Crawford Consulting, LLC

Notable Accomplishments

Expert Witness & Litigation Consulting
  • Acted as expert for plaintiff's counsel in a high-profile case against a large real estate investment trust concerning unauthorized sale of ownership interests, interference and other causes of action. This case related to a $700 million portfolio of commercial and multifamily properties located in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Served as expert for Respondent’s counsel in a federal arbitration involving a dispute over a change order concerning a 2,500-unit privatized military housing project financed with $180 million in securitized debt in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • Served as plaintiff’s expert in a lender liability dispute arising from $150 million in defaulted debt on a failed and uncompleted mixed-use condominium development in Las Vegas.
  • Provided expert services to lender's counsel in a foreclosure action in borrower's Chapter 11 bankruptcy relating to $180 million in defaulted debt on a failed ski resort development in the Big Sky, Montana ski area.
  • Served as expert witness for defense counsel concerning a lawsuit brought for failure to fund under an alleged partnership to purchase a $126 million high-rise condominium tower in the Chicago CBD.
  • Provided expert services to lender’s counsel in a Chapter 11 case involving a failed 1,675-acre land development project southwest of Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Engaged as litigation consultant to lender’s counsel in a debtor’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case concerning a troubled airport subdivision development in Crested Butte, Colorado.
  • Served as a real estate and commercial lending expert for defense counsel in connection with a lender liability case involving a $65 million failed mixed-use high-rise condominium project located in downtown Boise.
  • Provided expert services in connection with a dispute involving mortgage warehousing of sub-prime residential loans.
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Finance & Investment
  • Previously responsible for management of Citigroup’s $1.2 billion relationship with the Trammell Crow Company. This was the largest non-sovereign nation credit risk of the bank worldwide at the time.
  • Directed a four-year apartment development equity program at Amstar. This consisted of 3,786 units across 12 transactions located in the south, southwest and west.
  • While responsible for finance at Amstar, conceived and provided senior direction for the negotiation and closing of: a five-year, $105 million revolving credit & term loan facility; $76 million in bridge financing to refinance several properties; and a creative $35 million floating rate loan secured by a mature office property, with interest rate hedges that resulted in a rate competitive with permanent loan rates without prepayment penalties.
  • Made a record $242 million of new investments on behalf of Amstar in one year, including three premium office properties totaling 600,000 square feet representing over $100 million in new investment in Costa Mesa, CA, the San Francisco CBD and the Baltimore CBD; and a number of multifamily properties located in the west and northwest.
  • Directed the Amstar multifamily rehabilitation program, acquiring thirteen properties over two years representing $215 million in new investment and consisting of 3,250 units located in southern California, Seattle and Portland.
  • Successful oversight of the negotiation, pricing, and closing of an $82.55 million REMIC commercial loan securitization.
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Workouts & Restructurings
  • Led a $350 million, forty-two credit facility restructure and refinancing of a portion of Citigroup’s loans to Trammell Crow affiliated partnerships, involving income producing properties throughout the U.S.
  • Managed the Paragon Group workout team at Citigroup, which successfully restructured $250 million in debt against thirty-one commercial and multifamily properties in the Southwest, Midwest and West.
  • Representing an eighteen-bank syndicate led by Citigroup, successfully renewed and restructured a $165 million revolving credit and term loan facility to U.S. Home Corporation.
  • Completed a two-year out-of-court restructuring of a $260 million multi-bank revolving credit & term loan facility to General Homes Corporation.
  • Achieved a workout settlement within ninety days for the $65 million Franz Klammer Lodge time-share ski resort project in Telluride, Colorado.
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Real Estate

Real Estate

Real Estate

"The combination of Joe's integrity, his extensive industry experience and his attention to 'the details of a transaction' is rare in the real estate industry, and his dual experience as both 'lender and owner' brings a great deal to the table when a complex business transaction is involved."

Robert W. Barron, Esq.
Partner, Fort Lauderdale Office
Berger Singerman, LLP