Krystal represents and advises clients in a variety of complex litigation and appellate matters in state and federal courts. She has served in legal capacities in both public and private entities, including the U.S. Department of Justice and federal trial and appellate courts, and has extensive litigation experience ranging from pre-complaint investigations and discovery disputes to critical motions practice, trial preparation, and appeals. Krystal specializes in providing creative litigation solutions to give her clients a strategic advantage, both in and out of the courtroom.
Her experience spans a wide variety of practice areas, including government contracts, intellectual property, environment and product regulation, telecommunications, health care, as well as election law and government ethics. Krystal’s appellate work, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, has focused on significant First Amendment issues.
Krystal served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mark S. Davis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”). In addition, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Krystal also maintains an active pro bono practice, and for two consecutive years has won firm awards for her contributions. Most recently, she briefed and argued a multi-issue appeal of a trial verdict in the Ninth Circuit, and successfully obtained remand from the Board of Immigration Appeals after her client was denied protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture.
- Successfully represented and defended government contractor in dual-track misappropriation and computer fraud litigation in state and federal court.
- Successfully represented corporate clients in responding to FTC and DOJ business-competition investigations.
- Successfully represented prominent medical practice in trademark infringement and unfair competition suit.
- Represent government contractors in commercial disputes and complex litigations.
- Represent public interest groups and other clients seeking to vindicate important constitutional interests, including First and Second Amendment interests, before federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (2015)
- Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2013 and 2014)
- Research Assistant to Professor A. Benjamin Spencer, Washington and Lee University School of Law (2013-2014)
J.D., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University School of Law; Order of the Coif
B.A., summa cum laude, Patrick Henry College
Managing Online Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review
Lead Articles Editor, German Law Review
- Law Clerk for the Honorable Mark S. Davis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (2015-2016)
- Law Clerk for the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2016-2017)
Bar and Court Memberships
- District of Columbia Bar
- Virginia Bar
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Western District of Virginia
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- Press ReleaseWiley Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court First Amendment CaseMarch 4, 2020
- AlertResolving Madden: OCC and FDIC Proposed Regulations Should Be Entitled to Judicial Deference in All Courts if the Agencies Clarify How the Proposed Regulations Interpret Ambiguous Statutory LanguageStephen J. Obermeier, Jeremy J. Broggi, Krystal B. SwendsboeJanuary 9, 2020
- Press ReleaseWiley Rein Recognizes 19 Individuals in Seventh Annual Pro Bono Program CelebrationOctober 29, 2019