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Cristal Robinson, JD & MBA

SUMMARY

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


EDUCATION

Master of Business Admin: Accounting – West Texas A&M Univ.; Canyon, TX                

Juris Doctor – Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Lansing, MI     

Bachelor of Business Admin: Finance – West Texas A&M University; Canyon, TX


EXPERIENCE: MEDIATION

Mediator & Consultant - Robinson Mediation, PLLC; Charlotte, NC 


EXPERIENCE: LEGAL
Attorney – Robinson Law; Amarillo, TX                                                                                      

• Ten years of experience as a litigation attorney in 40 courts with 44 different judges focusing on helping people with various legal needs in over 700 cases by managing caseloads of over 100-150 clients

• A private practice law firm attorney serving people in federal and state courts along with other non-litigation conflict resolution ways like mediation or collaboration

• Responsible attorney for all phases of criminal, immigration, bankruptcy, family, civil litigation, estate planning, business governance, non-profit governance, taxation, guardianship, ad litem, trust, and appeal cases

• Managed a staff of paralegals, secretaries, and runners in a paperless office to be committed to the client by working diligently at being responsive to their needs.

• Put in place paperless recordkeeping system, using online scheduling application and contact management programs to offer clients convenient 24/7 access to their case details.

• Implemented office procedure manual for staff as well as handbook for clients


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

• Frequently appeared, argued, and litigated 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 meeting creditors and attending confirmation hearings. 

• Handled all trial preparation, including preparation of all trial documents and witnesses


Attorney - Law Office of Cristal Robinson; Amarillo, TX                                                                  

• Practice focused on transactional legal issues in real estate, taxation, wills and family based-immigration

 

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

• Financial and business law for the firm and its clients

• Processed financial statements and other reports

• Completed budgets and projections

• Analyzed funding levels and advised management on adjusting programs to accommodate funding

• Researched and wrote opinions, litigation motions, memorandum, and pleadings


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 Northwest Texas; Amarillo, TX                                                          

Externship – Immigration Legal Services; Lansing, MI


LICENSES & ADMITTED COURTS

Licensed to practice in all Texas courts                                                     

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

Application for reciprocity in North Carolina in process - NOT LICENSED IN NORTH CAROLINA AS AN ATTORNEY 


ORGANIZATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

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

Member – National Organization of Women; 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

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

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

Member – Panhandle Family Law Association; Amarillo, TX                                                           

Member – Amarillo Bar Association; Amarillo, TX                                                           

Member – Amarillo Chamber of Commerce; Amarillo, TX                                                                         

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

Cabinet Member – United Way; Amarillo, TX                                                                                    

Public Interest Fellow – American Constitution Society; Washington, DC  

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

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

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.                                  

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

Treasurer - Human/ Gay Rights Alliance; Lansing, MI                                     

Participant – Leadership Amarillo & Canyon; Amarillo, TX                    

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

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

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

Education Committee & Member - Greater Dallas Association of REALTOR                          

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

Board of Directors – Girl Scout-Five Star Council; 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                                                  

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


EVENT ORGANIZATION AND SPEAKING ARRANGEMENTS

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

• Wrote, Directed, and Presented play to over 1700 students in 17 schools in the Texas Panhandle for Constitution Day

Speaker – National Association of REALTORS; San Francisco, CA                                                  

• National Convention: Spoke to over 3000 people at Superstar Panel and 30 Under 30

• REALTOR Magazine: 30 Under 30 Article or Energizing the Industry

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

• Two-day seminar covering second parent adoption, Child Custody, Alternative Families, State and Local Actions and Needs, Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, and Discrimination in Case Law presented by local, state, and national organizations such as One United Michigan, Michigan Equality, ACLU, and CARE  

Speaker – Legal issues with Transitioning – Amarillo Area Transgender Support Group; Amarillo, TX      

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

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

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                                   

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


RESEARCH AND ARTICLES

Motion: What type of property is an election under Estate Code with widow and previous children?             

Memorandum: Can a US Citizen file to sponsor while living outside the US?                                                   

Memorandum: Can a Cuban tutelage be considered an adoption?  

Appellant Brief: Is DUI a violent felony (USCIS) under the Armed Career Criminals Act?    

Memorandum: Can an employee be liable under the Civil Rights Act?

Wal-Mart by ESP: Error Some Place 

Lessons on Montessori Education

Opium and Opioids Research and Experiment of Water Ph Balances