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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


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



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

Attorney endorsements

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  • 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
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Contact info

Ryan Uptegraft & Montgomery

9657 Levin Road NW
Suite 240
Silverdale, WA, 98383


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, CLE CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2007 - Present
Washington State Association for Justice, Women of WSAJ (WOW) SectionCo-Chair2013 - 2014
Washington State Association for Justice, Professional Development CommitteeMember2013 - 2014
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
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 LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Central Washington UniversityDouble Major - Political Science and Communication StudiesBA - Bachelor 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