Jonathan W. Crisp
Experience matters. Choose an attorney you can trust.
Jonathan Crisp is a highly respected trial attorney who is dedicated to
public service. Before founding Crisp and Owens, Mr. Crisp served on active
duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps JAG for almost
seven years. He brings the strength, training and dedication instilled
in him by the military into the courtroom for clients living throughout
the world. He currently focuses his practice on criminal defense litigation
and military justice work.
An experienced litigator and negotiator at your service
Mr. Crisp has litigated more than 70 jury trials to verdict and resolved
numerous others short of litigation. He has also helped many clients obtain
the dismissal of charges and acquittals at the trial and post-trial stage.
Mr. Crisp's reputation as a trial lawyer has 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.
In addition to his criminal defense and military justice practices, Mr.
Crisp also represents ongoing businesses in navigating today's often
contentious business environment, in and out of court. He has negotiated
numerous high-value contracts for goods and services and successfully
assisted government contract clients in avoiding costly contract disputes.
He also advises new businesses in the formation of the appropriate business
An accomplished legal career
Mr. Crisp began his 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 30-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, Mr. Crisp was specifically requested
by those 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 SUPCOM.
As the first legal advisor for the 20th SUPCOM, Mr. Crisp was responsible
for establishing effective and efficient systems to ensure the delivery
of legal services command-wide. After leaving active duty, Mr. Crisp co-founded
Crisp and Owens as a firm dedicated to serving the individualized needs
of its clients zealously and with integrity.
If you need an experienced attorney to handle your case, look no further
than Jonathan Crisp.
- Criminal defense
- Military justice
- Business law
- Government contracts
- Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1998
- U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, 2000–2007
- Assistant Public Defender, Centre County Public Defender's Office,
- Owner, Crisp and Associates, LLC, 2007–present