Krysta Liveris focuses on representing individuals, executives, healthcare providers, and corporations under federal investigation or charged with a criminal offense.
Krysta joined McKay Chadwell, PLLC in February 2011 where her focus has been defending those accused of federal white collar crimes. Before joining McKay Chadwell, Krysta worked within the justice system as a prosecutor at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Understanding how a prosecutor views a case, having worn that hat herself, allows Krysta to more successfully negotiate for her clients, as she better appreciates which arguments a prosecutor will respect and which might fall short.
She takes pride in fighting vigorously for her clients at every stage of a case: during an investigation, through charges, negotiations, and trial, or presenting a compelling sentencing memorandum to the court. Providing a strong defense at an early stage, Krysta’s clients are in a better position to avoid charges altogether or to receive a mitigated resolution.
Krysta’s clients are frequently faced with multifaceted problems arising from one incident. For example, at the same time the United States Attorney’s Office alleges that a physician violated the Controlled Substances Act, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seeks to revoke the physician’s DEA registration, and the Washington State Department of Health investigates whether the provider’s license to practice should be suspended. Similar situations with criminal, administrative, and civil exposure arise when a client is investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Krysta and McKay Chadwell are uniquely qualified to provide clients with quality representation in all these areas.
Krysta graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007 and has been practicing law in Washington State for nearly a decade. While in law school, she wrote for the Consumer Law Review and volunteered significant amounts of time for the Illinois Attorney General, criminal division.