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Crystal Michele Boultinghouse

Domestic violence Attorney at Santa Monica, CA

4.7   15 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 18 years
    New York - NY 17 years
    Massachusetts - MA 19 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2007
    Suspended No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2005
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Crystal

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Crystal Boultinghouse has been practicing law since 2005, when she was admitted to the California State Bar. She is also a member of the Massachusetts and New York State Bars.  Ms. Boultinghouse received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Ms. Boultinghouse is a junior partner at Fernandez & Karney and specializes in litigation of high-conflict family law issues such as domestic violence restraining orders, child custody and visitation arrangements, and move-away cases.

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Fernandez & Karney
429 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 120
Santa Monica, CA, 90401-3408


4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Katherine | January 8, 2015
Professional, dedicated advocate
Crystal has the knowledge and resources to provide outstanding family law services. She is both professional and dedicated. I hired Crystal when my domestic violence and custody visitation case called for a highly experienced family law Attorney with extensive resources. At one point, my evidence mandated immediate attention, and Crystal brought her staff together and worked an entire Saturday; she was ready to file and proceed with an urgent motion on Monday. After 6 months of dedicated advocacy, I feel I made the best choice in choosing Crystal to represent me and my minor child. I highly recommend Crystal for cases that require depth of knowledge, attention to detail, and a responsive and caring attitude.
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Posted by Zalman | December 15, 2014
Crystal Boultinghouse is efficient and effective.
Crystal Boultinghouse is a very knowledgeable attorney. She is extremely professional in and out of court. After interviewing and considering highly recommended counsel, I chose Crystal to handle my very complex case. Crystal's diverse background in family law proved to be very helpful. Crystal was never intimidated by the layers upon layers brought on by audacious opposing counsel. Crystal is mindful of my budget and remains focused on the issues to get my case resolved, while opposing counsel is using our case to support his extended family, growing the case like a cancer. I would recommend Ms. Boultinghouse for all cases.
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant attorney. Has become a great friend.
Crystal has gone to bat for me time and again over the last six years. She has defended me in legal battles that seemed too hard to overcome. Not only has she been successful in winning, but she has also treated me with decency and respect amidst even the most horrible of allegations. Crystal is a fair and levelheaded, yet under fire and pressure she becomes a Phoenix and flies over her opposition. I couldn’t recommend Crystal more as both a person and a professional. Hire her as your attorney if you want to overcome even the greatest of odds. Hire her to fight your fight with grace and care. Hire her to protect you, your kids and your families. I did and I couldn’t be happier.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective, Ethical, and Warm
Ms. Boultinghouse came with me for a day of settlement conferencing downtown last summer, protecting me from an extremely aggressive lawyer with logic and buffering as well as an acute knowledge of what was and wasn't possible to accomplish. She was logical effective, ethical, and even warm despite the difficult circumstances. She is easily the best lawyer I've seen operate in the last four years. She was so effective the opposite party tried to prevent her attendance, but failed.
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Posted by John Pratt | May 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Family Law Divorce and Separation
I went to Fernandez & Karney Law firm and Crystal Boultinghouse was assigned to my case. Let me say I could not have been happier. She is not only very nice but professional, trustworthy and will fight for you. She listens to your concerns and keeps you informed on whats going on with your case. She stays clam in the court room and will get aggressive when needed. If your looking for a Lawyer that will always be in your corner looks no farther that Crystal Boultinghouse.
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Posted by Damian | April 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Loving father
My case is a high cost, high conflict child custody case spanning multiple counties, involving false allegations and a restraining order trial. When I read OPC declarations I almost passed out, so did everyone that knows me. I have worked with some of the most famous lawyers in the United States. OPC and this particular court literally slaughtered every attorney in front of them. One attorney in particular was literally speechless after the first day of trial, she then quit, she too was an extremely prominent attorney. I have never written a bad review for anyone online and believe you me I could, in fact I don't write reviews. - I'm busy. Crystal called me back on a Saturday, from her cell, I was to the point of no longer being able to speak. -exhausted. Immediately upon entering Fernandez and Karney and for the first time since this nightmare began, I was treated like a human being and not a cash cow. Crystal Boultinghouse is an absolute legend in the court room, my case ended up in a county where other TOP Beverly Hills firms were either too proud or too scared to go, however, some of them taking large retainers and ultimately passing me off to retain the local council, in this particular county. Nobody wants to get hometowned, not to mention it is a most undesirable drive with not so lush accommodations. Anyway, since hiring Crystal Boultinghouse and Steven Fernandez, Kayley, Karen, Joe, Stacy, all of the staff at this firm, finally some truth and justice is coming to the surface. It's still hard, it's still heartbreaking, but Crystal Boultinghouse is down right psychologically gifted, fearless and calm. I am honored to have Crystal Boultinghouse as my attorney, my prayers were answered. I believe someone else here called her a hero, but it's just a gift, something that you either have or you don't, something that can't be taught. Crystal just has it and its awesome to watch, especially when you are telling THE TRUTH. I selfishly hope Crystal Boultinghouse does not become that massively famous name until my case is over, that said, dig deep and read about her, do some research, she is real a bad momma, with some remarkable cases under her belt, spanning all the way to Monico I believe. Or better yet, in the alternative, go watch her in court sometime, it's captivating. Onwards and upwards. Thanks you.
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Posted by Susan | August 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Champion for Domestic Violence Victims
As a victim of domestic violence, I had lost all hope that my abuser would ever be brought to justice. With such a personal and sensitive matter, I didn't know who to trust. Crystal not only handled my case with the utmost professionalism and expertise, but was sensitive and encouraging through my emotional breakdowns. I stood silent for so long that my case seemed almost impossible to win. Crystal took on the case with such fierce dedication; tore down the opposing council; strategically caused my abuser to get tangled in his own lies; and won an incredible victory for all victims of domestic violence as my case brought state-wide attention to this issue and many state legislators are now speaking out against it. Crystal made that happen. She also restored my faith in the justice system.
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Posted by Mathew | May 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The tip of the spear
I am a loving, caring, attentive single father who has done nothing but run towards his responsibilities. It is Ms. Boultinghouse hyper attention to detail, along with her cool, calm, collected demeanor, and tenacious pitbull mentality, that has allowed me to fight the good fight! Working as a team, Ms. Boultinghouse has kept me in the game and refused to let my efforts be marginalized in the least. I would highly recommend Ms. Boultinghouse to anyone who loves and cares for there children the way I do. I honestly do not know what I would have done without her in the last three years. She is my champion, she is my childrens champion! Thank you for all your hard work and relentless efforts. Mwr
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Posted by Theresa | November 19, 2014
An Excellent Choice!
Crystal is an excellent attorney and I give her my highest recommendation! She is sharp, professional, and attentive. Indeed, Crystal possesses qualities that set her apart from so many in her field. She is genuinely caring and compassionate, and exhibits integrity, class and poise. One interesting thing I learned about Crystal, is that while her wonderful staff is hard at work, drilling down into the minutia of my case, Crystal never misses a single detail. My favorite moment working with her thus far was watching Crystal conduct an evidentiary hearing, demonstrating her outstanding litigation skills while executing her strategy in the courtroom. There were moments that day in which I forgot the reason we were there, as I was overtaken by pride while watching my attorney be her very best, doing what she loves…protecting her clients! By far, divorce has been one of the most difficult and trying experiences of my life. I am sincerely grateful for Crystal's continued commitment to see my case through, while keeping my best interest at heart. Thank you Crystal!
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Posted by Katia | May 28, 2014
Professionalism, compassion, and eruditeness - she has it all!
I cannot speak highly enough of Ms Boultinghouse! She possesses qualities that are hard to find in nowadays. You can find many lawyers who have knowledge and impressive school and professional backgrounds. But I needed someone who could see beyond the retainer, the case number, and the California family codes. I needed someone who possessed compassion. Without it I knew my case won’t stand a chance in court. Ms Boultinghouse has all of the above and more! She took my case wholeheartedly and made me feel confident and at ease throughout the whole process. Her professionalism and assertiveness during the proceedings exceeded my expectations! She was sharp, knowledgeable, and yet very respectful towards the opposing party, which made the whole process more humane and less intense. I highly, highly recommend Ms. Boultinghouse to anyone! Here is a short background of my case: I am a single mom who was very overwhelmed with the process of child custody and child support. I was caught off guard when the father of my child filed court papers, 11 months after the initial judgment. Originally, I didn’t have proper legal representation. And as a result, I was taken advantage of. By the time I hired Ms Boultinghouse, I was already in a huge disadvantage. Shortly after she agreed on taking my difficult case, she was able to turn the things around. She was truly dedicated to helping me. And although, I was on a very strict budget and we had an extremely aggressive and experienced lawyer as an opposing counsel, she stayed confident and determined that we will get through the end of this together, and my son’s interest will be well protected. And so we did! Thank you Crystal!!!
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Posted by Timothy | April 5, 2013
Timothy D. Martin
Ms Boultinghouse represented me in what can only be described as a high conflict custody matter. As a single man I was pursuing sole legal and sole physical custody of my daughter. She was 10 years old at the time the process started. Ms Boultinghouse was a God-send. Her intellect, wit and skill is so disproportionate to her age it is frightening. She is truly committed to the best interests of children and I can only hope that she will continue to practice Family Law. Our matter is resolved. My daughter has been living with me since Feb 5 2010 (thank you Ms Boultinghouse!). But I know there must be many other parents (mothers & fathers) facing the stress and fear of trying to ensure their children are cared for and I can only say that if you (as a parent) find yourself needing an attorney to help you protect your child then please seek out Crystal Boultinghouse. I told her twice (Feb 2010 and Feb 2011) that she is my hero. I will say it again....Ms are my hero.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2012
We highly recommend Crystal Boultinghouse of Kelly Fernandez & Karney Law Firm for any child custody matter
Crystal Boultinghouse is a great attorney who really cares and knows how to be aggressive when needed. She is compassionate, intelligent and understanding. She has a excellent team working with her. Her paralegal Karen is also compassionate and efficient, and her assistant Samantha is a pleasure and kept us up to date and well informed with details that didnt require Ms. Boultinghouse. She is part of a great law firm; Kelly, Fernandez & Karney. Mr. Kelly spent over 2 hours with my son on his intital free consultaion before assigning his case to the right attorney. My son who is young had a child out of wedlock and hired Crystal Boultinghouse to help him with custody arrangements with his baby son. The mother was being difficult and not allowing him to see his son and there were reasons to beleive that the baby could be in danger and in an unsafe living environment. Even though it was highly emotional, the case went relatively quickly and swift with a successful result for both our son and his baby boy. We are so thankful to Kelly Fernandez and Kareny Law Firm and especially thankful to Crystal Boultinghouse. We recommend her and the firm highly for those that need assistance with child custody matters. Sincerely, The Can 2 Family
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2012
Crystal is the best..hands down
Before meeting Crystal, I met with several lawyers in Los Angles. Crystal is by far the most intelligent, compassionate and committed attorney I met. She is very straight forward and never made false promises to keep my business. I have a young child and had many fears about custody and financial support from my ex. Crystal held my hand through the entire process and reassured me when things got tough. I felt so protected and I know I would not have had the same outcome with another attorney. She is also a mother herself and understands the importance of mother-child bonding during formative years. Hands down Crystal Boultinghouse is one of the best family law attorneys in Los Angeles.
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Posted by EGlenn | September 17, 2009
Highly recommend
We've had the complete opposite experience from the previous reviewer with Crystal. We had an extremely complex custody matter, which did take a long time to resolve. Crystal was there for us every step of the way. Never once was she late for court, and our matter was in the Long Beach courts - quite a distance from her office in Santa Monica. If fact, she even came in deathly ill one day, after the judge would not continue a matter, and I did not want to go forward with the sub. attorney. We highly recommend Crystal, and count her as one of our greatest blessings throughout our whole ordeal.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Disappointed
Very Disappointed with the total experience with this lawyer. From first contact and during consultations - Ms. Boltinghouse came across as very negative and as a know it all. She made numerous promises, which she never kept. A very exhausting and costly experience.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Junior Partner
  • Fernandez and Karney
  • 2004 - Present


  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Louisiana State University
  • B.S.
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Divorce
  • Settled
  • Domestic Violence
  • Resolved favorably


  • State Bar of California
  • Officer
  • 2005 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Lawyers in MENSA
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Strauss Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University
  • 2003


Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (11)
Endorse Crystal
Child custody Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Unsurpassed in litigationg child custody and domestic violence cases"
Child custody Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Boultinghouse is a strong advocate on behalf of her clients. She is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the law which makes her skilled in both resolution of matters and/or proceeding with litigation when necessary."
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Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Santa Monica Domestic violence Lawyer Crystal Michele Boultinghouse
Crystal Michele Boultinghouse
Domestic violence Attorney
Santa Monica, CA
Licensed for 19 years