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Ryan, Montgomery & Armstrong, Inc. P.S.

9657 Levin Road N.W., Suite 240
Silverdale, WA 98383
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Phone: 360-307-8860
Toll Free: 800-481-8861
Fax: 360-307-8865

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Crystal Jo McDonald

Crystal Jo McDonald

Silverdale, Washington
800-481-8861 (Toll Free)

Crystal McDonald is a trial lawyer known for her relentless advocacy, intelligence, and skill in representing people who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others. Crystal has been described as a compassionate, personable, and caring advisor to her clients. She provides her clients a roadmap for their case, what to expect, and will give clients the straight-forward advice they need. Crystal is not afraid to take a case to trial. Crystal's reputation as a zealous advocate has garnered her respect with judges, fellow attorneys, and even her opponents and insurance companies.

During her first years of practice, Crystal focused on representing children and young adults who were neglected by DSHS and the people who were entrusted to care for them. Crystal represented several clients in claims against the State of Washington for negligent monitoring of foster homes and inadequate investigations to CPS complaints. Crystal's practice has expanded to claims involving motor vehicle collisions and insurance company disputes. Prior to joining Ryan Uptegraft & Montgomery, Crystal managed her own law firm.

Crystal graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law. She received several scholarships including the Dean's Diversity Scholarship as a result of her academic achievement and as the first person in her family to attend college.

Crystal enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, James, and their son Maverick.

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2008


  • Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington,
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2008
  • Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2005
    • Major: Political Science
  • Central Washington University
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • Starting a Family – How you can do it while managing your practice, Trial News, 2013
  • Resources for New Members, Trial News, 2012
  • What I Learned in Trial, Colorado Trial Talk, 2012
  • What I Learned in Trial, Trial News, 2010


  • Initial Client Contact & Case Evaluation, WSBA NLE, 2013 - Present
  • What is all the Hype about Skype? Trial Revolution: Making the Seismic Shift CLE, 2012 - Present
  • Being a Female Trial Attorney, Females in Non-Traditional Roles, 2012 - Present
  • Delegation: When to do it, How to do it, and can you do it, Begin Your Case with the End in Mind CLE, 2012 - Present
  • Panel Discussion with Attorneys and Medical Professionals, Medicine for Lawyers: Connective Tissue Injuries CLE, 2011 - Present
  • Chair, Evidence: Getting in the Good – Keeping out the Bad, 2011 - Present
  • Making an Impact in Low Impact Cases, Auto Cases: Be Prepared! , 2011 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Award, 2015 - Present
  • Selected as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Washington, 2014 - Present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Award, 2014 - Present
  • New Lawyer Award – Ready to Soar, Washington State Association for Justice, 2013 - Present
  • Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers Member of the Year, 2010 - Present
  • Rated 10/10 on

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Association for Justice, Member, 2007 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers, President, 2009 - 2010
  • Washington State Association for Justice, CLE Committee, 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Professional Development Committee, 2013 - 2014
  • Kitsap County Bar Association, Secretary, 2013 - Present
  • Kitsap County Washington Women Lawyers, Secretary, 2012 - 2013
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Vice-President of New Members, 2012 - 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyer Committee, Peninsula Truste, 2012 - 2014
  • Washington State Association for Justice, New Member Committee, 2009 - 2013
  • Kitsap Young Lawyers, President, 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Vice Chair, 2012 - Present
  • Kitsap County Bar Association, Trustee, 2012 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Connelly Law Offices, Attorney, 2007 - 2010

The law firm of Ryan, Montgomery & Armstrong, Inc. P.S. represents clients throughout Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, including those in Silverdale, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Gig Harbor, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Sequim.