Krystal Durham focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, white collar defense and investigations, criminal defense, and professional liability matters.  Krystal has represented corporations, professional firms, and individuals in disputes spanning a wide variety of issues including professional malpractice, breach of contract, defamation, antitrust, employment, and First Amendment disputes.  Krystal has also represented clients in investigations by, and litigation against, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), and other government agencies.  Krystal has represented clients at all stages of litigation and has been a member of several trial teams.

Born and raised in northern Virginia, Krystal earned a B.A. in History, with high distinction, from the University of Virginia. Krystal then received her J.D. from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  While in law school, Krystal served as a Staff Editor on the Columbia Journal of Race and Law and as a judicial extern for Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Before joining Williams & Connolly in 2015, Krystal worked at a major New York law firm.

Krystal serves as a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Krystal’s experience includes:

  • Representing individual clients in FINRA investigation, which closed without settlement, charges, or an enforcement action.
  • Representing former Jeffries bond trader Jesse Ltivak in high-profile appeal and retrial of securities fraud charges, which ultimately led to acquittal by the jury on, or dismissal by the government of, all charges.
  • Representing national audit and accounting firm in professional liability litigation matter that ultimately resulted in favorable settlement for the firm.
  • Representing law firm in First Amendment litigation.
  • Trial counsel in the pro bono defense of an Army veteran in a first degree murder trial.
  • Trial counsel in the pro bono defense of an individual charged with second degree murder in Montgomery County, Maryland.



Named to Bloomberg Law “40 Under 40,” 2023


Other Government Service

Judicial Extern, Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of New York

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