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Crystal Wildeman





A native of Evansville, Crystal joined BARBER & BAUER LLP after working as a lead litigation partner in a national law firm where she frequently traveled to courts throughout the Midwest to pursue and defend complicated civil litigation matters. She has practiced law for more than fifteen years.

Crystal holds licenses in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. Her legal experience spans across counties in those states in all areas of litigation, employment law, business law, real estate, and probate. Crystal works as a problem-solver for individuals and businesses. She's an effective and strategic advocate, always mindful of her client's best interests, whether those be in achieving early resolution or pursuing the case through jury trial.

Crystal is experienced in:

  • Advising businesses as outside counsel on employment, contract, and insurance matters;
  • Appearing as counsel for employers and employees in charges of discrimination and claims involving wrongful termination, non-competition, and other employment-related disputes;
  • Serving as advisor to entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and small businesses to plan business strategies and develop entities, policies, and procedures to comply with relevant law; and
  • Advocating for injured and aggrieved persons in personal injury, business, and family disputes.

Crystal achieved her certification as a civil mediator in 2021. As a mediator with jury trial and multiparty litigation experience, Crystal understands the risks and benefits involved in litigation. She is a credible neutral, equally committed to serving as an independent voice, as well as ensuring the parties appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of their cases before investing in a trial.

Crystal's passion for her hometown and clients in the tri-state area led her to choose to practice law at a truly local law firm where she shares her extensive and wide-ranging experience with clients. Crystal volunteers and supports non-profit organizations, including Youth First, Inc., Rotary Club of Evansville, and Resurrection School and Parish.


Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2006
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2006
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.A. - 2003
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.S. - 2003

Published Works

  • Media Representations of 9/11, Internet News Representations of September 11: Archival Impulse in the Age of Information, by Michelle Brown, Leia Fuzesi, Kara Kitch, and Crystal Spivey

Representative Cases

  • Harper v. Hippensteel, 994 NE2d 1233 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Jean v. Kentucky Unemployment Ins. Comm., No. 2010-CA-001623 (Ky. Ct. App. 2012)
  • In re Marriage of Tillman, 70 N.E.3d 349 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Wagner v. Finney, No. 82A05-1207-GU-375 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Young v. Kentucky Unemployment Ins. Comm., No. 2012-CA-2009 (Ky. Ct. App. 2014)

Honors and Awards

  • Appellate Brief Writing Cali Award
  • Advanced Legal Writing Cali Award
  • Federal Income Tax Cali Award
  • Best Brief 2004 – DePaul Moot Court Intramural Competition
  • Quarter-finalist – Whittier Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition
  • Illinois State Bar Association scholarship
  • Chief Justice and member DePaul Moot Court Society
  • Case Briefs Editor and staff writer DePaul Journal of Health Care Law
  • Indiana Super Lawyers® Magazine, Rising Star in General Personal Injury Defense
  • DePaul Moot Court Society, Chief Justice and Member
  • DePaul Journal of Health Care Law, Case Briefs Editor and Staff Writer
  • Rotary Club of Evansville 20 under 40 (Class of 2021)
  • Up and Coming Lawyer from Leadership in the Law (2014)
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (2013)
  • Indiana SuperLawyers Rising Star (starting in 2012 and every year to present)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Evansville Bar Association, Chair of Women Attorneys Section, 2010 to 2011
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Brooks American Inns of Court
  • Evansville Bar Association, Law Day Dinner Chair, 2013
  • Evansville Bar Association
  • Mediator in Southern District of Illinois Mandatory Mediation Program

Pro Bono Activities

  • Arc Child Life Center, Parent Advisory Board Chair
  • A Network of Evansville Women (ANEW), Member
  • Youth First, Inc. Board
  • Leadership Evansville, Program Alumnus, 2009
  • Volunteer Judge, Junior High and High School Speech Meets