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Crystal Clark is a member of the McNees Wallace & Nurick Labor and Employment practice group. Crystal provides representation and counsel to employers on a wide range of legal matters including harassment and discrimination, FMLA and ADA compliance, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Civil Service/Merit Based Hiring compliance, Unemployment Compensation, collective bargaining and labor arbitrations. She counsels employers on all facets of State and Federal employment laws, and also conducts training for both clients and the bar on employment law matters.

Prior to joining the firm in September 2015, Crystal served for over four years as the Lancaster County Solicitor. Crystal was in-house legal counsel for the County, which necessitated a wide knowledge of legal issues unique to government entities. She was routinely consulted by Human Resources regarding all manner of employment-related legal issues involving County employees, and oversaw all employment litigation to which the County was a party. Additionally, she was a member of the County’s negotiation team in all labor negotiations during her tenure, and was liaison between the Board of Commissioners and outside counsel on labor matters, from grievances and interest arbitrations to unfair labor practice charges.

Crystal’s legal experience as County Solicitor was not limited to employment matters, and on a day-to-day counseling basis ran the gamut of: Sunshine Act compliance; Right to Know law compliance; general contract negotiations, administration and disputes; government liability risk management; civil rights liability and litigation; Prison rules, regulations, and liability; Child Protective Services Law application and compliance; Real Estate Tax Assessment Law issues; Ordinance drafting and compliance; the Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) program; the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA); and many other legal matters. From a litigation perspective, Crystal managed all outside counsel assigned to ongoing litigation on civil rights-related matters involving County departments, and again served as liaison between counsel and the Board of Commissioners. In her liaison capacity, she provided advice and recommendations to the Board regarding litigation strategy, and attended most Court proceedings as the County’s representative.

Crystal was selected as the County Solicitor after practicing law for approximately eight years as a defense attorney representing primarily government entities in employment and civil rights litigation.

Crystal has practiced before a number of state and federal courts, arbitrators and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, as well as several County Courts.

EDUCATION

University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science, 2000

The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2003

HONORS/AWARDS

Rising Stars, 2017

Solicitor of the Year, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

MEMBERSHIPS

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Lancaster County Bar Association

Junior Achievement of Southcentral Pennsylvania, Board Member, 2015-present

Republican Committee of Lancaster County, 2014-present
– Committee Member, 2014-present
– Advisory Committee Member, 2014-present
– Chair, Rules Committee, 2015-present

MS Leadership Class of 2010

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

November 10, 2017 - Running a County Party

October 14, 2017 - IMLA 82nd Annual Conference

November 2, 2017 - County Responsibilities with Privacy and Security Claims

October 25, 2017 - HR Law Update

October 24, 2017 - The Nuts and Bolts of Employment Releases and Settlement Agreements

October 13, 2017 - Liability and Risk Management: Unconventional Employee Issues

October 13, 2017 - Liability and Risk Management: Constitutional Issues

September 22, 2017 - Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Program

September 22, 2017 - 2017 Employment Law Update for School Districts

October 20, 2017 - 2017 Labor & Employment Law Seminar - ICASHRM

July 24, 2017 - The Administration – Row Officer Relationship: Constitutional and Statutory Questions

June 28, 2017 - Liability and Risk Management: Constitutional Issues

June 9, 2017 - 27th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar

June 1, 2017 - How to Avoid Common Mistakes in County Government

May 31, 2017 - Managing Government Employees in a 24/7 World

August 24, 2017 - Living in Harmony in Lancaster: Land Planning, Development & Conservation

May 25, 2017 - Social Media in the Workplace: Where it Works, Where It Doesn’t

May 18, 2017 - Municipal Legal Update

May 12, 2017 - Top 10 Cases for County Solicitors in 2017

April 25, 2017 - What Can We Do About Off-Duty Employee Conduct?

March 27, 2017 - The Administration – Row Officer Relationship: Constitutional and Statutory Questions

March 14, 2017 - Constitutional Issues in Child Welfare

January 18, 2017 - Liability and Risk Management: Unconventional Employee Issues

April 16, 2016 - International Municipal Lawyers Association Mid-Year Meeting

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