Craig Crimmins

Craig Crimmins has been an attorney for over 15 years.  Craig is an Associate General Counsel and the Professional Development Director for Professional Oklahoma Educators.  As an Associate General Counsel,  Craig has the opportunity to advise and assist school personnel from all over Oklahoma with legal issues.  Craig also oversees the professional development program, developing training sessions, workshops, and regularly conducting presentations.
 
Craig is from Elgin, Oklahoma, where he graduated from Elgin High School.  He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Cameron University and earned a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law in 1999.  During law school Craig worked as a legal intern at the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA). 
 
After law school Craig went on active duty in the United States Air Force as an officer and Judge Advocate.  Craig served at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.  During his time as a Judge Advocate, Craig primarily worked in the area of military justice, serving as Chief of Military Justice at both bases.  While at Tyndall Air Force Base, Craig was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.  During his time in the military, Craig also served as Chief of Claims, Chief of Government Contracts, and served temporarily as the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commander of the 325th Fighter Wing.  Craig received an Honorable discharge from the Air Force in October 2004 at the rank of Captain.
 
Upon leaving the Air Force, Craig accepted a staff attorney position with OSSBA.  In serving as Director of Legal Information, Craig worked with administrators and school board members on a daily basis, providing legal advice, professional development, and other training and information. 
 
In 2009 Craig accepted a position as the Senior Associate at the Center for Education Law in Oklahoma City.  In this position Craig represented school districts from all over the state in both state and federal court. 
 
Prior to coming to work for POE, Craig stepped outside of education for a time, serving as Assistant General Counsel for a defense contractor in Oklahoma City.  In that position Craig advised company management on various legal issues related to having over 600 employees in 27 states.  Craig represented the company before the National Labor Relations Board, provided legal guidance on employment matters, government contracts, and new business structure, as well as working with the U.S. Department of State on training and service agreements between the company and several foreign countries.
 
Craig and his wife Natalie live in Newcastle, Oklahoma, and have six children who are Racers at Newcastle Public Schools.  Craig and his family attend First Baptist Church, Newcastle.  Craig’s father has served as Superintendent of Elgin Public Schools for over 27 years, and Natalie is a former special education teacher.