Crystal G. Rowe
Kightlinger & Gray, LLP
Bonterra Building, Suite 200
3620 Blackiston Boulevard
New Albany, IN 47150
Tel: 812-949-2300 ext. 5122
Crystal Rowe currently serves as the Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.
Crystal spent five years working as a judicial clerk at the Indiana Court of Appeals and another year working as a trial court clerk in Allen County before joining Kightlinger & Gray, LLP. These experiences give her a deep understanding of appellate and trial practice, enabling her to more efficiently assist clients with Appellate, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Professional Liability, and General Insurance Defense matters. Crystal also has experience before the Department of Administration.
Crystal is an active member of several legal and professional organizations. She is a past Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Appellate Section and has held other leadership positions in the Indiana State Bar Association, Floyd County Bar Association, American Bar Association (ABA) Counsel of Appellate Lawyers, Defense Research Institute (DRI), and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI).
In 2016, Crystal was appointed to the Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure—a Committee charged with reporting to the Indiana Supreme Court from time to time with recommendations and proposed amendments to promote simplicity in procedure, just determination of litigation, and elimination of unjustified expense and delay. Crystal was a participant in the Indianapolis Bar Leader Series III and the Appellate Practice Institute.
- Indiana University, 1997
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2000
- Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Editor-in-Chief
- Indiana, 2000
- Kentucky, 2006
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
The appellate attorneys of Kightlinger & Gray, LLP are skilled in handling appeals at all levels in the state and federal courts. Our appellate practitioners have approximately 88 years of collective experience and have participated in almost 400 appeals, resulting in reported and memorandum decisions. We have extensive experience prosecuting and defending appeals before the Indiana State Courts, Kentucky State Courts, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. Some of our appellate advocates are also admitted to, and have experience with appeals pending before, the U.S. Supreme Court. Our appellate attorneys have additionally served as counsel for amicus curiae—or friend of the court—in a number of high profile decisions.
Effective appellate representation requires knowledge of the technical aspects of appeals, along with an understanding of judicial perspectives. The rules of appellate procedure are as fluid as the rules of trial procedure and our appellate attorneys are familiar with the governing rules (as well as any case-law rule interpretations). We also understand that appellate courts are tribunals of last resort and that the opportunity to influence the court is often limited to a principal brief, a reply brief (if you are the initiating party), and—only occasionally—oral argument.
The Kightlinger & Gray appellate team includes several individuals with law-clerk experience. Crystal Rowe, Practice Group Chair, spent five years working as a judicial clerk at the Indiana Court of Appeals, and another year working as a judicial clerk at the trial-court level. Her experiences have instilled a deep understanding of appellate and trial practice. Similarly, Alyssa Cochran served for two years as a legal advisor to the Indiana Supreme Court, making legal recommendations on cases seeking transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court, researching and drafting opinions, and reviewing all draft opinions prepared by the Justices of the Court.
Crystal has been selected by SuperLawyers for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers list from 2010 to 2022