Jonathan D. Crumly, Sr., Partner

Telephone: (770) 528-9259
Facsimile: (404) 549-4666

Practice Areas

Religious Freedom
Construction Law


J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, 1994
B.A., Wofford College, magna cum laude, 1991

Admitted to Practice
South Carolina

Jonathan Crumly concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law & litigation and First Amendment law. Prior to forming the firm, Jonathan was a partner in Alston & Bird, LLP’s Construction Group where he practiced exclusively in construction law. He has eighteen years’ experience in many aspects and types of commercial and construction litigation, mediation and arbitration. He has handled numerous 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. Jonathan has represented building product manufacturers in statewide claims arising from water intrusion and mold claims including single family, multi-family and commercial projects. In that capacity he managed over 150 active cases, successfully resolving virtually all his cases on favorable terms through mediation and negotiation. Jonathan also 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.

Jonathan has tried many cases, both as jury and non-jury trials, over his career. In addition, he has substantial experience in many forms of alternative dispute resolution, successfully mediating over 400 disputes. He has appeared before arbitral forums such as the American Arbitration Association, Henning Mediation and Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration. Jonathan has won arbitration awards for his clients as large as nearly $8,000,000.

Jonathan also has substantial experience in a wide variety of commercial disputes. He has represented lenders in actions to enforce creditor’s rights, condemnees in condemnation actions, both landlords and tenants in commercial lease disputes and dispossessory actions, as well as property managers and developers in breach of contract and business torts of various natures. He recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a real estate developer facing damages claims in excess of $1,000,000 involving multiple claims including fraud, conversion, securities fraud, conspiracy and breach of contract. The jury returned a defense verdict on all eight counts after a four day jury trial. The plaintiffs dismissed two companion cases immediately after the first jury verdict.

Jonathan also provides dispute resolution services as a mediator. He brings to the table a practical approach to resolving disputes developed through participating in hundreds of construction claim mediations. He has drafted, negotiated and litigated some of the most complex construction agreements and disputes in numerous jurisdictions over his career. As a mediator, Jonathan approaches all disputes with a commitment to finding creative resolutions that put an end to costly litigation or arbitration.
In addition to his litigation and dispute resolution experience, Jonathan continues to negotiate construction contracts and development agreements for various developers, general contractors and subcontractors on projects ranging in size from smaller expansions to those with development budgets in excess of $100 million. Jonathan has counseled numerous construction industry clients in drafting and negotiating all forms of agreements for construction projects utilizing nearly every form of project delivery system. He has assisted clients in negotiating contracts for use on projects such as office buildings, international industrial plants, multi-family high rise and garden style developments, hotels, church buildings and university housing developments. He is counsel to one of the fastest emerging university housing development companies in the southeast on multiple student housing projects totaling over $100,000,000 in overall development costs. He is counsel for a new sports complex development group currently negotiating design and construction management agreements for a project whose design and construction budget exceeds $110,000,000.
Jonathan received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1994 from the University of Georgia and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1991 from Wofford College, where he was elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to practice before the state courts of Georgia and South Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Jonathan and Kim, his wife of 18 years, have seven children and are members of The Church of the Apostles. Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors of the Christian Campus Fellowship at UGA. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Dominion Christian Schools. He is the Chief Legal Officer of Faith First Georgia, a Georgia Student Scholarship Organization. He is actively involved with The Church of the Apostles, serving as an elementary Sunday school teacher and an actor in the Children’s Ministry Drama Team.

In 2006, Mr. Crumly was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine/Law and Politics Magazine in the annual list of top lawyers in the state of Georgia. Jonathan has lectured frequently on construction issues for such groups as the American Bar Association, CMAA, Lorman, National Business Institute, CLE International and the State Bar of Georgia (ICLE), and has published an extensive number of articles dealing with a wide variety of construction law topics. A sampling of some of his articles and presentations are:

  • Third Line of Defense: Protecting and Enforcing Creditor’s Rights in Litigation, Arbitration & Collection, Understanding Commercial Real Estate Loan Workouts & Remedies in the New FDIC Era, July 2010, Community Bankers Association of Georgia, presenter
  • Expecting the Unexpected: Anticipating and Managing Key Risks to Successful Projects, January 2006, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, MidWinter Meeting 2006, Program co-chair
  • Protocols & Proactive Maintenance: Managing Mold & Other Building-Related Risks Before They Mushroom into Lawsuits, Commercial Leases, October 2005, CLE International, author and presenter
  • Breaking the Link Between Mold Claims and Liability, Toxic Mold: Strategies for Bringing, Managing & Avoiding Claims, April 2005, CLE International, Program Chair, author and presenter
  • Preventing War Over Mold Claims, July 2004, New York Law Journal, author
  • Evidence in the 21st Century: a Construction Lawyers’ Guide, May 2004, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Annual Meeting 2004, presenter
  • Keeping Mold Out of the Hospital: Preventive Strategies for Mitigating and Defending Mold and Other Indoor Air Quality Claims, February 2004, Georgia Hospital Association, author and presenter