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Crystal M. Maldonado

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Over the last decade, Crystal Maldonado has represented clients in a variety of civil litigation matters with a focus on domestic relations. Her work includes negotiating and litigating cases involving divorce, child support, parenting, post-divorce modification, enforcement, father’s rights, domestic violence issues, grandparent rights, relocation, parental kidnappings, pre-nuptial agreements, termination of parental rights, guardianships as well as surrogacy and adoptions.

Families face many challenges when dealing with domestic matters and Crystal prides herself in guiding clients through each step, ensuring they are educated about their rights and decisions and making the process as stress free as possible. While she always tries to mediate and negotiate a settlement in her client’s best interest, she is a strong and powerful advocate for clients in the court room should it become necessary.

As a New Hampshire native and graduate of the Daniel Webster Scholars Program at UNH School of Law, Crystal continues to be involved in the community and as an adjunct professor of family law. As a wife and mother to three amazing boys, she spends most of her free time with her family frequenting parks and children’s play areas and traveling as often as possible in and around the United States and abroad.


  • New Hampshire State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire


  • Partner, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., 2023 – present
  • Adjunct Professor of Family Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2012 – present
  • Shareholder, Devine Millimet, 2019 – 2022
  • Attorney, Bianco Professional Association, 2013-2019
  • Associate, Clark Law Offices, 2008-2013

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2021 for work in Family Law
  • Selected to Super Lawyers 2020
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017 and 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys for New Hampshire for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017 - 2019
  • Top 10 Under 40 Family Law Attorney, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016 - 2018
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney of New Hampshire, American Juris Institute, 2016
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, NH Bar Association
  • Daniel Webster Honors Scholar, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2008


  • B.A., Stonehill College, 2005
  • J.D., University of New Hampshire Law School, 2008

Publications & Presentations

  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, Family Law Basics, April 9, 2024
  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, Adoption, Including Stepparent & Grandparent Adoption, April 7, 2022
  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, Nuts & Bolts of Family Law, November 5, 2021
  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, Tools and Tips for Neutral Case Evaluation, December 4, 2019
  • U.S. State Department: World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Presenter, The Hague Abduction Convention in Practice: Relation of Domestic Violence to Parental Child Abduction, May 21, 2019
  • National Association of Social Workers, CEU Presenter, Working with Children in Adversarial Divorce Situations: Ethical and Legal Considerations, March 27, 2018
  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, Ethics in Family Law, March 16, 2018
  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, "Basic Family Law", December 8, 2017
  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, “Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements in New Hampshire", May 15, 2015
  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, “Basic Family Law”, September 19, 2014
  • NH Bar Association, CLE Presenter, “The New Child Support Guidelines”, June 13, 2014
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