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Mr. Craig Wolf

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc.
Vice Chair, Frederick County, Maryland Republican Central Committee
Sustaining Member
805 15th Street, N.W.
Suite 430
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-371-9792, ext. 303
Fax: 202-789-2405
Web Site:

Law School: University of Baltimore (1987)

Practice Areas:

M. CRAIG WOLF _______________________________________________
4924 Valley Pine Drive
Frederick, MD 21703
(w): (202) 371-9792
(h): (301) 473-9158
(cell): (202) 415-6732


Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. (1/00-Present)
Washington, D.C.

1/00-Present:General Counsel to the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. Duties include handling a wide range of legal matters of concern to the association, coordinating litigation involving the Twenty-first Amendment, First Amendment, and the Commerce Clause, lobbying Congress in the interests of the association, and acting as a spokesperson and advocate for the wholesale tier of the alcohol beverage industry. I also serve as liaison to the state and federal law enforcement and regulatory community.

American University, Washington College of Law (8/01- 5/02)
Washington, D.C.

I served as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University, teaching Legal Rhetoric to incoming law students. This two-semester course was designed to provide students with instruction in legal research, writing and advocacy skills, and an introduction to ethics.

Department of Justice, Criminal Division (2/95-1/00)
Washington, D.C.

6/98 Ė 1/00:Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee: Detailed from the Department of Justice to serve as counsel to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Responsibilities included drafting legislation, meeting with interested parties and lobbyists representing interests affected by proposed legislation, working with minority and majority counsel to reach agreement on appropriate language, and shepherding the bills through the legislative process. I was also assigned to prepare speeches, floor and committee statements, media and constituent talking points, letters and other related material, and to coordinate committee hearings. Additionally, I assisted the chairman and other senators in preparing for, and working through the issues involved in, the House impeachment and subsequent Senate trial of President Clinton.

2/95-6/98:Trial Attorney: Assigned as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. Responsible for the preparation of child pornography, trafficking in children, obscenity, RICO and ďDeadbeat DadĒ cases for indictment, trial and appeal, the oversight of national and international criminal investigative projects, and providing advice and support to USAOís around the country related to the statutes governed by my section. Other duties included preparing sectional, divisional, and administrative comment on legislation impinging on section statutes and interests, and acting as a speaker, trainer and instructor.

Allegany County State's Attorney's Office (1/90-2/95)
Cumberland, MD

10/91-2/95:Assigned as the primary prosecutor in the Circuit Court Division. I brought 78 cases to jury trial, with charges ranging from DWI, Child Abuse and Rape, to First Degree Murder.

9/90-10/91:Responsible for the prosecution of cases and the conducting of preliminary hearings as an Assistant State's Attorney in the District Court Division.

1/90-9/90:Operated the Child Support Division. Directed a staff of three secretaries/paralegals and coordinated legal actions with the Department of Social Services.

Smith, Somerville & Case (9/87-9/88)
Baltimore, MD

Practiced as an associate in the firm's litigation department, primarily acting as counsel in insurance defense litigation.

Melnicove, Kaufman, Weiner, Smouse & Garbis (10/85-9/87)
Baltimore, MD

Researched and prepared memoranda, motions and other related documents while both a summer and academic year associate. Topics ranged from Securities Regulation to Searches and Seizures, from Evidence to Equal Protection.

Public Defender's Office (1/87-5/87)
Baltimore, MD

Represented indigent defendants in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City while practicing as a Rule 18 Attorney.

Freishtat & Sandler (5/85-10/85)
Baltimore, MD

Prepared memoranda, motions and other related documents on a wide variety of topics while acting as a summer associate for the firm.


University of Baltimore School of Law
Honors: Graduate "Cum Laude"
Graduated: 1987
Degree: J.D.

Dickinson College
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta (National History Major's Honor Society)
Graduated: 1984
Degree: B.A.
Major/Minor: History/Political Science


Speaker/Panelist: CLE Conference on Wine, Beer and Spirits Law, Las Vegas, NV, 10/10/02
Speaker/Panelist: NCSL Wine Task Force Meeting, Pasco, WA, 9/14/02
Speaker/Panelist: NCSLA Western Regional Meeting, Boulder, CO, 8/26/02
Speaker/Panelist: NCSL Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 7/25/02
Certificate of Appreciation, Board of County Commissioners, Frederick, MD, 7/23/02
Speaker: WSWA Council for Leadership Development Meeting, Miami, FL, 7/21/02
Republican Attorney Generals Summer Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, 6/23-26/02
National Association of Attorneys General Summer Meeting, Nemacolin, PA, 6/18-22/02
NCSLA Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, 6/9-13/02
NABCA Annual Conference, Marco Island, FL, 5/15-19/2002
Speaker: ALI-ABA, Representing the Restaurant Industry, Washington, D.C., 5/9/02
Speaker: Glass Products Institute Board Meeting, 4/26/2002
2002 NABCA Symposium on Alcohol Beverage Law, Alexandria, VA, 3/11-13/02
Speaker: National Liquor Law Enforcement Assín Conference, Sebasco, ME, 9/15-19/02
Speaker/Panelist: NCSLA Annual Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, 6/10-15/01
Speaker/Panelist: Wine Forum Seminar on E-Commerce, San Francisco, CA, 5/2/01
Speaker/Panelist: E-Commerce for the Alc. Beverage Industry, San Francisco, CA, 3/19-20/01
2001 NABCA Symposium on Alcohol Beverage Law, Washington, D.C., 3/12-14/01
National Association of Attorneys General Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., 3/14-16/01
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Award for Outstanding Service, 2/28/01

Republican Attorney Generals Winter Conference, Palm Beach, FL, 2/10-12/01
PLI Drafting Corporate Agreements, Chicago, IL, 2/2/01
NBWA Direct Shipping Conference, Chicago, IL, 10/27-28/2000
ACCA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 10/2-4/2000
Republican Attorneys General Fall Conference, Williamsburg, VA, 9/28/2000
Speaker/Panelist: NCSLA Northern Regional Meeting, Harrisburg, PA, 9/27/2000
Speaker/Panelist: National Liquor Law Enforcement Assín Conference, Denver, CO, 8/6-9/2000
The Rule of Law in the Wake of Clinton, Cato Institute, Washington, D.C., 7/12/2000
Federalism, The Quiet Revolution, Washington, D.C., 7/11/2000
F.B.I. Exceptional Service in the Public Interest Commendation, Washington, D.C., July, 2000
PLI Internet Law Institute, New York, NY, 6/26-27, 2000
National Association of Attorneys General Summer Meeting, Seattle, WA, 6/21-23/2000
ACCA Forum: The Evolving Law of E-Contracting, Vienna, VA, 6/20/2000
Panelist: Point-Counterpoint Debate on the Death Penalty, MPTís Newsnight Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 6/12/2000
NCSLA Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, 6/5-6/2000
ACCA Forum on Contract Boilerplate Provisions, Vienna, VA, 5/23/2000
NABCA Annual Conference, Marco Island, FL, 5/17-20/2000
FEC Conference on Campaign Finance for Trade Associations, Arlington, VA, 5/16-17/2000
Speaker/Panelist: ALEC Commerce and Econ. Dev. Task Force Meeting, Dallas, TX, 5/6/2000
NLCPI General Counselís Briefing, Washington, D.C., 5/4-5/2000
Republican Attorneys General Spring Conference, Austin, TX, 3/30-31/2000
2000 NABCA Symposium on Alcohol Beverage Law, Alexandria, VA, 3/6-8/2000
Advanced Antitrust Seminar: Distribution and Marketing, New York, NY, 2/14-15/2000
Ethical Standards for Attorneys for the Government, Washington, D.C., 6/25/99
Panelist: Point-Counterpoint Debate on the Death Penalty, MPTís Newsnight Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 11/13/98
Special Achievement Award, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 9/29/97
Appellate Advocacy Seminar, Washington, D.C., 9/8-12/97
Complex Federal Prosecutions Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, 8/25-29/97
Lecture on Legislative History, Washington, D.C., 8/14/97
Lecture on Electronic Surveillance, Washington, D.C., 8/7/97
Lecture on the Internet for Practical Litigators, Washington, D.C., 7/19/97
Lecture on Hearsay, Washington, D.C., 4/1/97
Instructor, DOJ Violence Against Women and Children Seminar, Albuquerque, NM, 3/11-14/97
Instructor, DOJ Child Support Enforcement Seminar, Alexandria, VA, 2/25-26/97
Use of Computer Technology in Litigation and Investigations Seminar, Phoenix, AZ, 12/3-6/96
Certificate of Commendation, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 9/26/96
Asset Forfeiture Reinvigoration Seminar, Washington, D.C., 5/21/96
"Freedom of Information Act for Access Professionals" Course, Washington, D.C., 5/14-15/96
Appellate Brief Writing Seminar, Washington, D.C., 5/9/96
Federal Criminal Practice Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, 3/18-22/96
Discovery in Federal Cases Training, Washington, D.C., 3/14/96
"Jencks Act" Compliance Training, Washington, D.C., 3/8/96
"Issues Surrounding Prosecutorial Misconduct," Washington, D.C., 2/29/96
United States Sentencing Guidelines Training, Washington, D.C., 1/30/96
Searching and Seizing Electronic Evidence, Washington, D.C., 11/30/95
Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Seminar, Alexandria, VA, 11/6-8/95
Electronic Surveillance Training, Washington, D.C., 10/31/95
Special Achievement Award, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 9/26/95
Evidence for Experienced Criminal Investigators Seminar, Phoenix, AZ, 8/1-4/95
Instructor, Bureau of Indian Affairs Criminal Investigator Child Sexual Abuse Training Seminar, Artesia, NM, 7/24-28/95
Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence, Arlington, VA, 5/23-25/95
Instructor, Bureau of Indian Affairs Criminal Investigator Child Sexual Abuse Training Seminar, Artesia, NM, 5/1-5/95
Instructor, Bureau of Indian Affairs Criminal Investigator Child Sexual Abuse Training Seminar, Artesia, NM, 4/17-21/95
Crimes Against Children Conference, Washington, D.C., 9/22-23/94
Killer Cross Examination, Terrence F. McCarthy, Esq., Baltimore, MD, 9/19/94
Child Fatality Review Teams: A Multi-Agency Approach, Annapolis, MD, 2/16-17/94
Interviewing Witnesses and Interrogation of Suspects, Reid Method, Cumberland, MD, 1/25/94
Child Abuse: Expert Testimony Under the New Rules, Baltimore, MD, 1/21/94
NDAA Career Prosecutor Course, Houston, TX, 6/13-25/93:
Awarded the John Hollyday Scholarship by the Maryland State's Attorney's Association
Instructor, Non-Custodial Interrog., Miranda and Consent Searches, Cumberland, MD, 5/13/93


Interviewing the Sexually Assaulted or Abused Child, Cumberland, MD, 5/10/93
Medical Aspects of Child Sexual Abuse, Cumberland, MD, 4/14/93
Narcotics Prosecution Seminar, Ellicott City, MD, 9/29/92
Prosecution of the Child Abuse Case, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, 2/20-21/92
Maryland State's Attorney's Association - Summer Conference, Ocean City, MD, 6/24-26/91
Child Victimization Seminar, Prince George's County, MD, 12/19/90
MSAA Trial Advocacy Training, Ellicott City, MD, 11/19-21/90
Sexual Offender Seminar, Cumberland, MD, 10/26/90
Child Support Enforcement Training, Baltimore, MD, 5/30/90
Child Support Seminar, Baltimore, MD, 3/22/90


American Corporate Counsel Association (Chair: Associations/Non-Profits Forum 2000-2002)
Federalist Society (2000-Present)
Frederick County Bar Association (1995-Present)
Frederick County Republican Central Committee Member (2001-Present)
Menís Republican Club of Frederick County (2000-Present)
Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company (EMT-B) (2000-Present)
Frederick County EMS Bike Team (EMT-B) (2001-Present)
Monocacy Scenic River Advisory Board (2000-2002)

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