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Justin M. Crawford

Partner

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude; Dean's Scholar; Am Jur Award in Jurisprudence for highest grade; Am Jur Award in Labor Law for highest grade
Hope College, B.A.
  • Political Science and Psychology
  • summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board National Honor Society; Sigma Xi Research Award in Psychology; Book Award in Political Science

Prior Employment

  • Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., Principal, 2009-2013; Associate, 2005-2008
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 2000-2005

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
    • Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee

State Bar of Michigan

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

  • Legal Outreach Clinic Volunteer
Overview
Experience
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Justin Crawford is a broad-based business attorney focusing his practice on general corporate and commercial matters, private securities offerings and capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and company formation and organization.

  • Represents family-owned businesses and closely-held companies in a diverse range of industries, including manufacturing, material handling, food and beverage, medical device, life sciences, pharmaceutical, laser and other high technology, marketing and advertising and construction
  • Assists clients in a variety of business matters from start-up company formations to complex commercial transactions, business succession and serves as day-to-day outside general counsel
  • Advises board of directors and serves as secretary in connection with significant corporate transactions and general corporate governance matters
  • Represents clients on general corporate matters, business reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and business succession and estate planning matters

Experience

  • Represented family-owned business in $10+ million acquisition of conveyor and screening equipment manufacturer and with expansions into Texas, Minnesota, and overseas
  • Represented family-owned business in sale of company to private equity firm
  • Advised closely-held business in all aspects of initial formation and organization, financing, commercial agreements and transactions, and exit
  • Served on business succession and transition team for family-owned business, consisting of family members and key management employees
  • Represented numerous venture-backed companies in multi-million dollar preferred stock and convertible debt financing rounds
  • Represented venture capital fund in initial and follow-on investments in life science, drug development, and medical device companies in purchase of more than $30 million of preferred securities and convertible debt
  • Represented organizers in formation of $10+ million medical device fund
  • Represented medical practice in all aspects of practice, including expansion of medical providers
  • Advised minority shareholders in a stock redemption and takeover of closely-held companies worth $7.5 million
  • Represented closely-held publishing house in the $7 million sale to a leading information source and intelligence gathering public company
  • Aided organizers in a private placement of $18 million of bank holding company common stock and in the formation of a national banking association
  • Assisted Mexican auto supplier with the $150 million acquisition of U.S.-based structural products business
  • Counseled clients on qualified retirement and welfare plan design, administration, consolidation and termination, reporting and disclosure requirements, claims procedures, and fiduciary duties

Community

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kalamazoo

  • Volunteer Big Brother, 2015-2018

Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan

  • Board of Directors, 2014-2015

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

  • Legal Outreach Clinic Volunteer, 2008-Present

Notre Dame Club of Kalamazoo

  • Board of Directors, 2008-2015

Portage Community Senior Center

  • Campaign Cabinet Member, 2019

West Portage Little League

  • Volunteer Baseball Coach, 2016-Present

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

  • Volunteer Basketball Coach, 2016-Present

News & Resources

News

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2020
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Kalamazoo Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2019 
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2011-2014