Crystal Venning Crystal Venning

Senior Counsel


Crystal V. Venning focuses her practice on a myriad of complex commercial litigation from breach of contract and construction disputes to technology law with a focus on blockchain and cryptocurrency matters.

Prior to joining Hicks Thomas, she practiced at AZA in Houston. Before that, she worked at the New York City office of a national law firm where she represented national and multinational entities in complex commercial litigation matters as both plaintiff and defendant in state court. She engaged in frequent and successful dispositive motion practice, regularly obtaining favorable results for clients.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Venning gained valuable public sector experience working in-house at premier municipal law departments such as the New York City Law Department, where, as an Assistant Corporation Counsel, she successfully defended the City of New York and related entities in complex commercial litigation matters arising from NYC’s numerous and diverse contractual arrangements. Ms. Venning also worked as an Assistant Counsel with the Atlanta Housing Authority representing that City in complex commercial matters arising from technology agreements.

Ms. Venning has experience successfully litigating before administrative tribunals such as the NYC Contract Dispute Resolution Board. She has experience managing all aspects of discovery including written discovery and managing large document review projects. Ms. Venning has experience with mediation and arbitration, however, when alternative dispute resolution fails, Ms. Venning enthusiastically embraces trial practice. Ms. Venning’s practice also involves advising members of the blockchain industry from the crypto-curious to blockchain innovators.

Ms. Venning is admitted to practice in Texas, Georgia, and New York. She graduated from Columbia Law School and Yale University.

Practice Emphasis


  • Columbia Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Yale University, Batchelor of Arts

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • State of New York
  • State of Georgia

Speaking Engagements

  • “Introduction to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Lawyers.” (Feb. 23, 2022)