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       Jonathan Crisp is an experienced trial attorney who has litigated more than 40 cases to verdict and alternatively resolved numerous others. Mr. Crisp represents clients with government contract disputes, Veteran’s Appeals claims and military and civilian clients facing criminal charges. Mr. Crisp’s experience and reputation as a trial attorney resulted in his selection by clients whose cases had national and even international exposure. He has represented clients all over the United States and around the world, to include Kosovo and Iraq. Mr. Crisp has obtained the dismissal of charges and also obtained acquittals at the trial and post-trial stage. He has negotiated numerous high-value contracts for goods and services and successfully assisted clients in avoiding costly contract disputes.

        Mr. Crisp began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in Centre County, Pennsylvania. He left the Centre County Public Defender’s Office to join the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, he first served as a Legal Assistance Attorney and then the Chief of Legal Assistance at Patton Barracks in Heidelberg, Germany. As a Legal Assistance Attorney, he worked as a general practitioner in areas such as: contracts, estate planning and mediation services. During his tenure as the Chief of Legal Assistance, the Patton Barracks Legal Assistance Office was awarded the Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance for the first time in its thirty year history.

         Mr. Crisp then served as a Defense Counsel in Ansbach, Germany, where he represented Soldiers at administrative proceedings and courts-martial. He was subsequently selected to be the Senior Defense Counsel in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he continued to represent Soldiers, but also supervised and mentored other trial attorneys. As a defense Counsel and also as a Senior Defense Counsel, Jonathan Crisp was specifically requested by accused to represent them. Two of the more high-profile cases in which Mr. Crisp was requested by name included a case involving charges of abuse against detainees at Abu Ghraib and a case involving the death of a detainee during an interrogation.

            The U.S. Army JAG Corps then nominated Mr. Crisp to be the first Command Judge Advocate for a newly formed general officer command, the 20th Support Command. The 20th Support Command serves as the headquarters responsible for providing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) forces world-wide. As the first legal advisor for the 20th Support Command, Mr. Crisp was responsible for establishing effective and efficient systems to ensure the delivery of legal services command-wide. The legal services he established and on which he advised were contract law, fiscal law, administrative law and domestic operation law; he also served as the command’s prosecutor.