While I was General Counsel for LakePoint Sports, I experienced the value of Taylor English’s unique approach to providing the highest-quality legal services. The opportunity to work with high caliber lawyers focused on delivering value to clients resonates with how I have practiced law over my twenty-five year career.
Over his legal career, Jonathan Crumly has handled both complex development transactions and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Crumly is also a founding Principal of Taylor English Decisions, LLC, the firm’s government affairs affiliate. Achieving success for his clients at the closing table, in the courtroom, and in the halls of government has provided a broad cross-discipline experience base that gives him a unique perspective on how to tackle the legal issues facing emerging businesses.
He has assisted developer clients in closing over $200,000,000 in Public Private Partnership (P3) bond transactions. He has defended and prosecuted all types of construction-related claims and numerous complex commercial claims, achieving verdicts in excess of $7,400,000, arbitration awards in excess of $7,900,000, as well as defense verdicts. On the transactional side, Mr. Crumly has extensive experience with P3 transactions, joint venture agreements, design-build, general contractor and construction management contracts, architectural and engineering agreements, program management agreements and corporate governance issues.
Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Crumly served as General Counsel for LakePoint Sports, a 1,300 acre mixed use development that has become the premier sports vacation destination in the country. There, he drafted, negotiated, and provided legal support for all sports operations, hospitality developments, retail developments, entertainment developments, as well as all construction and design contracts for infrastructure and vertical construction. While General Counsel, he oversaw transactions aggregating over $100,000,000 in private equity, loans and P3 transactions. He also provided corporate governance advice for the operating entity and its numerous subsidiaries and affiliates.
Preceding his position at LakePoint, Mr. Crumly was a founding partner of a full-service law firm and a partner at a large international law firm.
In addition to his transactional and general counsel practice, Mr. Crumly has tried many cases and has substantial experience in numerous forms of alternative dispute resolution. His expertise in litigation and arbitral forums enhances his practical approach to negotiations of construction contracts and development agreements for various developers, general contractors, and subcontractors on projects ranging in size from smaller expansions to developments with budgets of more than $100 million. His practical approach to settling disputes reflects his commitment to finding a creative resolution to put an end to costly litigation or arbitration. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in handling construction industry disputes, including various types of breach of contract claims, lien claims, defective construction claims, defective construction product claims, water intrusion litigation, mold claims, and payment and performance bond claims. Mr. Crumly has mediated more than 400 disputes representing contractors, building property managers, both landlords and tenants, building product manufacturers, lenders, and real estate developers.
Mr. Crumly has also assisted many clients in navigating the complex relationships within the political, regulatory and legislative arenas. Known for his advocacy skills, Mr. Crumly is well-versed in strategy development, issue advocacy, and crisis mitigation. He has built a unique level of trust with numerous Georgia legislators in leadership positions of both houses of the General Assembly over the past 15 years through his issue advocacy work. He brings the legislative experience necessary to assist clients’ ability to navigate successfully in the ever-changing political environment. With this experience, Mr. Crumly is one of the founding principals of Taylor English Decisions LLC, a Taylor English affiliate established to provide government relations and business consulting services.
Mr. Crumly assisted in the representation of a national multi-family developer in defending the first ever class action lawsuit arising from mold inhalation claims by residents. He has obtained a $7,400,000 jury verdict for a client whose employees stole sensitive company data to form a competing business, a defense verdict for a real estate developer who faced damages claims in excess of $1,000,000 in three separate cases, and has won arbitration awards for his clients as large as $7,900,000. For LakePoint Sports, he negotiated the design, construction management, and other development agreements with an aggregate development budget exceeding $100,000,000. In 2006, he was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine / Law and Politics Magazine in their annual list of top lawyers in the state of Georgia.
The Church of the Apostles, Vestry, 2014-2016
North Cobb Christian School, Board of Trustees, 2016–present
TransactionalCounsel for mixed use sports facility developer on $36,285,000 development authority revenue bond closing for design and construction of 170,000 square foot amateur sports facility.
LakePoint Sports – Champions Center development bond: Drafted and negotiated development and management agreements with Bartow County Development Authority, CM at Risk good manufacturing practice (GMP) agreement with contractor and design agreement with architect on behalf of project developer. Bond closed July 2015.
- Counsel for mixed use sports facility developer on $52,000,000 in total loans for initial development
Counsel for mixed use sports facility developer, LakePoint Sports, on $52,000,000 in total loans for initial development of 1,300 acre amateur sports vacation destination mixed-use project. Drafted and negotiated CM at Risk good manufacturing practice (GMP) agreement with contractor and design agreement with architect on behalf of project developer for 8 baseball fields, three mixed-use fields including scout towers, concessions facilities and ticketing ...
- Counsel for student housing developer on $30,215,000 development authority revenue bond closing for 451 bed student housing project.
Kennesaw State University – University Village South Campus student housing bond: Drafted and negotiated development agreement with KSU Foundation, good manufacturing practice (GMP) agreement with contractor and design agreement with architect on behalf of developer. Bond closed August 2011.
- Counsel for student housing developer on $31,655,000 development authority revenue bond closing for 569 bed student housing project.
Armstrong Atlantic State University – Windward Commons student housing bond: Drafted and negotiated development agreement with AASU Foundation, good manufacturing practice (GMP) agreement with contractor and design agreement with architect on behalf of developer. Bond closed June 2009
- Counsel for student housing developer on $51,200,000 development authority revenue bond closing for 913 bed student housing project.
Kennesaw State University – University Village Phase II student housing bond: Drafted and negotiated development agreement with KSU Foundation, good manufacturing practice (GMP) agreement with contractor and design agreement with architect on behalf of developer. Bond closed July 2007.
- Counsel for student housing developer on $24,800,000 student housing project for 382 students in apartment style beds.
Florida Institute of Technology – Student housing private development bond: Drafted and negotiated development agreement with private bond issuer, good manufacturing practice (GMP) agreement with contractor and design agreement with architect on behalf of developer. Bond closed March 2007.
- Counsel for student housing developer on $11,905,000 development authority revenue bond closing for 256 bed student housing project.
Louisiana State University at Alexandria – Oaks at Alexandria student housing bond: Drafted and negotiated development agreement with GSWU Foundation, good manufacturing practice (GMP) agreement with contractor and design agreement with architect on behalf of developer. Bond closed October 2006.
- Counsel for student housing developer on $27,365,000 development authority revenue bond closing for 634 bed student housing project.
Georgia Southwestern State University – Windward Commons student housing bond: Drafted and negotiated development agreement with GSWU Foundation, good manufacturing practice (GMP) agreement with contractor and design agreement with architect on behalf of developer. Bond closed November 2005.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Led team defending General Contractor against subcontractor delay damages claims of $700,000. Obtained order compelling arbitration which was upheld on appeal. Settled all claims on terms favorable to client after appeal.
- Successfully represented general contractor joint venture entity in defending claims for delays/disruptions by mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) trade contractor on the Augusta, Georgia Children’s Medical Center Project.
Atlantic Coast Mechanical v. R.W. Allen-Beers, et al.
MEP contractor asserted claims for a modified total cost seeking $4,100,000 comprised of labor inefficiencies and overtime claims, subcontractor pass through claims, profit, unpaid change order requests, contract balance and interest. Successfully pursued $2,100,000 in counterclaims asserted by the General Contractor. After successful summary judgment award eliminating majority of MEP contractor’s claims which was reversed on appeal, claims settled ...
Led team pursuing General Contractor claims totaling $4,200,000 for delay impacts and subcontract pass through claims on K-12 Education project in South Carolina. Settled all claims, including set offs asserted by County government, on terms favorable to client.
Successfully represented electrical subcontractor in pursuing breach of subcontract claim for non-payment in coordination with General Contractor claims against the owner of a Gold’s gym. After successful arbitration award, pursued mechanic’s lien claims for subcontractor. Settled all claims on terms favorable to client.
- Successfully defended founding partners of largest steel handlebar fabricator for Harley-Davidson motorcycles in hostile takeover attempt by estranged daughter and son-in-law.
Lee Fabricators, LP, Sidney R. Garner and W.R. Management, Inc. v. Walter Price and Rachel Price
Settled in mediation on terms favorable to client following defeat of Plaintiffs’ motion for injunction at preliminary hearing.
- Successfully defended commercial landlord against tenant’s claim for fraud, fraudulent inducement, rescission, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, breach of contract and other claims arising from disputes over tenant build out requirements in
Cives Corporation v. Southeast Investments, LLC
Plaintiff sought rescission of ten year lease extension in second year of extension with over $1,100,000 in lease payments remaining plus punitive damages and attorney’s fees for fraud. The jury returned a verdict for less than $24,000 in loss of use to tenant. Verdict reached January 2015.
- Lead plaintiff trial attorney in week long jury trial resulting in a winning verdict for client rewarding $7,400,000 in damages
Cellchem International, LLC v. Shekoy
Lead plaintiff trial attorney in week long jury trial resulting in a verdict for client on eight (8) counts, including breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, computer theft, computer trespass, punitive damages and expenses of litigation arising from theft of corporate data and efforts to destroy a Cobb County small business. The jury awarded $7,400,000 in damages. Verdict reached May 2014.
Client alleged theft by conversion, securities fraud and civil conspiracy. Judge awarded client compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees in excess of $620,000.
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- March 31, 2020
- "Third Line of Defense: Protecting and Enforcing Creditor's Rights in Litigation," Community Bankers Association of GeorgiaJuly 2010
- "Construction Insurance: Selecting the Most Appropriate Methods for Protecting and Insuring the Parties and the Work," American Bar AssociationFebruary 2006
- "Expecting the Unexpected: Anticipating and Managing Key Risks to Successful Projects," American Bar AssociationJanuary 2006
- "Protocols & Proactive Maintenance: Managing Mold & Other Building Related Risks Before They Mushroom into Lawsuits," CLE InternationalOctober 2005
- April 2005
- "Evidence in the 21st Century: a Construction Lawyers' Guide," American Bar Association Forum, on Construction IndustryAugust 2004
- "Keeping Mold Out of the Hospital: Preventive Strategies for Mitigating and Defending Mold and Other Indoor Air Quality Claims," Georgia Hospital AssociationFebruary 2004
- "Preventing War Over Mold Claims," New York Law JournalJuly 2004
- August 2017
- June 1, 2017
- May 31, 2017
- May 26, 2017
- May 26, 2017
- Information Current as of July 1, 2020
- by Jonathan Crumly Sr., Christina Moore, and Chris Hopper with Taylor English Decisions (email@example.com)Information Current as of April 18, 2020
- Information Current as of May 4, 2020
- April 3, 2020
- Corporate and Business
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
University of Georgia, JD, cum laude, 1994
Wofford College, BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
Georgia Superior Courts
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
4th Circuit Court of Appeals
2015 Daily Reports Georgia Verdicts Hall of Fame (Cellchem verdict)
Georgia Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2006