Crystal is an Associate Attorney in the Immigration Practice Group. Crystal assists clients with a wide variety of immigration processes including employment, humanitarian and family-based immigrant petitions, complex naturalization, derivative citizenship, and non-immigrant employment-based immigration processes (with emphasis on E, H, L, O, and P visas).
She counsels clients regarding employment regulations including the training plan requirement for STEM OPT extensions for international students and I-9 for all employees. She has experience with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), VAWA self-petitions, U-visas, humanitarian reinstatement and waivers of inadmissibility. She provides advice regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and has experience with post-conviction relief petitions. She regularly helps clients troubleshoot a variety of stalled immigration status-related state-based application processes including SAVE verifications for driver’s licenses and Social Security applications and has experience navigating motor vehicles rules, regulations and application processes all over the country.
Crystal’s interest in immigration law began while sponsoring her husband’s U.S. immigrant petition, an experience that motivated her choice of immigration law as a career. During law school, she was a Law Clerk with the Immigration Practice Group here at McCandlish Holton. She previously worked with the Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service at the University of Richmond School of Law to assist clients of the organization’s Immigration, No Fault Divorce and Wills for Seniors projects and served on the Trial Advocacy Board and as a Law School Admissions Representative. While earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees Crystal worked as a Paramedic and after graduate school as a Spanish teacher.
- Advancing Finalist, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Advocacy Competition, 2014
- Participant in American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, 2014
- CALI Award Winner, Local Government Law
Professional and Community Involvement
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- Chair, DMV Taskforce, AILA (2017-2018)
- Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association