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Overview

Crystal uses her knowledge of tax law to help clients strategize and reach their business goals.

Crystal was first drawn to law because it was an opportunity for intellectual problem solving and logical thought. Tax law courses were a natural fit to these skills. Her passion for the logic of tax law led her to pursue a Master of Laws after completing her initial degree.

Today, Crystal helps clients structure business plans and transactions to optimal tax advantage. She sees the tax code as a puzzle to assemble in ways that best benefit client organizations. Crystal counsels partnerships and corporations on all aspects of federal income taxation, including tax matters related to entity formation, reorganization and dissolution. She also assists with IRS controversy matters, and she works with nonprofits on tax compliance. In addition to her law firm work, Crystal’s previous experience includes time as in-house tax counsel to a nonprofit organization, as well as a tax research specialist for an international financial services company.

What Crystal enjoys most about her job is sitting down to collaborate with clients. It’s important to her to fully understand their business needs and plans, and she aims to create customized solutions.


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Education

  • LL.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • cum laude
    • The Urban Lawyer, Case Note and Review Editor
    • UMKC Law Review, Staff Member
    • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Tax Supervisor
  • B.A., William Jewell College

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. Tax Court
Outside the Office

Most of Crystal’s free time centers on her family. She and her husband have two elementary-aged children who are active in multiple sports, and the family is often at a baseball, softball, basketball or soccer games. Crystal also enjoys exercise and fitness activities.

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