Larry Crystal

December 16, 1938 – May 30, 2021

Honoring A Dear Friend, Partner, Colleague, and Mentor

Larry Crystal was a Principal at McCarthy Lebit Crystal & Liffman, where he advised clients on a variety of corporate law matters, such as mergers, acquisitions, sales of businesses, shareholder arrangements, real estate transactions, and tax law.  For over 50 years, he focused the majority of his practice on the representation of buyers and sellers of businesses. On May 30, 2021, at age 82, he shuffled off this mortal coil and our firm lost a friend, partner, and mentor.

Larry received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and spent many years as a CPA and tax supervisor for a major certified public accounting firm, during which time he also earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  As a second career lawyer, Larry fit right in with firm founders Dan McCarthy and Edward Greenwald, who were former Internal Revenue Agents that formed the firm in 1959.

Larry’s career as a corporate transactional attorney was marked by an incredible streak of making deals happen, particularly when they looked all but certainly dead.  At his peak, Larry was the personal business attorney to a high profile owner of a major U.S. sports franchise, where he counseled on corporate deals of varying complexity and value, and many of those deals were valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars each.

A testament to his skill as a corporate attorney and the renown he gained for his work, Larry was acknowledged by his peers and industry trade publications with annual accolades – named to the Best Lawyers in America list from 2013-2019, named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list from 2004-2007, named by Inside Business Magazine as one of Northeast Ohio’s Leading Lawyers from 2002-2009.  He was a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association and maintained his dual professional registrations – licensed as an attorney and as a certified public accountant – until his retirement from practice.

Larry officially retired from private practice in January 2020.  He is survived by his two children Douglas (Theresa) Crystal and Tammi (Michael) Ginsberg and his four grandchildren.

May he rest in peace, and his memory be a blessing.

Funeral Home Obit Story in Cleveland Jewish News


  • Case Western Reserve University – B.A.
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law – J.D.

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