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Crystal Jo McDonald

Crystal Jo McDonald

also known as C.J. McDonald

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Slip and Fall Accident, Insurance

About Me

Crystal McDonald’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including premise liability and motor vehicle accident cases. 

Crystal graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in May 2008. 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. In 2005, Crystal graduated magna cum laude from Central Washington University where she double majored in Communication Studies and Political Science.


Crystal is an active leader in several organizations.  She currently serves as the Peninsula Representative for the WSBA Washington Young Lawyer Committee, Secretary of the Kitsap County Bar Association, Secretary for the Kitsap County Washington Women Lawyers, and as Vice-President of New Members of the Washington State Association for Justice.

Growing up in Bremerton and graduating from Olympic High School in 2001 and from Olympic College in 2003 has contributed to Crystal’s passion for her community. She enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, James, their Doberman, Ven, and their cat, Mr. Longfellow. 



Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. Car Accidents: 50%
  2. Slip and Fall Accident: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Insurance: 10%



Contingent (33%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • J. Michael Koch

    I endorse this lawyer. Crystal is a very fine young lawyer. Her writing and oral communication skills are tops. She makes a good appearance in court. I enjoyed having her practice in my former firm. Crystal is very attentive and caring but also practical.


    J. Koch Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Thomas Brandon Jaynes

    From winning awards as the best new lawyer in the area, to her attention to detail on every fact, I highly endorse this lawyer as an excellent attorney in the personal injury field.


    Thomas Jaynes Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Ryan Uptegraft & Montgomery

9657 Levin Road NW
Suite 240
Silverdale, WA, 98383




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2013 New Lawyer AwardWashington State Association of Justice2013
Pierce Chapter Member of the YearWashington Women Lawyers2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyRyan Uptegraft & Montgomery2014 - Present
PrincipalThe Law Offices of C. J. McDonald2013 - 2014
AttorneyJ. Michael Koch & Associates2010 - 2013
AttorneyConnelly Law Offices2008 - 2010
Rule 9 InternConnelly Law Offices2007 - 2008


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for Justice, Women of WSAJ (WOW) SectionCo-Chair2013 - 2014
Washington State Association for Justice, Professional Development CommitteeMember2013 - 2014
Washington State Association for Justice, CLE CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Kitsap County Bar AssociationSecretary2013 - 2014
Washington State Association for Justice, New Member CommitteeChair2012 - 2013
Kitsap County Bar AssociationTrustee2012 - 2013
Kitsap County Washington Women LawyersSecretary2012 - 2013
Kitsap County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPresident2012 - 2013
Pierce County Washington Women LawyersPresident2009 - 2010
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2007 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)Starting a Family - How you can do it while managing your pratice2013
Washington State Association for JusticeResources for New Members2012
Colorado Trial TalkWhat I Learned in Trial2012
Washington State Association for JusticeWhat I Learned in Trial2010


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawJuris DoctorateJuris Doctorate2008
Central Washington UniversityDouble Major - Political Science and Communication StudiesBachelor of Arts2005

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Trial Revolution: Making the Seismic ShiftWhat is all the Hype about Skype?2012
Females in Non-Traditional RolesBeing a Female Trial Attorney2012
Begin Your Case with the End in MindDelegation: When to do it, how to do it and can you do it.2012
Medicine for Lawyers: Connective Tissue InjuriesPanel Discussion with Attorneys and Medical Professionals2011
Evidence: Getting in the Good - Keeping out the BadChair2011
Auto Cases: Be Prepared!Making an Impact in Low Impact Cases2011