Cristal Robinson, JD & MBA

My Pledge to Others

Mission

The client shapes my mission of being committed, diligent, and responsive to client’s collaboration, mediation, or litigation needs, while using technology and personal service.


Vision

My vision is to provide the highest quality legal services by using technology along with personal service.


I strive to meet my Core Values:

  • Committed to empowering the client to make intelligent and informed decisions by educating you to understand the legal and procedural issues in your case.
  • Diligently use technology to communicate with the client by various methods, which helps me balance work and family in ways that keeps me focused.
  • Responsive to the ever-changing legal environment to maintain a stable and profitable business enterprise with the highest reputation through uncompromising dedication and ethical standards by educating and respecting my team.

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Licensed Texas Attorney

Texas Attorney since 2007

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State Bar of Texas

Law Practice Management Committee Member and Speaker 

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Texas Bar College

An honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained in Texas

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International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

 International community of professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict

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North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

Completing process to be certified in Family Financial and Superior Court Mediator in North Carolina

My Story

I have a strong background in the financial and accounting sectors. Besides my law degree, I have an MBA with an emphasis in accounting and a finance degree.  I am a member of the State College Bar for education and for pro bono. With over two decades in business, I have helped many businesses and non-profits to start, expand, or get back on track, as well as over a decade of helping people with family, estate, and bankruptcy. 


Prior to attending law school, I owned American Real Estate Services, a real estate and mortgage company. I was the first real estate firm in the city to have a website in the mid-90's, which received many awards and gave me national exposure that led to being featured on the cover of the National Association of Realtors magazine at 24 years old and spoke to over 3000 people at the national convention.  I used contact databases to organize the workflow of the real estate and mortgage process. When I became an attorney, I used technology to help promote my practice, work with clients, and implement processes into the practice of law. 


I understand the huge role that technology plays in the 21st century and take advantage of it to connect and communicate with clients. I say the client shapes my mission of being committed, diligent, and responsive to their collaboration, mediation, or litigation needs, while using technology and personal service.


I am available by email, text message or Facebook, and her various websites. My website allows clients to the intake and all practice specific worksheets and questionnaires before and during the process allowing them to have control over their case. My clients also have access to anything in their file through a secure portal on my website allowing them access to their case day or night along with secured communication with my legal team. My vision is to provide the highest quality legal services by using technology along with personal service. 

 

Technology helped me move my office to North Carolina while still practicing in Texas last summer. That experience along with my past activities of helping other attorneys use technology in their practice pushed me to open another business, Robinson Consulting. I will help solo and small firms use technology while learning how to use technology in the practice of law. The website has links to many programs to help attorneys along with eBooks, videos, and articles on how to use technology specifically for the practice of law.

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My Resume

SUMMARY

Twenty-five years of business, accounting, finance, real estate, and legal experience moving into mediation and consulting within the legal industry


Practice Areas

Over twelve years of experience as a litigation attorney in 41 courts with 45 different judges in over 900 cases representing people and businesses in federal and state courts along with other non-litigation conflict resolution methods like mediation or collaboration in a wide range of practice areas like criminal, immigration, bankruptcy, family, civil litigation, estate planning, business governance, non-profit governance, taxation, guardianship, ad litem, trust, and appeal cases. 


Legal Experience

Frequently appear, argue, and litigate jury and bench trials before state and federal bankruptcy judges and trustees in cases relating to bankruptcy, civil litigation, family law, criminal defense, and estate planning, as well as seek ways to prevent trial by using alternative dispute resolution methods like informal negotiations, mediation, and collaboration along with outside counseling of parties.


Education

Master of Business Administration - West Texas A&M University; Canyon, TX

Juris Doctor - Western Michigan University Cooley Law School; Lansing, MI

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance - West Texas A&M University; Canyon, TX 


Licenses & Admitted Courts

Texas – 24060505  
United States District Court Northern District of Texas  Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy 

Application for reciprocity in North Carolina in process 


EXPERIENCE: MEDIATION

Mediator & Consultant - Robinson Mediation; Charlotte, NC 


EXPERIENCE: LEGAL
Attorney – Robinson Law; Amarillo, TX  

Bankruptcy & Trial Attorney – James Clark Law Firm; Amarillo, TX 

Attorney - Law Office of Cristal Robinson; Amarillo, TX 

Attorney – Whittenburg, Whittenburg, Stein, & Strange; Amarillo, TX 


EXPERIENCE: ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

Controller – Campbell Press Repair, Inc.; Lansing, MI       

Accountant – Ledy Engineering; Lansing, MI 

Bookkeeper – Michigan Education Union; Lansing, MI

Finance Secretary – Dale Bruckner, PC; Amarillo, TX    

 

EXPERIENCE: EDUCATIONAL

Political Science Instructor – West Texas A&M University; Canyon, TX

Instructor Financial Responsibility – Amarillo College; Amarillo, TX 


EXPERIENCE: REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Broker and President – Mcartitstal Corporation; Amarillo, TX

    

VOLUNTEER: LEGAL

Attorney Volunteer - Legal Aid of North Carolina; Charlotte, TX

Attorney Volunteer – Legal Aid of Northwest Texas; Amarillo, TX 

Legal Volunteer - Student Hurricane Network, New Orleans, LA

Externship – Immigration Legal Services; Lansing, MI


SPEAKING AND TEACHING ARRANGEMENTS

Speaker - Law Practice Management - State Bar of Texas; Austin, Texas

Speaker – Legal Issues w/ Transitioning – Amarillo Area Transgender Support Group; Amarillo, TX 

Speaker – Probate Process – National Business Institute; Amarillo, TX 

Speaker – Constitutional Theory – Rotary of Amarillo; Amarillo, TX

Speaker – SuperStar Panel - National Association of REALTORS; San Francisco, CA

Speaker – 30 Under 30 - National Association of REALTORS; San Francisco, CA

Planner – Sexual Orientation and the Law: LGBT Law in America; Lansing, MI   

Planner and speaker – Thinking Thursdays; Amarillo, TX    

Planner – Chasing Freedom – American Constitution Society; Lansing, MI

Planner – Freedom Files Film Festival – American Civil Liberties Union; Lansing, MI 

Speaker and Represented – Black Law Students: Cooley Law School; Lansing, MI   

Planner – Soul of Justice on Affirmative Action in Michigan; Lansing, MI  


PUBLICATIONS

Texas Observer Magazine: He Who Casts the Last Stone

REALTOR Magazine: 30 Under 30 Article or Energizing the Industry

Texas REALTOR Magazine: Lone Star


EVENT ORGANIZATION

Writer and Producer – We the People, the Play; Amarillo, TX

Producer/ Director – Vagina Monologues; Amarillo, TX and Lansing, MI 


ORGANIZATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS - LEGAL

Member - Global Collaborative Law Council

Founding Board Member - LGBTQ+ Bar of North Carolina; Charlotte, NC

Law Practice Management Committee – State Bar of Texas; Austin, TX     

Member - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Committee Chair – Amarillo Women’s Bar Association; Amarillo, TX    

Founding Director – Collaborative Divorce of Amarillo; Amarillo, TX 

Education Task Force – Legal Aid of Northwest Texas; Amarillo, TX   

Member – Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Amarillo, TX   

Member – Amarillo Bankruptcy Association; Amarillo, TX 

Member - Texas Criminal Defense Law Association; TX

Executive Board Member – Panhandle Criminal Defense Law Association; Amarillo, TX  

Member – Panhandle Family Law Association; Amarillo, TX   

Member – Amarillo Bar Association; Amarillo, TX   

Attorney Volunteer Award Winner – Legal Aid of Northwest Texas; Amarillo, TX   

Public Interest Fellow – American Constitution Society; Washington, DC  

State Task Force & Local President – American Civil Liberties Union; MI & TX 

Public Interest Fellow and Member – American Immigration Lawyers Association 

National Student Director: Volunteer Income Tax – American Bar Assoc. 

 

ORGANIZATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS - BUSINESS

Professional Member – Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce; Charlotte, NC 

Interim President & Legal Advisor – Panhandle Pride, Inc; Amarillo, TX

Member – National Organization of Women; Charlotte, NC 

Member – Amarillo Chamber of Commerce; Amarillo, TX      

Cabinet Member – United Way; Amarillo, TX 

Mentor Program Chair – Rotary Club of Amarillo; Amarillo, TX

State Task Force & Local President – American Civil Liberties Union; MI & TX                          

Participant – Leadership Amarillo & Canyon; Amarillo, TX                                       

Student in Free Enterprise – West Texas A&M University; Canyon, TX    

Vice President Programs & Publicity – National Assoc of Prof. Mortgage Women

Education Committee & Member - Greater Dallas Association of REALTOR 

Chapter Director – Micro Investment Lending Institute®; Amarillo, TX                   

Vice President and Past President – Amarillo Women’s Network; Amarillo, TX     

National Task Force & Member - National Association of REALTOR                      

Professional Standards Committee & Member - Texas Association of REALTOR 

TREPAC Committee & Member - Amarillo Associations of REALTOR 

 

ORGANIZATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS - OTHER

Compliance Task Force & Host Parent – AFS; Amarillo, TX

Treasurer – Thomas M. Cooley Law School Student Bar; Lansing, MI 

Treasurer - Human/ Gay Rights Alliance; Lansing, MI                 

Senator – West Texas A&M University; Canyon, TX                                         

Student in Free Enterprise – West Texas A&M University; Canyon, TX                    

Board of Directors – Girl Scout-Five Star Council; Amarillo, TX    

Vice President and Past President – Amarillo Women’s Network; Amarillo, TX     

Executive Board & Reception Chair - Miss Amarillo Area Scholars Program; Amarillo, TX            

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