Crystal Richie

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Crystal Richie

Crystal joined the Ohio Attorney General’s office in March 2013 as the Assistant Section Chief in Workers’ Compensation.  In October 2018 she transferred to the Health and Human Services Section as a Principal Attorney handling Administrative Hearings for the  Ohio Department of Insurance, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and the Optometry Board.  Crystal started her legal career at Gallagher, Gams, Pryor, Tallan & Littrell, LLP where, in 2002, she became the first female partner in the firm’s 90+ year history.  Crystal defended several Fortune 500 insurance companies during her years with the firm, including defending two companies in class action lawsuits and successfully defeating class certification in both cases.  Crystal focused her practice in the areas of insurance defense, medical malpractice, bad faith litigation, contract law and sports law.  She represented a few NFL players, all former Ohio State Buckeyes.  In 2010, Crystal accepted a position as Lead Counsel for Nationwide Insurance where she managed Bad Faith litigation in the state of Florida.

Crystal obtained her law degree from Capital University Law School in 1995 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar the same year.  She graduated cum laude from Capital University in 1989 with a BA in Business Law and Political Science.  She is a 1987 Honors Graduate from the University of Rio Grande where she earned an Associate Degree in Government and History.  Crystal is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, where she is active in the Administrative Law, Insurance and Animal Law Committees.  Crystal was a member of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) from 1999 to 2013, where she served as a Trustee and Board Member from 2005 to 2013.  In 2004 OACTA presented Crystal with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.  Crystal has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.