J.D., Roger Williams University School of Law, 2008
B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting, Nichols College, 2005
Legal Training Courses
Trial Skills Academy, Defender Services Office
Defending Sex Assault & Child Victims Cases Seminar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Special Victim’s Counsel Certification, Judge Advocate General Legal Center and School
Prosecuting Drug Offenses, National District Attorney’s Association
Krystal joined the Marine Corps as a judge advocate in 2009. She served for seven years on active duty at MCAS Miramar and MCRD San Diego, spending the majority of her time litigating cases.
Krystal served as both a defense counsel and a prosecutor while on active duty. After completing her initial obligation as a defense counsel, she requested to remain in the same office as a defense counsel and training attorney. During this time, she gained comprehensive experience defending Marines from allegations of sexual assault, drug offenses, domestic violence, recruit abuse, recruiter misconduct, larceny, BAH fraud, and military specific crimes. Additionally, she represented numerous Marines at administrative separations hearings and Boards of Inquiry.
Krystal took over as the Senior Defense Counsel of Legal Services Support Team, Miramar in 2014, and oversaw all defense cases at MCRD San Diego, MCAS Yuma, and MCAS Miramar. As the Senior Defense Counsel, Krystal spent much of her time devoted to training junior attorneys and clerks within her office while litigating more complex and high profile cases.
In 2015, Krystal was selected on the Commandant’s Career-Level Education Degree to receive a degree in continuing education. She, however, decided to leave active duty and instead pursue an L.L.M. degree in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from George Washington University Law School. She expects to complete her degree in 2017, and continue her career in private practice defending service members and assisting them with their legal issues.
Krystal is a member of the Alabama State Bar, federal court in the Northern District of Alabama, and is qualified to practice in military
Krystal maintains an Of Counsel relationship with White & Meeks, LLP, so that she can act as lead counsel on most discharge upgrade matters the firm defends. This ensures White & Meeks, LLP, clients receive aggressive representation and complete coverage for these Washington, DC, centered matters.