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 Montgomery & Armstrong in 2014, Crystal managed her own law firm.

Crystal grew up in Bremerton, Washington and considers Bremerton her home.  She attended Brownsville Elementary, Ridgetop Junior High, and graduated from Olympic High School.  She received her Associates in Arts & Sciences Degree from Olympic College and due to her active role in student government and leadership, gave the 2003 commencement speech at the Olympic College graduation ceremony.

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.


100% of Practice Devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions

Washington, 2008


seattle university, school of law, seattle, wa

j.d. magna cum laude - 2008

central washington university, ellensburg, Washington

b.a magna cum laude - 2005

Major: Political Science, communications


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

classes / seminars

Chair, Arbitration & Mediation, 2015

Initial Client Contact & Case Evaluation, WSBA NLE, 2013

What is all the Hype about Skype? Trial Revolution: Making the Seismic Shift CLE, 2012

Being a Female Trial Attorney, Females in Non-Traditional Roles, 2012

Delegation: When to do it, How to do it, and can you do it, Begin Your Case with the End in Mind CLE, 2012

Panel Discussion with Attorneys and Medical Professionals, Medicine for Lawyers: Connective Tissue Injuries CLE, 2011

Chair, Evidence: Getting in the Good – Keeping out the Bad, 2011

Making an Impact in Low Impact Cases, Auto Cases: Be Prepared! , 2010

honors and awards

Selected as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Washington, 2016

Super Lawyers Rising Star Award, 2016

Selected as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Washington, 2015

Super Lawyers Rising Star Award, 2015

Selected as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Washington, 2014

Super Lawyers Rising Star Award, 2014

New Lawyer Award – Ready to Soar, Washington State Association for Justice, 2013

Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers Member of the Year, 2010

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 - 2015

Washington State Association for Justice, Professional Development Committee, 2013 - 2014

Kitsap County Bar Association, Secretary, 2013

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 Trustee, 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

Kitsap County Bar Association, Trustee, 2012 -2013

past employment positions

Law Offices of C.J. McDonald, Managing Attorney, 2013 - 2014

Law Offices of J. Michael Koch, Attorney, 2010 - 2013

Connelly Law Offices, Attorney, 2007 - 2010




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