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Tarsila Crawford, Esq.


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. 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 a regional tournament in Las Vegas and securing a position in the Elite Eight in New Orleans.

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 client’s 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. Crawford has begun introducing immigration law to her practice and is able to communicate with clients in Portuguese and Spanish. Mrs. Crawford is also interested in expanding her practice to assist the business community in Tennessee with doing business in Brazil as her undergraduate education includes a degree in Portuguese, Political Science and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. Mrs. Crawford is also well versed in business and cultural norms in Brazil and Latin America.

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 and daughter in Mt. Juliet in Wilson County. She loves being a mom and enjoys supporting other working parents through advocacy, volunteering and education.


J.D., Barry University School of Law Orlando, FL, 2008

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

B.A., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2005

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

Bar Admissions State Court in Tennessee
Unite States District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee
Professional Activities

Harry Phillips Inn of Court

CASA Wilson County

Professional Organizations

Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association
Sumner County Bar Association
Member of the Immigrant Child Advocacy Network
Member of the Brazilian Studies Association
Member of the Brazilian American Bar Association
Member of the Hispanic Bar Association

Community Involvement

Gallatin High School volunteer guest judge for Mock Trial Team
Volunteer for Davidson County Youth Court
Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney for Legal Aid Society Clinic at Casa Azafrin
Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney for Tennessee Justice of our Neighbors
Member of the Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition

Notable 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
  • Mrs. 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
  • Mrs. 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.
Language Skills
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Client Reviews
"My family and I thank you for your assistance in obtaining my divorce. I left the courthouse with a sense of relief... I know that it is what we paid you to do, but wanted you to know that it has been a pleasure working with you! I will gladly refer you to anyone that I know who is in need of the types of legal services that you provide." GS
"I want to thank you so much for taking my case. I feel like this situation is so petty and ridiculous and I appreciate you taking me on as a client and being so informative and on top of things. I just feel like I am in good hands and I appreciate that so much." CT
"Widrig Law was very helpful during an unexpectedly difficult time in my life. They provided expertise that was througtful in how legal proceedings can impacts people and families. The approach to my family law matter was tailored to my needs. I highly recommend working with James Widrig and his team" HP