Crystal J. Rodriguez, Esq.
As managing attorney of the law firm Crystal J. Rodriguez, Esq., Crystal Rodriguez is on a mission to make the legal part of structuring a business and protecting assets “Crystal Clear” for small business owners. She is a passionate entrepreneur with a calling to help people maximize their opportunities by realizing their value and potential in life. With 13 years of legal experience and expertise as a certified Master Life & Business coach, she not only helps clients navigate the legal aspects of business, she also provides business coaching that includes an array of services, from business plan assistance to marketing and branding tips. “One of my super powers is in making the legal parts of forming a business less intimidating and, in many cases, more affordable,” she explains.
As a fierce advocate for equality and equity and a champion of entrepreneurs, Crystal believes that everyone deserves to prosper. As part of her mission, she breaks down the barrier of costly legal services that often stand in the way of success. She does this by offering educational courses and access to DIY options, such as contract templates and her flagship “Business in a (IN)Box” course. She also offers generous access by way of group chats where general questions can be answered. Crystal’s boundless energy and infectious positivity, which have served to propel many entrepreneurs to success and lead so many people to happier lives, are reflected in one of her favorite quotes by William Lloyd Garrison: “I have need to be on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt.”
Prior to founding her law firm, Crystal served nearly 12 years with the first African-American mayor of the city of Buffalo, and she was appointed as the city’s first diversity officer. During her tenure, she served as the executive director of the Commission on Citizens’ Rights and Community Relations, where she spearheaded social and community programs such as race relations and anti-bullying initiatives. As chief diversity officer, Crystal designed the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge aimed at embracing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensure economic opportunities could be shared by all citizens. She also led the city’s efforts in promoting and advancing the mayor’s Opportunity Agenda, which included his diversity goals.
Crystal’s professional leadership and dedication to community has been recognized through a host of awards, including being named a finalist for the 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the 2018 Community Leader in Government Award from The National Association of Just Communities of WNY, the 2013 Woman of Excellence Award from Every Woman Opportunity Center, and the 2009 Emerging Leader Award from YWCA of WNY.
Before her law career, Crystal served in the U.S. Navy, during which time she received her bachelor’s degree in social sciences with concentrations in political science, history, and sociology from California State University, San Marcos. She holds J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University at Buffalo Law School, and she is a certified Law of Attraction practitioner. Committed to community, Crystal is involved with charitable organizations and serves on many community boards. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Buffalo Alumnae Chapter.
Crystal J. Rodriguez, Esq.
Managing Attorney — Crystal J. Rodriguez, Esq.