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Tarsila Crawford, Esq.

Associate

Mrs. Tarsila Crawford was born in Sao Paula, Brazil and grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and enjoys working with a diverse clientele in Tennessee.

Mrs. Crawford focuses her practice on helping families. She is committed to aggressive representation of her clients but understands there is an emotional side to every case. Mrs. Crawford strives to make herself accessible to clients while at the same time working diligently on each one of her cases. Mrs. Crawford believes that compromise is essential to each case, but she also believes that aggressive representation is often necessary as well. Mrs. Crawford is dedicated to helping her clients protect their financial interests as well as their children’s interests. In addition to representing clients in family law cases such as divorce, child custody and child support, Mrs. Crawford’s practice also includes appeals.

Mrs. Tarsila Crawford is a listed Rule 31 Mediator for family law cases in Middle Tennessee. She can mediate cases for Spanish speaking attorneys and clients. Mrs. Tarsila Crawford also has special training in Domestic Violence Issues for mediation. Mrs. Tarsila Crawford mediates family law case in-person in Lebanon and Brentwood. She is also available to travel to the office of any hosting attorney for mediation and she is experienced in online mediations. Please email Tarsila for her availability to mediate your case Tarsila@widriglaw.com.

Mrs. Tarsila Crawford attended college and law school in Florida. Mrs. Crawford attended the University of Florida where she was active in student groups serving as President of the Brazilian’ Student Association and earning the Presidential Award for Excellence in the study of Portuguese. In law school Mrs. Crawford competed with her school’s trial team winning regional tournaments.

Mrs. Crawford passed the Tennessee Bar Exam in November 2008 and began working as an attorney at Widrig Law, PLLC in January 2009. She lives with her Husband, daughter, and dog Daisy in Mt. Juliet in Wilson County. She loves being a mom and enjoys supporting other working parents through advocacy, volunteering and education. Mrs. Crawford also volunteers with local immigration and refugee rights groups.

Education

Barry University School of Law, Orlando, FL

Juris Doctor May 2008
Study Abroad: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil International Environmental Law
Honors: Elite Eight American Association for Justice Mock Trial Competition 2007
Sweet Sixteen American Association for Justice Mock Trial Competition
2008 Activities: Student Bar Association Vice President, Fall 2005-Spring 2006

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Bachelors of Arts in Portuguese May 2005, cum laude GPA: 3.6
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science May 2005, cum laude GPA: 3.6
Certificate in Latin American Studies May 2005
Honors: Michael Hauptman Medal for Excellence in Portuguese, Spring 2005
University of Florida Presidential Recognition in Portuguese, Spring 2004
Dean’s List, Spring 2004 and Spring 2005

Community Involvement

Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney for Legal Aid Society Clinic at Casa Azafrin
Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney for Tennessee Justice of our Neighbors
Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney for Tennessee Immigrants and Refugee Rights Coalition

Certifications

Listed Rule 31 Mediator 2018
Special Training in Domestic Violence Issues for Mediators 2022

Notable Appellate Cases:

In Re: Madilene G.R., Court of Appeals of Tennessee at Nashville, November 27, 2012, Appeal from the Chancery Court for Rutherford County, No. M2012-01178-COA-R3-PT

  • Crawford successfully argued at the Court of Appeals that the trial court's decision to terminate her client's parental rights should be overturned and that her client should be permitted to seek custody of his child.

In Re: K.B., Court of Appeals of Tennessee at Nashville, June 28, 2012, Appeal from the Chancery Court for Rutherford County, No. M2011-01396-COA-R3-PT

  • Crawford successfully defended the trial court's ruling in favor of her client that terminated the mother's parental rights as the mother committed severe abuse against her son.

In re Jonathan S., No. M2016-01365-COA-R3-JV (Tenn. Ct. App. July 24, 2017) http://www.tncourts.gov/courts/court-appeals/opinions/2017/07/24/re-jonathan-s-jr

  • Crawford successfully argued that her client had proven a material change in circumstances for a change in custody from Mother to Father such that the trial court should determine whether a change of custody was in the child's best interests.

In re Jonathan S., No. M2018-02072-COA-R3-JV (Tenn. Ct. App. December 12, 2019) https://www.tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/inrejonathans.opn__0.pdf

  • Crawford successfully argued that her client had proven a material change in circumstances to change custody and that it was in the child's best interests to change custody from Mother to Father.
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