Chrystal Mancuso-Smith was raised in Massachusetts but has called Utah home for the past 20 years. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a double major of Biology and Marine Biology, she moved to Salt Lake City. She held several different positions – from the office manager for a local environmental remediation project – to coordinating a large ecological research lab at the University of Utah prior to entering law school at the University of Utah where she earned her J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. From the moment she passed the Bar, her active involvement in the legal (and local, non-legal) community flourished - from leadership roles with the Utah Minority Bar Association to co-founding the Utah Minority Bar Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to serving as an ex-officio Utah State Bar Commissioner to, more recently, serving as a member of the Deception Detection Examiners’ Board for the State of Utah and the Bar’s Mandatory CLE Board. In 2018, Chrystal was elected to a formal, voting Bar Commissioner seat for the Third Division.
Her legal experience is equally broad with a strong base in insurance defense work on cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, subrogation claims, construction defect, and property damage. Most recently, her practice expanded to include patent litigation and corporate work.
She has briefed matters before the Utah Court of Appeals, Utah District Courts, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Federal District Courts for the States of Utah and Texas and has represented clients before Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States’ Immigration Court, and the State of Utah’s Pardon and Parole Board.
When not working, Chrystal enjoys camping and traveling with her husband and son, scuba diving, underwater digital photography and gardening.
Published works and presentations
- Comment: Monkeywrenching to Mass Destruction - Eco-sabotage and the American
West, Journal of Land, Resources and Environmental Law (2007)
- Chrystal Mancuso-Smith, Brett Johnson and Joseph G. Pia, Patent Troll Legislation – Swinging Too Far? 28 Utah Bar J. 2:21 - 26 (Mar/April 2015) and appearing in The Computer & Internet
Lawyer, October 2015, Volume 32, Number 10, pages 26–30,
Opinions and Decisions of Note
- Jive Commerce, LLC d/b/a Vino Grotto v. Wine Racks America and J. Ogzewalla, Civil No. 1:18-cv-49 TS-BCW, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Memorandum Decision and Order Denying Plaintiff’s Verified Motion for Preliminary Injunction, Hon. Ted. Stewart, August 15, 2018 (Successfully defended against preliminary injunction sought by Plaintiff against client)
- Virtual Fleet Management, LLC v. Land Air Sea Systems, Inc., 2-16-cv-01108 (TXED November 29, 2017, Order) (Gilstrap, USDJ) (Motion to sanction opposing counsel for discovery violations and professional conduct granted – attorney removed from the case)
- E & M Sales W., Inc. v. Diversified Metal Products, Inc., 2009 UT App 299, 221 P.3d 838. (Affirmed summary judgment granted in favor of defendant clients.)