Alumni Spotlight: Crystal T. Espanol '10

03/09/2018
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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