Ms. Deese, Chair of the Firm’s Health Law Practice Group, specializes in defending health care providers at their most vulnerable. She prides herself on minimizing the angst providers experience when dealing with the lawsuits and investigations that are unavoidable for today’s practitioners. She handles medical malpractice cases and credentialing issues within institutions and before the various licensing boards. Crystal defends lawsuits related to all aspects of health care and privacy in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. She also concentrates her practice on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act investigations and manages breaches of all sizes.

Crystal has first-chaired the defense of significant medical malpractice trials on behalf of the region’s largest health system and its providers. She has a proven track record of success and is widely regarded for her courtroom advocacy skills and professionalism. Crystal’s skills and natural leadership ability, combined with her knowledge of health care, have lead to her invitation to serve as a guest speaker and presenter at regional programs on health care risk management and related issues. She currently serves on the Continuing Legal Education Committee for The District of Columbia Bar and regularly teaches courses there.

Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University (1993, magna cum laude) and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law (1996, cum laude). She is a member of the bars of The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Speaking Engagements

  • February 2020
    Health Law Practice Group Privileged to Serve MedStar Washington Hospital Center
    Earlier this month, Jackson & Campbell, P.C.'s Health Law Practice Group obtained a defense verdict in a malpractice case alleging that a patient suffered permanent nerve damage during a lower left wisdom tooth extraction. She alleged the surgical technique and procedure choice were improper and denied giving her informed consent to the procedure. After a six day trial, the ... Read More
  • March 2019
    Health Law Practice Group Precludes Untimely Lawsuit
    The Health Law Practice Group had a pro se plaintiff’s lawsuit dismissed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Rigsby, J.) for lack of pre-suit notice and a limitations bar. The plaintiff noted a timely appeal, which Jackson & Campbell, P.C. successfully defended. In Waugh v. MedStar Georgetown Univ. Hosp., No. CAM-7381-17 (D.C. Mar. 14, 2019), ... Read More
  • June 2018
    Nurses Qualify to Testify about Causation
    In Frausto v. Yakima HMA, LLC, 393 P.3d 776 (Wash. 2017) the court held that an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) could qualify to provide causation testimony in a pressure ulcer case. The court based its holding, at least in part, on the Washington state statute empowering ARNPs to diagnose illnesses. The court noted that a majority of ... Read More
  • June 2018
    Health Law Group Privileged to Serve Children's National Medical Center
    Recently Jackson & Campbell’s Health Law Practice Group successfully defended Children’s National Medical Center in a wrongful death lawsuit. Judge Anthony Epstein entered judgment for the hospital after Plaintiff rested his case at trial. Attorneys Crystal S. Deese and Diona Howard-Nicolas, along with the entire Health Law Practice Group, are honored to have served our client in ... Read More
  • January 2018
    Health Care Providers' Altered Medical Records Results in Attorney's Disbarment
    Delaware Supreme Court Rules on Malpractice Case Concerning Altered Medical Records The Supreme Court of Delaware disbarred a lawyer who had been practicing for more than three decades, with no prior disciplinary record, after he failed to produce the original version of altered medical records and then failed to correct the sworn testimony of the physician and physician’s assistant who altered ... Read More