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Crystal M. Richardson is not your typical attorney. In the United States, less than 4% of all attorneys are African American, and even fewer are Black women practicing estate planning, administration, and heirs property. It is for this reason that Crystal has dedicated her career to these practice areas, connecting with those historically overlooked and underserved by the established legal system.

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Crystal is passionate about estate planning and administration because, generationally, African Americans and other people of color rarely have a Last Will and Testament or other estate planning documents. This means that entire communities may be denied the chance to build generational wealth, or go through life unsure if their wishes will be respected upon their death. Crystal empathizes with these communities, and believes it is essential to have an attorney you trust to guide you through the estate planning process. 

Attorney Richardson is committed to being just that for her clients. She shows up, determined and focused on their legal matters, to discuss the totality of their circumstances. She is a zealous advocate for her clients right to self-determine their wishes, encouraging and preserving their families intergenerational wealth. To Crystal, every client is important and entitled to representation that meets their needs.

Crystal is not a litigator. She chooses not to litigate because she believes there is often a better path to resolution. Instead, she takes a mediator approach to yield peaceful, satisfactory results. By centering collaboration and open communication, Attorney Crystal M. Richardson works with clients, their families, and other parties to find a 'win-win' situation wherever one can be found. In those cases where litigation is necessary, Crystal connects her clients to a robust network of litigators capable of meeting their needs.

In her personal life, Attorney Richardson enjoys yoga, running, and West African dance. She lives with her spouse in "North Carolina's International City" of High Point, in the beautiful Piedmont Triad region.


University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • 2003 - 2006

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), French and Political Science

Charlotte School of Law

  • 2008 = 2011

  • Juris Doctorate, Law

  • Graduated with pro bono honors


Admitted to practice law in:

  • North Carolina State Bar (2013)

  • United States District - Western State District of North Carolina (2016)

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Court (2016)


Pauli Murray LGBTQ+ Bar Association

  • 2020 - Present

  • At-Large Board Member

Equality North Carolina

  • 2020 - Present

  • Board Member

Legal Aid of North Carolina

  • 2013 - 2020

  • Volunteer Attorney


Citizen Board Review

  • Associated with the Civil Rights Clinic 

"Ban the Box" Initiative

  • Associated with the Civil Rights Clinic

  • Empowers individuals with minor criminal offenses to connect with greater employment opportunities.

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