Biography

Crystal is an attorney with Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Practice Group in the firm’s Portland, Maine, office. She counsels clients on a variety of complex procedural, legislative, and regulatory issues related to environmental law. With more than two decades of service as a career law clerk in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, including eleven as Supervisory Law Clerk, Crystal’s deep institutional knowledge base spans the breadth of federal, state, and local law, with extensive experience in researching and analyzing a host of legal issues according to constitutional, statutory, administrative, and precedential law. 

Crystal is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine, and Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. As an undergrad, she served as an intern in the Behavioral Science Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, Virginia, researching issues regarding the intersection of law and psychology. While in law school, she held internships at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office in Portland, Maine. After law school, Crystal worked as a litigation associate at a respected Maine law firm, practicing federal and state civil litigation in commercial, products liability, bankruptcy, tort, real estate, and land use matters.  As Supervisory Law Clerk for the Maine Supreme Court, Crystal served in the chambers of Justice Ellen A. Gorman, Justice Robert W. Clifford, and Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley, conducting detailed research, advising the Court and making recommendations regarding all manner of case dispositions, and writing and editing judicial opinions, in addition to supervising, training, and mentoring a team of attorneys on issues of legal substance and procedure, writing technique, and ethics.

Crystal lives in Westbrook, Maine.

Firm Highlights

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Portland Referenda and Legislative Leadership Update

In addition to all the state and national legislative races that were (mostly) decided by Wednesday morning, there were also 13 referendum questions on the Portland municipal ballot and one in Bar Harbor of...

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Another Reminder to Update Policies and Procedures to Reflect Latest COVID-19 Guidance

We  last updated you in early August  regarding the latest COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).  Cold and flu season is now upon us, and experts are...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

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Preti Flaherty Supports Nationally Recognized Investigative Reporting

Preti Flaherty has been recognized for supporting an award-winning investigative Journalism in Maine.  The non-profit  Maine Monitor  published a nationally recognized series titled “Eavesdropping in Maine Jails” revealing widespread recording of  phone calls between jail...

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New EEOC Poster Requirement and Guidance on Notice-Posting in Hybrid Workplaces

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated the “EEO is the Law” poster and replaced it with a new one: “ Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal .” The new poster was...

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Preti Flaherty Continues Year of Remarkable Growth with Addition of Five New Attorneys

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of five new Associates to the firm: Scott A. DeLong, Christopher S. Knight, Kijana Plenderleith, Harper A. Weissburg, and Joshua D. Williams. In our Portland, Maine, office...

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Courts Could Throw State Marijuana Markets into Disarray

Over the past two decades, 37 states have legalized the production and/or sale of marijuana in some form. However, due to a lack of federal action, interstate commerce is still considered illegal and barred...

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Attorney Colin Barrett Recognized with 2022 KINDness Matters Award

Preti Flaherty attorney Colin Barrett has been recognized by child advocacy organization Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) with the 2022 KINDness Matters Award as part of the organization's Pro Bono Month campaign. KIND...

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Attorney Shana Solomon Recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women of Law" 2022

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Shana Solomon has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication’s “Top Women of Law” list for 2022. Shana is a trial lawyer...

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2023 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2023 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...