Crystal Freed

Managing Partner, The Freed Firm

Crystal Freed is an accomplished civil trial lawyer who is also a community trustee. After graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center, she started her legal career at Akerman where she litigated complex commercial cases including contract, construction and mass tort. While earning her undergraduate and law degrees, Crystal owned and operated a Caribbean restaurant (an outgrowth of her Trinidadian roots) in Broward County, Florida. In 2007, she started her second business — her own law practice, representing small businesses and startup enterprises. As the success of her firm grew, so did her desire to catalyze an anti-human trafficking movement in northeast Florida, the seeds having been planted by life experiences and her legal studies. Crystal’s pro bono clients have included both adults and children trafficked for sex and labor in northeast Florida. She also serves as pro bono counsel in cases involving fair housing. Crystal works closely with the law enforcement community in northeast Florida, providing both resources and training. While Crystal has been recognized locally (JBJ 40 top Under 40 and the Atlantic Institute) and state-wide (Florida’s Human Trafficking Summit’s Community Advocate, FAWL Extraordinary Woman and FDLE’s Unsung Hero) for both her work as a lawyer/advocate and her work combating child exploitation and human trafficking, she counts the accolades unseen by human eyes as the most valuable to her.   

Growing up in poverty and domestic violence, Crystal understands the tremendous impact the arts can make on a child.  She is privileged to support JCC, an organization she sees as giving hope while expanding the minds of all children. Crystal enjoys singing, dancing and travelling internationally with her husband and two girls. When not with her family or at work, she gives her all at the gym. She invites everyone to join in her dance, which she hopes expresses the following: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is learning to dance in the rain.”    

Professional Partner: Muhidin Divovic

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