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Jonathan Walter Crisp

Military law Attorney at Harrisburg, PA

5.0   3 reviews

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About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Military law
    A former Army Active Duty Judge Advocate General and currently a Reserve Component Officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. Served as a senior defense attorney and Command Judge Advocate. Represented Soldiers at General Courts-Martial, to include Soldiers charged in Abu Ghraib and other detainee abuse trials. I have also represented officers and DA civilians in administrative reviews/hearings over security clearances, employments hearings and other proposed revocation proceedings.

    24 years, 1,890 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    I have practiced state, federal and military criminal defense since I began my practice. I am experienced in all criminal areas to include, DUI, sex offenses, assaults and murder. My criminal defense practice includes appellate practice and I am admitted in all PA state courts, the middle district of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit US Court of Appeals and all military circuit courts and the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

    25 years, 810 cases

Jonathan Crisp is a highly respected trial attorney who is dedicated to public service. Before founding Crisp and Associates Military Law, Mr. Crisp served on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps JAG for almost seven years and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. 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.

Mr. Crisp has litigated more than 100 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, Iraq, and Japan.

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Licensed for 23 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 02/26/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Jonathan

Crisp and Associates Military Law
4031 N Front St
Harrisburg, PA, 17110
Crisp and Associates Military Law
1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #1025
Washington, DC, 20006
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Posted by Don | December 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Puts people in there place
I was facing charges which the State tryed to accuse me of Mr. JOHNATHAN was there on time to get it solve this man is a great family man and lawyer hes a 10 star lawyer! Great Lawyer him and his staff thank u so much for ur help!!!
Posted by Stacey Rijo | April 15, 2015
Gave me back my life!!
10 months ago our entire family was devastated, My son was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault and was possibly facing 20-40 years in prison. To a mother, this is just a step from the worse fate and we needed to act quickly. I contacted Jonathan from Crisp and Associates and immediately things started to move . 10 of the hardest months passed as Jonathan and Private Investigator "Skip" prepared to fight for my son's future. A few days ago , after a 2 day trial and 6 hours of deliberation, the verdict came in. NOT GUILTY of the charge Criminal attempt to commit murder, NOT GUILTY of the aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Jonathan and Skip rocked that courtroom aggressively proving self defense and the next day my son was reunited with his family! Jonathan was sharp and quick, Skip , a retired detective, quietly observed offering his input and the 2 of them together were a hard team to come up against. Thank you both for saving my son's future and saving this family.. I 100% recommend Crisp and associates to anyone in any situation, they will fight for your life! The Rijo's~
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2013
Gets results
Jonathan has represented our business in several matters over the years. Most recently, his involvment was central to our insurance carrier reversing a denial of coverage and paying a substantial claim.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Crisp and Associates, LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Army
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Public Defender
  • Centre County Public Defender's Office
  • 1998 - 2002


  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • US v. SSG SM
  • dismissal of charges


  • Pennsylvania National Guard
  • Judge Advocate
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2006
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Training
  • Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Jonathan
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Crisp for 20 years, he has an incredible work ethic and provides 100% for all of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Jonathan on a number of different cases over the years. He is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. I frequently refer cases to him. Whether it be a criminal law matter, a military law matter or a contract matter, you will be well served with him in your corner."
Military law Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Harrisburg Military law Lawyer Jonathan Walter Crisp
Jonathan Walter Crisp
Military law Attorney
Harrisburg, PA
Licensed for 23 years
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