Alumni Spotlight: Crystal T. Espanol '10

Crystal T. Espanol

What drew you to the City of Philadelphia Law Department and what do you like most about your work there?

Two things attracted me: one, the people; and two, the work.

First, I work with high level government officials from very diverse backgrounds. I also have the best colleagues. Fun fact: My office is the largest municipal law department in Pennsylvania, with over 200 attorneys representing the City on a variety of civil matters. All of the attorneys work together; and I am able to provide a legal perspective to protect the best interests of the City in any transaction or project being contemplated. 

Second, my work is meaningful. I review and negotiate contracts between outside parties and the City on matters of significance. My work ultimately has a large impact on the lives of all Philadelphians from all walks of life. Sometimes the matters we work on receive news coverage; and it is a great feeling to know I have contributed in part to those matters.

What is the best moment of your career so far?

Last summer, I was honored to receive a Certificate of Excellence from the Philadelphia City Solicitor and got to meet the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney as part of the award ceremony. I was one of approximately 20 awardees.
What do you like about living and practicing law in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is an old and historic city; but it also has an amazing food scene and rich culture. Philadelphia is also a city of distinct neighborhoods. Each section of the City has its own identity. For example, I live in a section of South Philadelphia that is considered Philadelphia's restaurant row. I am within walking distance from many of the award-winning restaurants on the row. I am fortunate to have become friends with some of the chefs. As for my practice, although Philadelphia is a large city, the legal community is very tight-knit. Attorneys here are always willing to help a colleague in need. 

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