Jason L. Crawford

Partner
Location:
Columbus, Georgia
Phone:
706-405-3616
877-366-9365
Fax:
706-494-0221
Email:

Jason has been practicing law since May of 1993, when he graduated third in his class from the University of Georgia, School of Law. Since he graduated from law school, Jason has successfully represented hundreds of clients, including victims of automobile design defects, consumer, lender, and insurance fraud, trucking negligence and impaired commercial and private drivers, roadway design and construction defects, faulty playground equipment, defectively designed industrial and agricultural equipment, and he has also represented small business owners in venture capital and other business disputes.

Mr. Crawford has been appointed lead counsel in a multi-state class action lawsuit that was certified as a class adversarially in the Georgia state court system. Mr. Crawford was also one of the primary lawyers involved in the successful, nationwide class action settlement reached in federal district court in the case of McBride v. Life of Virginia d/b/a GE Life. The McBride case involved universal life insurance policies. The company claimed the right to increase the premium payments of its policyholders, many times even after the policyholder had paid on the policy for many years. The settlement made over $150 million in relief available to the policyholders.

Mr. Crawford has successfully prosecuted cases against GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Asplundh, Altech, and the DOT. Some of the types of defects involved were fuel system design (gas tank location, fuel lines), door latch strength, instability and unreasonably high rollover likelihood, roof strength, seatback strength, and cable strength in aerial lifts.

All of the partners at DC&B began their trial practice and litigation careers at a nationally recognized law firm. Jason worked at that firm for almost 13 years. He made partner there in 2000 and became a name-partner in 2004. Mr. Crawford owes much of his success and training to his time at his previous firm.

Along with Pete Daughtery and Dustin Brown, Mr. Crawford founded DC&B in March of 2006. The partners enjoyed practicing with each other and wanted the increased flexibility that comes with a smaller law firm. DC&B still represent the same types of clients in the same types of cases as when they were at their original firm.

Mr. Crawford has held many leadership positions in the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen law review articles. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Gardens at Calvary, a retirement community in Columbus, and for more than a decade, he coached the Columbus High School Mock Trial team.

In addition, Jason loves spending time with his wife, Sara, and his children, Jordan, Madison, Hunter, and Olivia.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Class Action and Consumer Litigation
  • 50% Product Liability and Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1995
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1994

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Class Rank : 3rd
    • Law Review: Georgia Law Review, Senior Articles Editor, 1992 - 1993
    • Law Review: Georgia Law Review, Editorial Board Member, 1991 - 1992
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1990

Published Works

  • Overcoming Tobacco Company Immunity: Cipollone Clears an Uncertain Path, 27 GA. L. REV. 253, 1992
  • The Case For Allowing Punitive Damages in Georgia Wrongful Death Actions: The Need To Remove an Unjust Anomaly in Georgia Law (Co-Author), 45 MERCER L. REV. 1, 1993
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 47 MERCER L. REV. 353, 1995
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 49 MERCER L. REV. 313, 1997
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 50 MERCER L. REV. 359, 1998
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 51 MERCER L. REV. 487, 1999
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 52 MERCER L. REV. 447, 2000
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 53 MERCER L. REV. 475, 2001
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 54 MERCER L. REV. 545, 2002
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 55 MERCER L. REV. 439, 2003
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 56 MERCER L. REV. 433, 2004
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, 57 MERCER L. REV. 381, 2005
  • The Boundaries of Zealous Advocacy: Properly Representing Consumers Against Corporations and Their Discovery Tactics, 31 TORT & INS. L. J. 977, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Torts, American Jurisprudence Award, 1991
  • Recipient, Civil Procedure, American Jurisprudence Award, 1991
  • Recipient, Property, American Jurisprudence Award, 1991
  • Recipient, Law of Legislative Government, American Jurisprudence Award, 1992
  • Recipient, Conflict of Laws, American Jurisprudence Award, 1992
  • Recipient, Legal Profession, American Jurisprudence Award, 1992
  • Recipient, Evidence, American Jurisprudence Award, 1992
  • Recipient, Federal Courts, American Jurisprudence Award, 1993
  • Recipient, Georgia Practice, American Jurisprudence Award, 1993
  • Recipient, Class of 1933 Torts Award, 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1993 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1993 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Butler, Wooten, Fryhofer, Daughtery & Crawford, LLP, Partner, 2000 - 2006
  • Butler, Wooten, et al., Associate, 1993 - 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Gardens at Calvary, 2002 - Present
  • Columbus High School Mock Trial Coach, 1998 - Present