Crystal Clarke is the product of a proud U.S. Marine Corps family. Her father served for 23 years, allowing Crystal to live all over the country as a child. She received her commission as an Officer in May 2000 and was stationed in Japan before joining the Global War on Terrorism in 2003. She separated from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004 and became a U.S. government contractor in the intelligence field for the next 10 years.
When she decided to make a career change, she attended the University of Arizona. She earned her J.D. in two and a half years and took the Florida Bar while her colleagues where still attending class so she could move to Japan once more. Even though she could not practice actively in a foreign jurisdiction, she volunteered to provide free legal advice to active duty service members while abroad and continued government contract work until she moved back to the U.S. and took the Virginia Bar.
After passing the Virginia bar, Crystal practiced business law to include: bankruptcy, mortgage defense, consumer protection, and real estate law. She also volunteers regularly with the Legal Aid Society of Southeastern Virginia.
Crystal is a member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association and the South Hampton Roads Bar Association. Crystal is also a licensed real estate agent and member of the Hampton Roads Realtor Association, earning Bronze Award recognition in the Circle of Excellence for 2020 and 2021. She lives in Virginia Beach with her four sons and enjoys exploring Virginia wineries and taking her children to the beach.
J.D., University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2009
B.A., Computational & Applied Mathematics, Rice University, 2000
United States Marine Corps – 2000-2004/Captain (Intelligence Officer)