counsel Group, Charter Member
  • Domestic Abuse Center of South Carolina, Former Vice Chair and Board Member
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina, Former Vice Chair and Board Member
  • United Way of the Midlands Allocation Panel, Former Member
  • Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Former Deacon and Chairman of Budget & Finance Committee
  • Davidson Alumni Association, Columbia Chapter, Former Chair
  • Davidson Alumni Admissions Program, Columbia Chapter, Former Chair
  • Lead counsel in two hospital/medical center acquisitions and in formation of multi-hospital entity.

  • Counsel to tax-exempt healthcare borrower in more than $2 billion tax exempt bonds issued since mid-1990's and related interest rate swaps.

  • Lead counsel in forming multiple banks.

  • Lead counsel in multiple bank mergers and branch acquisitions/sales.

  • Lead lender's counsel in corporate and commercial loans and workouts.

Retired Partner | Columbia, SC

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Craig's practice is primarily a transactions and business organization practice, with his largest industry concentrations being hospitals, financial institutions, and tax-exempt organizations. He also served as General Counsel for McNair Law Firm for more than 10 years.

He had extensive experience in health care transactions, commercial and real estate lending, financial institution regulatory matters and museum law. Craig was lead counsel for one of the hospitals in a joint arrangement that consolidated the operations into a new tax-exempt health care system. He has represented hospitals in various types of business and regulatory matters, including False Claims Act investigations.

Craig has served as counsel for the borrower in tax-exempt financings and in interest rate swap transactions. He has formed new banks, has handled complex loan workouts and bank mergers and acquisitions, has represented a bank in a hostile take-over campaign and has a general business practice involving other tax-exempt corporations. He has represented attorneys in professional liability claims and in disciplinary proceedings, and has presented anti-trust compliance seminars and other training seminars for clients.

Craig has been a speaker for the Mid-Year Meeting of the South Carolina Bar and a faculty member on Continuing Legal Education seminars of the South Carolina Bar and of other sponsors. He was a concurrent session presenter at the 2010 Conference for Public and Independent College and University Trustees speaking on “Trustees’ Responsibilities in Managing Investments” and the 2009 Conference for Public and Independent College and University Trustees speaking on “The Growing Importance of the Trustees of 501(c)(3) Organizations.”