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Mr. Tristao was admitted to practice in 2008. Prior to joining Coleman & Horowitt, LLP, Craig was formerly an associate with the Fresno firm Perkins, Mann & Everett Incorporated. Craig is an associate in the litigation department of the firm's Fresno and Sacramento offices where he provides representation to clients in litigation matters involving agricultural law, environmental law, construction law, land use and natural resource law, water law, and eminent domain matters that involve the California High Speed Rail Authority. Craig also assists clients with regulatory compliance issues concerning the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Porter-Cologne Act, and the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition to litigation, Craig also represents clients before the Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the State Water Resources Control Board, air districts, and the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). Craig has representated clients in state and federal court litigation and arbitrations involving custom farming agreements, breach of contractual obligations, construction defect, the California Environment Quality Act (CEQA), the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and note issuance and security agreements (NISAs).

Prior to entering the practice of law, Craig was engaged in research regarding agricultural operations and air quality, and consulted on compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Practice Areas

  • Agricultural Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation
  • Water Law


  • San Joaquin College of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, B.S.


  • All California Courts, United States District Court, Eastern and Central Districts

Professional Associations

  • California State Bar Association
    - Agricultural Law Section
    - Business Law Section
    - Environmental Law Section
    - Litigation Section
  • Fresno County Bar Association
    - Agricultural Law Section
  • California League of Food Processors
  • Manufacturer's Council of the Central Valley
  • Kings County Farm Bureau
  • Fresno County Farm Bureau
  • San Joaquin Valley Association of Certified Air Pollution Permitting Professionals

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2015-2016 (2.5% of lawyers practicing under 10 years)
  • Witkin Award - Water Law
  • American FFA Degree