April M. Cristal - Associate


Orange County, CA: (949) 490-4840

San Francisco, CA: (628) 253-5070


April M. Cristal is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County and Northern California offices. Her practice focuses on personal injury defense and general liability matters. Ms. Cristal also has experience in the areas of collections matters, medical malpractice, and child abuse cases.

Ms. Cristal has successfully drafted and argued various motions on behalf of her client. Through her extensive law and motion work, Ms. Cristal has secured several complete dismissals of her clients from high exposure cases prior to trial. She also has extensive experience handling all aspects of litigation claims, including mediation, settlement, and trial. Ms. Cristal has recently been selected for the Southern California Rising Stars list for 2020 by Super Lawyers.

Ms. Cristal obtained her J.D. from Chapman University in 2016. During law school, Ms. Cristal was involved with various organizations, including being a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and serving on the student governing body. Ms. Cristal also interned for the County of Orange, Office of the County Counsel, and worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to law school, Ms. Cristal obtained her B.A. in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. Ms. Cristal is admitted to practice before all California state courts, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California.

Outside of the office Ms. Cristal serves as the President of the Board of Advisors for the Lakas Mentorship Program, a mentorship program focused on helping Filipino American youth prepare for college. In her free time, Ms. Cristal enjoys hiking, cooking, rock climbing, and figure skating.

Recent Posts

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